TTC with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? Find support here!
Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:04 pm
Having PCOS varies from woman to woman, here are symptoms that could indicate you have PCOS. If you feel any of these symptoms are effecting you then talk to you doctor! Not every woman with PCOS will have every symptom, and you do not have to have cysts on your ovaries to have PCOS.
Symptoms of PCOS:
~Reduced menstrual cycles than normal or complete lack of having any cycles.
~Some can have monthly cycles but not actually be ovulating.
~Heavy bleeding during your period, and spotting in between cycles.
~Hair loss on your scalp
~Excess hair growth on your body such as your face, chest, back, stomach, thumbs, or toes.
~Acne and oily skin
~Weight gain that is mostly gained around your midsection.
~Miscarriage and infertility
~Insulin resistance. This can cause miscarriage, poor egg quality, and irregular periods.
~Cysts on your ovaries
~Difficulty to lose weight despite dieting and exercise
~Multiple positive OPKs throughout your cycle, but no ovulation happens.
There is no one single test that is done to diagnose PCOS. It is more a combination of different test results and your symptoms that will lead to a diagnoses.
Common testing that is done to diagnose PCOS:
~Blood tests for LH, FSH, TSH, Testosterone, Prolactin, Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Vitamin D.
~Progesterone blood test on 7 days past ovulating.
~Glucose tolerance test, and fasting Blood glucose numbers to check for insulin resistance.
~A pelvic ultasound to check your ovaries for cysts, and to see if they are enlarged.
There are different ways to treat your PCOS, natural remedies and prescription remedies. There is also changes in diet and lifestyle that can also help. Not everyone is then same and while some treatments will help some, it may not hep others.
Common treatments for PCOS include:
~Ovulation inducing medication. This can be prescription or natural remedies. The goal of these are to induce ovulation in those who are not ovulating. Clomid, Femara, and Soy are the most common prescription and natural ovulation inducing remedies.
~Metformin is often prescribed to control blood sugar levels.
~Low carb dieting, which helps insulin resistance and promotes weight loss
~Exercise, which helps insulin resistance and promotes weight loss
~Inositol will help insulin resistance for some.
~Spearmint tea can help reduce androgen levels.
~Omega 3 fatty acids will help PCOS symptoms
~Vitex can regulate cycles for some with PCOS
~Tribulus can help some with PCOS when used before ovulation by increasing LH.
~Over the counter natural progesterone cream can help some when used after ovulation.
~Prescription strength progesterone support may be needed for some. There are different forms such as oral, suppositories, and injections.
Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:31 am
I am aPCOS from the past 10 years had 5 miscarriages and 2 ectopic pregnancies, also had 2 surgeries for the correction of uterus shape which was Bi-conial. and some fibroids and scar tissues removed.
I am despirate to have a baby already 38 having treatments from a naturopath and also acupuncture and chinese herbs. I am so stressed and depressed don't understand what can I do to actually have a baby. please advise
Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:42 am
Hey there! Thank you so much for sharing this information with us.This post should be pinned, this information is very important, Every woman should know about this. PCOS is a big barrier in any woman's life between her baby and herself. Much love!
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:05 am
Hi. This caught my attention. I have been recently diagnosed with PCOS. Yes, it is a very late one. I have been trying to conceive for a while but failed every time. Until I found out about this of course. Infertility takes a toll on us. It takes away so much. I just wonder how many of us go through this every day. We all need the right help for this. The correct professionals who support us and make us hope. I have been hearing positive stuff about European clinics. I am going to try and reach out to them. I hope I find my luck there. Prayers needed friends.
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