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PCOS & Insulin Resistance/Diabetes

Postby dkahlbin » Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:55 pm

Hi everyone,

My husband and I have been trying to conceive for about 2.5 years and it turns out he has low sperm count. I've always had irregular cycles though, so that doesn't make it any easier. Last year, I went to a fertility specialist who ran dozens of tests. One test for glucose/insulin came back with bad numbers so they had me do a fasting glucose tolerance test and had the lab re-run the numbers. According to them, everything came back fine and it was a lab error.

I have since left that doctor and yesterday went to see a different fertility specialist. She seemed concerned with the previous lab reports and wants me to see my PCP to rule out diabetes. What??? I really don't think I have diabetes but now she has me completely freaked out. She also wants my kidney function re-tested because that number came back slightly high last year. She said herself, though, that the number can be high if you're dehydrated, which I very often am. I'm SURE that's what it was. I am of normal weight, am fairly active, and my diet is OK. I have a sweet tooth but I watch my calorie intake. Anyway, I am just totally and completely freaked out by all of this. I think she's just being cautious. She thinks that starting me on Metformin, whether or not I have diabetes, may help with my irregular cycles but she wants my PCP's opinion. And she wants to rule out kidney function issues and diabetes before starting IUI, which is the next step in our plan.

I'm sorry, I'm rambling. Just wondering if anyone here has had similar issues. I am so stressed out by this. Thanks for reading.
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Re: PCOS & Insulin Resistance/Diabetes

Postby bluenoser » Sat Aug 30, 2014 5:23 pm

Irregular cycles and possible insulin resistance can be indicators of PCOS.
I have horribly irregular cycles (to the point they're basically non existent, until now) as well. I was just diagnosed with PCOS about 2 weeks ago. My Dr put me on Metformin even though I don't have diabetes as many women with PCOS have issues with insulin resistance.
I know it's likely a lot to take in, but your Dr just wants to make sure everything is in order. You may well not have diabetes or PCOS, but Metformin could very well help. Your Dr will let you know.
Good luck!
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Re: PCOS & Insulin Resistance/Diabetes

Postby dkahlbin » Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:58 pm

Thank you for writing back! I'm so dumb...I have been diagnosed with PCOS! Duh, I should have said that!! I actually just got put on Synthroid for hyperthyroidism (actually, not really, my thyroid function is well within the normal range but slightly low for PCOS sufferers... I'm not sure what that means). I'm really hoping it'll regulate my cycle.
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