**PCOS Information and Support**

TTC with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? Find support here!

Moderators: JessM, southernbelle, maddy, unaffected

**PCOS Information and Support**

Postby maddy » Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:04 pm

Image

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.
User avatar
maddy
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 3171
Joined: Fri Feb 10, 2006 1:00 am

Re: **PCOS Information and Support**

Postby nainachd75 » 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
nainachd75
Newbie
Newbie
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:22 am

Re: **PCOS Information and Support**

Postby Mariewinsin » 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!
Mariewinsin
Friend
 
Posts: 7
Joined: Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:42 pm

Re: **PCOS Information and Support**

Postby barbara5 » 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.
barbara5
Member
Member
 
Posts: 20
Joined: Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:44 am

Re: **PCOS Information and Support**

Postby @whenmytruerainbow » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:55 am

Thank you for this nice informative post. My pcos has been combined with severe endo. So this does make a huge change. My first Dr advised me lapo. This is min invasive surgery. It involves making a small incision beneath your navel and inserting a thin viewing device to examine your fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus. A laparoscopy may identify endometriosis, scarring, blockages or irregularities of the fallopian tubes. Also problems with the ovaries and uterus.
@whenmytruerainbow
TTC Princess
TTC Princess
 
Posts: 217
Joined: Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:24 am

Re: **PCOS Information and Support**

Postby @whenmytruerainbow » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:59 am

barbara5 wrote: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.

Hi there! You've mentioned turning to the experts for help. In this case you may have a general physical exam. including a regular gynecological exam. Specific fertility tests may include: Ovulation testing. A blood test measures hormone levels to determine whether you're ovulating. Hysterosalpingography. It evaluates the condition of your uterus and fallopian tubes and looks for blockages or other problems. X-ray contrast is injected into your uterus. an X-ray is taken to determine if the cavity is normal and ensure the fluid spills out of your fallopian tubes. Ovarian reserve testing. This testing helps determine the quality and quantity of the eggs available for ovulation. This approach often begins with hormone testing early in the menstrual cycle. Other hormone testing. Other hormone tests check levels of ovulatory hormones, as well as pituitary hormones that control reproductive processes. Imaging tests. Pelvic ultrasound looks for uterine or fallopian tube disease. Sometimes a hysterosonography is used to see details inside the uterus that are not seen on a regular ultrasound.
Depending on your situation, rarely your testing may include: Hysteroscopy. Based on your symptoms, your doctor may request a hysteroscopy to look for uterine or fallopian tube disease. During hysteroscopy, your doctor inserts a thin, lighted device through your cervix into your uterus to view any potential abnormalities. Laparoscopy. This minimally invasive surgery involves making a small incision beneath your navel and inserting a thin viewing device to examine your fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus. A laparoscopy may identify endometriosis, scarring, blockages or irregularities of the fallopian tubes, and problems with the ovaries and uterus. Genetic testing. Genetic testing helps determine whether there's a genetic defect causing infertility.
Not everyone needs to have all, or even many, of these tests before the cause of infertility is found. You and your doctor will decide which tests you will have and when. Hope this helps and all the very best :hugs:
@whenmytruerainbow
TTC Princess
TTC Princess
 
Posts: 217
Joined: Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:24 am


Return to PCOS Support