PCOS Success & Symptoms
Women Sharing their experiences with PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
I was diagnosed with PCOS 5 years ago from an Ob/Gyn who knew nothing about PCOS, who in turn sent me to a fertility specialist to get help. I was not trying to conceive at the time, until you find out you might not be able to at all. When I got there she explained the many things that many doctors could not. The irregular periods, weight gain, acne, hair growth. She told me to loose weight, and my periods should come back to a normal 28 day routine. I was given the aktins diet to follow and sent home. I went through the worst case of depression. I didn't want to be around babies or anyone who had one. It seemed no matter what I did or where I went there seemed to be a flock of pregnant mothers, and babies.
We tried for two years before deciding to get married first. The wedding took alot of pressure off of me trying to conceive. While at work one day I got on a topic with a co-worker we found we both had PCOS and she told me about a doctor she was going to. I decided I had nothing to loose and I went she explained to me, that it would not be easy to get pregnant and it might be stressful. I was in it for the long haul. I read the book "Living with PCOS" which gave me great confidence. I went through all the horrible tests. I was given my first dose of Clomid 50mg in Sept, I found out I was pregnant Oct.
My HCG numbers were low for a normal pregnancy and I was told I could have an eptopic pregnancy due to the PCOS. I went for my first us and found I was not having an eptopic pregnancy but a TWIN pregnancy. My boys were born 8 weeks early weighing in at 5 lbs each. They are now 2 1/2 years old, and doing great. We are now trying for our 3 baby. I hear the second pregnancy is easier then the first. I can report though I have lost 60 lbs in 9 months preparing for this pregnancy, just by changing diet and doing excercise. Your website is an inspiration for many people, and it has sometimes been a godsend for someone who just needs to have someone who understands..
Hello Momma Kath, I just wanted to share with you (and your website) some good news.
After taking the #7 Restore Ovarian Balance package for about 2 weeks, I was stunned to see my AF arrived after not seeing it for 7 months. I also felt a huge change in my body..THANK YOU...THANK YOU!!!!
Thanks so much,
Thank you so much!!!!
Dearest Momma Kath,
I e-mailed you about a year ago as a sad childless woman with PCOS.
You reccomended Vitex, alfalfa, FSO and EPO for me (which I took) and gave me a place to connect with others in my situation and I am so pleased to tell you that I now am holding my 2 month old daughter. It has taken me 20 minutes to type this but I don't care! I am just so thrilled!!!! Thank you so much for everything.
Subject: Insulin Resistance Syndrome
I have had Polycystic Ovaries on and off since my early twenties. I am 39 years old now. Three months ago, the pain became unbearable. I changed to a different OBGYN, and requested that the doctor try to find the cause and not just treat the symptom with birth control pills. Birth control pills made me feel homocidal! Well, not to that extreme, but you get my point. I had researched PCOS and requested that I be tested for Insulin Resistance, also known as Symptom X. In addition to PCOS, I had difficulty with unexplainable weight gain. My new and wonderful OBGYN was more than happy to give me the test. Low and behold, I indeed was insulin resistant! He put me on 500mg of Metaformin, 3 times a day. Since then, I have lost 15 pounds in two months, and the cysts are gone!
Thus, the moral of the story, Glucose Tolerance tests will probably be normal if you have Insulin Resistance Syndrome, so do make sure that you get tested specifically for Insulin Resistance. The test is pretty much the same, bu t is run through an additional process to see how your insulin actually breaks-down glucose. In Insulin Resistance Syndrome, it stores the glucose as fat, and can eventually lead to Diabetes Type II.
There is Hope!!!!!
I saw a post regarding PCOS and Vitex stating "Since women with pcos already have constant LH surges, vitex is not a good idea." I just wanted to comment. I was diagnosed w/PCOS in 1996. TTC for 6 years. No regular periods. Tried clomid, Metformin, etc.
I conceived after only 4 months using Vitex and other herbs. So, everyone is different.
My experience is most doctors in USA disapprove of herbs.
Don't believe them. Do your own research!
I just started reading a book called:
by Angela Boss, Evelina Weidman Sterling with Richard Legro.
This book has been very informative and I would recommend
it to all women who have been diagnosed with
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. A+++ Reading!!!
Momma Kath, I just wanted to let you know that I'm impressed with how your site has grown!
I'm an alum from 2000 - my success story is in book 18.
I cannot believe you have 70+ books of success stories now!
My first son Aidan was born on 3/26/01.
My second son (a big surpise baby for us) was conceived naturally and was born on 9/12/02.
A pcos dx isn't permanent I guess. :-)
When I was ttc#1, I didn't O at all. Now I O approx every 35-45 days
I have several friends who are having difficulty ttc, and I always refer them here.
May God bless you for all the wonderful lives you have touched.
Hi Momma Kath:
I do have a success story!
I just received a positive blood test after
1 1/2 years of trying and two miscarriages.
I used your FertilEDGE (herbs for her) , baby aspirin as well as Metformin.
Thanks for everything.
HI MY NAME IS SANDRA AND IM PREGNANT
AFTER 3 YEARS OF CLOMID
I HAD TAKEN UP TO 250 GR OF CLOMID
AND IT NEVER WORKED.
FINALLY I MOVED TO A DIFFERENT CITY
GOT MY NEW THIRD DOCTOR
I WENT TO VISIT HIM ON 10/13/01
AND I FIND OUT I WAS PREGNANT IN DECEMBER
HE GAVE ME 100GR OF CLOMID WITH***GLUCOPHAGE******
YES THATS THE DIABETES PILLS
IM NOT A DIABETIC...BUT THE DOCTOR EXPLAINED
TO ME THAT A WOMEN THAT DO NOT HAVE REGULAR PERIODS NEEDS **GLUCOPHAGE**
AND GUESS WHAT I'M PREGNANT AFTER 8 YEARS OF MARRIAGE
I'M SO HAPPY.....
PLEASE ASK YOUR DOCTOR IT MAY HELP OTHER WOMEN...
I am very encouraged by your website.
I think that something that would be beneficial
to add to your website is information about PCOS
and it's effect on infertility. There may be
women who are ttc and do not realize that they have PCOS.
Thank you for your consideration in making
this information available to other women
who are suffering from infertilty.
I just wanted you to know that I went to my doctor about my temp falling and not peeking.
She ran a lot of blood test on me to find out if i am "insulin resistant"
she said that my blood sugar will stay normal to low but my body produces
too much insulin. She said they did a study at the Mayo clinic on
heavy set woman with polycystic ovaries and found out that alot of them
are insulin resistant. And that stops them from getting pregnant.
Maybe this information will help someone else get a baby of their dreams.
I was diagnosed with PCOS 6 years ago, while going through infertility treatment. Was stated as a fact, and offered no solution. Treatment didn't work, (a variation and combinations of pills and shots.) We gave up, and went on with our lives. Important to note: I had NEVER had regular periods EVER, was put on Birth Control in my early teens to regulate them, but when I got married, I went off the pill. I didn't suffer from all the symptoms, but my lack of regular periods, and the cysts that showed up when doing vag sono's to detect the size of my follicles, showed it without a doubt. ~What happens is that the cysts keep your follicles from growing, which keep them from releasing the precious egg hidden inside. In short you don't ovulate regularly if at all. ~ After treatment failed, I built a thick emotional wall around my heart, and I never really gave it much thought after that. In March of 1999, in an effort to lose weight, I changed my eating habbits, and started drinking LOTS of water.... One day while looking at my weight loss chart I noticed a peculiar pattern in my menstrual cycle. From the date I started my "diet" less than one month passed before I started having regular cycles.... and now nearly 2 years later, my periods are a regular as clockwork.... every 28-30 days! I suspected that I had started to ovulate on a regular basis, but I couldn't begin to have hope again... and I ignored the possibilty. Well folks I turned up pregnant last August! I have since miscarried, BUT I now know that I can get pregnant without the aid of pills or shots. I have recently read the book "Taking Charge of Your Fertility", and as a result have begun to chart my temps and CM, but more importantly, I HAVE HOPE.
What was the eating plan, that I attribute this too? I went to a Low Carbohydrate/High Protein diet, which translate's to a low sugar diet. I drink 80-120 oz's of water each day, Basically I followed the Atkins Diet, but I've read Carbohydrate Addicts Lifespan Plan, and both of Suzanne Somer's books "Eat Great Lose Weight" Sommersizing. I have taken a bit from all of them, and incorporated them into a life I can live with. And I've lost 75 lbs, and been maintaining that loss since last Christmas. I'm still not anywhere near a skinny minnie, but I am far healthier than ever, and my PCOS has disappeared! (no sign of Polycystic Ovaries in my last 2 vag sono's)
Lastly, I'm not saying this type of eating plan is for you...... BUT, maybe if someone would of told me that I could of straightened out my periods, and started ovulating by eating different 6 years ago. MAYBE I would have a kindergartner this year instead of empty bedrooms in my home. It is what has worked for me.... and yes... over the last 1.75 years, I have been very VOCAL with my primary care physician, his nurses, and my OBGYN as to what has helped me. They can't argue with my progress, results, and the fact that even my underactive thyroid has leveled out.
Just my thoughts ~ tracy
I feel it is important to get the word out about PCOS as much as possible. I was diagnosed with PCOS three years ago, but I know I must have had it since I was a teenager. I have always had irregular periods and other symptoms of PCOS.
It wasn't until I tried to get pregnant with my first child that I got the diagnosis of PCOS. My dr. didn't really tell me much about it after my ultrasound confirmed the diagnosis.
I have taken it upon myself to research books and the internet to help my with my battle with PCOS. I have also realized my first child must have been a true miracle.
My husband and I were waiting to begin the fertility drugs and I ended up being pregnant. I have not been so lucky while trying for baby #2. I am currently trying to work on my diet (low-carbs, high protein, etc.) but it is very difficult. I am hoping the changes in my diet will help me to ovulate more regularly.
However, I have my prescription of Clomid in hand and am just waiting for my AF to start. The Clomid Club has helped me tremendously and I hope anyone reading this and suffering from PCOS will read all of the success stories.
I now have hope of conceiving again when I thought it would never happen. Please spread the word about PCOS and remember it is not just a disease for overweight women. I have never had a weight problem my entire life.
Good luck to everyone.
Thanks for your support during those trying months of TTC.
I found out I was pregnant a couple weeks ago. I have been diagnosed with PCOS and began TTC for almost a year. In January of 06, i I tried 50mg of clomid and my day 23 progesterone result came at a very dissappointing 0.73...In February, after doing clomid on days 5-9 and uping the dosage to 100, I went for my day 23 progesterone test and the results came out to a 7.1. My ob/gyn told me that I was annovulatory and sent me to a RE. A week later, I am at the RE and she is telling me about the injections, and all the pills I would be popping, but it was CD 39 and I had no period so I asked her to just give me a PG test before we went thru all the meds. Well, to my surprise, it comes out POSITIVE! I never would have thought that I would have a positive pregnancy test. I hoped for the best, expected the worst, and got the best results! I am now 7 weeks pregnant, and all my
Hi Momma Kath
I just want to thank you for your website.... the information are useful. I also want to share my story.
I'm 31 and was diagnosed with PCOS 3 months ago. I went for the scan and they found with cysts on my right ovaries. I was terrified and confused and thought I was not able to conceive again. I have a 2 1/2 year old girl and was looking forward to have another baby soon.
My doctor immediately put me on 500gm Metformin twice a day and referred me to the Fertility Clinic. I was on Metformin for 3 weeks, changed my diet, exercised, took multi vitamins, EPO, FSO, vitex and progesterone cream. I also managed to lose 4kg! By the end of the 3rd week, my period still haven't arrived (was due around that time). I was getting really worried and thought the medication was not working. Pregnancy at that time was the last thing in my mind coz I just want to get physically better.
Eventually I bought a pregnancy kit....it showed 2 lines :) I was in shock....I stood in the bathroom for a long time. Still in disbelief....I went to the doctor and did another test. The doctor confirmed my pregnancy and that I was 7 weeks along. The baby is due in November.
I hope my story will inspire other ladies with PCOS.
Ladies, send an email with successes, symptoms, questions or whatever helped you in this journey.