yes ask about getting on met. Your doc may want to run a few blood tests to see if you might actualy have Insulin Resistance.
Also make an apointment with your gyn to discuss preconception. S/he'll be able to give you advice where to start, and probably rx you a prenatal (you can also take a OTC version) They probably will recomend starting with losing some of the weight, dont take the advice wrong, its just been proven even losing 10 lbs regardless of how over weight you are can help. I know how hard it is, but dont give up! *I weigh 260 and have lost 10 lbs in 2 months, and still feel thats a HUGE win in my book*
What I do- write down everything I eat. even if its on a scrap of paper. I try to have at least one meatless meal a week (plan on uping that to 2 a week soon) and one fish meal a week. I always take my metformin with a glass of milk or a cup of yougert. (helps with the side effects.) I walk around my office building on every break (about a quarter mile total a day, but it keeps my legs limber, and me awake ) and every other day I go to the gym and spend a half hour on the bike or epilitical. 2x a week I go to a stretching class (for my legs- I have Cerebral Palsy so my muscles stiffen quickly)
what I do not do- deprive myself of sweets or treats. I allow one icecream cone a week (my super weakness) and have fallen into a ritural of getting icecream every friday with friends. I pack one sweet in my lunch bag every day (usualy a 100cal pack of something) and I do not carry change or any cash under a $10 to prevent a mid day run to the vending machine.View Thread
I had the exact same thing happen (the random start stop wtf junk) one cycle when I was 25 too. I talked to my doc and he said I probably didnt ovulate the cycle before and there for didnt have enough progesterone and other hormones to make the shedding effectiant. the next cycle was "back to normal"
he also said it was quite common for women to experience a change in her cycle, and random weird cycles between age 25-30, and again between 35-40. Especialy PCOS women.View Thread
I will tell you that Metformin has been a wonderful help to my life out side of TTC. I have been on it sense I was dx with pcos at 23 (10 years ago) and it has prevented me from having diabetes, and regulated my cycles. When I was diagnosed initialy, i was told I would have Diabetes before I was 30. At my last A1c check (age 33), everything was still perfect in the "normal" catagory. I still have the diag of Insulin Resistance, but its "well controled" and my new doc said as long as it stays under control there is a good chance I'll never progress to full on diabetes. I think its worth having to take metformin for the rest of my life.
I have not had sucess TTC, but its not the Met's fault. I'm just a mess. Even the feeling of knowing you are helping YOUR future should make you feel better.
I wont say "you're still young blah blah blah" I will say "Good for you to work on it NOW so that you have it undercontrol already when you are older and the problems start to creep up!" Just dont give up on your dreams!View Thread
my sister has PCOS and was on clomid for several months. Then her doc did a mid cycle folicle study and found she wasnt realeasing the eggs, so he gave her a hCG trigger shot, which did release the mature eggs. She did concive that cycle, but unfortunatly m/c at about 9 weeks. the cycle afterwards she concived again and now has a 5 year old ball of energy. Her doc said it probably was the left over hcg from the m/c that helped her ovulate on her own that cycle.View Thread
There are a lot of factors that go into a diagnosis of PCOS. hormone levels are just one.
Personaly, all my hormones are in "normal" ranges per the charts, but I still have facial hair, etc. I have EVERY SINGLE physical symptom of PCOS. As my doc once said "What is normal may not be right for you."View Thread
Everything chemical is in "normal" ranges but I have EVERY SINGLE physical symptom.my doc decided to try Metformin even though my blood sugar was "fine". After several months on it my blood shugar had only dropped by about 2 or 3 (98 to 95) but my periods were regular and my "beard" was thinner, Follow up hormone tests showed only tiny variants of the levels. As my doc said, what is normal in the books may not be right for you.View Thread
Have you had a Laprascopic procedure to look at the outside of your organs or have seriously heavy and painful periods? You may have Endometriosis which is only diagnosable via LAP. Or you may have a digestion problem (like Ciliac or glutin intolerance)
see if your doc will increase your Metformin dose?
Try eating a low GI diet or something along the lines of a "diabetic"or low carb diet. If you need help, Weigh Watches is a great program. Also, one by one eleminate diffrent food types for a week or 2 to see if the pain deminishes.
And of course keep up the exercize, even if its just the bike for 20 min a day.
I know exactly how you feel. I gained almost 100 lbs in a year right before being dxed with PCOS.View Thread
Other options are: first off find out if your blood sugar is out of wack. IE are you Insulin Resistant?
Before I started taking hormones to GET pregnant, I was only treating the PCOS with Metformin, a diabetic drug that PCOS responds to very well. Your hormones are like dominos, if one is messed up, they all fall over. Fix one, and the others fall back into place. Even the time I was just on metformin, my periods became regular and other symtopms cleared. I still wasnt ovulating (ie now taking Clomid) but when we are done with TTC, I will go back to only being on the Metformin.
If you are overweight, try to lose the extra pounds (this will help with your blood problems too I belive) Or at least try to eat healthy, eating a lower carb diet helps a lot.
PCOS patients often respond to most diabetic treatments (except insulin injections) inculding the pills, and diet.
You can also make an apointment with an Encrinologist who will have more training on PCOS than your regular doc.View Thread
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