OPKs don't work for women with PCOS. If you read the directions, it states that people with hormonal imbalances, such as those with PCOS, may get false positives. I don't even bother purchasing them anymore. I make my doctor monitor me through blood work to confirm ovulation.View Thread
I used Clomid unsuccessfully for 8 rounds. I did ovulate twice on it, but no pregnancy. This month is my first month trying Femara. It's similar to Clomid but has less side effects and a better success rate in women with PCOS. I just got my blood drawn today to test for ovulation, so I can't tell you if it was successful yet. Femara, I can tell you, is a LOT easier on your body. The side effects I experienced on Clomid were endless. Nothing on Femara other than a slight loss of appetite. (I could use that anyway!)
If Femara doesn't work the next steps are IUI and IVF. I think they'd use injectibles for the IUI in conjunction with either the Femara or Clomid.
I've been paying closer attention since I first noticed it. (Not really something you usually pay much attention to!) Sometimes it's there, sometimes it's not. It's really strange! That was my concern, too. Though, I've been having side effects from it still, so I think I'm still getting the medication! The side effects are nowhere near as bad as the regular version of Metformin, but they're still present. Thanks for the reply!View Thread
This is probably going to be TMI, but this past week I've noticed my Metformin in my stool. Like the whole, complete undigested pill. I switched a month or two ago to the extended release version. I take one 750mg pill in the morning and one in the evening. I've only noticed this happening with the one pill. Any one else have this issue? It's as if it wasn't digested at all!View Thread
Thus far medications have been out of pocket, but any procedures are covered. My HSG, semen analysis, BW, etc. In reading my coverage, it sounds like IUIs and IVF are considered medically necessary for women with PCOS who cannot conceive on Clomid or naturally. So, I know the drug cost would be substantial, but it would be nice to only have to pay the deductible for the rest of it!
Just bought the Femara yesterday. $226.48 after calling around to pharmacies! There's a few more I need to call, but I don't think I'm going to get it much cheaper than that. I started it last night. Fingers crossed! We'll see how this goes...View Thread
Yikes! That's quite the investment. Due to the PCOS, I think my insurance will cover at least a portion (usually all procedures but no medication). I know that's very rare. Hopefully we won't need to resort to IVF, but it's important to know what your options are. Thanks for the info! Also, best wishes to you, your DH and those two babies! You must be thrilled!View Thread
Thanks for the feedback! I'm really hoping this works. The next steps would be IUI, followed by IVF. I really don't think we could afford IVF right now. If you don't mind my asking, how much did your IVF cycle cost? How many did you have to do?View Thread
I was unable to lose weight at all without Metformin. Only once in my life have I been able to. That was when I was in college and contracted mono. All of my blood work came back normal as well. No hyperactive thyroid, no cholesterol issues, no blood sugar problems, nothing. However, women with PCOS often have a hard time digesting sugars normally. Instead of processing sugars and burning them for energy our bodies store the sugar as fat. I'm on 1500mg/day of Metformin now. Since last July I've lost 26 pounds! Personally, I would seek out the opinion of another doctor. If nothing else, my doctor often uses the medication to assist with weight loss, discontinuing when possible once the patient obtains a healthy weight.View Thread
My husband and I have been TTC our first child for 21 months now. I've had 8 unsuccessful Clomid cycles. I finally ovulated on 150mg, but only ovulated 2 out of the 4 times I took that dose. With the most recent cycle a bust, my RE has prescribed me Femara. Anyone ever use this drug? Any suggestions, success stories, etc?View Thread
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