Try testing for a few days after you get your positive. If you're going to get false positives, you usually will have elevated levels of hormones for an extended period of time. Basically, you shouldn't get more than 2-3 positives in a cycle. If you really want to know for certain, ask about having blood work done to test for ovulation. I'm on Clomid, and on CD21 I go in for blood work to check progesterone levels. Based on the level, your doctor can tell whether or not you ovulate. If an u/s would make you feel better, insist on one next cycle!
I used the OPKs for 3 months. In all that time I never got a positive. Some women get them all the time, but if you're not getting them every day it sounds like you could actually be ovulating. Hope that helps!View Thread
If you research PCOS diets, there will be a list of foods you should consume and ones to avoid. Taking the Met with food will help, as well as eating the proper foods. The side effects should wear off after a couple of months of taking it, with the exception of the occasional episode. Also, I find if I miss a dose or two the side effects start all over again, so try to take it at the same time every day.View Thread
With Clomid you do have an increased chance of multiples. Roughly one in ten women have twins. It's pretty rare to have more than two, though. If you're taking the medicine for 5 days, starting on the fifth day of your cycle, that's Clomid. It can cause you to ovulate if you don't ovulate on your own.
I still only get my yearly exam. It isn't any different than the exams I had previous to being diagnosed. I'm sure women with more severe cases see their OBGYN more frequently.
Some women with PCOS have an issue processing sugars, though they aren't diabetic. Metformin is a drug that can help with that. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, weight, etc. you shouldn't need to worry about diabetes. I don't know whether or not there's an increased cancer rate, but as long as you're getting your regular checkups, you shouldn't be too concerned.View Thread
I know she's young, but discussing the birth control pill may be a good option. I have PCOS, too, and I'm regular down to the day on the pill. However, if I go off of medication I don't get a period at all. Since she's not trying to conceive (I would hope, anyway!), birth control may be able to help to regulate her cycles. Sometimes it alleviates the pain, too. Just an idea. I know some parents wouldn't be too keen to put their teen on the pill, but if it helps it may be worth the discussion.View Thread
Don't be concerned about the 3 months of birth control. Like you, I had a terrible experience with my previous doctor and was pushed off to nurses 99% of the time. My new doctor is AMAZING though. She pretty much asked me to do the same thing to see if birth control would regulate me. I had my HSG, all tubes were clear. These are just steps they take to make sure there aren't any other underlying problems. When you've been waiting so long to conceive, three months can seem like a lifetime. However, I found it a bit refreshing because it took all of the pressure off of us to get pregnant.
The birth control will not mess up your fertility further. Most experts now say that you can start ttc right after you take your last month of bc and there are no effects on fertility or the health of your baby.
The other thing my doctor did was to put me on Metformin. It helps women with PCOS to metabolize sugars a little better. That medicine alone is sometimes enough to regulate you. My doctor also had my husband do a semen analysis. Hope that info helps! I've been ttc for 16 months now, so I know how anxious you feel to start your family. I'll be hoping for the best for both of us!View Thread
Metformin helped me to lose weight, too. I've lost 19 pounds since the end of July. It helps your body to metabolize sugars a bit better, so instead of storing sugar as fat your body is breaking it down and using it for energy.
Like you, I could do anything and not lose weight...starve myself, live in the gym, etc. I was lucky just to maintain! I don't over eat (except on occasions like Thanksgiving). Metformin has helped so much, though. That's all I've changed since July. It would definitely be worth the conversation with your doctor!View Thread
I ended up taking the entire day off. For me, it was extremely painful. I guess women experience different levels of pain. Had I felt like going into work, I could have....I just felt like taking a day off to collect my thoughts.
The good news is that my tubes are clear and there aren't any obstructions! The doctor suggested using OPKs this month and said to call if I don't get a period or positive pregnancy test by CD 35, which would put me at October 30th. All OPKs thus far have been negative. However, the instructions say people with PCOS may not get reliable results?
My HSG was on the 5th, so 9 days ago. I'm still having some cramping occasionally. It's been mostly on my right side, but is occasionally elsewhere. Did anyone else have lingering side effects this far out?
My husband and I had the "what if we can't have a baby on our own" conversation last night. We've decided to keep TTC until July of next year. That will mark two years of TTC. If we haven't had any luck by that point we're going to start putting in our application to the state for adoption since it could literally be years before we were able to adopt. It feels good to have some sort of plan in place. At this point I think IVF is out of the question financially. I can't see sinking that much money into something that "might" work, not to mention my mental health. I'm not sure if I could deal with that kind of disappointment!View Thread
That's really kind of a loaded question. I'm in the same boat as you trying to figure out when to track ovulation. The tests state that you should monitor your cycle for a couple of months before taking the tests to find your cycle length. Once you know the length, there's a chart in the instructions to figure out which CD to start.
With PCOS, this is very tricky. I haven't had a cycle on my own in years and years. So, I started tracking on CD 8, which would be a 28 day cycle. I'm going to keep testing through CD 25. My doctor said to call if I don't get a positive pregnancy test or period by CD 35, so CD 18 would be the start for a 35 day cycle.
I know the tests are expensive, but the best thing to do if you're not sure about your cycle length is to test for longer than the seven day period. I've found really good deals on OPKs on Amazon. I get 20 tests for what it costs for 7 in the store. The other thing that is concerning to me, is that the instructions state that PCOS can give you false readings on the tests, so they're not necessarily reliable. My doctor suggested as much sex as possible....obviously.
Other tips: most tests require you to hold your liquid for four hours before testing. The best time to test is around 2 PM.
I've also been tracking BBT this month. You can get a BBT thermometer for less than $10. After compiling a couple of months, these can be informative for your doctor. There are free charts online.View Thread
Assuming all looks normal, I'm going to TTC naturally...unless my OPKs are still coming back negative. If that's the case, she's going to start me on Clomid again. I was on it with another doctor with no luck, but he was an idiot so who knows...could work this time! This will also be the first month we TTC since I've been on Metformin. As of this morning I've lost 18 pounds since being put on it at the end of June. I'm hoping that alone may make a difference!
What else have you tried? Are you TTC your first, too?View Thread
If you're past the first date of when your period was scheduled to appear, you should be able to take a home pregnancy test. That would be my first suggestion! If not, try not to think about it until you can take a test. I know...easier said than done.
Best of luck! My fingers are crossed for you!View Thread