So, after lots of calls, messages, and finger twisting, I got an appt. with my doctor back home which is SO good. She is way better than any doctor I've ever seen... and another great perk is that it's free there. Hopefully, the got their new ultrasound machine as planned so she can check to see what's goin' on in there. I'm so relieved. Only 3 weeks and then I will be completely okay. I mean, in the sense that I will be assured one way or the other.View Thread
Really? Blood. That's funny.... I've been an intern in various offices in the medical field for 5 years - nothing grosses me out. But, the rectal exam was the weirdest thing. I still shiver thinking about the fact of how far her finger felt in there and just how weird it felt. Ugh. So weird. TThat's all I can say.
And, I was just referring to the provera because I had a similar experience with hormones. I haven't ever needed to take Clomid, but I heard that it's similar in effects. Supposed to make your periods worse. But, for me, provera (like clomid for you) made my period realllyyyyyy light but horribly painful.View Thread
Well, I guess I will just say that every woman with PCOS has periods like that. Mine go from 14 days, to 35 days, to 72 days, to 12 months. There is never anything regular about periods with PCOS. As far as the cysts go, almost every woman (although there are some who do not) has cysts on her ovaries, or just one ovary. It varies from woman to woman, but it is common and I would be hesitant to say "atypical" PCOS because it seems pretty typical to me.
But, I hope they find out the cause for your issues! Everyone is always here if you have questions!View Thread
Well, I'm sorry it's been such an issue to conceive for y'all!
I just want to add into this that you don't necessarily have to fit the profile to have PCOS. I'm 5'7. At the time of my diagnosis, I was respectively 155lbs - a pretty decent weight for my body type as an athelete. Due to medicines, I have gained weight but that has not too much to do with PCOS. I do have a ton of cysts, but they aren't in the typical "pearl" strand appearance. I'm not insulin resistant and don't have diabetes. But, I am now on Metformin. I'm not getting my periods at all anymore. It's been 12 months since a "normal" period. I took provera last month. I had a couple of days of spotting after, but nothing outside of that. There is a general "profile" for PCOS, but it varies so much. If your doctor is thinking it's PCOS, I would definitely trust them. Just be honest about everything along the way!
also, just curious. Why did he/she say "atypical" PCOS?View Thread
Well, that's a start! I heard that the Provera was supposed to make your periods worse...but like you said, the cramps were what kicked my butt! There was little to no bleeding for those 3 or so days. Usually, mine are so heavy. I don't consider that a period at all...
Hopefully, I will hear back soon about medicaid!
Okay, so I know this has nothing to do with PCOS but, you're a woman and you've had pelvic exams. Well, today, I didn't have a pelvic exam. I had to have a rectal exam for various reasons and boy was that the weirdest most uncomfortable thing I've ever felt. Have you ever had one? I didn't know just how much I'd feel the inside of my body when she did the exam. Weird. Maybe TMI, but, you or another lady has to be able to relate!View Thread
My spring break is March 3-11th. I will make an appt. once I can! I may be getting health choice/medicaid very soon! I have my fingers crossed, but not expecting anything because I've been let down BIG TIME in the past by Medicaid. So...yeah. No faith.
But, it'd be good if I did because I got a bill today for that OBGYN visit I went to. Rather, I went to shake a man's hand and listen to him tell me the same spiel about PCOS I've heard at least 5 times from my own doctors back home. I paid $50 there and the bill was for $130. He literally shook my hand ONE TIME. No exam, nothing. They charged $30 for a pregnancy test that wasn't necessary. I had a pregnancy test the day before that at the health center on campus as part of a routine UA (that ended up being $20). Then, I had to go back to the health center on campus to have another pregnancy test 5 days after the one at the OBGYN which costed another $10. So, altogether... for a person that is not having sex (and only ever has twice - almost 3 years ago) I spent $60 on pregnancy tests. I'm pissed because this is money I don't have! I'm a broke college student with no financial support at all. I just hate this! I'm praying for this medicaid. Lord knows I need some relief.View Thread
Yeah, those are all valid reasons as to why you aren't seeing your period yet! The dollar store ones are not any different really. I mean, if you are pregnant for sure and it's been a while since the expected conceiving date... that'll show up. The health center here uses those dollar ones...
My period seems to not really be a period. Feels worse than any period I've ever had...but there is barely an actual period there. On the women's health community, the nurse, Jane, said that the 'scant' bleeding probably isn't a good response - especially after 12 months of no visits from AF. So, hopefully during spring break, I can get in to see my doctor back home!
Yeah, I know it'll be disappointing...but, don't let it discourage you from trying again. Keep sight of your desire.
I think you asked about the metformin before... so, I will search for that post and repost it Birth control is, indeed, for erratic periods. It's good for secondary amennorhea (which is what I have)... and it's great for PCOS. Keeps things moving, keeps you ovulating regularly. It's good stuff... just a pain to find the right one and being able to pay for it monthly!View Thread
Well, birth control actually does help to regulate a cycle that is erratic. Having the constant level of hormones manipulates a menstrual cycle, therefore, bringing a period on regularly. But, I'm not going to take the medicine that he wants me to because, well, I don't like to take anything that my doctor back home hasn't prescribed. She has been with me for years and knows me inside out... literally
Good news....kinda. I started my period! Maybe my body just takes an extra long time to respond to provera...but, I started. Or, maybe it was because my doc back home up'd my dose of metformin to two times a day.... Not sure. But, either way, something is working. I feel like crap though! Not having a period for a year and then all of a sudden having it again is really a weird sensation! TMI, I know.
Something is still wrong, obviously...but, for now, I am just going to ride it out and hope that it doesn't get any heavier. I know it will...but, we'll see.
As far as your pregnancy test...the suspense would kill me, too! But, I would just wait to take one at the doctors! It'll be the most accurate - especially if they draw blood. But, I'm sure they will just use the typical test. Anyhow, good luck! Remember...there is always February!View Thread
Well, I just took the third pregnancy test I've had in a week. There are a couple of thoughts that go through my head when they insist on me taking another test, or after when they say I am free to leave.
1. I'm not sexually active at all, so unless I am the next Mary, there is no way.
2. It's been 12 months since my last period. If I was pregnant, I would've spit out the kid by now, or I would be ginormously huge. Clearly neither of those are the case...
3. Why don't y'all stop checking to see if I am a lying college student and check my hormone levels? Something no doctor has yet to do at all...
4. "Okay, Jade, you're free to go. It's negative." Me: "Whew! Thank goodness. The suspense was killing me..." I would've been suprised if it were anything but negative. Obviously. But, what's a little humor gonna hurt?
Needless to say, I'm not pregnant. I'm not a lying college girl. I'm not getting my period. And, I'm not being tested as far as my hormones go. Stupid.
They are gonna put me on a birth control pill (that I cannot obviously afford) and aren't even going to check to see what my hormones are doing. For all they know, I could be one of the exceptions to the rule - I mean, there are the occasional cases where gals start menopause REALLY early. What if I am that girl? They'd never know. What if I turn out like my aunt - her endometrial cancer went undetected for a while, but thank goodness she is a survivor. I'm not saying I have cancer, but I know something isn't right.
Hoping your appt. goes well on the 6th. It'll be here before ya know it.View Thread