PCOS and Fertility

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Registered: 10-22-2010
PCOS and Fertility
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Fri, 10-22-2010 - 5:56am

Hi, was wondering if anyone could shed some light on my subject. I have searched high and low, internet just got me even more confused on things. I am a 24 year old that is currently trying to conceive, however i do not ovulate or have a menstraul cycle because I have Polycystic Ovarian Disease. I'm wondering if there is something OTC that I can take to make me ovulate so that my chances of conceiving are better.

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Registered: 04-12-2010
Fri, 10-22-2010 - 10:26am

Welcome! Yours story is exactly like mine. I am also 24 and have PCOS. I am not sure there is anything over the counter you can take to help concieve aside from fertility aid. However the big reason people with PCOS have difficulty concieving is because our insulin levels mess with things. When my OBGYN diagnosed me with PCOS she started me on Metformin (Glucophage is the other name for it). It is not an OTC medication but it is also not a fertility medication. It is for diabetes. I started out on 1500mg daily and now my RE just upped my dose to 2250mg. As a medication it is not that bad, when I started or when the dose was upped I had some GI issues but nothing earth shattering.

I would talk to your doctor, whatever one gave you the diagnosis to talk about starting that medication. My OB said that there was a good chance that would help me ovulate. While that was not enough for me I think there is a very good chance it could be enough for others.

Good luck and welcome!

Dixie

"Even miracles take a little time." ~ Fairy Godmother: Cinderella

TTC since April 2009

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Registered: 06-05-2007
Fri, 10-22-2010 - 12:57pm

Hey there! I've been dealing with PCOS officially for about 4 years, however I'm pretty sure I've had it since my late teens.

Jemma (35) and DH, (37). Married October 13, 2007 and TTCing since April 2008. Dealing with PCOS, swollen tubes, and also MFI. Committing myself to getting healthy and losing weight in preparation for IVF later in 2012.

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Registered: 10-28-2009
Fri, 10-22-2010 - 1:31pm

I am also 24 and my diagnosis is PCOS i was diagnosed in my late teens and since i wasnt trying to have children then i was put on BC to regulate cycles. Once we started to TTC I also had no periods of course i assumed the whole problem was me. Needless to say i was also started on metformin 1500mg/day which since i had normal glucose levels prior too caused some low blood sugars but nothing exciting. I am one of the people it worked wonderfully for I think out of the 6 months i took it 5 of those months i ovulated normally with a normal length cycle. Once i didnt get pregnant i got my OB to try clomid, we did 2 cycles with that with positive ovulation and BDing at the right time

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Registered: 10-22-2010
Sat, 10-23-2010 - 3:57am

my doc say's my insulin is fine, i dont' have weight gain or diabetes, the only things i have are no periods, no ovulation, too much testosterone, and the of course ever painful popping of a cyst, my doc did have me on birth controle, in order to make me have a period for endometrium health which does work, is there nothing otc for ovulation? i'm in excellent health otherwise.

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Registered: 06-05-2007
Mon, 10-25-2010 - 10:06am
Unfortunately I have heard of nothing you can buy OTC that will induce ovulation. Fertilaid has helped some women, but I don't know if it's available at any health food stores? You might want to try, I have only seen it online. Just so you know, many doctors will start off with Clomid to help you ovulate. I started with that with my OBGYN. You typically take it for 5 days during your cycle. I would take it starting day 3-7. It was very inexpensive...I believe it only cost me $9 per 50mg dose at Walmart. I absolutely despise Walmart, but I do suck it up and go there for prescriptions.

Jemma (35) and DH, (37). Married October 13, 2007 and TTCing since April 2008. Dealing with PCOS, swollen tubes, and also MFI. Committing myself to getting healthy and losing weight in preparation for IVF later in 2012.

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Registered: 12-23-2009
Mon, 10-25-2010 - 9:13pm

Hi there,

It is so interesting that you posted this just as I had the same question. I went to the RE today for a letrazole u/s for IUI #2 and when she was looking over my chart and CD3 fsh/e2/amh she said I seem to have too many eggs for my age (36). SHe asked a lot of questions to see if I have pcos. I don't quite fit the bill, but she said I had to have 2 out of 3 symptoms (elevated testosterone, high egg #, acneand hair) to be dx pcos. I have the high amh, but not so much the acne/hair. They took a lab for testosterone but said that is not always conclusive.

I asked her if that shot my chance for pg and she said no. SHe said metformin can improve egg quality. So, I guess my point is you can still get pg, but I think it might take an rx.

Good luck to you.

TTC #2 on & off 4 yrs On to IUI #2 Femara up to 7.5mg/day CD 3-7, trigger shot and progesterone starting 2DPIUI
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Registered: 01-15-2011
Sat, 01-15-2011 - 8:29pm

try femara with the gonal-f....for people who do not respond well to clomid or gonal-f alone, adding femara from day 3-7 and gonal f from day 7 to whenever your follicles get bigger helps.