Breastfeeding, have PCOS, no PPAF yet...

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Breastfeeding, have PCOS, no PPAF yet...
Wed, 12-29-2010 - 1:01pm

Hi all -

I am getting pretty discouraged that I haven't had a PPAF yet.

Mom to Silas Walker, born July 2009, thanks to IVF. :)
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Registered: 02-13-2003
Wed, 12-29-2010 - 2:29pm

I have/had PCOS and had lot os trouble getting pregnant with my first....took tow years and a surgery later and we did get pregnant, but what I found really helped me regulate my hormones out is vitex. I started taking it before conceiving my first and well as time has gone one my body is getting more and more regular. My babies never spend to much time nursing at one time, so I have always gotten my PPAF back pretty fast but it was very irregular and I did not have cycles that could sustain a pregnancy. I would do some research on vitex and maybe try it if you have not already. Also, I have found that eating alot of raw almonds helps....not sure if this is all in my head or not, but it can't hurt:)

Hope that helps! Waiting is the hardest part!

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Registered: 02-02-2008
Wed, 12-29-2010 - 8:39pm
Hi KJ,
My DD is 15 months and I still have no sign on AF. I have endo and don't O without Clomid, so I'm pretty much In Limbo until we are done BFing. I have heard that weaning early does not guarantee the return of AF, so I decided that I don't want to wean early only to still have no AF.
I hope that we are able to have another child, but I'm not sure if that is possible at this point. Since my DD was born, I always tried to appreciate everything just in case she is our only child.

I know that it is no fun struggling with IF. I'm sure it doesn't get any better the second time around. (((HUGS))))

Emily (31) & Eric (28) loving Rose and two pugs :)

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Wed, 12-29-2010 - 10:37pm
MLY - I so agree with basically everything you said! I also don't want to wean before my son is ready with the hopes of getting pregnant again, only to have that not happen. I know I would always regret that. I'm also in limbo, it appears. I can't even use Clomid - it didn't work, but more importantly, I had a rare visual side effect that makes it too dangerous for me to ever take it again. So I pretty much have to hope that we get lucky - or that, after we're done nursing, that doing infertility treatment is both feasible and fairly quickly successful. I too am in the mindset that I am just trying to enjoy the time with my son in case he winds up being the only one. We had thought about considering adoption for a second if things looked as they're looking so far, but increasingly I'm not sure I want to do that. I might just keep hoping that we manage to get pregnant at some point in the next couple of years, and if not, learn to be okay with my son being an only child (even though that had never been the plan).

Anyway, good luck to you too... limbo stinks!

Mom to Silas Walker, born July 2009, thanks to IVF. :)
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Registered: 11-03-2007
Thu, 12-30-2010 - 2:37pm

Granted I don't know a thing about PCOS, but I will share my story...

My DD was 21 months old and I still hadn't had PPAF, so I saw my doctor. She put me on BCPs for a month to jumpstart my cycles... which kind of worked... kind of didn't. I did start cycling, but they were really long for the first two cycles (on my own). I started taking B complex vitamins, drinking red raspberry leaf tea, and tried to stretch nursing sessions to at least 4 hours between each session (my DD still doesn't sleep through the night). Finally, after 8 months TTC, and using Progesterone suppositories for a short LP, I got my BFP a week ago!

I am still BFing, and hoping to until DD weans herself. I hope you get some good ideas that will help you get PG, or at least get a lot of support from this board. I don't know what I would have done without it.

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Registered: 03-17-2010
Thu, 12-30-2010 - 2:47pm

I had a lot of trouble conceiving DD. After 12+ years on the BCP, I stopped taking them and only had AF twice in the following 16 months! I was not 'officially' diagnosed with PCOS, however I believe that I do have some form of it. When I outright asked my RE about PCOS her response was, 'let's not label it for the sake of labelling it, besides if I did diagnose it as PCOS you would have trouble getting life insurance". Luckily, I responded well to clomid and we conceived our second month. When DD was 10 months old I started charting even though I still had not seen PPAF. I also took vitex, vitamin B and DCI. By charting I started to notice a pattern of periods of fertile CM, at first once a month and then once very two weeks, but no thermal shift. Finally after several months of this I O'd when DD was 15 months old and we caught the first eggie! If you O at all on your own I would really recommend you start charting, even if it's just tracking CM. If I had not been charting I doubt we would have gotten so lucky.

Mom to DD born April 2009 and DS born April 2011
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Thu, 12-30-2010 - 11:20pm
Thanks for both responses. I need to get my sleep patterns in order - well, as best as I can with a 17mo old who still doesn't sleep through the night - and try to chart again. I did well with charting before we got pregnant, even though I don't always sleep well. I've noticed some attempts towards fertile CM in the last 2-3mo, I think, although I haven't charted. It definitely reminds me of the sort of semi-chronic limbo of my PCOS between going off the BCP and getting pregnant. (I got a very occasional period on my own, but was told that I probably had "unsuitable ovulations" most of the time I ovulated, according to the RE.)

My son still nurses pretty frequently, which I know isn't helping trying to start cycling again. When he's healthy, and sleeping well (not that that happens too often), and he's on his own demand schedule, he still probably nurses at least 5x/24hrs. When he's not feeling well and/or not sleeping well - and that's been a lot lately because he's had back-to-back ear infections - he'll nurse 8-12x/24hrs. But - I think he needs it what with the infections and I think an emotional phase he's in now, so... I try to ride with it. I was breastfed myself until 2 1/2 years old - but I was down to 1-2x/day by 18mo, so it was primarily a bedtime ritual. My son is nowhere close to cutting down that much yet!

Anyway, thanks again for the support. I'll cross my fingers that things start looking even a little more likely for ovulation soon...
Mom to Silas Walker, born July 2009, thanks to IVF. :)