My husband and I have been TTC for about 5 mnths now with no luck. First of all, yes, I know that it takes people much longer than that to conceive. So I haven't considered myselft infertile yet! lol However, I have only had one period since I stopped my BC 8mnths ago, mind you before I ever got on BC my periods were never regular but not one of my doctors has ever been concerned. So 2wks ago when I was in to see my endo he sent me to have my hormones checked to rule that out as a cause. When I called today to get the results the MA told me that everything was normal except my testosterone level was alittle high, (first I thought, does that mean I'm kindof a man?! lol) and that the dr would go over the results when I go back in 2 wks! ughh Sooo-of course I google everything (the worst idea i could have) and the first thing that comes up is PCOS. So now my mind is racing with all these thoughts. Can any of you relate to any of this?? I'm tempted to call back and talk to the doctor over the phone. Sorry to vent I'm just really frustrated, and as many of you know when you're TTC time is everything :)
I have had PCOS since I was 14. My periods became nonexistent. For about a year before I got pregnant, I was taking Metformin which gave me a regular cycle every 28 days. Without this, I would not get my period or ovulate. It only took me 2 months to get pregnant. I am 23 weeks and still taking it. I would ask your doctor more about this, because to me, it was like a miracle drug. When I first got PCOS and many years up until now, the doctors said I would probably not be able to have children, so I still can't believe what good fortune I have had. PCOS is not the end of the world and can be treated. (I don't know if you have experienced any of the other side effects of PCOS like hair growth, acne and weight gain but that has all been a constant struggle for me all these years.)
I am sorry you are frustrated. I am not sure what PCOS is I will have to look that up ! Have you talked to your OBGYN?
Gina-I haven't talked to my OB/GYN, she is also my PCP. But when I actually get preg I will be seeing a different high risk OB. I just made an appt with my PCP to see if I can get some answers!
Kelly-I'm glad to here that you were still able to get pregnant :) The only other symtom I have had is weight gain. Which I kind of contributed to having better control. So, did you take the Metformin along with your insulin?
I consider it a miracle I got pregnant too! =) I do take the Metformin along with the insuin (I have a pump) - usually it is used for type 2 diabetics, but it can also be used in type 1's with high insulin resistance, or women who don't ovulate. It helps to keep my numbers down and is why I have not encountered any insulin resistance thus far in my pregnancy and I am 23 weeks now. At first it can have some pretty terrible side effects like your stomach being extremely upset all the time, but your system eventually gets used to it so it is definitely worthwhile in the long run. I would ask your doctor about, because it doesn't seem to do anything but help!
Thank you so much for this post. I am 7 weeks, and for the first time in my life have experienced insulin resistance. I have been a diabetic for 35 years, and had decent control. I am still on injections. But, the idea of metformin is wonderful. The doctor has said that next time my sugars spike, he is going to hospitalize me. This will give me one more option to disucuss before that.
Metformin doesn't automatically lower your blood sugars, it is a gradual thing that has to build up in your system for a while and is not as effective or fast working as insulin, it just keep things at a slightly more normal range. That sounds really scary to be hospitalized for your sugars- how high are they getting? My A1C was 5.6 but I still have the occasional high number, no one will ever be able to eliminate that. Good luck with everything! =)