Journals / Title: TTC #1 with PCOS

Author: M

About me: Me 29, OH 34. Trying for our first.

Months trying to conceive: I came off the pill on 13/09/2013.

My story: I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 17. I was also told to "not worry about it until you want to have children". Very reassuring, isn't it? Two years later, I was given the BCP to regulate my cycles which were getting longer and longer (around 50 days).

My emotions: I've always wanted to have children and worried that I would not be able to conceive. I was hoping that 10 years of BCP would have regulated my cycles but it's not the case, which is disappointing. I do ovulate though so I'm hopeful and I will do everything I can to fulfill my dream.

25th October, 9:10 pm

With no sign of ovulation on my chart, I've been a little depressed these last weeks but yesterday, a red line finally appeared! Apparently I ovulated on CD30. It's late and obviously my cycles are still quite long but I'm so relieved to see I ovulate! I'm very glad I started charting, especially since OPKs don't seem to work well for me (got some fake positives and it's just too stressful and cumbersome to test every day for 3 weeks!) I think that our intercourse timing was not too bad either so fingers crossed!

I've been wondering if I should see a GP or wait. I found on the Internet that you should wait for a year if you're under 35 and have no known fertility issues. But what if you do you have a problem? I'm afraid I won't be taken seriously if I go early but at the same time, it would be silly to wait if there's no chance that I can conceive naturally... Or I could go and I lie on how long we've been trying to make sure I get referred to a specialist. Any advice is welcome but at the moment, I'm thinking that I will wait 3 cycles (so about 4.5 months) before going and that I'll bring my charts and my old ultrasound. Hopefully, it will convince the GP that I need a specialist and that paracetamol won't cut it ;-)

In the meantime, I'm going to start Agnus Castus and EPO next cycle (on top of pre-conception vitamins which I'm already taking). I'm also looking into acupuncture. I found an acupuncturist who does home visits in my area and the rates are pretty good. She doesn't mention PCOS on her website though (mostly muscle pain) so I'll have to get in touch with her to see if she can help. Has anyone tried this?

I've also stopped drinking and I'm trying to follow a low-GI diet (but not too strictly). The only thing left to do is to exercise more. I still need to look into that.

I also need to learn to relax but I have a long way to go :-)

Message edited by the author 31st October, 3:28 pm

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31st October, 3:21 pm

Today, I'm at 10DPO and I find it hard to wait before testing... It probably doesn't help that my cycle is so long (CD40 today). I'm planning on testing on Sunday. I hope it's not too early.

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3rd November, 2:09 pm

My temperature went way down so I'm just waiting for AF now. I'm not too disappointed but I really hope my cycles will get shorter.

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4th November, 11:11 am

AF is here. At least my luteal phase is not too long or too short, so that's something. I've started Agnus Castus and Evening Primrose Oil today. I hope it will work!

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7th November, 11:05 am

I'm a little worried because AF only lasted about a day and a half (+ spotting before and after). With the pill, it was always 5-6 days. I hope it's not a sign of a bad ovulation... I'll see if it happens again next month.

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27th November, 10:34 am

I'm a little down today. I'm on CD24 and still no sign of ovulation. I know I should be patient and we've only just started trying but it's hard to wait so long for each cycle. I'm wondering if I should take more AC next cycle or just wait and let it build up (it says to take one or two tablets a day on the package and I've been taking just one). On a more positive note, I don't have anymore headaches and my hair has stopped falling. The only negative side-effect is the spots on my chests, which aren't a big problem, just unusual.

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2nd December, 4:13 pm

CD29 today and another negative OPK so I guess I'm going to ovulate even later than last cycle (if at all)... I had what I thought was ovulation pain on Saturday night and Sunday morning but it must have been something else.

Rosey, to answer your question, I'm going to see my family for Christmas which is great because we all live in different countries so it will be a very special time! My partner and I are going to my sister's country first (this Sunday) and then we all go to my parents' country to celebrate Christmas early (on the 15th). We'll also visit some of my extended family and friends. I'm really looking forward to it even though it's going to be exhausting!

Hopefully, December will go by quickly and in January, I'll go and see my GP because it's not normal to have such long cycles and hopefully, I can get help.

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23rd December, 9:07 pm

I've been back from my holiday for a week now. I had a great time with my partner and my family. I really needed that. And since I came back, I've had tons of work so it helped keeping me distracted. This cycle, I ovulated even later than last time (CD38 or 40, I'm not sure). Now I'm waiting for AF around Christmas. I don't think I'm pregnant but we'll see...

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24th December, 10:11 am

I started spotting yesterday just after writing my last entry. I hope AF is going to come soon and have a normal length... I'm not too sad because I expected it. I just feel a little down knowing that I now have to wait another 6 or 7 weeks for another chance. On the bright side, my sister is getting married in September next year and if I had been pregnant this month I wouldn't have been able to attend.

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30th December, 9:31 am

I had a one-day and very light period again with a bit of spotting before and after. I'm worried that things could be worse than I expected. I cried a lot yesterday and I still feel down today.

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15th January, 10:13 am

It looks like I ovulated on CD17!! I'm so happy! This should be my shortest cycle ever. It must have been the Agnus Castus. Our intercourse timing was pretty good too considering we didn't expect to ovulate before at least another two weeks at the time. But even if it isn't our month, I'm just happy that I'm ovulating and that my cycles will hopefully be shorter now.

I'm also in the process of booking a big trip with my best friend at the end of February. We had been talking about it for ages and we finally took the plunge as it really is now or never. I'm a little stressed with everything that still needs to be organized but I know that it will be great once we're there. And it's going to be a great way to take my mind of ttc.

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24th January, 9:12 pm

I've been spotting for the last three days so even though my temps haven't dropped yet, I think I'm out for this month. I was very upset when I noticed the spotting because I felt different this month and I had a feeling that I could be pregnant.

But I feel better now. I realized that if I had been pregnant, the due date would still have been too close to my sister's wedding for me to attend so at least now I'm pretty sure I'll be able to go (hopefully with a big bump!). I'm also very happy that I ovulated so early (CD17 this month vs. CD30 and 40 for my previous cycles). I'm convinced that it's the Agnus Castus finally kicking in and hopefully, my cycles will stay short as long as I take it. I'm really happy about it because it means that I should have 12 cycles a year instead of 6 or 7.

I'm still worried because I haven't had a proper period since I stopped the pill. If I'm ovulating correctly like my charts show, why do I just have a few days of spotting and maybe a day of very light bleeding?

The plan for next month is to start having regular sex and doing OPKs much earlier than before (so around CD13 just to be sure). This month should go by really quickly because I'm going on holidays with my best friend for two weeks at the end of the month. I really hope I will ovulate before then but if it's like this month, it should be fine. And when I'm back, if I'm still not pregnant, I'll go to the doctor to talk about my absent periods and my PCOS.

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12th February , 11:43 am

Still no ovulation, I'm disappointed... I'm going on holidays in a week so now I just hope it will happen before I leave!

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14th February , 12:00 pm

My OPKs are still negative (and I'm going to run out soon) but my temperature dropped this morning and I felt a little pain around my left ovary. I never feel ovulation so it might be unrelated but I'm hoping that my temp will go up soon. If I ovulate in the next few days and get pregnant, my due date would be around my 30st birthday. I try not to be too hopeful but it would be the best gift ever!

My partner and I talked again about going to the GP. I've been wanting to go from the beginning because of my PCOS but he wanted to try "the natural way" first. But since it will already be around 6 months by the time I come back from my holiday, he agrees that it wouldn't hurt to go for a check-up. It's nice to have his support.

And I'm getting excited about this holiday! I'm going shopping tonight because I don't have enough summer clothes. I figured that the shops will be empty because of Valentine's day and since my partner won't be home anyway, I might as well treat myself :-)

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18th February , 10:52 am

Still no ovulation and I'm leaving in two days :-S I've had EWM today and yesterday so there's still hope but not much... Anyway, there's nothing I can do now so I'll just try to relax and focus on my holiday!

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5th March, 3:55 pm

I'm back from my holiday! Still feeling the jet lag but I have an extra day off so I'll be fine. Apparently I ovulated on CD23 last cycle which is not too bad but I think I had EWM on CD25 and 26 so I'm not too sure. Doesn't really matter because I've had the usual 4 days of spotting and a light period which started this morning. I'm not too disappointed because I expected it and I had a great time away so I'm more relaxed than ever. We're also going to go see the GP this month. I'm a little nervous about it but also very hopeful.

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10th March, 10:54 am

We have an appointment with the GP tomorrow! We'll see how that goes.

I've also just started a 3-month workout programme to try to lose some weight. I started gaining weight about a year and a half ago when I went from walking to work and going to the gym to working from home. I also moved in with my partner around the same time so I started eating more and there is no gym in our neighbourhood. And then I stopped the pill and my PCOS symptoms got worse including gaining weight. So I really had to do something. I've already starting losing a little by being more careful with what I eat and doing some exercise but I think this programme will help me focus. It's also nice to focus on something else than TTC. Ideally I'd like to lose 14 kg in total.

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11th March, 11:00 pm

The GP appointment went ok. It went really fast and the GP didn't seem to know much about PCOS. When I said I had it, he said "but you're not fat!". It's nice to hear but you don't have to be obese to have PCOS (plus I really am overweight)... Anyway, he told me that I need a smear test, blood tests on CD2 and 21 and I think there was something else but I'm not sure. I read afterwards that the blood test on CD21 is to control ovulation and since I usually ovulate after CD21, it will probably be useless but if it helps getting a referral, that's fine. My partner has to have his semen checked which he refused at first but agreed to do eventually though he's really not thrilled about it. The GP told me I can do the CD21 blood test (and all the other tests) this cycle and the CD2 blood test next cycle so I just neeed to make an appointment.

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14th March, 2:38 pm

I called the nurse who's going to do my blood tests today to ask if I should really do it on CD21 considering the length of my cycles and she said that it was a standard test that they have to do before being able to refer me (that plus one on CD2 + semen analysis). So I'm thinking that in a way it might be a good thing that it will be done too early and will not show the expected result as it might speed up the referral. I was afraid that they would make me repeat this test for a few cycles to confirm that there is a problem but from what she said, I don't think it's the case. So my appointment is on 25/03 and I'm happy that things are moving in the right direction :-)

Kitten, for the semen analysis, I called the fertility clinic and they said they would give him an appointment once they receive the letter from the GP. The appoinment would be for 2-3 weeks later and he won't be able to choose the date or time and he would have to do the sample there. It's not ideal but it's just once (hopefully). I just hope he'll be able to take the time off work. I told him I would take the day off as well and we can do something fun afterwards.

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21st March, 11:08 am

I'm waiting for ovulation. It's the worst part for me since it's completely random. It could happen today or in three weeks. I hope it will be early because the pressure of having to have sex every 2 or 3 days for such a long time is not fun, but at the same time, my cycles are so long that we don't want to risk losing 6 or 7 weeks just because we were tired... I'm also waiting for ovulation to calculate when the second day of my next cycle will be. I'd like to go see my family in April but I want to have the test done first and be back before ovulation next month so I have to wait...

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