Any success stories on conceiving?

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  • Desyreeolvera
    Desyreeolvera Posts: 32 Member
    edited January 2016
    I was diagnosed with pcos August 2013 and was trying to conceive for a year before that. My dr put me on 850mg of metformin 3x a day. And I started to eat super clean. I cut out sugar most carbs and caffeine as well. I basically did a hard reset on my body and 2 months later I got pregnant right before I was about to schedule an IUI. Me and my husband got lucky and we are now blessed with a 1 year old girl. Infertility sucks. It's heart breaking especially to those who try and try for many years.

    I'm once again starting my weight loss journey. I have about 75lbs I want to get rid of for good. Feel free to add me for support and any questions you may have!
  • aSearch4Me
    aSearch4Me Posts: 397 Member
    aSearch4Me wrote: »

    My story: I started this weight-loss journey in mid-May 2015, and so far have lost almost 45#. We've actively been trying to conceive for the past 6 months, and I was diagnosed with PCOS in July 2015. (but we hadn't been preventing potential pregnancy since 2010, i.e. no BC measures...does that make sense? We were hoping for a natural "yay, we're pregnant!" moment that never happened in those 5 years...).

    I'm currently on Metformin 1000mg ER b.i.d, and supplementing with a complex b-vitamin, multi-vitamin, and 2 g. of myo-inositol b.i.d. I'm also on a reduced carb diet (max 80-90 g carb a day, but currently stepping down to a max of 40g/day, because my rate of weight loss is better at those levels).

    This regimen regulated my periods within the first month, like-clockwork...it's amazing considering I typically had to induce a bleed every 3-4 months with progesterone before, and my prior doctors did nothing about trying to figure out why, but I never pushed to find out why either. For the first time ever I'm showing the physical signs of ovulation, but this will be the first month testing for with OPK & labwork to verify that I'm ovulating. In another 3-6 months, my doc plans to add in Clomid as long as my weight loss proceeds at a similar rate.

    No personal success yet...but fingers crossed for soon.

    I have an update to my story...Over the course of 6 months, I have lost 50 pounds from diet & metformin. My cycles became really regular as of last July, I showed signs of ovulation per labs & OPKs (which I don't think I was at all before), but still no pregnancies. I had an appointment with my doctor earlier this month, and we made the decision that starting in April, I would be started on Femara or Clomid. BUT, this week has maybe changed that plan :smiley: . I went for my routine weekly allergy shot on Monday, and had this crazy all-over-body hive reaction about 2 hours after the shot, which I've never had before. The only thing I could logically think would change my immune system that much in a week was pregnancy. But my test the day before & that morning was negative (D10/D11). I tested again on Wednesday, and saw a very very very faint positive line, but I really thought it was just hopeful thinking. But my test yesterday morning (D13) left zero doubt.

    So now I'm just in this anxious stage of hoping & praying this little bean is real, sticks, & grows like crazy. I know with PCOS the risk of miscarriage is high. Keeping myself calm & not thinking about all of the "what ifs" has been really hard for the past 24 hours, but I'm hoping my brain chills out soon.

    On a humorous note, After nearly 6 years of peeing on sticks, I'm mildly shocked that they CAN display 2 lines :smile: . I took 3 tests before I was convinced the first one wasn't defective...
  • KnitOrMiss
    KnitOrMiss Posts: 10,104 Member
    aSearch4Me wrote: »
    aSearch4Me wrote: »

    My story: I started this weight-loss journey in mid-May 2015, and so far have lost almost 45#. We've actively been trying to conceive for the past 6 months, and I was diagnosed with PCOS in July 2015. (but we hadn't been preventing potential pregnancy since 2010, i.e. no BC measures...does that make sense? We were hoping for a natural "yay, we're pregnant!" moment that never happened in those 5 years...).

    I'm currently on Metformin 1000mg ER b.i.d, and supplementing with a complex b-vitamin, multi-vitamin, and 2 g. of myo-inositol b.i.d. I'm also on a reduced carb diet (max 80-90 g carb a day, but currently stepping down to a max of 40g/day, because my rate of weight loss is better at those levels).

    This regimen regulated my periods within the first month, like-clockwork...it's amazing considering I typically had to induce a bleed every 3-4 months with progesterone before, and my prior doctors did nothing about trying to figure out why, but I never pushed to find out why either. For the first time ever I'm showing the physical signs of ovulation, but this will be the first month testing for with OPK & labwork to verify that I'm ovulating. In another 3-6 months, my doc plans to add in Clomid as long as my weight loss proceeds at a similar rate.

    No personal success yet...but fingers crossed for soon.

    I have an update to my story...Over the course of 6 months, I have lost 50 pounds from diet & metformin. My cycles became really regular as of last July, I showed signs of ovulation per labs & OPKs (which I don't think I was at all before), but still no pregnancies. I had an appointment with my doctor earlier this month, and we made the decision that starting in April, I would be started on Femara or Clomid. BUT, this week has maybe changed that plan :smiley: . I went for my routine weekly allergy shot on Monday, and had this crazy all-over-body hive reaction about 2 hours after the shot, which I've never had before. The only thing I could logically think would change my immune system that much in a week was pregnancy. But my test the day before & that morning was negative (D10/D11). I tested again on Wednesday, and saw a very very very faint positive line, but I really thought it was just hopeful thinking. But my test yesterday morning (D13) left zero doubt.

    So now I'm just in this anxious stage of hoping & praying this little bean is real, sticks, & grows like crazy. I know with PCOS the risk of miscarriage is high. Keeping myself calm & not thinking about all of the "what ifs" has been really hard for the past 24 hours, but I'm hoping my brain chills out soon.

    On a humorous note, After nearly 6 years of peeing on sticks, I'm mildly shocked that they CAN display 2 lines :smile: . I took 3 tests before I was convinced the first one wasn't defective...

    Congrats on the changes... And good luck. I think one of the biggest risks for miscarrying with PCOS is progesterone levels, which are supposed to climb/skyrocket when preggo, so definitely recommend getting those checked. Sending you lots and lots of good thoughts, positive energies, hopes and prayers! (HUGS)
  • aSearch4Me
    aSearch4Me Posts: 397 Member
    KnitOrMiss wrote: »

    Congrats on the changes... And good luck. I think one of the biggest risks for miscarrying with PCOS is progesterone levels, which are supposed to climb/skyrocket when preggo, so definitely recommend getting those checked. Sending you lots and lots of good thoughts, positive energies, hopes and prayers! (HUGS)

    Thank you! I actually feel a little silly in retrospect reporting this here, but with only my husband & my physicians knowing this info right now...I needed to tell SOMEONE...lol. And I figured the PCOS Cysters who have been there could understand my fears/risks. I also realized I mis-typed earlier, and my full/clearly positive test was on D14, not 13...

    Thank you for the reminder re: the progesterone. I had actually asked my doctor's OB nurse when I called in to report the pregnancy & schedule appointments. She said they typically don't check the progesterone unless I were to start spotting, even in PCOS patients.

    But since my post ovulation progesterone lab levels tended to be spot-on when checked, and I'm still temping & my basal temps are staying high...I'm hoping it stays up.

    Thank you for the positive energy, good thoughts, hopes & prayers...they are MUCH appreciated.
  • KnitOrMiss
    KnitOrMiss Posts: 10,104 Member
    I would reread @Alliwan's post above, honestly, and insist on the progesterone test, even if you have to pay out of pocket. It could make all the difference, and now is the most critical time for that. The medical profession works FOR YOU. Don't let them tell you what to accept or not... (HUGS)

    Can't wait for more positive info on this! It is definitely worth celebrating, because this is a very personal success for you.

    My own stuff ended up being pretty random, and I never had the knowledge to time, temp, supplement, or medicate, so y'all are in a world so foreign to me, but the terrified hope - that is a feeling I know intimately.
  • MeepleMuppet
    MeepleMuppet Posts: 226 Member
    edited February 2016
    I agree with the others Search, don't wait. My progesterone levels were fine too but they still made me take additional progesterone suppositories through the second trimester to sustain the pregnancy. Everyone's different but make sure they are listening to you when you all discuss the risks of a pregnancy with PCOS.
  • zombiemomjo
    zombiemomjo Posts: 570 Member
    I am totally going to agree on insisting on the progesterone test when the time comes. We tried to conceive for 4 years (clomid for months and 3 rounds of shots). I managed to conceive probably three times. Positive home test, but by the time I got into the fertility specialist's office for the official test, it was too late. Never once did he suggest we test progesterone levels. We decided to give up on TTC, and we were looking into adoption. I was so tired of the battle that I went back on birth control for a month or so. Didn't like that pill, so I stopped taking it. My sister then asked if she could be our surrogate. She and I went on a Monday to meet with the fertility specialist in her area. One week later I peed on a stick out of habit, and I got that BFP! I immediately called my Ob/GYN, and she had me go straight in for that progesterone test. Number was way low, so I immediately started the progesterone suppositories. I had GD with the pregnancy, but everything else was perfect. After he was born, I lost the baby weight plus another 20 lbs within 2 months without doing anything! My hormones just straightened right out.

    8 months later, I started putting on weight, so I was considering the pill again. I found myself sopping up sausage grease out of the pan after dinner one night, and my friend told me I had better pee on a stick again. Lo and behold, son #2 had been conceived without any intervention or stress on our part! We did the progesterone suppositories until week 11, had GD once again, but everything was great with him as well.

    My Ob/GYN will forever have my love and gratitude for being the only doc in the struggle to suggest that progesterone was probably my issue. Thanks to her I have two very different and very special boys (only 15 months apart!).
  • stacicali
    stacicali Posts: 137 Member
    I have had PCOS since puberty and was told by multiple drs that I would need a lot of help getting pregnant. I had been on Metformin 1000 mg twice a day for years and had been put on Wellbutrin 150 twice a day (which btw caused me to lose 15 lbs) and got pregnant! I have a beautiful healthy 4 year old boy. It can happen. There is hope. And if you haven't already, investigate myo-inositol. It is a very safe supplement that lots of reproductive endocrinologists are recommending now. Read more about it here: https://examine.com/supplements/Inositol/
  • aSearch4Me
    aSearch4Me Posts: 397 Member
    edited February 2016
    It's been a few weeks, so I thought I would check back in... we had our first OB exam last Friday (with scan), and got the great news that our LittleBit is right on track as expected at 8weeks (now 8+3) with a stellar heart rate of 162bpm. :smiley::heart: I know we're not "out of the woods" by any means, but meeting that milestone was such a huge relief. [Knock on wood for a healthy road the remaining months]

    I just wanted to throw this in here for anyone else who might be following this thread. In reference to the progesterone discussion above, I really do thank everyone for their input & suggestions. After the posts, I was a bit stressed & had a phone convo with my doctor about it, and she said that in an absence of spotting or a history of multiple miscarriage, there wasn't a need to check progesterone. That the lab value is a wide range for every woman, and that each pregnancy was different. She treats a LOT of PCOS patients, and has PCOS herself, and she is the first doctor who would work with me on finding a key to unlock my fertility after nearly 6 years (with the final 10 months of aggressively/actively trying)....so I trust her.

    Looking forward, I'm of course nervous about the increased potential for gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and all of the other lovely potential side effects that PCOS raises my risk levels for...but we're taking each day at a time, and considering every day that LittleBit hangs in there as a blessing. I'm anxious for the 1st trimester energy drain to decrease a bit, so I can back to lap swimming (right now I get in my 10,000 steps during my work day, and then go home & crash/sleep before making dinner. No gym energy whatsoever).

    For any other low-carbers, I was given permission to step my carb level up through the first trimester (Goal: 80-120g, no more than 150g)...mainly because carbs are the only thing that are sitting in my stomach well at the current time. But starting with the 2nd & 3rd trimester, she wants me back down to no more than 80-100g total carbs. So if anyone has suggestions on low-carbing & beating cravings in pregnancy...I'd greatly appreciate them. lol Feel free to message me.
    aSearch4Me wrote: »

    Thank you for the positive energy, good thoughts, hopes & prayers...they are MUCH appreciated.
    aSearch4Me wrote: »
    aSearch4Me wrote: »

    My backstory: I started this weight-loss journey in mid-May 2015, and so far have lost almost 45#. We've actively been trying to conceive for the past 6 months, and I was diagnosed with PCOS in July 2015. (but we hadn't been preventing potential pregnancy since 2010, i.e. no BC measures...does that make sense? We were hoping for a natural "yay, we're pregnant!" moment that never happened in those 5 years...).

    I'm currently on Metformin 1000mg ER b.i.d, and supplementing with a complex b-vitamin, multi-vitamin, and 2 g. of myo-inositol b.i.d. I'm also on a reduced carb diet (max 80-90 g carb a day, but currently stepping down to a max of 40g/day, because my rate of weight loss is better at those levels).

    This regimen regulated my periods within the first month, like-clockwork...it's amazing considering I typically had to induce a bleed every 3-4 months with progesterone before, and my prior doctors did nothing about trying to figure out why, but I never pushed to find out why either. My doctor was getting ready to start me on either Clomid or Femara in April after my next appointment, and we got this little happy surprise :smile:
  • KnitOrMiss
    KnitOrMiss Posts: 10,104 Member
    aSearch4Me wrote: »
    It's been a few weeks, so I thought I would check back in... we had our first OB exam last Friday (with scan), and got the great news that our LittleBit is right on track as expected at 8weeks (now 8+3) with a stellar heart rate of 162bpm. :smiley::heart: I know we're not "out of the woods" by any means, but meeting that milestone was such a huge relief. [Knock on wood for a healthy road the remaining months]

    I just wanted to throw this in here for anyone else who might be following this thread. In reference to the progesterone discussion above, I really do thank everyone for their input & suggestions. After the posts, I was a bit stressed & had a phone convo with my doctor about it, and she said that in an absence of spotting or a history of multiple miscarriage, there wasn't a need to check progesterone. That the lab value is a wide range for every woman, and that each pregnancy was different. She treats a LOT of PCOS patients, and has PCOS herself, and she is the first doctor who would work with me on finding a key to unlock my fertility after nearly 6 years (with the final 10 months of aggressively/actively trying)....so I trust her.

    Looking forward, I'm of course nervous about the increased potential for gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and all of the other lovely potential side effects that PCOS raises my risk levels for...but we're taking each day at a time, and considering every day that LittleBit hangs in there as a blessing. I'm anxious for the 1st trimester energy drain to decrease a bit, so I can back to lap swimming (right now I get in my 10,000 steps during my work day, and then go home & crash/sleep before making dinner. No gym energy whatsoever).

    For any other low-carbers, I was given permission to step my carb level up through the first trimester (Goal: 80-120g, no more than 150g)...mainly because carbs are the only thing that are sitting in my stomach well at the current time. But starting with the 2nd & 3rd trimester, she wants me back down to no more than 80-100g total carbs. So if anyone has suggestions on low-carbing & beating cravings in pregnancy...I'd greatly appreciate them. lol Feel free to message me.
    aSearch4Me wrote: »

    Thank you for the positive energy, good thoughts, hopes & prayers...they are MUCH appreciated.
    aSearch4Me wrote: »
    aSearch4Me wrote: »

    My backstory: I started this weight-loss journey in mid-May 2015, and so far have lost almost 45#. We've actively been trying to conceive for the past 6 months, and I was diagnosed with PCOS in July 2015. (but we hadn't been preventing potential pregnancy since 2010, i.e. no BC measures...does that make sense? We were hoping for a natural "yay, we're pregnant!" moment that never happened in those 5 years...).

    I'm currently on Metformin 1000mg ER b.i.d, and supplementing with a complex b-vitamin, multi-vitamin, and 2 g. of myo-inositol b.i.d. I'm also on a reduced carb diet (max 80-90 g carb a day, but currently stepping down to a max of 40g/day, because my rate of weight loss is better at those levels).

    This regimen regulated my periods within the first month, like-clockwork...it's amazing considering I typically had to induce a bleed every 3-4 months with progesterone before, and my prior doctors did nothing about trying to figure out why, but I never pushed to find out why either. My doctor was getting ready to start me on either Clomid or Femara in April after my next appointment, and we got this little happy surprise :smile:

    Congratulations all around. Sending good thoughts up for the rest of the journey. @Alliwan and @TribalmamaEmily are the two I know who've done the low carb while pregnant thing. Oh, almost forgot @Baconslave. @Alliwan is the only one I know of those with PCOS, so I don't know if they others will see the message.

    @Alliwan is currently pregnant in a moderate risk situation.

    @TribalmamaEmily just had her latest baby in the last few months.

    @Baconslave had GD with her last pregnancy (child is preschool-school age, if I remember right). Feel free to reach out if you want to any of these, @aSearch4Me, and you can tell them I suggested reaching out. There are a few others in the low carb group at varying levels of carbs while pregnant, so if you aren't already in that group, you might consider joining it. http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/group/394-low-carber-daily-forum-the-lcd-group

    Best of luck!
  • born2be_me
    born2be_me Posts: 26 Member
    my husband and I have been trying for 5 years now. I have PCOS. Ive never miscarried but have had many times where I rushed to take a test because I swore I was finally pregnant. It really sucks and it's really hard knowing that the one thing my body is suppose to do it doesn't seem to work. I've dealt with tons of depressions, weight gain and loss from it. Still trying and currently on Progesterone. Fingers crossed.
  • aSearch4Me
    aSearch4Me Posts: 397 Member
    @born2be_me I saw your post this weekend & meant to respond. Sorry for the delay.

    I just wanted to let you know that my husband & I had been trying nearly 6 years, but it can happen (see earlier in the feed for my story). I know how incredibly frustrating it is, and I get your feelings of it's really hard knowing that the one thing my body is suppose to do it doesn't seem to work. Hang in there. If you want to add me as a friend, I'd be happy to help motivate you through this process.

    I know my cycles improved (ovulatory) following a nearly 60# weight loss (LCHF diet combined with moderate exercise & weight lifting), and starting Metformin. I'm still considered obese (5'9", 229#), but successfully conceived about 7 months after a pretty intense lifestyle modification in my diet & activity.
  • msty112
    msty112 Posts: 199 Member
    New here and we have been trying to conceive for almost a year now. I was diagnosed with PCOS back in 2011 (but I think I have had it since puberty), at the time I was classified as obese and very unhealthy. The doctor put me on metformin and laid out a diet and exercise plan that I was to follow strictly for 6 months and then come back to see him to talk about further options. At my 6 month follow visit with him discovered I was 10 weeks pregnant, never had a cycle or exhibited any early pregnancy symptoms. Gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl. Fast forward to May 2015, I came off birth control and we have been trying to conceive since. I have yet to have a cycle, metformin hasn't helped, and I did Provera 10 day twice with no bleeding. I'm currently a healthy weight, I exercise and eat moderately low carb. I do had hypothyroidism but my current levels are good. Very frustrated and no one seems to have any answers.
  • scarlettsmom87
    scarlettsmom87 Posts: 11 Member
    I'm 28 with two daughters - one is 3.5 and one is 3 months. With my first, I was married and we didn't use a damn thing for FOUR YEARS to prevent pregnancy. I was getting my period every 6-7 months. I thought I'd never have a baby so I gave up on that dream. I decided I was tired of being heavy so I busted my butt at the gym and ate right. I lost 30 pounds and was feeling good. My period even came back. But then it stopped again. I didn't think much of it because I'm so used to that. Two months later, I was doing well, but started feeling sick. I thought I had the flu. Nope! :) I was pregnant. I carried her to full term with no complications and she was healthy as can be. At my 6-week postpartum visit, I had requested an ultrasound to look at my ovaries since I'd never seen them. The doc saw that I had 10-15 cysts on each ovary and told me my baby was a miracle and I'd never get that lucky again. My second baby was the result of losing another 20 pounds. Each time they've been a surprise. I believe in the abilities of doctors but sometimes they're wrong!
  • ShrinkinMel
    ShrinkinMel Posts: 989 Member
    edited May 2016
    My first pregnancy was a miscarriage at 6 weeks. It took 10 months to conceive. No interventions of any sort just stopped preventing.

    My daughter and 2nd pregnancy was straight off the pill which I think helped because the stop pushed me into ovulation right on a normal schedule(I was charting my temps and everything). Before I'd have long cycles 6 weeks or even longer. Later after my daughter when not on the pill some were well over 150 days.
  • KatyAverill
    KatyAverill Posts: 166 Member
    I conceived after 9 months of trying and one round of clomid. :)
  • lisadianne72
    lisadianne72 Posts: 2 Member
    I'm a double success story. My mother has PCOS and used clomid to conceive me. 30 yrs later I was able to conceive my beautiful twin girls. I tried metformin but it ripped my insides to shreads. I found a great ob/gyn who tweaked the standard clomid treatment. I started my meds a few days later than normal and at a higher dose. After 2 yrs and several miscarriages I was overjoyed when the ultrasound confirmed twins. Find a doctor who will take the time to learn your specific body, not just standard protocol. Also, knowing what I know now, I would start on anti-inflammatory meds (I take turmeric everyday now) and lower carbs to under 50% at least with very limited refined carbs. That is helping me to finally lose weight and feel amazing.
  • AwesomizeRoxi
    AwesomizeRoxi Posts: 25 Member
    Both my sister and I have pcos
    Her period is more irregular than mine
    She tried to conceive for 3 years .she used medications and hysteroscopy .finally she did artificial insemination
    It was expensive procedure but it awesomely worked
  • littefish2018
    littefish2018 Posts: 96 Member
    Thanks everybody for sharing your stories, SO GLAD I found this group!!
  • BethanyFrench
    BethanyFrench Posts: 16 Member
    I reversed my PCOS infertility naturally by going low carb and dairy free, no processed food, no artificial sweeteners (stevia only), and now have 4 kids, my oldest is 7! LOL! You can totally do this! I got pregnant with my first after 6 months being ULTRA strict. Like I would spit something out if it got in my mouth and had "milk" in the ingredients. You might want to have a serious talk with hubby about how he can support and encourage you. Mine, for instance, ordered pizza while I was pregnant and craving pizza and ice cream even though there was no way I could eat it... and I had to sit in the car and cry while smelling it... so like, he wouldn't do that! LOL!!! (He's actually my all time biggest supporter, that was just a funny "ouch" moment)