Don't know which way!!!! (to become pregnant)
by Nadine Lee
(JHB, South Africa)
I was diagnosed with PCOS two days ago (12/05/2010) and how sad I was to hear that...my heart broke into pieces.
I went to my first gyn on 11 January, as I have been struggling to fall pregnant, she did a pelvic ultrasound and said that everything was clear…did a pap smear and that also came back clean.
She then put me on YAZ (contraceptive) to regulate my period as I had it for almost 2yrs. At the end of March I took the last box.
When I went back to her at the end of April she did a series of blood tests to see if all my hormonal levels were correct, the test came back that my insulin levels as well as good and bad cholesterol was high, she wanted me to wait for my period to come which I was a week over due to do a day 21 test to see if I ovulate.
I decided to seek a second opinion, and thus I'm now with a new gyn that picked up the PCOS with the same ultrasound he done. He has put me back on the Yaz, two pills a day for 12 days to bring my period on. Subsequently to that he has also given me, Fertomid 25mg, gonal-f 75 iu and estrofim 2mg to induce ovulation...said we will try it for 3 cycles and then move over to the more invasive treatments if that does not work.
I'm at my wits end. All I want is a little angel of my own to love and care for.
Is there anyone that has had success with gonal-f and fertomed? and after how many cycles did you conceive?
Editor's comments: Hi Nadine Lee, you can increase the probability of a successful outcome with these various medical therapies if you also greatly improve the quality of your diet and get a lot more exercise. There are dozens of medical research studies to indicate that diet and exercise play a major role in managing polycystic ovary syndrome and in improving fertility.
A good resource is this PCOS diet ebook.
Also, click here for ten essential tips for dealing with PCOS and infertility.
If I were you I wouldn't depend entirely on introducing external hormones into your body in order to get the results you want. A successful pregnancy is certainly not guaranteed with these therapies.
Infertility is a very complex problem that may not be solved by these hormones, some of which have side effects. I would suggest that you make some effort to understand the medical therapy you are receiving. Ask your doctor questions! Make sure you understand the benefits and risks of the powerful hormones you are introducing into your body.