PCOS and my Infertility......
(Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
I was diagnosed with PCOS about 2 years ago. I have a 4 year old little girl that I love very much.
I only found out about PCOS, when I went to my ob/gyn. My internal medicine dr said that I had type 2 diabetes, but not long after that my gyn had decided that it was PCOS.
The hardest part about this whole thing is the infertility. I don't know how to cope with that emotionally.
My husband is very understanding, but I would love to have another baby. Just one....My dr. did put me on metformin, however I'm not sure how it's helping.
I guess my insulin levels are still really high, so they just upped my dose.
Ugh, this is so frustrating and nobody around me understands.
Sometimes, I just want to cry but when I do, nobody understands why I am, even if I try to explain.
Editor's comments: Hi Kylee, there are plenty of things you can do to improve your fertility odds and have a new addition to your family.
1) Change what you eat and how active you are.
There is a lot of overlap between PCOS and type 2 diabetes. Both disorders commonly have a disorder called "insulin resistance". Insulin resistance throws your hormones out of balance and it's no surprise that you don't ovulate.
Metformin is a drug that is used to reduce insulin resistance. However, metformin has a number of side effects.
Fortunately, medical research has shown that insulin resistance found in polycystic ovary syndrome and diabetes can be reduced by greatly improving your diet and getting a lot more exercise.
So you don't necessarily have to take metformin for years and years and years. Just eat better and get more exercise.
OK, so what should you eat? That's covered in this PCOS diet e-book.
2) Work on your attitude. It's super-important not to get stressed out over your infertility or anything else. Why? Because stress hormones are produced when you are reacting to stress. These hormones actually worsen your PCOS symptoms.
3) Find an exercise buddy and start exercising right away. Not only will it reduce your insulin resistance, but it will also do wonders for your self-esteem.
4) Get your thyroid checked. An underactive thyroid can cause infertility problems.
5) Get a vitamin D test. If your vitamin D is on the low side, it's more difficult to ovulate.
6) Besides insulin resistance, many women with PCOS have a progesterone deficiency. In this situation, natural progesterone cream is an option. Another option is chaste tree berry, which helps the body to produce progesterone.
7) Click here for more information on infertility.