Regular Periods and still PCOS?
My story is a little different and I'm wondering if anyone else can relate or give suggestions.
I had my first period two days before my 12th birthday. I'm 37. In all those years I think I missed my period once.
I go to a naturopath and it has taken three years to get my testosterone levels down, progesterone up, vitamin A, D and B12 at reasonable ranges.
I started losing my hair three months after my dad passed away three years ago and was doing fine with that until my grandmother and baby great-nephew's deaths earlier this year.
I've been extremely stressed due to work and have not been able to lose weight even when I was exercising and watching carbs.
In February, after trying for 10 months to conceive (had implantation bleeding twice ending in periods both times, miscarried once at 8 weeks) my doctor ordered a transvaginal ultrasound.
I was then diagnosed with PCOS given all the other symptoms (hair growth, hair loss/thinning, high testosterone) even though I have had regular periods all my life -painful ones that required anti-inflammatories for years.
The transvaginal was completed on day 21 of my cycle, which is the day of ovulation for me and remarked of enlarged follicles. I have a 21 day follicular cycle and a 14 day luteal cycle so it made sense to me that there were follicles there.
If the technician used a regular 28 day cycle to diagnose then they would find a problem with enlarged follicles on day 21, right?
They said that just because the follicles are enlarged does not mean an egg is being released and then I wonder why I still have periods.
I've been tracking temperature and ovulation for over two years now. I'm very regular.
After being diagnosed with PCOS I missed a period.
I believe this was due to struggling with the loss of my great-nephew.
I ovulated on day 14 last month and missed an opportunity because, as a lesbian whose best male friend is elsewhere, didn't get the shipment sent in time.
My physician's solution was Clomid. My naturopath's solution was Vitex.
I don't really want to take the clomid but at this point we are running out of savings (shipping sperm is expensive) and I feel running out of time so maybe it will increase my chances of becoming pregnant.
I also have to use fresh or overnighted sperm because I had a reaction to the freezing chemicals with unknown donors.
This means we must inseminate at home because I can't find a doctor who will inseminate sperm that hasn't been quarantined for six months (that would mean freezing it!).
I feel everything is stacked against me and am just wondering what else I can do.
Can I really have PCOS even though I've been regular for all but two months in 25 years?
My naturopath is just wonderful, keeps track of my chemical levels, checks thyroid regularly, all the things recommended, but I wonder if the diagnosis is leading me in the right direction.