At a Loss with PCOS and Infertility - Editor Provides Suggestions
I am feeling at a loss. I have been diagnosed with endometriosis and PCOS. I have taken clomid and the results have been an ectopic pregnancy and a mono-amniotic twin pregnancy (they died of TTTS).
We are now seeing a fertility specialist and she has started me on Glucophage 500 mg 3times daily, I had my cycle regular for one month and I missed my period this month. I took two home pregnancy tests and both were negative.
I am on Provera at this time waiting to start my period so I can start Follistim.
I try to remain hopeful, but there are times I just want to break down. My husband also has low sperm count and low motility! I really need some help to lift my spirits!!!!!
Editor's Note: We propose that you open your mind to taking more personal responsibility for what's going on in your body. All the drugs in the world will not make you healthy, let alone guarantee you a successful pregnancy.
A good way to life your spirits is to take action, and not just be a passive recipient of whatever pills the doctor prescribes.
Here are four things you can do right now to improve your odds for becoming pregnant, in spite of PCOS.
1) Eat a much healthier diet as we describe in The Natural Diet Solution for PCOS and Infertility. In particular, avoid refined carbohydrates and processed foods. Details are in the book.
A better diet will improve your hormone balance and help to get insulin and estrogen under better control.
A better diet will also improve your husband's sperm count and motility.
2) Increase your exercise. You didn't mention exercise. If you're sedentary, both you and your husband should start exercising several times a week. You should be physically active every day. See the "Exercise" chapter in our book.
Studies have shown that improved diet plus exercise will result in increased fertility.
3) Reduce chronic stress. Stress and worry are known to reduce your fertility. Stress also throws your hormones out of balance. If you don't know what to do, look at our Stress Management chapter for some ideas.
4) Get your husband to pay better attention to his health. It's not difficult at all to improve sperm count and motility with better nutrition and selected nutritional supplements.
There are many medical studies to support the efficacy of the above four actions.
Take a more comprehensive approach to your health. You will get better results.