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PCOS & Pregnancy

Some women with PCOS become pregnant naturally; for others pregnancy becomes possible with the help of lifestyle changes, medical treatment, and/or infertility treatment. However, PCOS can affect a pregnant woman and her pregnancy in several ways.

Miscarriage

Women with PCOS have a higher miscarriage rate than women without it. Although the cause is not understood, it may be due to elevated levels of luteinizing hormones, insulin, or glucose. The best way to reduce your risk of miscarriage is to normalize your hormone levels. Normalizing blood sugar and glucose levels may also be helpful. If you’re taking Metformin, it might reduce the chance of miscarriage, but continuing it during pregnancy is considered controversial so be sure to talk with your doctor about what’s right for you.

Gestational Diabetes

Since many women with PCOS are insulin resistant, they have an increased risk of gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is a temporary type of diabetes that may develop during the second half of pregnancy and usually goes away after the baby is born. With gestational diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to process sugar during pregnancy so the fetus may get too much sugar. If untreated, this can lead to a larger-than-normal baby, premature delivery, and increased chance of cesarean delivery. With treatment, however, most women have a healthy baby.

Pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia is pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, and it usually occurs during the second half of pregnancy. With pre-eclampsia, the placenta doesn’t get enough blood so it can’t deliver enough oxygen and food to the fetus. This can result in low birth weight and other health problems for the baby. If detected early and treated, most women can still deliver a healthy child.

Although having PCOS does not necessarily mean you’ll have a high-risk pregnancy, you may require special monitoring. If you’re severely diabetic, insulin resistant, or have high blood pressure, ask your doctor if you should see a high-risk Ob/Gyn.

Read more about PCOS symptoms and treatments within FertilityAuthority's Ask Dr Fertility resource.

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Hi. I'm 21. I went to the doctor a month ago to do a blood test. My results showed that my hormone levels are imbalanced. With facial hair growth, and irregular periods I always knew somethings wrong. I'm normal weight as I exercise and eat healthily. It's just that I always studied and worked hard hoping I can have a daughter to give her all the things I didn't have. My mom is a single parent and I come from a broken home. I've never had a boyfriend or been sexually active. I have a close male friend of 2 years, I'm afraid to tell him that I'm infertile. I have nobody to speak to. I cant speak to my mom because it will burden her, she knows about it. But I hide my emotions. Finding out that I have PCOS has changed me completely. My dreams shattered and I wish things would be different. I am on a birth control Diane 35. To regulate my period. I feel helpless and wish I could disappear. I have to constantly pluck the thick strands of facial hair :'(

Hi Lonely girl,

I am so sorry you are going through this! I have PCOS too so I can relate. It isn't easy. Have you talked to your OB-GYN about ways to manage the symptoms? If you are currently trying to conceive, we can recommend a doctor in your area. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229).

Best,
Kim

I am almost 36. I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2009 after a routine of several exams to monitor my periods. I got married when I was 18, ended up in divorce after 5 years. Never got pregnant, had an ovary removed but was never told the reason. I've been overweight all my life and have had the black neck and facial and tummy hair growth, I would go months without a period but thought it was bcs of the missing ovary. In 2009 evrything made sense wth the PCOS diagnosis but was heartbroken when I heard I wouldn't be able to conceive naturally. I was out on 1500mg of metformin daily. My obgyn told me my scenario was looking at in vitro and thousands of dollars on treatment or adoption. Dr told me if I was thinking of remarrying to be very honest with that person. Long story short: told my fiancé and we has very supportive. We're both Christian and have faith in our Lord Jesus. We got married this past end of 2013. We came to the marriage thinking and hoping we would keep praying until our pregnancy happened..... And if it didn't then we would consider adoption. I missed a period in January and thought to my self: I'm back to normal, back to my irregular periods. I'd keep feelings the symptoms of a period coming, breast tenderness but no nausea or vomit. I was feelng super tired and no energy and lots of sleepiness and bloating. My coworker suggested to do a preg test and she said I think God is doing a divine intervention". So after two weeks of being afraid of doing it bcs dididnt want to get my heartbroken with a neg response I bought it. IM NOW almost 10 weeks pregnant!!!! It's a miracle from God. We've been married less than 4 months and got pregnant soon. We never tried before bcs we believe in sex after marriage (with due respect to other posters). I'm so happy and sometimes can't believe it! It will be a journey to hold this little one bcs of the high risk of miscarriage. Plus I just developed gestational diabetes I'm 210lbs and I'm checking my sugar 4times a day for the rat of the pregnancy plus a strict diet. I feel worried and stressed that this won't be a normal pregnancy. Preggo, diet, medicine and maybe insulin. I hope see the light at the end omf the tunnel. I don't mean do sound ungrateful either I'm just ventng and hoping not the only feeling like this. Overall to all the ladies ther sis hope when you least expect but u have to say faith in Jesus has Also got me through this. God bless

I'm 29 yrs old and a few hours ago I was diagnosed with pcos. Im getting married in three months and I've never had any kids. I feel really sad and keep on crying. After reading these posts I feel a bit better. Are there any support groups for people in South Africa? I guess I nees to take itnone step at a time and drop the weight first.I also have diabetes and high blood pressure and alopecia.

I'm so sorry you are so upset. A PCOS diagnosis does not mean you won't have children. I encourage you to visit the PCOS forums on www.fertilethoughts.com. There are a lot of women there in similar situations who can offer you advice and support. I wish you all the best. Claire

i am suffering from hypothyroidism after having my daughter of 3 years. But now i want one more baby. I am taking thyroxine daily and ovulation also takes place in my body. but i couldn't be pregnant. kindly tell me that can have a baby again in my life.

I'm 16 years old and I've been diagnosed with pros, I'm scared, I have really painful ovarian cysts and m boyfriend of a year has been so understanding through everything. We lost our virginity to each other and we recently had sex and I was in the shower a couple days later and I think I may have had a miscarriage.. I don't want to be pregnant, but I'm scared I lost a baby...

I'm sorry you're scared. I urge you to talk to your doctor who diagnosed your PCOS. He or she can talk to you about your situation and give you some advice and answers. Best, Claire

I was diagnosed with pcos at 15 since I never started my cycle on my own and was put on birth control. early in my 20's, my body went insulin resistant and I was at the highest weight I had ever been-225lbs. I started exercising and changed my diet and lost 65lbs with a bunch of hard work and persistence. I had been married for four years at that point and decided to get off the pill to see if I would have a cycle on my own. I did, though I did skip one month, but wasn't pregnant. a few months after that, I noticed I hadn't had a cycle for 2 months, and though we weren't preventing pregnancy, I was also told I'd need help to conceive, so I was pretty shocked to see a positive pregnancy test! my son is now almost 2 and I had a healthy, normal pregnancy. I really believe the weight- loss helped me conceive.

I am 31 and have always had PCOS but wasn't actually diagnosed until I already had diabetes (I was diagnosed at age 23). I have been overweight/obese my entire life. I have been with my husband for almost 13 years and we started tryin to conceive almost right away as this is his greatest dream (to b a father) we have not been able to do so and this makes me feel really sad bcuz I can see that he feels incomplete without a child. Drs always tell me i have to lose weight if i even want to start a treatment but its so hard for me to change. Idk what to do to change I feel like I can't do it alone and I'm getting older and my hubby is 5 yrs older than me :/ I know I prolly don't make sense but just had to share...

I'm so sorry you are depressed and understand how hard it is to have PCOS and struggle with weight. Have you considered getting support from a therapist who works with infertile women, or a support group? We have a really active PCOS forum on FertileThoughts.com. It's an anonymous, supportive environment where you can connect with other women in the same situation and give and get support. I do hope you will check it out: http://www.fertilethoughts.com/forums/pcos-diabetes/. All the best, Claire

I am 26 and I have lived most of my life with Pcos. I was 15 when diagnosed with it only a few months after I stated having my periods. I was so ill that I had to stop going to school and rest at home so weak that couldn't get out of bed. My hemoglobin was 6 and I had a horrible pain,discomfort and heavy flow. I was given pills to stop all these and tests were done confirming a cyst of the size of a mustard seed on one of my ovary(that later became multiple on both).Health worsened and pain grew so I was given pain killers and surgery recommended.My mother took a lot of opinions and consulted gynacs. By the time I was 18 I had a file full of Usgs, Prescription and such other medical documents that looked like a thesis. My mother consulted another gynac who asked us not to worry and that I am fine will have kids and stopped all medication. Since then I get my periods naturally but of course with all the symptoms. This month I missed it and a week has passed.I am scared because I going to get married in November this year.Though my fiancee is aware of my situation he loves and supports ma a lot.After reading so many success stories I feel a lot better and am going to see a gynac and plan. All I want is to have a happy and complete family. Please keep me in your prayers and as I believe whatever happens its for the good..keep hoping!!

Im 30 yrs old and i found out years ago that I had pcos and it has been very difficult for me emotionally a d physically. I have been trying for years to get pregnant but still no luck. Metformin has helped me but I gain and lose weight quickly when my sweet tooth kicks in. I have an appt next week for a specialist and I hope it works!!!!! I hope god blesses me with a little angel. This web site has helped with not feeling like I'm alone in this situation. Thank you all and please keep me in your prayers.. God is good!

I am 21 and I'm getting married in decemeber.. My height is 5'4''.. My wieight is 59 I'm so worried.. How can i treat my pco.. I'm using diane 35 to get period and now i completed the first cycle and didn't get periods.. I'm so worried.. Can anyone help me please..??

Hi Sidra, If you have PCOS, it is in your best interest to consult a fertility doctor when trying to conceive. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email carecoordinator@fertilityauthority.com and we will help you connect with a PCOS specialist in your area. Best, Kim

Hi Pls help me out............ My name is Anu, im 24 yrs old, but my weight is 120kg, as soon im going to get marriage but now im having big doubt in future i will get pregnant or not, so i don't know what to do now... pls help me out......so pls help me out because with in 1 yr time i want to get a baby or in family they speaks a lot....

I just want to tell my story. I was told i had pcos when i was 18 and now im 30. I had to live with all the symptoms. Its been a really hard road. Throughout the years i had three failed IVFs and so many hormonal meds. My main goal was to be pregnant. I told my husband i would never be able to have kids before i got married but i told him i would try. Just 6 months ago i lost about 45lb and by miracle got pregnant. Im currently 14 weeks and doc says baby is looking good. I weight 200 and went down to 145. I have one blocked tube so my chances were slim to get pregnant. But somehow god has blessed me. I agree loosing weight is a major factor if you want to loose weight along with metformin. I suggest the Glumetza brand instead of the generic since it does not upset your stomach as much.

I was diagnosed w/ PCOS over a year ago upon becoming engaged to my now husband. We wanted a family but I was still young (21) I started to see my general physician to help me because I had recently gained about 50lbs in about 3 months. She then asked about my acne (that had now come back after 2 rounds of accutaine) and also about my periods after answering those questions and receiving some tests, I was diagnosed w/ PCOS. I was scared for that that would mean seeing as I'd always had weird periods and the 3 years my fiance and I had been together I had never used protection. We weren't trying but we weren't preventing. This scared me! I started seeing a fertility specialist that told me after the weight loss we'd talk about metformin. I started metformin 1500mg a day about 6 months before my wedding. I dropped some more weight but i still wasn't ovulating. Hadn't for the whole time I had been monitered. My gyn put me on the birth control pill (i fought him tooth and nail because I was convinced it wouldn't work) because he said it would regulate my periods and help me ovulate. 2 weeks before my wedding I skipped a few pills and I OVULATED! I didn't know until after of course. Upon returning home from my honeymoon we found out i was expecting but it was nuts! Don't give up hope! I was devastated and it happened so quickly and naturally after receiving all the help I did. Please don't lose hope! If we wouldn't have baby danced on the right day, I'd still be where I was before instead of expecting a beautiful boy in just 4 months

I have had heavy and irregular periods since I was very young. I was put on the pill to manage this problem and had to go thorugh a few to find the right one. Then I found out I have pcos and that helped explain things. I have wanted to be a mum since I was young but haven't found the right guy to have a baby with. I have read about the pregnancys of women with pcos who have a partner who concive, I was wanting some advice about how to get pregnant without it costing me a fourtune.

The good news is that with PCOS, you could conceive with Clomid or intrauterine insemination (IUI), which are less invasive and more cost efficient fertility treatments than IVF. You could do this with donor sperm or with a partner's sperm (easier if there is no indication of male factor infertility). Even with male factor infertility, however, IUI is often a viable option. If you are looking for a fertility doctor to get started with the process, give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229). Kim

I married my childhood sweetheart when we were 18 and right away we started trying to conseive as we both wanted to be young parents and have a big family, after a year of trying and nothing happening we both decided to get checked and i soon discovered i had PCOS and i was devastated. I constantly visited doctors and gynaecologists and was on 500mg of metforman, by the time i was 22 i had enough of the disappointments and decided i would stop the metforman and in the new year i would try the process of IVF. 3 months later while on a cruise my mum and dad noticed i was acting weird around food and i was feeling sick and bloated and they thought i might be pregnant a week later when i was home i did a test not expecting to be pregnant and it was positive... 5 more tests later all positive! i am now 16 weeks pregnant and still everyday say to my husband can you believe it? i dont think it will seem fully real until we are holding him/her in our arms. All i can say is never give up and if you sense something isn't right get checked asap because the sooner you know the easier it is to deal with and i found out little miracles do happen :)

I'm 28 this year and have been diagnosed for almost eleven years. I had been told that I would never conceive naturally because of my PCOS- I would like to say it is possible though. Last year I decided I was tired of being overweight and went on a calorie controlled, low carb diet plan. I lost 26kg. I also found myself pregnant. I'm now 30 weeks pregnant. I have borderline gestational diabetes but everything is so far going well. I had since found out that one thing that can lesson the effects of pcos is to go gluten free- though I am uncertain whether that is because by going gluten free you tend to eat less of the carbohydrates since they contain gluten or whether not eating gluten actually helps. I know with me not eating gluten makes me feel better- I have less migraines as well as less stomach complaints- unfortunately though there are members of my family who have diagnosed gluten allergies (I haven't had a formal diagnoses of this- I just decided to limit it since it actually made me feel better not to eat it). Anyway- just remember that even though doctors might say you will never fall pregnant- it doesn't mean that it won't happen. It can still happen, and I hope that it does for each and every one of you. It took time (the weight loss as well as almost five years of not using anything to prevent pregnancy) but it can happen.

i have had it thought out my adult hood.i miss peridos,i am 27 be 28 this summer.i been trying for over 2yrs.finaly found dr that tell little help i can become pergnant.i want just one child.i hop and pray everyday.i have so much love for this unborn child.i not giving up .thursday i have apt to get put meds for it.i pray and i hop we become pergnant.i have 3step children i love so much.but i want one of my own.if god is willing it will happen....

I was diagnosed with PCOS and insulin resistance in my early twenties. I was very slim so no weight issues. Very irregular cycles and very low progesterone. It appears the majority of my cycles were anovulatory. Though I saw several doctors, the end result from a specialist was to go on BCP and be on them for life and when was ready to have a baby to come back and get drugs for that. I was devastated. The pills they gave me said on the side effects do not take if you have cysts on your ovaries as they will cause the condition to get worse. I didn't take the pills. A couple months later my mom was talking to a friend who was going thru menopause really bad. She was going to a clinic called Natural Procreative Technologies (napro) and was feeling a lot better. My mom called them and spoke to the director who happened to have pcos but thru treatment had been able to have six kids!! I learned to keep track of my cycles thru charting using the Creighton Method. After months of charting evidence, I was sent to a family Dr who had extensive training in this technology. She read my charts and sent me for a lot of blood work where she found I had insulin resistance. She said I either had to follow a low glycemic diet or go on metformin. It was really hard to embrace diet but after a couple months I started feeling more human (because I had such bad hormone imbalance I felt nauseous all the time for years and sometimes it would get so.severe I had to wear sea sickness wrist bands. I felt like I was first trimester pregnant all the time.) The dr put me.on prometrium which helped but I got really depressed on it. So she switched me to a Bioidentical hormone therapy where they make a progesterone troche (like a tablet) at a compounding pharmacy and I took 100 mg in morning and 100 in evening from.day 18-27. You dissolved it in your cheek and your body absorbs it best this method. I started really improving. My cycles came back and got.more.regular than ever. I had my ups and and downs but my fiance commented how I had mostly good days instead of occasional good days. I got married and we started ttc right away. Though I was getting cycles they were still.anovulatory. Since I had moved away, I saw a new obgyn but one that I found because he was trained in charting and Creighton and symptothermal.methods. After working with my.situation, he said he did not think I would ovulate on my own and would need drugs to stimulate my ovaries. I just couldn't bear it going thru more sessions and worrying and feeling like crap. I cried a lot and even looked up adoption places. My husband was very supportive but it was difficult for both of us to keep trying and nothing ever happened. People would ask about when we were having kids and I would get upset. I had a hard time.going to baby showers. Just this past summer I had a terrible bout of bladder infections, yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. I was put on several different antibiotics and monistat and the whole nine yards. It was terrible. I ended up stumbling on some things online which suggested taking a lot of.probiotics to help.rebuild system after antibiotics. I started taking double doses of femdophilus (specifically for reproductive health) and also raw sauerkraut (Bubbi's brand at Whole foods)) - not the stuff in the can or jars that have been canned or cooked BC it kills the.good bacteria. I ate it like crazy. I also bought this highly.rated stuff from amazon called Multigyn Actigel and it made the bacterial vaginosis go.away. I didn't realize it but I got pregnant then. I started feeling unwell but being used to disturbed cycles especially after illness I didn't pay much attention. About.8 weeks after missed period my.mother in law suggested I might be pregnant. I laughed and said it wasn't possible. But the next morning when I got up for work I felt so unwell, I took a home pg test. I was so surprised it was positive. I took two more. I called my Dr and got blood work later that day. They said my hormone levels were good including progesterone and well the rest is history. I'm 24 weeks pregnant with my precious little.boy who they have said is healthy and doing great. To all you out there trying for a baby, it is possible. We prayed a lot and when it seemed most impossible, God blessed us with a baby. I'm wondering if all the probiotics and stuff I did kick started something to give me a pregnancy boost. Hope my story can help you find help.with managing pcos as I found the road I took led to overall higher quality of life with minimal impact on my health.

i had pcos prob . so doctor gave me sugar tab for 3 months. know i am pregnant . now i want to know, whether i should or can continue sugar tab for my pregnancy? is it safe for my baby or not ?

I've been showing symptoms of PCOS for the past 4 years...irregular periods, thinning hair, and acne. I was just diagnosed with PCOS yesterday, at the age of 18, and immediately was scared. Not being able to have kids is my biggest fear. My gyno assured me that it is completely possible. Just stay healthy and exercise daily, start a birth control, and when the time comes that I want to have kids she says there are treatments that work.

Hey Jessica,

I can completely relate. I have PCOS as well. I had some cysts here and there growing up, but wasn't diagnosed until my husband and I decided to start a family. I have twins now and a few of my friends with PCOS were able to have kids without fertility treatment. Just keep in mind that if you start trying for your family before the age of 35 and you aren't successful after one year, you should see a fertility doctor. If you are over the age of 35 and trying for 6 months unsuccessfully, the same applies. It can absolutely happen for you! Keep your chin up, girl. PCOS is a bummer, but there are ways to get through it. You can come join us on the forums at FertileThoughts.com. There is a PCOS board specifically for girls like you and me! Click here.

((hugs))
Kim

I was diagnosed with PCOS in my late twenties. My husband and I have children from past marriages. When we were first married we were told I would have to take different meds and possibly fertility drugs. They wanted me to take bc pills which I couldn't due to migraines. We decided that we already had children and that if God intended for us to get pregnant we would and we stopped focusing on it. In January of this year we found out that we were expecting a baby. PCOS s tough but keep in mind that God has a purpose and he knows better than any doctor whether you will have a baby or not!!! Good luck to all of you!!!

I was diagnosed with PCOS in febuary 2010. I am now 19 years old. In 2010 I had two surguries due to the PCOS and lost over half of my left overy and part of the fallopian tube as well. Just 8 short months later I was back in the er with extreme pelvic pain. I had a cyst on my right ovary the size of a grapefruit and ended up forming its own blood supply so it was bright blue in color when they took it out. They ended up having to remove a tiny bit of my right ovary as well. I have not given up hope to having a child but my fiance and I have been trying since june 2011. I know I am young but I realize how long it could take for me to get pregnant and ever since I was young I have wanted to be a mom. I have that so called "mother hen" quality to me haha. Anyways ...I went to my wonderful OBGYN today and he has ordered tests for tomorrow to see if I am pregnant! I really hope I am and I could use all the prayers that I can get. In case I am not he also prescribed me metformin and he is hoping I can lose some weight and get pregnant! Wish me luck.....I need it :)

i'm 20 years old and i was just diagnosed with PCOS yesterday. i've been very confused and conflicted ever since. i've been married for seven months now, my husband is in the military and him & i have always said how much we want to have kids and now i'm scared. i don't know what to do. i don't know if i should start trying right away (because i was told that the longer i wait to get pregnant the harder it'll be for me to get pregnant) or if it's something i shouldn't really worry about. a few of my friends and family told me that they would start trying immediately because they wouldn't want me to wait and then it be too late, but then when i talked to my mother-in-law she told me that there's always hope and that i shouldn't let it bother me and continue to wait to have kids (because she wants us to live our lives the way she wants us to). anyone have any advice on what i should do?

I am 22 years old and was diagnosed with pre-PCOS 4 years ago. My fiance and I found out when we had unprotected sex and could not get pregnant mulpitle times. I am thankful for this web site because I have been extreamly depressed that I can not have children and it is nice to know that I am not the only woman out there with this condition. Just remember you are not the only one out there and I know how most of you feel. At least for me I believe that it is unfair that the girls that I went to high school with are having children left and right and I am paying for their food stamps and well fare that they should have our condition. Just remember we are not alone and we can all make it out of this.

I was told that I have PCOS a few months ago. I was in shock, I didnt know if I could have childern , even though that was what I wanted at that time but still I want kids. I didnt know what to do, I researched and read papers my doctor gave me and I felt alittle better. I'm tryin to less weight so when the time is right I will be able to get pregnant.

my sister-in-law has PCOS and had been trying to concieve for about a year she was on a bunch of fertility treatments and nothing seamed to work she stopped trying and stopped stressing about it and 4 months later without trying she got pregnant and is now 10 weeks I can understand how stressful it must be to not concieve but the best thing to do is to relax I know its easier said then done but with a good additude anything is possiable... stay sronge ladies and i wish you all the best

Hello to everyone i know from reading the posts that this isnt really a place many men come to talk but I really want some advice. My beautiful wife and soul mate and I have been trying for almost 2 years with no luck conceiving. After multiple trips to the Dr. she was diagnosed with PCOS just recently and now we are scared to death even though i dont let her see it in me I am trying to be strong and supportive for her because having a family is all we have ever wanted and the thought of my wife having to hear that she may not be able to is heart breaking to say the least..but still I am so scared as well its getting hard to remain strong and I know she needs that more than anything. I pray everyday that God blesses us with a beautiful healthy baby and that my wife can teach our children all the special things that make her the most special woman alive so that her unconditional love can be spread on throughout time. Reading the stories of success and failure make it hard to feel either way really i want to believe that we can get her on some meds that will enable us to conceive quickly and safely but my main concern is her health both physically and emotionally because this has taken such a huge toll on her that it scares me to think that we wont make it through this without her giving up on life and her dreams if any of you other intelligent and inspirational women whom have experienced this could help point me in the right direction i would be eternally grateful. Thank you all and may God Bless your journeys as well.

Sincerely,

Troy-a.k.a. hopelessly and eternally lost in love

i was diagnosed with pcos since i was 18 years old i got married we was trying to have kids and my husband left me. so i got married again at 20 we was trying to have kids for one year and no luck i went to the dr they prescribe me metformin and clomid i got preg. when i as 3 month i lost it so i trying again the same meds i get preg. 6 time and i keep lossing it im 25 years old im using the same meds again and i cant get pregnant the dr. keep saying nothing wrong with me i really want to have kids

I was diagnosed with pcos about 4 years ago and I am almost 29 now and my husband and I really want kids but it hasnt happened after trying for 7 years. I am getting very discouraged but I have to keep going and remember that when it is Gods time it will happen. I probably should try clomid but I cant afford and we have no insurance but that dont matter b/c most insurances wldnt pay for it anyway. Keep praying girls and keep the faith hopefully we all will get what we want. I have no kids at all and my husband dont either so that is really dishearting to me and him although he dont talk about it but i guess thats a man thing. I just wish I could have just 1 baby and I will be satisfied!!

I am 25 years old. I was diagnosed with PCOS about 4 years ago. I am married with two wonderful children,my husband and I are trying for one more....however I feel like its never going to happen. PCOS has really changed my life-facial and body hair, weight gain...inability to lose weight and get pregnant) Sometimes I just feel so depressed..I am very self concious abot the facial and body hair...there are days when I dont want to leave the house.....any advice?

Far all of you women out there with PCOS... I hope I can make you feel better. PCOS doesn't mean you can't or won't get pregnant. It only means it's much harder at times. I am 27, and have three children. I was diagnosed with PCOS 4 years ago, after my husband and I tried for three years to get pregnant. I went on Metformin, and became pregnant not too long later. Last June, we had a miscarriage. Currently, I have just found out I am pregnant again (A VERY big shock may I add!) I lost 40 Pounds, and it was quite instant when I got pregnant. Losing weight is a HUGE thing to aid in becoming pregnant. My big fear right now is the miscarriage factor since having PCOS, you are at a much higher risk (45-50%) Just relax, and don't think about getting pregnant. The more you think ,the more your body just seems to fight you. Have some faith, and in the end, whatever is meant to be will be. I wish all of you the best of luck and I'm thinking of you all :)

I'm sorry you are having such a hard time . You really should see a fertility doctor - also known as a reproductive endocrinologist. A fertility doctor can help you manage PCOS symptoms and help you get pregnant. I really encourage you to get some help for your PCOS. There is a Find a Clinic search on every page of our website - most fertility doctors are experienced in dealing with PCOS; you should ask about the fertility doctor's experience when you are considering which fertility clinic or doctor to see.

I also encourage you to check out the PCOS forums on www.FertileThoughts.com to connect with other women who are in a similar situation.

Good luck!
Claire

Hi my name is Emily, i am 19 and i was diagnosed with PCOS about 6 months ago and me and my fiance are wanting to have kids. I have tried metformin with no success and i am not on phentramine to help me loose weight. I also cant take any medication with hormones n then because of my rare blood clotting disorder (PT20210) and nothing is working i was going to talk to my doctor about starting clomid and seeing what her thoughts on that were. When i found out i have PCOS my doctor told me that there is a higher chance for me that it can turn cancerous. It is my life long dream to start a family. and now there is a low chance i will be able to and it crushes me. I am having a really hard time dealing with all of this especially because every one around e is getting pregnant. I have all of the typical symptoms of hair growth weight gain and pain. Although my symptoms are not very sever i have a bad case f PCOS and i have not been able to find a support group in my area to go to. My family and friends don't realize that i need there support and its heart breaking so i only have the support from my fiance. If you have any ideas of medication i can try with out hormones in them i would greatly appreciate your advice.

Thank you,
Emily A.

Hi Emily - It's understandable that you're having such a hard time dealing with your PCOS! I'm so sorry. First, you want to make sure you're getting the right treatment. You should definitely see a fertility doctor, known as a reproductive endocrinologist. A fertility doctor is specially trained to treat these problems. You can search for a doctor on fertilityauthority.com, and when you find one in your area you should schedule a consultation. Ask the fertility doctor specific questions about your diagnosis at the consultation, and be sure to bring your medical records with you.

Second, you are right that you should find some support. Visit www.fertilethoughts.com which is an online community focused on fertility and infertility. There are discussions specifically for women like you who have PCOS - a good place for information and support. Also, many fertility clinics have or know of support groups.

I wish you the best of luck. Please keep us posted.

Claire

My name is Cindy. Im Getting married in September and was diagnosed with PCOS. I have no symtoms. I'm 115 pounds normal for my height and no pain and no abnormal hair growth. I don't even have the severe pain that most women ahve. The only symptoms that i have are abnormal periods. I was on several different birthcontrols and even the deppo shot. But now im off all birth control. I'm just trying to let God take over. I dont think its healthy to stay on the pill that long. I want a baby more than anything and its desvastating that that i may not be able to have a baby. I just don't understand.

I would go see a doctor but i dont have insurance any more and dont have the money to go. Im stuck and would really like to find something that will help with my PCOS and the pain.

Hi, my name is Anita im 21yrs old my fiance & Tim and I have been together almost 3yrs, it was love at 1st sight and for the past year we've been trying to get pregnant, after many attempts and no success we finally decided to go to an OBGYN Dr and sadly found out I was not concieving due to haven a mild case of POS. after finding this out i was heartbroken, i pray everyday that God will grant us with an amazing miracle and give us the privledge of being the great parents i know we can be and are ment to be. some days i feel like giving up!! but we keep trying, right now im on metforman and it hasnt been working but i hope within the next 5 yrs to be blessed with a family(:

Hi Anita - I can't stress how important it is that you see a fertility doctor (reproductive endocrinologist) rather than an ob/gyn. A fertility doctor is trained to deal with issues such as PCOS and can make recommendations and work with you on a treatment plan to help you get pregnant. You don't need to give up - instead you need to be proactive. There's a find a doctor search on every page of www.fertilityauthority.com to help you get started.

Good luck!
Claire

I'm 25 years old and I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2009.
I recently got married in June of 2010 and of course my husband and I are talking about having children later. I don't want to start having kids in my thirties and now is not good time for us because of finances, but because of the PCOS I'm concerned about my ability to get pregnant in the future.

Aside from having PCOS I also have Hypothyroidism. It stated in the article that women with PCOS can be diabetic or prediabetic, but I am neither and am on Fortamet, a brand of Metformin, because the brand name Meformin made me severly ill.

I am over weight, but not severly, and have started a work out regiment that I know can only be beneficial, but it's hard to loose weight. Of course it is for everyone, but I fully felt the issue while on a hardcore regiment before I got married. While I did cut my calories and worked out over an hour 3 times a week with a trainer, the other women in the same group lost 20 to 30 pounds while I only lost 18 throughout the 3 months I was on it. It was beneficial to go, I lost weight and felt good, but Hypothyroidism is a real downer. It made my trainer think I wasn't sticking to my diet, though I wrote everything down in my food journal that he checked.

Hypothyroidism can cause depression, fatigue, hair loss, dry skin, cravings for salty food, sleeplessness, and having it on top of the PCOS, I really worry.

If anyone can give a little hope, it will be appreciated.
Thanks!

im 19 yrs old n i have been diagnosed with pcos and i was told that i couldnt have children in that broke my heart to this day i still think about it but my obgyn keep putn me on different birth control to c wud that help but its not i really want children of my own this is just so hard for me i need more help n advice can somebody help me......

im 19 to in i found out i was dignosed with pcos when i was 16 it broke my heart to find out i will never have kids all i can say is keep praying in stay in contact with the doctor

hey i understand it is hard. and my heart goes out to u. im 23 and i struggle with it everyday. im currently with some one that has kids. and now i have more physical problems. my lower back kills me by the second and my stomach is blowing up like it did when i first got diagnosed. scared to go to the doctor. ive had this for 4 yrs going on 5. im angry everyday because i don't understand, and although i have strength n faith im still only human. i had this big dream growing up that i8d go to school get a car have a job kids home i mean you name it. i had the 5yr plan so i thought. but finished high school and my plan was done in a matter of 2yrs. got my own apartment got into college finished, got a car and i felt like the only thing missing was kids. finally went to the doctor the beginning of this yr and they re-diagnosed me, the excessive hair growth on my face and chest. ppl asking me am i a man. gaining weight by the day it seems like and the doctor put me on metiformin. which is supposed to be speeding my metabolism helping me lose weight and getting prego!!!! which it hasn't done neither... its very overwhelming i knew i had this back in 07 when the hospital sent me home telling me i had a simple cyst. its so hard not to b pissed everyday for the doctors that didn't take the time out to diagnose me properly. but ive read plenty of comments on here and im going to try n used some of the advice that was giving. i try to stay positive as mush as possible. that's all u can do n fight it!!!! if u not on metiformin ask ur doc asap!!!!! u just have to figure things out from there. the best of luck to u hunny bun i wish u luck

i can relate!! though they havent told me that i couldnt get pregnat yet i know the felling of hopelessness!!! i was diagnosed at 20 i have been trying the past year with my fiance of 3yrs and we still havent gotton pregnant!! and it breaks my heart but i always remain hopefull and have faith that God will see me through this challenge, and if it be his will then i well be blessed with a family(: all you can do is take it one day at a time and do all the things youre Dr's tell you to do!!(: so stay positive gurl. Sinceraly, Anita.

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