Infertility/Fertility/PCOS... Could I be pregnant?
I am 24.... I was diagnosed with PCOS 18 months after my daughter was born... She is now 4. I had zero trouble getting pregnant with her (she was a surprise). My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for almost 3 years. After my daughter I had an IUD inserted for birth control and had it removed 18 month later. After 6 months of no luck the doctor did some tests and said I have PCOS.... I have used metforman and done 3 rounds of clomid with no luck. We lost our insurance about a year ago and have been trying to get pregnant the old fashion way. Since I got my IUD removed I have had very irregular periods. My last period was 5 weeks ago. I took a test yesterday and it was negative... I had some light spotting yesterday but that is it. I thought it might be the start of a period but I have stopped bleeding completely. I have been very fatigued, sore/tender breasts, major mood swings, lower back pain, head ached, ect.... All of which are not normal for me even when my period is about to start. Is there a chance I could be pregnant with no assistance and PCOS? How long should I wait for my period to start before I try to find a doctor to check me out? When should I take another pregnancy test? I am just really confused since my body has never acted like this except for when I was pregnant with my daughter but I don't know how periods and pregnancy differ now that I have PCOS and irregular periods. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks for your time.
Hello Whitney from the U.S.,
There is always the possibility of spontaneous pregnancy even in a PCOS patient. PCOS patients do ovulate every once in a while. I would recommend that you have a blood pregnancy test done. That shouldn't cost much.
Irregular menstrual cycles is a sign that the ovaries are not functioning correctly, which is what PCOS is. It is an ovarian dysfunction leading to the lack of ovulation. The treatment for this is to use fertility medications, but you could be wasting time and money if you see the wrong doctor. It takes some extra knowledge and skill to induce ovulation in PCOS patients. Simply taking Clomid does not work. Besides there are 5 doses of Clomid that can be used and other medications that can be tried as well.
Dr. Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program
Monterey, California, U.S.A.
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