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    Hi Mrs P and Purpley!!!



    Firstly I'm gonna say how great it is to share with someone in a similar situation as mwah!

    Mrs P: I can't believe that someone went off the pill before me and is STILL waiting for a period! We weren't trying as soon as I went off the BCP and did it in August so that I would hopefully be back into some sort of routine by now so that serious trying could be had!! WEll things never work out the way you want them hey? ? I haven't had bloods done but understand how frustrated you must be that the results haven't helped at all... I think seeing gyno is a great step and one that I'm looking forward to with my appt on Wednesday. I will you definately let you know how I go! I hope your wait isn't as long as mine - I booked in about a week and half before xmas!!

    Purpley: Good luck for your appt and PLEASE let me know how you go... !!

    Info for both of you... I have read in various places about natural ways of kick starting your period if it hasn't arrived. HAve you heard of Agnus Castus???? I haven't got it yet but I am going to go to a health food shop to try and get some to try. Also apparently Red Raspberry Leaf tea has supposedly helped girls in our situation to bring on AF! Who would have thought we WANTED it to arrive!!

    I just wish I was like others and had a cycle I could at least track and work out ovulation etc! SO FRUSTRATED!! Good luck and keep in touch.... XX

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    Hey Purpley,
    I came off the pill end of March 06 after 12yrs no break. I have been seeing an acupuncturist who has managed to stabilise my cycle to 30 days every month and a reduction in Mentrual symptoms.
    I can honestly say without the help I believe my cycle would never have settled as the reason I went on the pill was 6yrs irregular cycles as a teen.
    There is nothing greater than knowing when you are due while TTC. It takes a huge load off.
    Hope this helps,

    S'rose.

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    Hello lovely ladies!

    Well I had the gynae appointment yesterday and she confirmed that while my hormones appear to all be in a "normal" range that "normal" is a big range and isn't the same for everyone. She also said that they confirmed that I am not ovulating at all.

    She has prescribed Provera to bring on a period and then 50mg of Clomid to get those eggs releasing. She also wants to send him off to get sperm tests to make sure all is well on his side of things.

    I have been going to acupuncture on and off for a few years and have an appt on Friday so will be sure to talk to her about what she thinks too... I am not going to start taking the provera or clomid yet.

    How are you ladies going with trying to get your cycles going?

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    Hey Purpley...

    That's great that you've had your appointment and that she gave some answers you were looking for ie: Not ovulating and hormones ok etc... Here's hoping I have the same luck with you tomorrow at my appointment. I'm a little nervous I don't know what to expect at my first consultation??? Haven't had AF yet STILL but am hoping that he could give me something aswell to get things going!

    In the meantime, I have ordered a basal thermometer so I can start charting and also went ahead and bought Vitex (Agnus Castus) to hopefully bring on AF and ovulation aswell as to regulate my cycles !!

    I have also started writing things down in a journal to monitor how my body is feeling and when I do things.

    I really hope everything starts to come together for you and would be interested to hear what becomes of your chart with the acupuncturist!

    KEep hoping and praying for the

    Smuggle X

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    Purpley it's great that you have got some answers and a plan of action now! I got my BT results back and was told all is 'normal' but have been booked in for an ultrasound on monday. Wishing you all the very best with everything!

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    Hi everyone,

    Well I just posted in another thread but just found this one!

    Purpley - sounds like your appt went like mine! Did they say how they could tell that you weren't ovulating? My Dr didn't mention if I was or wasn't... I guess I'll find out more at my gyno appt (Feb 7). I'm wondering if my gyno will prescribe sim to yours - not sure since we don't want to conceive until July at the earliest. I'm still finishing my PhD (aiming to be done by Sept/Oct 07) and DH has this FEAR that I'll have a 'bad pregnancy' and won't be able to finish my thesis if I get preg too early this year lol.

    Smuggle - I bought a basal therm today! Going to start charting even without AF. I've been told by some friends that they didn't find temping helpful though...

    SuzL - good luck on Monday! Be prepared for them to want to do an internal ultrasound - it was no worse than a pap smear and is apparently the most accurate way to look for cysts etc.

    I'm glad that I don't have PCOS but at the same time it's still frustrating to not know WHY AF hasn't returned. Maybe stress, maybe just coming off BCP.
    At least we know that we're not the only ones!!!

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    Hi ladies!

    SuzL good luck at the appointment tomorrow. Please drop in and let us know how you go!

    Smuggle thanks for that, well the acupuncturist has given me something called white peony? it is a powder tea concoction and I am meant to go fortnightly for needles so see how that goes! good luck with the charting! How did you go at your appointment? how are you finding the journalling?

    MrsP she never said why I am not ovulating but said she thinks it is a malfunction between the glands that make the hormones in the brain and the ovaries (hmm?) stress?

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    Good luck tomorrow Suz - hope you get some great u/s results and some useful info from the Dr.

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    Hey SuzL good luck today!!

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    Hi girls

    Turns out I have PCOS. Had a horrible experience at the u/s place so I'll start another post a bit later after it all sinks in, but thanks for your concern
    Last edited by SuzL; January 22nd, 2007 at 05:47 PM.

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    SuzL, I just want to jump in and give you a great big hug! And I feel like I should apologise in advance for potentially overloading you with information too soon!

    PCOS is not the end of the world. And on the plus side, you have answers before you've even started TTC, so you're a huge step forward on a lot of other people. I found out really early in the TTC scheme of things that I had PCOS, and found out the hard way that seeing the right specialist at first is really, really important. My FS is great, but you probably don't want to go to that point straight away, particularly if you are not TTC yet.

    Other things I learned the hard way - even though my PCOS appeared mild- I don't have many of the symptoms - not overweight, not hairy, no acne, etc, etc, my first lot of hormone tests were fairly normal... but the true extent of mine remained hidden for a while as I didn't have the proper testing done first off.

    PCOS is caused by insulin resistance, having too much insulin in your body makes everything else not work properly, so it's important to manage things so that your body isn't constantly flooded with insulin. My levels of insulin were about 5 times higher than in a normal person, so I'm a pretty extreme case, and the reason we are doing IVF soon is because of combined issues with my DH, not just the PCOS, so don't panic on that account!

    I have typed up some diet information that my FS gave me to pass on to some of the other girls with PCOS, I can send that on to you as well if you are interested. It seemed extreme at first, but since starting I'm feeling better than I have in a long time, and have lost 2kg in a week and a half. I was already in a healthy weight range (top end of it), and haven't really been working too hard at it, but it does show that it works!

    Hopefully I haven't overloaded you too much, or frightened you any more than you currently are (this was meant to do the opposite!). Contact me any time - I know this is a scary place to find yourself, but it will be ok! Trust me!

    BW

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    Hi SuzL - sending you (((hugs))) and letting you know we're all here for you when you're ready to chat.

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    Thanks girls I've started a new thread in the PCOS health section - I'll stop hijacking your thread now Purpley! All the best with your journey too hun

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    SuzL big big hug for you! Wish you all the very best of luck!

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