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    All my life up till the end of university I had symptoms of PCOS, though I'd never heard what that was at the time. It never bothered me though because they weren't symptoms you really notice. I had almost non-existent periods which in my opinion then was great, and I had a bit of excess facial hair which could be symply removed. Then one night my partner and I were not as careful as we should have been and nine months later we had our first child. Strange that this happened from only one night of carlessness considering PCOS is (from what I've read supposed to case infertility). After the baby was born though I gained alot of weight. My periods came back at a regular 26 days from the first month after the baby was born even though I breastfed, but I had terrible pains about 2 weeks before every period and when they did an ultrasounds they found 30+ cysts on both my ovaries, so they diagnosed me with PCOS though they didn't give me any ideas on how to lose weight or stop the terrible stabbing pain I got. Anyway, my question is that now my son is 18 months old and on a romantic weekend about a month ago my partner and Iwere again less than careful, right around the time when fertility calculators say I would be "most fertile". My period was due to come 5 days ago yet its not here. I took a pregnancy test today and it came back negative so now I'm terribly afraid that I've suddely stopped ovulating becuase of PCOS. Does anyone know what happens when you become infertile, if thats the way you'd say it. Like, do your periods just stop all of a sudden?


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    Firstly I would like to say welcome to BB

    When it comes to PCOS and ovulation everyone is different.

    I was having long cycles and not ovulating, or if I did I was producing half cooked eggs (as my gyno put it). A friend of mine was lucky to have her period once a year (also PCOS) where as I know of people who have relatively short cycles and still don't ovulate properly. So it really is hard to say whether or not you are ovulating or not.

    I just had a cycle like yours though, and I am pretty sure that I didn't ovulate basically because of the length and because I have been having so many problems up until now. You really need to talk to your Dr/Gyno and see if they can do some tests to see if you are ovulating and possibly talk about your options on how to kickstart your ovaries if there is a problem. My dr prescribed me metformin in hopes that it might get things moving again but sadly I think its helped in some areas (weight/energy and other PCOS symptoms) but my Dr is pretty sure that it hasn't affected my cycles in any way. Which means that clomid is my next option.

    Goodluck and keep us posted with how you go.

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    Thanks. I'm going to try to see someone as soon as possible. I guess my next question is, do you know of anyone? I immigrated from the U.S 9 months ago and until a few weeks ago I didn't have medicare. I'm at a complete loss as to how the healthcare system works here, or what doctors to see.

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    Pandora,

    Welcome to BellyBelly! In regards to which doctors to see, it depends if you want to go Private or Public. Basically public is pretty much free and covered by Medicare but you don't get to choose your doctors - you get who is available at the time.

    If you want to choose your doctor, then you will need to go Private and pay for any consults / treatment. Some of that treatment is now covered by Medicare with the new changes it's more affordable, but you still have to pay for some things - so would pay to check with the doctor / Gyn you see in regards to what is covered.

    Firstly, you will need a referral to a Gyn, meaning that you have to see a local doctor / GP and explain your situation, asking for a referral. I can highly recommend our website Ob/Gyn, he is a well regarded fertility specialist and treats many women with PCOS and Endo. He has access to state of the art technology and treatments - he was that Ob featured in the news some months ago about delivering a baby where they removed the bowel cancer gene through IVF. Anyway, if you'd like his details, let me know, however I do know that his initial consult fee is $120 and not sure how much you get back from Medicare, maybe half? Will confirm when I see him next.

    Dr. Lolatgis practices in several locations in Melbourne and I know many women on BellyBelly can vouch for him too. I can also personally recommend him - he was my Ob with my first pregnancy and again now with my second. Good luck!
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    Sounds great, I'd be interested in a consultation at least. Maybe you could message me with his details? Thanks so much O

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    He is great He is also who I see

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    Pandora,

    Here is his profile on BellyBelly including where he practices, apparently he's also at Bendigo now too on every second Thursday ish? Don't forget you will need to ask your GP for a referral first, and book early - he's very busy but you will get the best care!

    DR. NICK LOLATGIS MBBS FRACOG FRCOG
    Obstetrician, Gynaecologist, Laparoscopic Surgeon, Infertility and IVF Specialist

    Qualifications:

    M.B.B.S., Monash University

    Current Positions

    Private consulting at Clayton and Richmond practices
    Clinician at Monash IVF
    Partner in Carl Wood and Associates
    Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University
    Director of Monash Family Planning Service
    Director of Epworth Endometriosis Centre

    Key Achievements and Interests:

    During his 20 year career in obstetrics and gynaecology, Dr. Lolatgis has played a leading role in many of the pioneering developments in women's health care. His special achievements and interests include:

    *Investigating and developing revolutionary IVF technologies during an 18-year association with Monash IVF
    *Pioneering advanced laparoscopic surgery for women
    *Conducting research into the causes of infertility and recurrent miscarriages
    *Reducing pain and infertility in endometriosis patients through his state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment
    *Providing advanced medical and surgical care to women with polycystic ovarian disease
    *Offering comprehensive, co-ordinated treatment for all male and female infertility problems

    Memberships:

    *Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (F.R.A.N.Z.C.O.G.)
    *Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (F.R.C.O.G.)

    How can I make an appointment to see Dr. Lolatgis?

    Please note - you will need a referral from your G.P.

    Dr. Lolatgis practices in two locations;

    32 Erin Street
    Richmond
    Ph: (03) 9429 9411; and;

    252 Clayton Road
    Clayton
    Ph: (03) 9544 2107
    Kelly xx

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    Thanks for that, I'll definatly call. I also thought I'd update whats been going on because I'm a bit depressed about it. Because I havn't had my period this month, and because we had sex about the right time, and because I've been vomiting the past four mornings in a row I was starting to believe I might be pregnant again, I even started talking to my "baby" and having day dreams about the nursery. But all the home pregnancytests came back with a negative, and yesterdays blood test came back negative as well. I'm a bit down, I mean how do you keep trying for a baby if you're not even having periods? But I guess this is supposed to teach me something just like every other dissapointment in life is. Damned if I know what it is though....

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    Aawwww Pandora *big hugs* what a rough week for you sweetie...

    The best bit about seeing a good specialist is that I think you will start to look forward to the whole conception thing a bit more, hopefully with a simple resolution to your problem. With the right advice and treatment, I am sure you can feel a great deal more confident and positive that it really might be your lucky month! We'll have all our fingers crossed for you, you'll be in wonderful hands.
    Kelly xx

    Creator of BellyBelly.com.au, doula, writer and mother of three amazing children
    Author of Want To Be A Doula? Everything You Need To Know
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    Forever grateful to my incredible Mod Team and many wonderful members who have been so supportive since 2003.

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