Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Pregnancy & Hitting 30

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  1. funshine2381

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    I'm by no means wanting to get pregnant this second, but I do hope that one day I can have another child when the time/circumstances are right. Both of my cousins were trying to get pregnant and have POS like me. One cousin took fertility drugs for a year and half and even had invitro but no luck. The other tried fertility drugs and got pregnant a month later. One cousin is 30 and the other is 26. I'm about to hit the dirty thirty next month and this scares me....especially since I just read an article that my egg bank is slashed in half once I turn 30. I was never really concerned with it until I happened to read that article and an hour later my cousin called. Does anyone know about POS and the chances of getting pregnant?
     
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    Not POS, but I have nine nieces and nephews from two sisters that have severe endometriosis. One of them has had several surgeries. All three babies from the sister who had surgery were conceived from IVF. Both sisters had miscarriages in the past. But I still have nine, beautiful babies who I get to spoil! I know 30 is the dreaded age for fertility, but it pregnancy does happen after that age. Good luck!
     
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    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common female endocrine disorders affecting approximately 5%-10% of women of reproductive age (12–45 years old) and is thought to be one of the leading causes of female subfertility.
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    Hi there!

    While I do not have PCOS, I am overweight, 32, have suffered two miscarriages and truly thought our chances of getting (and staying!) pregnant were slim.

    I am currently 31 weeks pregnant and while (in a perfect world) I'd have lost 50 lbs before conceiving this time around, it is a true blessing for my husband and me that we made it past the 1st trimester, let alone into the homestretch.

    A little bit about 30s... I had my two miscarriages in my 20s. The doctors had no real reasons other than the standard "chromosomal abnormality" answer. They did not want to do genetic testing until I lost our 3rd baby... and as they say, 3rd time can be a charm.

    A dear friend of ours has PCOS and she conceived quickly and has a beautiful healthy baby boy!

    Maybe see what your OB has to say.... My mama had me at 36 and my former principal had her daughter at 41. :) Anything's possible.

    GOOD LUCK!
     
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    More and more babies are being born to women over 30! Don't fret this age. The article you read is probably outdated or just doesn't really matter too much!

    I even heard that a lot of it is on the guy as well now!
     
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    My grandmother was in her late 40s when she conceived her last child. I had a sister who was over a year older than my mom's youngest brother.
     
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    I was 32 when I had my daughter. I also had POS. I wasn't trying to get pregnant...but I did. What a blessing. Don't stress. By the way, my son was 9 and we had been trying to get pregnant when he was between the ages of 4-8. We had given up. God had a different plan.
     
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    Perhaps your OB/GYN can suggest an endocrinologist. PCOS is a hormone issue which can be treated by this kind of specialist (one of my best friends is an endocrinologist who deals with this all the time).
     
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    I'm 30 and have PCOS. My husband and I conceived last year, but unfortunately it ended in an early miscarriage. We haven't tried for another one because the timing isn't right right now, but I'm pleased that I was actually able to get pregnant. That's like half the battle, according to my OB/GYN.

    How are you being treated for PCOS? And who is treating you? I take a low dose of Metformin, which is a diabetic drug. I'm not diabetic, but I take this medication because, if I remember correctly, it does something with the insulin molecules in my body, and insulin is what the PCOS hormones bind to...so by manipulating the insulin, they can manipulate the other hormones. I think that's how it works but I could be totally wrong.

    PCOS does have an impact on fertility, but it's hard to say whether or how much it will impact yours. PCOS is one of those syndromes where different people can have widely different symptoms and effects. Definitely make sure that you are being treated for PCOS if you aren't already, and make an appointment with your OB/GYN for a pre-conception panel. That can tell you all about your body's overall health and your levels of different hormones that could affect your ability to conceive or carry a child.

    Good luck to you!
     
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    I have no history of PCOS.

    But we adopted Brian when I was 40, after an early miscarriage when I was in my mid-30's.

    Julia was born when I was 42, and Kira was born 3 years later. Both pregnancies and births were absolutely uneventful.


    I say it's time to talk to your OB-GYN.
     
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    I know nothing about this condition nor do I know of anyone who has it. Actually, a friend of mine who's been trying to have a baby may have it, but I'm not sure.

    I'm in my mid 30s & don't have any kids yet, not that I've been trying. My mom had me at 36, so hopefully I still have a good chance to have kids when the time is right.
     
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    I don't have PCOS, but I have other issues. I would consider when you do want kids and how badly you do want them. About two years ago we decided we had no "real" reason to wait, we could afford it and we knew we wanted kids. As it turns out, it hasn't been the easy road like people think it should be. I couldn't be more thankful we started earlier than we thought was "perfect" because otherwise we wouldn't be moving forward with treatment now that we are past ready. Does that make sense?
     
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    I've never been officially diagnosed with PCOS, but I have many of the symptoms and have dealt with many, many years of infertility. I've gotten pregnant 5 times. 3 of those times I was on fertility meds as I don't ovulate regularly. I have one living child. I'll be 40 next year and still ttc a sibling for our son. It has been a long road.

    All that to say, be proactive. Make an appt. with your doctor to discuss fertility. Also, a great message board for women with PCOS is soulcysters.com
     
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    Thanks everyone! My OBGYN took blood and gave me a certain type of birth control to help with it. Of course, birth control pills aren't going to help once I start trying. I told her my concerns and she said to start being concerned after 1 year of actively trying and no results. Dizzy, that makes perfect sense. It will be a while before I can actually be in that place to start trying (I'm divorced with one child). My son is turning 10 soon...the baby pains have just started I guess.
     
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    Wishing you all the best with this! :)

    :hugs:
     
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    If you want to start simple, start changing your diet to low carb (eat only good carbs, lean protein, fruits and vegetables). This also helps with the insulin level as Ceasar mentioned.
     
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    I am in my early 30s with no children, but have had baby fever in my past marriage and from time to time. I have done a lot of research on conceiving and adoption because I suspect (because of certain health conditions and because I have not been pregnant before despite trying) I might have a little trouble in the future. I found encouraging forum conversations about using the instead soft cup for conception. There are other brands but I think that is the preferred brand in the discussions. It is a menstruation cup, but women are finding them very helpful and particularly, couples with fertility issues are having success! I know I will try those when the time is right...and wouldn't my boyfriend of 3 months freak if he knew I was having this conversation! haha ;)
     
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    Okay, so you know how sometimes you read or hear something that just sticks with you? This comment has been swimming around in my brain for a while now. I just can't figure out how those things would work for promoting conception? I hope I don't sound dumb but I just can't figure it out. Do you put them in after getting it on to keep everything all up in there? Sorry if this is WAAAAAY too personal. :sorry:
     
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    Ha! I had the same question but didn't want to ask :blush:
     
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    yes. That's one way that I read...let me see if I can find the link to the info page.
     
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    My sister, 26, has PCOS and was told that she will never be able to conceive the old-fashioned way. The month before she was going to begin Clomid, she found out she was pregnant. Her pregnancy was rough (gestational diabetes, nausea and vomiting), but the birth was uneventful. A few weeks ago she announced she was pregnant with #2; she and her husband weren't even trying for that baby. (Of course, they're very excited!)

    Good luck with everything!
     
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    This thread is a really depressing issue to me (haha). I just turned 30 and have had PCOS for about 6 years or so. My fertility dr said that if we wanted a chance to have children, we needed to start right then. That was almost 3 years ago. My husband just isn't ready, which kills me.
     

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