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Is it really PCOS??

Hi All,

Hi All,

I have been recently diagnosed with PCOS and have been on Metformin the past 2 months and took Clomid this cycle. I started temping in March and have completed 2 cycles of charting so far. Now my question....

The first cycle of charting (March) was a perfect bbt chart that showed pre-O temps, Post-O temps clearly. The following month I had consulted a RE who diagnosed me with PCOS by doing a pelvic ultrasound scan and put me on Metformin saying that I may not be ovulating due to the hormonal imbalance. I found that hard to believe becoz i don't have any symptoms of PCOS, of normal weight/height with very regular periods that range from 3-4 days of flow and cycles of 28-31 days. Moreover, all my hormone blood tests (FSH, LH, Oestrogen, etc) were normal and my RE didn't draw my attention to anything abnormal in my blood hormone tests.  In any case, I heeded the advice of my RE and took the medicines and ever since have been seeing messy temps. You can view my charts here:

http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/26418b

Should I take a chance and stop my medicines for a couple of cycles to see if I do ovulate on my own? I have a strong feeling that maybe even if I do have PCOS, it's a mild condition and my RE is blowing it out of proportion and putting me on meds that's confusing my hormones. I've read that alot of women with PCOS continue to conceive without help and have children because it's not a serious condition.

I seek the advice of friends here who are more experienced with charting. Thanks in advance!
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I don't know anything about charting but I do know about PCOS. Is it serious as say cancer? No. But it is serious. It can LEAD to heart disease, insulin resistance, diabetes, stroke, depression, infertility, etc.... that's not to say that every woman who is diagnosed with PCOS will develop any or all of these things but statistically the numbers aren't in your best favor. I don't kinow if you have PCOS or not. What I can tell you is that if your doctor is saying that you do then he/she must have a reason for it. I would ask a lot of questions and then ask some more. I am 30 years old and was diagnosed around the age of 22 shortly after I married, with PCOS. To start with I had no other symptoms than my period being off (which I know you said yours is normal) but I was misdiagnosed for years and told that this was normal for a female at my young age and that I should "deal" with it and it would get better. When I was diagnosed I didn't "feel" like I had anything and I refused to take the medicine after a few weeks of trying (and I refused to try another medicine). I wasn't overweight. In fact I got compliments on how good I looked all the time. Then shortly after marriage I started putting on weight about 50 some odd pounds. I attributed this to being married but then I couldn't take the weight off which is something that I had always been able to do quite easily before. Then several years down the road with almost every symptom in the book now showing I went to my new OB/GYN and told him that my old OB/GYN years before had diagnosed  me with PCOS. My new OB/GYN ran what must have been every blood test he could think of as it related to this condition. And, I had developed insulin resistance. All of my hormone levels, etc... came back normal so it was hard for me to understand how the PCOS could be messing with my hormones if everything showed up on a blood test OK but I flunked the blood glucose tolerance test horribly. So for about 7 years no cysts, no cysts. Then they found cysts. I began taking the metformin religiously and yes, it does mess with your body big time. It took me months and months and months to get used to it. I was having low blood sugar swings, nauseau, dizziness, faintness, upset stomach, etc... in the beginning, it was rough. But I have adjusted and when I went to the fertility doctor the nurse told me during the ultrasound that she could tell that I take the metformin the way I'm supposed to because there was no "ring" of cysts around my ovaries. So, yes PCOS is serious and it shouldn't be trivialized. It has, at times, taken over my life. Hopefully if you do have it you have a mild case so to speak and won't have to go through what I've been through. So if I were you I would call my doctor and tell him/her about your doubts, ask why he/she thinks you have it. If you still aren't sure get a second opinion. But don't ignore it because there are consequences and there are risks to not dealing with something just because you don't want to or are in denial. I don't say this to be mean but this is exactly what I did do and if I could do it all over I would do it much differently. If I had then I might still be at my ideal weight and not insulin resistant. Best of luck to you!
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Why just to waste time on seeing if we ovualate,,,i bet pcos is a bad condition,,,the RE are saying it as simple condition,,but it is very bad,,,if you realise,,you are not alone,,,
So just continu metformin,,it will do wonders and do as you RE says,,never ever put on weight,it will worsen the situation,,ovualation is said to be proper if we lose weight,,or we ovulate with less medicines if we continue to reduce weight,,this is the big kept secret!
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