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Chyna1022 posted:
I am 34 y/o and I was diagnosed with PCOS in December of 2001. I have not been trying to conceive until January of this year. I ovulate on my own and am not currently on any medications. My RE was trying to prescribe me Metformin, but I informed her that I tried that in the past and that it actually made me sick. She also wanted me to take Actos along with the Metformin. In the profession that I am in I work alongside doctors and I was informed by one of my doctor colleagues not to take those medications (esp. since my blood levels were pretty much normal). I have lost the weight (I was a size 18-20 and now I am a 10-12) and have changed my eating habits. I also have been tracking my ovulation every month with an ovulation predictor kit and I am getting the LH surges as I am suppose to. I also have an app on my phone that helps me keep track of this information. Is the only treatment for PCOS Metformin? Other than Clomid and Metformin, what are some of the other treatments that you all have received that has worked? Does anyone know of any Great REs in the Atlanta Area other than Georgia Reproductive Specialists?
Me(34), BF(34), we have been trying to conceive for 6 months.  Praying for a baby in 2012.
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megwhite1985 responded:
Hi Chyna1022!
Let me first say congrats on the weight loss! I also had problems with the Metformin and I was told to give it a few weeks and the horrible GI S.E. would wear off. But since my blood sugars are controlled with diet it actually kept making me sick and hypoglycemic!

My RE is wonderful, although not in your area :(. She is at the Kirklin Clinic in Birmingham, AL. She actually put me on Aldactone a.k.a Spironolactone. It is intended for hypertension, but it also blocks androgens, which you probably already know, us PCOS ladies have too much of. It did wonders for me! I was worried about hypotension, but I just kept a watch on my B/P and haven't had any trouble. Now I will say, that when it came time to actively try I had to come off of it, but during breaks from actively trying I always take it.
Other than that and the weight loss and specific diet, the other meds I know of are used for jump starting ovulation which you don't need from the sounds of your post! I have read quite a few articles in regards to more natural remedies including teas and dietary supplements, if you are interested in that route I can post you a few links!
Hope some of that helped!
 
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Prayforamiracle responded:
Hi there! I wish I could give you some answers, but I too would like to know if there are any other options out there. I have been on Metformin since May 2010, with no luck as far as conceiving. I'm not insulin resistant, but they put me on it anyway.

Congrats on the weight loss! Did that get your cycles regular or were they always regular?

I look forward to chatting with you.
Prayforamiracle-Me(36)PCOS Dh(43)MFI TTC since 11/06. Only pregnancy ended in loss in July 2007. On 1500mg of Metformin. Currently on Cycle 26.
 
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Chyna1022 replied to megwhite1985's response:
Thanks! When I was taking the Metfomin I never experienced the GI problems, however, it was making it difficult for me to walk. My cycles had been irregular since 1994, until 2008 when I began to lose weight. Since the weight loss my cycles have been regular.
Will you please provide me with the links?
Do you have any children?
Me(34), BF(34), we have been trying to conceive for 6 months. Praying for a baby in 2012.
 
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Chyna1022 replied to Prayforamiracle's response:
Thanks. My cycles have been irregular since 1994 and did not get back on track until 2008 when I started losing weight.
What area are you in?
Me(34), BF(34), we have been trying to conceive for 6 months. Praying for a baby in 2012.


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