Monday, July 14, 2008

PCOS is here to stay

I was 20 when I first went to an OB GYNE. When she told me take off pants and I almost asked her if undies was included. Well, my occasional intelligence told me that I should. The reason I went there was because of my irregular period. Back then I didn’t know the importance of having a regular one. That was when I found out that my left ovary was polycystic. She told me that I should not fret about it and I could still get pregnant (which was nowhere in my cerebrum that time). I didn’t take it seriously and I thought that having my monthly period was economically helpful for me.

And then my trying-to-conceive stage came. The first few months were really frustrating until I decided not to fret and boom! I got pregnant, miscarried, and pregnant again, miscarried again. I didn’t pay much attention to me having PCOS. I still went on knowing that I have it but did not do something about it.

Only after my colleague Harriet got pregnant after 3 years of trying, I realized that I should get my ovaries checked and maybe confirm if these tinee weenie cysts were still there. And yes, when my doctor saw my left ovary, she told me that I was a classic-textbook sample of a PCOS woman. I saw them and they were ugly on ultrasound. They are even uglier when you see actual photos of them. They look like small white eggs. Also, during the ultrasound she saw follicular cyst: a follicle that failed to produce an egg for ovulation. It was bigger than normal but my doctor assured me that it was nothing serious, that it should go away after I take synthetic progesterone.

So now, I am on metformin once daily for the first week, and then I will up the dose by twice then after a week by thrice. Mind you, the effects of metformin are noootttt easy to deal with particularly to those with low tolerance. I am having diarrhea, extreme thirst, nausea and heartburn. These should be normal as assured by my doctor and should go away after my body has adjusted to it. That is perfectly fine. I have high hopes with Metformin. Harriet also has PCOS, stopped on Clomid (which she took for almost 3 years), started clomid 6 months ago and she had normal menstruation since then (28 days! Are you kiddin me?), got PREGNANT on her 6 month with metformin. I have also read that it LOWERS the risk of miscarriage that a polycystic ovary can bring (unless you have a very serious condition with immunology or what else tackled in this blog). Polycystic ovaries tend to produce not so good eggs.

So my TTC status: Trying to regulate my period with metformin. Tests to take: TORCH, CROSS TISSUE MATCHING TEST and KARYOTYPING.

N.B. Metformin is not a fertility drug; a drug used for people with type 2 diabetes. It also prescribed for PCOS. It has been found that most PCOS patients are insulin resistant due to hormonal imbalance. So puhhlease, if you feel that you should start taking metformin, ASK YOUR DOCTOR FIRST. Meanwhile, see the previous post, if you want to earn some dough.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

metformin didn't work for me...well, it got me my period but never got me pregnant. But my problem was more than my PCOS. WE found out later after 3 years of trying and 1 miscarriage that hubby and i are too compatible which is bad if you are TTCing. good luck!

maanne said...

ey sis, don't worry, god will take care of us! be patient, malapit n dumating ung turn natin...

keep the faith!

ivy said...
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ivy said...

to anonymous, i hope the best for you. LIT therapy will help though it is expensive but having a baby is priceless.


sis maane,
di naman ako masyadong worried ngayon. excited lang ako mag regulate yung mens ko. hehehe.

Arlene Tabamo said...

thanks for the comment sis... minsan kasi kailangan lang tlaga. :)

sis my mom (who is diabetic) is taking metformin din. good luck sana maging regular na period mo...

... and of course baby dust sa ating TTC

ivy said...

sis arlene thanks for dropping by. regulating my period is my top priority now. take care!

Harriet said...

Hi Ivy, continue mo lang and be patient. ako hindi ko na binilang ang days na nag metformin ako... it just came... be religious lang and serious in taking the med.

ivy said...

mommy yet thanks for dropping by. konting tiis tiis lang.hehehe~

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