June 7, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: What do I do with all these hormones?

I am on my third (and final) round of Clomid and let me just say WOAH! This round better work because I am full of hormones I don't know what to do with! My cycle started 8 days sooner than I expected (based off of my history) and ever since I have suffered almost daily headaches and mood swings I don't know how to handle. I've cried daily over big and little things. My poor husband. At least he's understanding of my life right now.

I'm excited and fearful for this month. Our 4th anniversary is at the end of the month. Wouldn't a positive pregnancy test be a great anniversary present? That's what I'm hopeful for. And at the same time, I'm afraid to be hopeful because I've been let down so many times before.

Does anyone have any tips to do with these hormones? I'm trying to stay away from situations I know will make things worse for me. I haven't experience such a surge in hormones on the other two cycles. If I remember correctly, I had this same experience with my third round of Clomid a few years ago. Fingers crossed this is the month things work us!

I'm Jenny, the mama behind the blog Cloth Diaper Revival.   I'm a stay at home mom to Noah and a wife to Chas, the cloth diapering dad.  I used to be a 3rd grade teacher until I was blessed with the birth of my first child, Noah. I'm currently trying to conceive my second child while struggling with infertility due to PCOS. This series covers my journey and my experiences along the way.


I wish I had some advice, but the only thing I know to tell you is to just surrender to the hormones. Don't try to fight back tears, just let them release. If you don't, they build up until you explode, like a boiling pot of water with the lid on... not good. I've done the Clomid thing with our first pregnancy, this time we're trying with Femara. All I can tell you is that if the Clomid doesn't really work out, maybe try Femara. I have ZERO side effects on this stuff. My ovaries don't respond to the lowest dose, so we're doing the middle one. But I don't get all emotional and crazy... no hot flashes. It's like the heaven version of Clomid... if fertility drugs were heaven and hell (lol) Clomid would be the hell. ;o) Anyway, back to the topic at hand... just don't fight those tears. It's okay to cry and to feel sad, it's totally normal. Just let it all come out!

I don't have experience with Clomid as I got pregnant the cycle before I was supposed to start it (I have PCOS as well). However I do have experience with PMDD (PreMenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) which is basically PMS on steroids during the 2 weeks before your period starts. When I figured out that was what I had I, like PP said, really surrendered to the hormones. My husband knew that if I started yelling at him for no reason to just give me a hug and tell me it will be okay and then I just cried it out. It was very frustrating for us both. Since having my daughter 4 months ago my hormones have been all over the place but not as severe. I just have to tell myself it is OKAY to feel sad over silly things.

I have several friends that have pcos, and Glucophage worked really well for them. It's a diabetic drug that somehow helps balance things out enough for you pcos girls to have ovulation cycles, and then babies. Its cheap and pretty hormone free if this isn't working for you. A far a being hormonal, you let me know when you figure out how to handle that one, I could always use help in that department!

I have tried Glucophage without success unfortunately. Really hoping this last round of Clomid does the trick!