August 10, 2013

PCOS to Pregnacy: The waiting game!

I don't think there's anything worse than the two week wait! Well, I guess worse would be the two week wait followed by a negative test result. Here I am on yet another two week wait, just waiting for enough time to have passed to take a test.

In my last post I shared that we may be advised to skip this cycle. I had an ultrasound on cycle day 12 that showed two mature eggs. We were given the green light to go ahead and fingers crossed at least one of them gets fertilized! The Ovidrel shot was not bad at all! I was really worried about it, but it went well. I made my husband inject it and I couldn't even feel it. I did up with a massive headache within an hour of the injection.

I've already started speculating that every little ailment is a pregnancy symptom. I'm pretty sure it's way too early for that! As far as announcing my pregnancy (if it happens), don't worry, I won't leave you in the dark! I mean, how could I? You have been such faithful readers and encouragers! So many of you have prayed for me during this time.

When I started this series in February, I actually worried that I would become pregnant right away and then the series would quickly die. I had no idea it would take this long. Here I am 6 months later, still trying for another pregnancy.

I have no idea what I'll write about next week. It will still be too early for me to test. Maybe I'll share some typical early pregnancy signs! When did you start having signs of pregnancy? What symptoms and how many days past ovulation were you?

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.

10 comments:

Thanks for sharing your story Jenny. I too was diagnosed with pcos and treated with metformin which quickly did the trick. Luckily for me it wasn't a sever case. After the pcos before my first, I have conceived two more babies easily (one by accident;) I'll continue to pray for you during this time of waiting!

You are in my prayers Jenny! Come on postive test! :-)

Thinking positive thoughts for you Jenny!

As you await your (hopefully positive!) pregnancy test result, I thought you might like to hear a positive story from someone who was in your shoes not very long ago.

I also have PCOS and didn't realize it until my husband and I started trying to conceive just over three years ago. The 3 cycles of Clomid showed absolutely nothing was happening. I then did 6 cycles of Ovidrel. Unfortunately, one of them ended in a miscarriage at 6 weeks.

Every cycle, no matter how slowly the docs increased the dosage, either stalled completely or ended up with 15-20 mature follicles (not something I wanted to mess with. I didn't want to be the next "Kate plus Eight").

In August 2012, after a lot of soul-searching, my husband and I decided the emotional toll was becoming too high. We couldn't do it anymore. We decided to take a 5 year break from fertility treatments and reassessed our priorities, vowing to do more traveling and save up for a new house. I stopped taking all medication. Ovidrel, Metformin, prenatal vitamins, everything.

We broke the news to our families that we had been doing fertility treatments and they didn't work. We told them not to expect grandchildren from us. It killed us to do it.

Fast forward 6 months. I was on a strict diet to look good in a bathing suit for our upcoming trip to the Caribbean and was feeling like I was getting the flu. The feeling went on for a week and a half. I couldn't decide if it was the diet or if I was catching the flu bug that was going around my office. Just for fun, I decided to take an old cheapo pregnancy test that we had left under our bathroom sink from before we stopped trying. It was positive! I ran downstairs with the cup of urine and the stick to show my husband. I believe my exact words were "I need to try a different test." Neither of us believed it was true. We thought it was just a bad test. That day, I left work for a few minutes to run to CVS and get a better quality digital test. I took it in the bathroom at the office and texted a pic of the results to my husband. It took less than 2 seconds to come back with a positive.

Turns out, I was 6 and a half weeks pregnant. We were shocked.

Now, I'm in my third trimester awaiting the arrival of our first child - a little boy.

I hope that you have similar success!

I'm also curious, since I hope to have another child, if you had PCOS when you got pregnant with your first child. And, if you needed fertility treatments to have that child too.

-Donna

Hi Donna! Thank you so much for your story! Congratulations on your little miracle! I did have PCOS with my first, but for whatever reason it was not as difficult. Three rounds of Clomid were all we needed. You can read the full story here http://www.iloveclothdiapers.com/2013/02/pcos-to-pregnancy-my-journey.html

-Jenny

I'm on my 2-week wait too!! :) I did Clomid this cycle, with Ovidrel on Thursday with one large follicle on the correct side (I have only one tube due to an ectopic in December). Try your best to not test early, the Ovidrel WILL give you a positive up to that 14th day past the shot even if you aren't, personal experience. I feel pretty crummy with the shot this time, super tired and nauseous several times a day. Did they put up on a prog/estrogen sup too? Good luck mama. Hoping for good results for us both. :)

Hi Ashley! Thanks for the tip on the false positive! How depressing that would have been! :( I'm not on an estrogen supplement. Guess we'll see!

Good luck to you too! Prayers it works for you this time!

Hope the TWW is going better than anticipated. I think it is the worst kind of torture. Just lean into God sister! He will get you through it. Fingers crossed, prayers UP!

Praying for a positive test! You are awesome, mama!

I wish I had found your story sooner.

After nearly a year and a half of trying I was finally sent to the fertility clinic. They diagnosed PCOS. I did 3 rounds of clomid with ovidrel. They considered Metformin but I had just lost all the weight that I had put on after stopping my birth control pills.

I reacted well to the meds but no good end results. One of the doctors wanted me to skip a cycle because I had 3 viable follicles. I said no way. If I some how managed to not get results on the previous cycles I wasn't going to waste this one. We could decide what to do if we go multiples if the decision needed to be made.

After the 3rd round we took a break. That was June. I continued to track my cycle and temp and everything.

Finally when I got my period in November I told myself that was enough. I couldn't take it anymore. It was just too much waiting every month and being disappointed. We have 6 nieces and nephews 4 of them under the age of 5 and so they were just going to be our focus.

December came and I kept getting "period cramps" but my period never came. I was went to check when my last one had come and I was 3 days late. I went for a cheap test just because, not really expecting much. It came back positive! I ran to the drug store to get a digital just be sure and Dec 31 I took that one and confirmed the positive. A wonderful late Christmas gift and an amazing way to start the new year.

I'm now only a few weeks away from my due date and still can't believe our little one is actually on his way.

PCOS is a difficult diagnosis to deal with but it can be over come. Good luck to everyone going through it.