Hi, I'm Jenn and I am 28 and I have PCOS, and we've been trying for over
two and a half years. I've finally found an RE that I love (it's taken
3) and with a hospital I love (University of Penn) and have been doing a
Research Study for the past 9 months.
I know that my situation could be a heck of a lot worse, I'm so thankful
that at this point it is not. It's just been one heck of a year, since
last Feb, I've been dealing with a boss that was an alcoholic, going
through a divorce and getting a lot of backlash and serious stress from
him. Not ever able to leave everything at the office. Finally after a
slew of events that continued to happen since Sept. I decided to leave
and am now working a much less stressful job with my husband's CPA firm
(well not his firm, but a firm he works for) as a bookkeeper. While tax
season hours are not the greatest, my whole attitude and stress levels
are starting to recover.
This is my 3rd Reproductive Endocrinologist. The last 2 that I saw, when
we were not trying, and I just was seeking some medical assistance in
learning about PCOS, and learning how to manage it, were so rude, it was
unreal. Their first response, with barely any tests - put me on
Metformin, and then call when I wanted to start having a baby. Not once,
but twice. Then, after being so upset and devastated from the behavior,
after 2 years,
I decided to seek out some professionals at UPenn since they are a
teaching hospital. That's where I found my doc. She is not only in
charge of their PCOS Clinic, where she devotes every Monday to seeing
PCOS patients, and only about 40% of them are women who are TTC. Not
only does she do that, but she is also the head of IVF. So I know I'm
definitely in good hands. She's very sweet, and super positive. While
that's such a blessing from what I'm used to, it's a bit of an
adjustment, because I tend to air on the side of pessimism, because
through this experience I've found when I got my hopes up, they end up
She suggested the "research study" in June. I started 4 mos of weight loss, lost about 20-25lbs. Then I started the clomid.
Month 1 (November) on 50 mg of Clomid, I did not ovulate
Month 2 (December) on 100 mg of Clomid, I did ovulate, but did not
conceive. After finding out that I ovulated, about a week later, I had
experienced spotting (something that never happened with normal pms
symptoms), cramps, migraine, etc. Then got my period
Month 3 (January) on 100 mg - I did not ovulate.
Month 4 (February) - on 150 mg - I did ovulate. I would say that I
ovulated between 2/15-17. So that would put me right around 10-14 DPO.
I do not have any of the symptoms I had the first time. NOTHING. Not
one PMS symptom. Nothing. I took a pg test yesterday morning - it was
negative. I don't know if it could be too early, and I really could be
pg, or I'm trying to kid myself here.
Can anyone give me any insight as to the timelines of how things happen?
My research coordinator didn't give me any in my last email to her, was
just more or less concerned with me retaking the test on Monday.
What I'm wondering is, what's the timeline of everything from ovulation
to fertilization to implantation to the release of the hcg. Say I
ovulated the 15th - 17th, and we had intercourse the 13th, 17th, 19th,
what are the chances? How long do things take?
She basically told me to stop worrying about it, and to just relax.