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Finally, a diagnosis!

It's been a few weeks since I've been on here. Some of you may remember my post about taking a break from TTC due to an upcoming missions trip to Honduras. Or maybe my frustrating no show period? Today I am on CD 182, but hope to be seeing CD 1 in about a week!

I was referred to an OB last month. My appointment was last Tuesday and he told me that I have PCOS. He gave ne a ten day prescription of Provera, of which I am on day 8, in hopes of me finally having a period.

I am quite excited to finally have some answers and a plan of action! I'm trying to stay positive because I know this isn't serious and many women are able to get pregnant with PCOS. Any experience from the ladies here would be fantastic!

Wishing you all the best of luck and hope you get your BFPs soon!
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Re: Finally, a diagnosis!

  • Glad you got some answers and are moving forward. I just did a round of Provera and my period showed 2 days later. Cheers for a new cycle! 
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  • So you had blood work done 179 days ago and an ultrasound sometime since then? Both blood work on CD3 and an ultrasound are required for a proper PCOS diagnosis.

     

     

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  • No and no again. My dr said the ultrasound wasn't necessary right now. My symptoms match up with PCOS. We're not currently TTC. His main concern is that I have a period. If the Provera doesn't do the trick then he said my estrogen would be low too.

    Edit: Sorry GhostMonkey I should have quoted you.
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  • image GhostMonkey:

    So you had blood work done 179 days ago and an ultrasound sometime since then? Both blood work on CD3 and an ultrasound are required for a proper PCOS diagnosis.

     

     

    Yes Thank you. I was really starting to question all the testing I had done. How did this Dr come to that dx? A single blood test 100+ days into your cycle? What is your treatment plan? Are you IR?

    My OB sent me straight to an RE, she wouldn't even attempt to diagnose it. I had a full cycle of testing and a 3hr GTT. I'm not saying you don't have it, but OBs seem to be diagnosing it left & right, & just throwing Metformin at you. 

        image    
    Me(33): Dx PCOS w/IR 4/2008, stopped meds 11/2008 DH(34): low volume(#'s good), low T
    Back to RE in 4/2013 to get back on meds. PCOS confirmed, elevated DHEAs, low progesterone
    SHG 5/10/13: both tubes blocked; HSG 6/28 = Left tube cleared! Right blocked.
    BFP#1 7/20/13 EDD 3/30/14, m/c 8/19/13, D&E 8/21/13, Chromosomal results = normal, female
    Lap & hysteroscopy scheduled for 10/31, right tube cleared, no endo found! ...Happy Halloween!
    Cycle 14: Clomid 50mg + Ovidrel + IUI = BFP! EDD 9/16/14~ Rowan Elizabeth, born sleeping at 17w4d on 4/12/14 due to IC.
    ~There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world~
    New RE June 2014. RPL b/w - negative. SIS looking for uterine/cervical abnormalities & Asherman's 6/10/14 - ALL CLEAR! No signs of scar tissue! 
    Cycle 16: Natural IUI, HCG trigger = CP
    Cycle 17: Femara (2.5mg) + HCG + IUI = BFN
    Cycle 18 Femara (5mg) + HCG + IUI = BFFN
    Break cycle
    Cycle 20: Clomid 50mg + HCG + IUI = ?
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  • image Palmtrees09:
    No and no again. My dr said the ultrasound wasn't necessary right now. My symptoms match up with PCOS. We're not currently TTC. His main concern is that I have a period. If the Provera doesn't do the trick then he said my estrogen would be low too.

    I had a bunch of symptoms too. I was also not trying to get pregnant at the time. I They still wanted ultrasounds to actually see what my ovaries were doing.  

        image    
    Me(33): Dx PCOS w/IR 4/2008, stopped meds 11/2008 DH(34): low volume(#'s good), low T
    Back to RE in 4/2013 to get back on meds. PCOS confirmed, elevated DHEAs, low progesterone
    SHG 5/10/13: both tubes blocked; HSG 6/28 = Left tube cleared! Right blocked.
    BFP#1 7/20/13 EDD 3/30/14, m/c 8/19/13, D&E 8/21/13, Chromosomal results = normal, female
    Lap & hysteroscopy scheduled for 10/31, right tube cleared, no endo found! ...Happy Halloween!
    Cycle 14: Clomid 50mg + Ovidrel + IUI = BFP! EDD 9/16/14~ Rowan Elizabeth, born sleeping at 17w4d on 4/12/14 due to IC.
    ~There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world~
    New RE June 2014. RPL b/w - negative. SIS looking for uterine/cervical abnormalities & Asherman's 6/10/14 - ALL CLEAR! No signs of scar tissue! 
    Cycle 16: Natural IUI, HCG trigger = CP
    Cycle 17: Femara (2.5mg) + HCG + IUI = BFN
    Cycle 18 Femara (5mg) + HCG + IUI = BFFN
    Break cycle
    Cycle 20: Clomid 50mg + HCG + IUI = ?
    imageimageimage
  • image beckynsean11:
    image GhostMonkey:

    So you had blood work done 179 days ago and an ultrasound sometime since then? Both blood work on CD3 and an ultrasound are required for a proper PCOS diagnosis.

    &nbsp;

    &nbsp;

    Yes Thank you. I was really starting to question all the testing I had done. How did this Dr come to that dx? A single blood test 100+ days into your cycle? What is your treatment plan? Are you IR?

    My OB sent me straight to an RE, she wouldn't even attempt to diagnose it. I had a full cycle of testing and a 3hr GTT. I'm not saying you don't have it, but OBs seem to be diagnosing it left &amp; right, &amp; just throwing Metformin at you.&nbsp;



    I had bloodwork and a pap done May 1 when I had my first appt in regards to my missing period. Two dr had no idea what was going on so they referred me to an OB. I was expecting him to do tests but he didn't. He asked me questions, and then told me he thought I had PCOS. I didn't argue because the symptoms fit. And at this point the only thing he's prescribing me is Provera, which is what I was expecting to get from the beginning. He mentioned Metformin as an option down the road.

    Okay, I'm a newb, sorry, IR?
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  • image Palmtrees09:
    image beckynsean11:
    image GhostMonkey:

    So you had blood work done 179 days ago and an ultrasound sometime since then? Both blood work on CD3 and an ultrasound are required for a proper PCOS diagnosis.

     

     

    Yes Thank you. I was really starting to question all the testing I had done. How did this Dr come to that dx? A single blood test 100+ days into your cycle? What is your treatment plan? Are you IR?

    My OB sent me straight to an RE, she wouldn't even attempt to diagnose it. I had a full cycle of testing and a 3hr GTT. I'm not saying you don't have it, but OBs seem to be diagnosing it left & right, & just throwing Metformin at you. 

    I had bloodwork and a pap done May 1 when I had my first appt in regards to my missing period. Two dr had no idea what was going on so they referred me to an OB. I was expecting him to do tests but he didn't. He asked me questions, and then told me he thought I had PCOS. I didn't argue because the symptoms fit. And at this point the only thing he's prescribing me is Provera, which is what I was expecting to get from the beginning. He mentioned Metformin as an option down the road. Okay, I'm a newb, sorry, IR?

    IR is Insulin Resistance. So he didn't even run blood work to check your hormone levels? It's my understanding that Provera will start your peroid, but it's not going to treat the root problem (someone correct me please). I don't remember, is this your first long cycle? What is the plan for next cycle?  

        image    
    Me(33): Dx PCOS w/IR 4/2008, stopped meds 11/2008 DH(34): low volume(#'s good), low T
    Back to RE in 4/2013 to get back on meds. PCOS confirmed, elevated DHEAs, low progesterone
    SHG 5/10/13: both tubes blocked; HSG 6/28 = Left tube cleared! Right blocked.
    BFP#1 7/20/13 EDD 3/30/14, m/c 8/19/13, D&E 8/21/13, Chromosomal results = normal, female
    Lap & hysteroscopy scheduled for 10/31, right tube cleared, no endo found! ...Happy Halloween!
    Cycle 14: Clomid 50mg + Ovidrel + IUI = BFP! EDD 9/16/14~ Rowan Elizabeth, born sleeping at 17w4d on 4/12/14 due to IC.
    ~There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world~
    New RE June 2014. RPL b/w - negative. SIS looking for uterine/cervical abnormalities & Asherman's 6/10/14 - ALL CLEAR! No signs of scar tissue! 
    Cycle 16: Natural IUI, HCG trigger = CP
    Cycle 17: Femara (2.5mg) + HCG + IUI = BFN
    Cycle 18 Femara (5mg) + HCG + IUI = BFFN
    Break cycle
    Cycle 20: Clomid 50mg + HCG + IUI = ?
    imageimageimage
  • image beckynsean11:
    image Palmtrees09:
    image beckynsean11:
    image GhostMonkey:

    So you had blood work done 179 days ago and an ultrasound sometime since then? Both blood work on CD3 and an ultrasound are required for a proper PCOS diagnosis.

    &nbsp;

    &nbsp;

    Yes Thank you. I was really starting to question all the testing I had done. How did this Dr come to that dx? A single blood test 100+ days into your cycle? What is your treatment plan? Are you IR?

    My OB sent me straight to an RE, she wouldn't even attempt to diagnose it. I had a full cycle of testing and a 3hr GTT. I'm not saying you don't have it, but OBs seem to be diagnosing it left &amp; right, &amp; just throwing Metformin at you.&nbsp;



    I had bloodwork and a pap done May 1 when I had my first appt in regards to my missing period. Two dr had no idea what was going on so they referred me to an OB. I was expecting him to do tests but he didn't. He asked me questions, and then told me he thought I had PCOS. I didn't argue because the symptoms fit. And at this point the only thing he's prescribing me is Provera, which is what I was expecting to get from the beginning. He mentioned Metformin as an option down the road.

    Okay, I'm a newb, sorry, IR?

    IR is Insulin Resistance. So he didn't even run blood work to check your hormone levels?&nbsp;It's my understanding that Provera will start your peroid, but it's not going to treat the root problem&nbsp;(someone correct me please). I don't remember, is this your first long cycle? What is the plan for next cycle?&nbsp;&nbsp;



    I was hypoglycemic, but my last bloodwork showed my blood sugar was on the higher side of normal and that really surprised me. My understanding is that since I'm not TTC this moment he wasn't too concerned about actually treating it. He just wanted me to have a period because it's been so long. Before BCP I never had regular periods. I would go a month or 2 with no AF and a couple of times I went 3 months. I go back to see him in a couple months. In the meantime I'm supposed to lose weight, which unfortunately is easier said then done.
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  • image Palmtrees09:
    image beckynsean11:
    image Palmtrees09:
    image beckynsean11:
    image GhostMonkey:

    So you had blood work done 179 days ago and an ultrasound sometime since then? Both blood work on CD3 and an ultrasound are required for a proper PCOS diagnosis.

     

     

    Yes Thank you. I was really starting to question all the testing I had done. How did this Dr come to that dx? A single blood test 100+ days into your cycle? What is your treatment plan? Are you IR?

    My OB sent me straight to an RE, she wouldn't even attempt to diagnose it. I had a full cycle of testing and a 3hr GTT. I'm not saying you don't have it, but OBs seem to be diagnosing it left & right, & just throwing Metformin at you. 

    I had bloodwork and a pap done May 1 when I had my first appt in regards to my missing period. Two dr had no idea what was going on so they referred me to an OB. I was expecting him to do tests but he didn't. He asked me questions, and then told me he thought I had PCOS. I didn't argue because the symptoms fit. And at this point the only thing he's prescribing me is Provera, which is what I was expecting to get from the beginning. He mentioned Metformin as an option down the road. Okay, I'm a newb, sorry, IR?

    IR is Insulin Resistance. So he didn't even run blood work to check your hormone levels? It's my understanding that Provera will start your peroid, but it's not going to treat the root problem (someone correct me please). I don't remember, is this your first long cycle? What is the plan for next cycle?  

    I was hypoglycemic, but my last bloodwork showed my blood sugar was on the higher side of normal and that really surprised me. My understanding is that since I'm not TTC this moment he wasn't too concerned about actually treating it. He just wanted me to have a period because it's been so long. Before BCP I never had regular periods. I would go a month or 2 with no AF and a couple of times I went 3 months. I go back to see him in a couple months. In the meantime I'm supposed to lose weight, which unfortunately is easier said then done.

    Higher side of normal is still normal. And it does not indicate insulin resistance.

    Long story short- your doctor has no clue what s/he is doing.

     

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  • image GhostMonkey:
    image Palmtrees09:
    image beckynsean11:
    image Palmtrees09:
    image beckynsean11:
    image GhostMonkey:

    So you had blood work done 179 days ago and an ultrasound sometime since then? Both blood work on CD3 and an ultrasound are required for a proper PCOS diagnosis.

    &nbsp;

    &nbsp;

    Yes Thank you. I was really starting to question all the testing I had done. How did this Dr come to that dx? A single blood test 100+ days into your cycle? What is your treatment plan? Are you IR?

    My OB sent me straight to an RE, she wouldn't even attempt to diagnose it. I had a full cycle of testing and a 3hr GTT. I'm not saying you don't have it, but OBs seem to be diagnosing it left &amp; right, &amp; just throwing Metformin at you.&nbsp;



    I had bloodwork and a pap done May 1 when I had my first appt in regards to my missing period. Two dr had no idea what was going on so they referred me to an OB. I was expecting him to do tests but he didn't. He asked me questions, and then told me he thought I had PCOS. I didn't argue because the symptoms fit. And at this point the only thing he's prescribing me is Provera, which is what I was expecting to get from the beginning. He mentioned Metformin as an option down the road.

    Okay, I'm a newb, sorry, IR?

    IR is Insulin Resistance. So he didn't even run blood work to check your hormone levels?&nbsp;It's my understanding that Provera will start your peroid, but it's not going to treat the root problem&nbsp;(someone correct me please). I don't remember, is this your first long cycle? What is the plan for next cycle?&nbsp;&nbsp;



    I was hypoglycemic, but my last bloodwork showed my blood sugar was on the higher side of normal and that really surprised me. My understanding is that since I'm not TTC this moment he wasn't too concerned about actually treating it. He just wanted me to have a period because it's been so long. Before BCP I never had regular periods. I would go a month or 2 with no AF and a couple of times I went 3 months. I go back to see him in a couple months. In the meantime I'm supposed to lose weight, which unfortunately is easier said then done.

    Higher side of normal is still normal. And it does not indicate insulin resistance.

    Long story short- your doctor has no clue what s/he is doing.

    &nbsp;



    Oh I know! He did not say I was IR, I was just now making an observation of my own.

    I have to say this is really bumming me out. I was so happy to finally have answers and a plan of action, but now I have no clue if my answers are even correct.

    Thank you for your honesty and for sharing your knowledge with me. I appreciate all that I learn from you ladies, even if it isn't what I want to hear!
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  • image Palmtrees09:

    I was hypoglycemic, but my last bloodwork showed my blood sugar was on the higher side of normal and that really surprised me. My understanding is that since I'm not TTC this moment he wasn't too concerned about actually treating it. He just wanted me to have a period because it's been so long. Before BCP I never had regular periods. I would go a month or 2 with no AF and a couple of times I went 3 months. I go back to see him in a couple months. In the meantime I'm supposed to lose weight, which unfortunately is easier said then done.

    I agree, you need to have your period. It's been way too long! 

     Treating PCOS really has nothing to do with whether or not you're TTC, which is the point I was trying to make earlier. I was years away from TTC at my original dx. The affect PCOS has on your ovulation/cycle is only part of the problem. The way my Dr explained it to me, treating the hormonal imbalances is the first step. One of the results of that is usually a regulation of your cycle. If you are IR, treating that(along with an IR diet) can help your body lose weight. PCOS is a group of symptoms, so what your specific issues could be, I have no idea. Honestly if your Dr doesn't run blood work & do ultrasound(s), how can he know either? The symptoms kind of all play on each other. Inducing your period right now is great, but it's not treating the cause of your long cycle. 

    This Dr is slapping a label on you because the symptoms "fit", maybe he's right. It all sounds exactly like what I had going on. But there should be some kind of test before a dx is given, dontcha think?

     

    ETA: I'm not saying you're IR. If your last blood work was a 1 time draw, it might not even show it. Mine looks normal at that time too. The 3 hour test showed a totally different story because they were able to introduce a high level of glucose into my system & see exactly what happened. I'm not trying to bum you out. I know how relieving it is to get a diagnosis. I'm trying to encourage you to educate yourself, that's all.   

        image    
    Me(33): Dx PCOS w/IR 4/2008, stopped meds 11/2008 DH(34): low volume(#'s good), low T
    Back to RE in 4/2013 to get back on meds. PCOS confirmed, elevated DHEAs, low progesterone
    SHG 5/10/13: both tubes blocked; HSG 6/28 = Left tube cleared! Right blocked.
    BFP#1 7/20/13 EDD 3/30/14, m/c 8/19/13, D&E 8/21/13, Chromosomal results = normal, female
    Lap & hysteroscopy scheduled for 10/31, right tube cleared, no endo found! ...Happy Halloween!
    Cycle 14: Clomid 50mg + Ovidrel + IUI = BFP! EDD 9/16/14~ Rowan Elizabeth, born sleeping at 17w4d on 4/12/14 due to IC.
    ~There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world~
    New RE June 2014. RPL b/w - negative. SIS looking for uterine/cervical abnormalities & Asherman's 6/10/14 - ALL CLEAR! No signs of scar tissue! 
    Cycle 16: Natural IUI, HCG trigger = CP
    Cycle 17: Femara (2.5mg) + HCG + IUI = BFN
    Cycle 18 Femara (5mg) + HCG + IUI = BFFN
    Break cycle
    Cycle 20: Clomid 50mg + HCG + IUI = ?
    imageimageimage
  • image beckynsean11:

    image Palmtrees09:

    I was hypoglycemic, but my last bloodwork showed my blood sugar was on the higher side of normal and that really surprised me. My understanding is that since I'm not TTC this moment he wasn't too concerned about actually treating it. He just wanted me to have a period because it's been so long. Before BCP I never had regular periods. I would go a month or 2 with no AF and a couple of times I went 3 months. I go back to see him in a couple months. In the meantime I'm supposed to lose weight, which unfortunately is easier said then done.

    I agree, you need to have your period. It's been way too long!&nbsp;

    &nbsp;Treating PCOS really has nothing to do with whether or not you're TTC, which is the point I was trying to make earlier. I was years away from TTC at my original dx. The affect PCOS has on your ovulation/cycle is only part of the problem. The way my Dr explained it to me, treating the hormonal imbalances is the first step. One of the results of that is usually a regulation of your cycle. If you are IR, treating that(along with an IR diet) can help your body lose weight. PCOS is a group of symptoms, so what your specific issues could be, I have no idea. Honestly if your Dr doesn't run blood work &amp; do ultrasound(s), how can he know either? The symptoms kind of all play on each other. Inducing your period right now is great, but it's not treating the cause of your long cycle.&nbsp;

    This Dr is slapping a label on you because the symptoms "fit", maybe he's right. It all sounds exactly like what I had going on. But there should be some kind of test before a dx is given, dontcha think?

    &nbsp;

    ETA: I'm not saying you're IR. If your last blood work was a 1 time draw, it might not even show it. Mine looks normal at that time too. The 3 hour test showed a totally different story because they were able to introduce a high level of glucose into my system &amp; see exactly what happened. I'm not trying to bum you out. I know how relieving it is to get a diagnosis. I'm trying to encourage you to educate yourself, that's all. &nbsp;&nbsp;



    Oh I know. I'm not upset with you. I had a slight nagging feeling that the dx came too easily. But I really wanted this to be it.
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  • image Palmtrees09:
    Oh I know. I'm not upset with you. I had a slight nagging feeling that the dx came too easily. But I really wanted this to be it.

    I know that feeling! It might be right, I certainly can't tell you. All I can do is share what I've learned to the best of my ability. Hopefully if I said anything that is incorrect, GM will correct me. I will add this, once I had the diagnosis & was being treated, my cycle regulated & I began ovulating.

        image    
    Me(33): Dx PCOS w/IR 4/2008, stopped meds 11/2008 DH(34): low volume(#'s good), low T
    Back to RE in 4/2013 to get back on meds. PCOS confirmed, elevated DHEAs, low progesterone
    SHG 5/10/13: both tubes blocked; HSG 6/28 = Left tube cleared! Right blocked.
    BFP#1 7/20/13 EDD 3/30/14, m/c 8/19/13, D&E 8/21/13, Chromosomal results = normal, female
    Lap & hysteroscopy scheduled for 10/31, right tube cleared, no endo found! ...Happy Halloween!
    Cycle 14: Clomid 50mg + Ovidrel + IUI = BFP! EDD 9/16/14~ Rowan Elizabeth, born sleeping at 17w4d on 4/12/14 due to IC.
    ~There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world~
    New RE June 2014. RPL b/w - negative. SIS looking for uterine/cervical abnormalities & Asherman's 6/10/14 - ALL CLEAR! No signs of scar tissue! 
    Cycle 16: Natural IUI, HCG trigger = CP
    Cycle 17: Femara (2.5mg) + HCG + IUI = BFN
    Cycle 18 Femara (5mg) + HCG + IUI = BFFN
    Break cycle
    Cycle 20: Clomid 50mg + HCG + IUI = ?
    imageimageimage
  • image beckynsean11:

    image Palmtrees09:
    Oh I know. I'm not upset with you. I had a slight nagging feeling that the dx came too easily. But I really wanted this to be it.

    I know that feeling! It might be right, I certainly can't tell you. All I can do is share what I've learned to the best of my ability. Hopefully if I said anything that is incorrect, GM will correct me. I will add this, once I had the diagnosis & was being treated, my cycle regulated & I began ovulating.

    It could be correct, but basing it off no testing at all is ridiculous. OBs like to slap a PCOS label on patients. There's not a strict standard for it, so many just use that when they lack other reasoning for what's going on.

    As for the IR diet, there's nothing about that which would hurt you at all. It's actually a pretty decent "diet", especially if you have a few pounds to lose. I think I lost around 10 lbs the month I tried it for shiits and giggles. I just don't have the drive to stick to it long term.

     

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