Calling For All PCOS Success Stories!

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I know you're out there!

Have you used a traditional/whole foods diet and made natural lifestyle changes to improve your symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome? Have you lost weight, seen your symptoms dramatically reduce or even disappear, or finally achieved a long hoped for pregnancy?

Fellow PCOS'ers, if this describes you, I would LOVE to hear from you! I am hoping to compile some testimonies and success stories, in order to offer hope and encouragment to those who are struggling with this hormonal disorder.

As always, it needs to be stated that we are not the ones who ultimately bring healing to our bodies… it is always the Lord doing it in us. Let's just try to be aware of that as we share of the good things that He has done, by leading us to a greater knowledge of nutrition, natural health and how to wisely steward and care for our bodies.

If you're comfortable with it, or would like to leave just a little snippet, feel free to leave your story in a comment. If you would prefer to be kept anonymous, or would like to leave a more detailed story (3 paragraphs maximum, please!), then email me at keeperofthehome (at) canada (dot) com.

I absolutely can't wait to hear from you!

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. Hello,

    Thank you for your site where all can share their experiences and trust in God. It all started for me when i was 14 years old and i am now 27 getting control of it all. I had several PMDD symptoms (extreme PMS and mood/personality/behavioral problems), acne (never went away) and always in extreme amounts of pain (from cysts i guess). For some reason, my family never found this abnormal for a child and even when i was growing up. My mother and family never talked about how a woman’s body works and what to expect. So, i know what i know from n=1 experiments. I am not a doctor, but i have done extensive research on PCOS and hormones in general. Also, i ate a Standard American Diet (involves the usually of mostly carb and processed foods–is what most of us grow up on as times change).
    Anyway, I continued on being in pain. Sometimes the pain was so much that i couldn’t work, and i had to take motrin/pamprin (which helped a little). My weight fluctuated a lot. I would either be fairly lean or be obese. It wasn’t easy to control. It did what it wanted. When i was 18, i decided to help myself in finding birth control. I went to planned parenthood where they gave me the standard information and my first birth control. For the first three months, they were hell. Ortho-tricyclen. I gained about 40 lbs and acne never got better. Pain got somewhat better, but flow increased and my hair thinned out. I switched to Ortho-cyclen and i was on that pill for 7 years. It was an ok pill. Weight fluctuated but not as greatly as without. I still got bloated with water retention, cravings, acne, muscle aches, constant fatigue, constant dreaming, constant knee pains, leaky breasts (caused by pituitary tumor caused by pills), etc. All of which are supposed to be controlled by the pill. Over those 7 years, things became progressively worse. I started having problems with foods. I had major digestive problems that caused me to constantly be hungry, cravings, can’t lose weight, water retention, acne (still), severely tired, slow muscle recovery from workouts, blacking out occasionally, major dizziness when I stand, hard time learning and paying attention in classes in school, general overall well being was reduced. Moods were all over the place. Doctors paid me no attention and wanted to either give me a new prescription of another drug or tell me I had IBS. I had colonscopy and endoscopy done before I realized I had to take the next step in my research. I found that I needed to stop gluten/wheat products (step 1 for pcos treatment [proven effective in studies-check they are out there]). I felt a lot better with this first step. Amazingly better. Some digestive problems stopped, my head wasn’t so foggy, I didn’t have to sleep all the time or fall asleep randomly, my cravings were less, and several other symptoms disappeared.
    Eventually, I was on cabergoline for the pituitary tumor. Cabergoline made me feel horrible (extreme fatigue and foggy head). After a year and half on Cabergoline, I took myself off. I figured it wasn’t helping me and the side effects on the lowest dose possible were too much. I figured I could live with it and monitor to make sure my tumor symptoms didn’t get worse. Then at about the age of 25, I started having breakthrough bleeding that lasted anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks. I am still on Ortho-Cyclen. I was also starting to experience some pain again on my ovaries from time to time. An ultra sound showed I had cysts. Doctor’s tell you that you don’t get them while on birth control. Lies. They happen all the time. I switched birth control pills several times. I went to Necon 1/35 (extreme depression and moods), Levonorgestrel (lost weight, but had androgen problems-hair, acne), Apri (lost weight), and then to NuvaRing. Over a matter of 15 months, the breakthrough bleeding never stopped with any of these pills. Meanwhile, I began to experience more cysts that would burst and a constant pain in one area during intercourse. This pain gets worse over the course of 2 years. I took myself off of birth control in November 2012. Best move I can take. Somewhere around this time I also got myself tested for food allergies since my digestion isn’t how I think it should be. Found lots of things I shouldn’t be eating until I get my gut intact. By this time, I am eating a paleo diet for allergies with minimal processed foods.
    It took a while, but I was able to get in for a laparoscopy that I begged the doctors for in June 2013. The pain has gotten to a point of where I cannot have intercourse. It’s still in the same spot. Since being off of birth control, I have increasingly longer cycles, annovulatory (occasionally), not really too much pms or bloating (from the cleaner paleo diet), and some weight gain despite exercise and low calorie diet. I did experience several positives from being off of birth control as well: no knee pain, less dreams, no bloating, no vision changes, not tired, etc.
    Before laparoscopy, my doctor told me right out that I have PCOS. Not really a great way to diagnosis, but I fall along the lines of that. My testosterone is high, androgens are high, adrenal fatigue, cannot lose weight, hair is falling out, acne (face, shoulders, back), oily skin, hair growth (stomach, lip, overall grows fast). I also had this hair growth, acne, and hair thinning while on birth control—which doctors say is supposed to be controlled by birth control. Lies. About a week before my laparoscopy, I went on a ketogenic diet keeping carbs to below 20g a day and fat high and protein is moderate. I never felt better. I was alert. I had energy and no foggy headedness. My bowels were regulating themselves with no help from outside supplements. I was also taking supplements before the surgery that allowed me to recover faster than normal. I went back to work 4 days after and was exercising 2 weeks after with no pain meds anywhere in there.
    My laparoscopy showed minor endometriosis lesions. It was hardly any there. They were burned off. I have since been doing a zero carb diet. I had lab tests for Insulin Resistance and they were normal. This whole time though, I have experienced dizziness that has never gone away until I went zero carb. I don’t get dizzy when I go from sitting to standing unless I eat carbs over 5 grams. I eat a high fat and low to medium protein diet. I ovulated 30 days sooner than normal. Means a 35 day cycle instead of 60-65 day cycles. I have also started supplementing with Calcium D-Glucarate (removes bad estrogens in the body and helps your liver detox-will keep endometriosis away), DIM/Indole-3-Carbinol (found in cruciferous veggies-turns bad estrogens into good and removed from body easier), Methyl B12 microlingual 10000 mcg (great for pituitary tumor shrinking-not found in vegan/vegetarian diet and needed for all bodily functions), Vitex (excellent for PCOS), and D-Chiro Inositol (some have found Myo-Inositol works as well). I have just started the D-Chiro Inositol and will see how it works. The other supplements have improved my health, along with my diet (sole cause of improvement), vastly. I ovulated, no pms, longer luteal phase, no cravings, I exercise well, not tired anymore-so no naps, deal with heat/cold better.
    Take it from me, everyone is different and no one is a text book like doctors treat you. They are only human as well and only teach what they know. I knew there was another way that is easier and non-taxing on the body than what they wanted to give me. And you know what, it only gets better from here. For my recommendation, please look into Vitex, DIM/indole-3-carbinol, and Calcium D-glucarate. I feel that a change in diet (better said as Life Style Change) and calcium-d-glucarate is the best thing you can do for your body for PCOS. I am willing to answer any questions. Are you willing to do what it takes to help yourself too? You know your body best.

    • I was diagnosed in 8th grade I have concieved one time 7 yes ago I now have a healthy 6 yr old son :) since I had him I have had very long cycles well besides the past 6 months I’ve had normal periods just had crazy pms along with them. well now I’m 5 days late and my breasts have been hurting for the past 2 weeks, cramping, lower back pain, extreme. fatigue and round ligiment pain could this just be my hormones getting all out of wack again oh n crazy bloated n weight gain. HELP IM MISERABLE

  2. hi , im 19 years old now , i have been diagonsed with PCOD when i was 14 , it has been such a nightmare for me , i put on weight like crazy i used to be a pretty kid and later when i was diagonsed with pcod , there was an acne outburst on my face , my hair started falling, the hormones created a havoc in my body , i felt really helpless , i didnt know what to do , those numerous appointments with various on-gyn just made my life even more miserable , my confidence took a backseat , i was in a pretty bad shape…Then i made changes in my lifestyle , i started exercising , though it was a huge struggle in the beginning because i wasnt losing weight at all despite spending hours together in the gym , so i quit gym and started focusing more on cardio such as jogging and then there was a slight change , gradually i started losing , though the weight loss is really low compared to my exercise regime , atleast its something ! my periods havent really regularised , but i get them every alternate month ! i so wish there was some cure for this pcod , this lifelong suffering is horrible !! Sometimes i become dejected but i try hard to keep up my exercise regime and diet..i just felt like sharing it here on this blog , i just want to know what more can i do to lose weight ?

    • Hey Snig,
      I would recommend getting checked for food allergies/intolerance. Or try an elimination diet. I have PCOS and i have struggled with acne and hair loss/ excess hair, no periods since i was a teenager. I have made friends with several girls who experience the same. I went gluten free and dropped 20lbs in 3 months. i also have had my back clear up and my hair get thicker. i am 6 months gluten free and finally getting 32 day periods. several of the girls i am friends with use to have problems losing weight now they are dropping quickly. turns out two of them were gluten intolerant like myself and one of them is corn and dairy intolerant. I am 27 and would like to start a family, so lets hope this helps with that also!

  3. Hello, Stephanie!

    My name is Mayya, and I know your blog is the truth. I have been struggling with PCOS since 14 years old, on and off medications and seriously unhappy. I am now 22 and have FINALLY jumped into healthy, happy living. Organic foods, no GMOs, eating well balanced meals (in color, taste, and smell!!!), and drinking PURIFIED (meaning, without Fluoride and everything else they throw in there…) pushed my period to come on DAYS after I began. I am currently in line to have it again soon, and then I will know for sure if regulation of the system occurs with the right tools ;)

    On another related topic, please check up on this: The chemical Glysophate, a main chemical in agricultural pesticides across the globe, is said to break down the enzyme P450. You can learn about this enzyme group here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cytochrome_P450

    This enzyme is responsible for the regulation of greater bodily functions not limited to the reproductive system. Roundup and similar pesticides were considered so effective because the active chemicals literally obliterate a fly’s biochemical structure, quickly killing it from the inside out due to its size and lack of sufficient autoimmunity. These chemicals are in our produce, air, and bodies. The reason people are suffering from terrible illness and disadvantages like ours is this terrible chemical that is wreaking havoc! We are lucky to be 1000s of times bigger than the fly, but harm is finally taking toll in generational degradation of the human body. Epigenetics tells us that epigenes– gene expression regulators to the amount a gene value is phenotypically expressed, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epigenetics– in our bodies tend to regulate using past experiences (because that is its sense of what is going on in the world and what is necessary to adapt!), and right now, we are essentially allowing for a destructive pattern of diseased gene structure if we do not do our best to get this information out to everyone.

    Hopefully this information and support of your methods will help you and anyone else refusing to succumb to the falling-apart-feeling you probably know all too well. If not, I did my duty anyway ;)

    Thanks for reading!!

    Mayya

  4. Hello, and thank you so much for the healthy options you have given us! My daughter was diagnosed with PCOS at age 13 she is now 14. When the Endocranolagyst prescribed 3 different medications including birth control, metformin, and a water pill, I didn’t like that she had to be on so many medications. And the side effects she experiences are vomitting, dizziness, and she is extremely tired. This caused her to miss weeks of school which only added more stress because it has been difficult for her to keep up with her prodjects and school work. Before she ever took any medications her periods were normal. We found out the severe pain she had during her periods was because of a cyst on her ovary. We do not want her to have future damage to her body because of any long term use of these perscriptions. I have heard of Gallbladder disease and infertility. If I can help my daughter in any way I would rather cure her PCOS with the materials God gave us! I am going to attempt taking her off the medications and change the entire familys eating habbits. This can only improve all our lives and give my daughter the opportunity to lose weight naturally. And give her an opportunity to have children if she decides to in the future! : }

  5. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 15 years old, now I am 26 and was diagnosed with Thyriod 3 years ago Got married 2 years ago. I am trying for Pregnancy for 1 and half years now.. but no luck :( I never get my periods on my own, was on Birth control pills till i got married. we consulted the doc after marriage she put me on metformin, Letrozole tabs, and few Injections FSH , HCG for 6 months now. my periods were regular while i was on treatment. now i get my periods one in 2 months without medication and continues for 15-17 days I don’t know what is happening with my body, i don’t even know whether i ovulate and totally confused on top of it becoz of my busy work schedule i am not able to loose my weight and maintain a proper diet. after seeing the comment i feel like there is a chance for me getting pregnant but maybe i should concentrate on weight and diet. my weight is 5.3 and i am 160 lbs. i am planning to take a break from my work and plan for getting preggo seriously. This site has really given me the motivation… as i was getting so depressed day by day. All the best for all the women who are trying …hopefully God may answer our prayers…and Big Congrats to women with success stories :) I may also come back Writing my success story soon.. God Willing :) Any Suggestions please reply.Thanks All…

  6. Sherrie says:

    I’m 26 and have lots of health conditions. I cant afford to go to the dr because I dont have/ cant get health insurance. My ovaries hurt so bad sometimes I dont want to move no matter what happens. I know i dont eat right, but i dont like a lot of foods. I’ve never had normal periods and because of the depo vera shot I didnt have one at all for 4 years. Now I am paying for this. If anyone has any additonal suggestions for me to try I’d appriciate all of them.

  7. shinshin2 says:

    i am 20 and pregnant (6 weeks) for second time and now learning i have pcos. i miscarried first time at 18 and doctors could not tell me why. i am now soooo paranoid that something will happen. i am excited about the pregnancy but afraid to return to the doctor and receive bad news. i do not have irregular or heavy periods and i am 5 ft 2 and 100lbs so i dont understand how i could have this. i am so scared.

  8. Stalla says:

    I am deeply inspired by all the posts i have read on here… I too was diagnosed with PCOS and i do not get my periods on my own now. I literally went from periods every month, to once every 3months, to once every 6months, to once a year and to none at all…..
    My obgyn put me on birth control in hopes of regulating my periods after a year on them, obviously i that turned out not to be true. Then they wanted to run some tests and recommend clomid as the only way out for help with conception. I wanted that to be my last resort, so I wanted to try the holistic approach first. After doing some reading around, gave vitex pills a try… Start date 1 Dec 2012, 15 Feb 2013 got my first period on my own since 2010. It lasted 5days. I was very excited, HOPE was back in my corner!
    I figured that the next time, my period would come sooner than before but Nope… after that period, haven’t seen a thing and it’s been 2+ 1/2 months now since that period, still on the Vitex. All i have i nausea, did a HPT this morning but got BFN. I have bought some Evening Primrose oil ,thinking of getting some false unicorn root as well to add to the ”regimen”, then wait and see.

    Anyone with any tips on what i can do different that may be of help?

  9. I have been trying to get pregnant for 12 years with my husband. We tried twice IVF, metformin, clomid, and seeing one doctor after another. Finally I decided to see a hollistic doctor (didn’t care how much it would cost me). This time I am doing juicing and eating a lot of fruits and vegetables. I am going through the natural way and with God my little miracle will happen. My goal is to loose weight and keep this as a lifestyle change. Has anyone been successful getting pregnant naturally? A lot if these post give me so much hope when you think this will never happen! Please continue providing I inspirational post. Thank you everyone!

  10. I was actually an unusual case. Unlike most cysters, I was thin, with a BMI of 23. I was a vegetarian, so I guess that could’ve been accounted for… Also, I was a runner :). I was 105 lbs and happier than ever.

    But then the missing, heavy periods came along, so bad that I became an anemic. I was like, “Why is this happening to me? I thought vegans were suppose to be thin and delicate!”

    But then I saw things in my diet that weren’t PCOS friendly. I loved dairy and soy, and I constantly ate fast food salads and stuff. My cooking was filled with oils and I hardly drank enough water.

    I went on the Paleo diet and got my period for the first time in three years (cheers!) and then decided that animal fats were needed. It was hard for me to switch over to the carnivorous side, but surprisingly, it didn’t take much for me to be able to get into an orderly meat regime.

    The medical methods I tried of course included birth control. Diane was harsh. It fixed my periods up, but all I can say is that it. Was. Harsh. It left me emotionally detached. Yaz and Yasmin both left me sexually uninterested. I refused to go on Depo, since many people have commented that it actually CAUSED their PCOS. I think progesterone cream and Metformin combined really gave me the best, risk-free results, and Spiro was a lovely blessing. I combined those three chemicals and made myself PCOS free on the outside, but I got lazy and stopped taking them.

    100 lbs hit me like a truck. I finally decided I would go the holistic way.

    I took many supplements and read many PCOS books. I tried Insulite Laboratories (lots of patience and dedication), Glucorein (which has been the easiest, most effective method.. Though its a bit pricey), Tumeric (a miracle worker), Vitex (takes time to see results), Licorice Extract, Evening Primrose Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Fish Oil, and many more – too many to count. They all worked for me, to an extent that is. I used Virgin Coconut Oil and Olive Oil instead of canola. Saw Palmetto Extract also helped me reduce acne and hair, and bring hair in :)

    Tea is your friend. Yes, tea. Green Tea by itself can help you loose weight, which in turn signals your periods. Spearmint tea is anti androgenic, like Saw Palmetto! I reccomend combining them! Drinking spearmint tea two times per day and also taking Saw Palmetto can reduce testosterone effects. Raspberry red leaf tea is also a good option. Tumeric tea helps as well. I take tea with me to work every day! My liquids hardly consist of water anymore – it’s always herbal teas or natural homemade juices. I keep them around every day!

    When I get sugar cravings, I eat licorice or dark chocolate. I eat organic. Nothing processed.

    Some books I reccomend are “Ovarian Cyst Miracle” by Carol Foster and “Natural Ovarian Cyst Elief Secrets” by Laura Hennings to permanently get rid of cysts, which, for thin cysters, are the root cause of PCOS. Nourishing Traditions provides a diet that won’t deprive your of your favorite foods yet still impact your cycle.

    The Fat Loss Factor books and diet for my liver helped me reach 100 lbs with a height of 5’3. Now, I’m a mommy to two boys and two girls, Reagan (15), Kaden (12), Venus (14), and Hera (12). I named my little girls Hera and Venus because they stand for fertility, feminity, beauty, love, and marriage – three things PCOS can take away from you. I feel blessed because they haven’t showed any signs of PCOS. I pray on a daily basis, and make sure to walk vigorously as excersise. Yes, walking is a great exercise for PCOS and ovulation alone.

    I made sure to eat strictly when I was pregnant with my children. I make them eat organic, and I keep them on strict, no sugar or chemically processed diet. They have tea time with me, drink plenty of organic juice I make for them, and love Spearmint Tea and Saw Palmetto. It’s no wonder they have less body hair than the children their ages – and I hope it stays that way. My husband is very supportive.

    God bless your heart.

    • Wow. I love your testimonial. I too have just started taking Saw Palmetto with DIM and Vitex. I have switched to an all organic, pescatarian diet and for the last four months have been walking. I started with five miles a day and have increased it to 9 to 12 miles per day. I have lost 60 lbs. Since recently including Saw Palmetto, DIM and Vitex I have to tell you, I had absolutely no PMS, crazy cravings, bloating or mood swings before my period. It came on time but It suprised me. My ovaries usually start screaming before my period. Not even a wimper or a peep out of them. Thank you Jesus. Isn’t it amazing how God supplies all we need right in nature?

      I truly feel better than ever.

  11. Dimples says:

    I was just diagnosed with PCOS after I went in for a bladder infection. They were doing an ultrasound to make sure I didn’t have any stones and the doctor said something was off. He did an internal ultrasound and BAM!! PCO. I had never seen anything like it. For years I have been on meds for back pain, constipation, and so on. He said due to the size of my ovaries the pain was likely do to the PCO. I have one child, had her when I young (16) and haven’t been able to get/stay pregnant since and I am 31 now. I feel vindicated now…I knew something wasn’t right for years but Doctors blew me off. Now to get rid of the 50lbs I gained over the last 9mths. When I was on Gerson Therapy for my thyroid I noticed the weight just shed off, I was energetic, happy, no acne, no fatigue, and now I know why. I was treating my PCOS as well. I guess because I have always had normal periods and am Irish so I don’t show the hair growth, no one, to include myself, considered this. I am so happy I found this site!!

  12. Kathryn Riggs says:

    I was diagnose with PCOS Oct 9, 2011. Four days after i had to have massof surgery to remove a cysts and my right ovary. I thought I would never be a mother and I still do. I have help take care of other people child since I was 15 and now I’m 23. I just was to be called mommy. I want a little to run around my home that looks like me and my husband. I was put on metformin about a year ago, and nothing has changed. I have been taking fertility durgs for the past three months. Also been testing my self everyday to see if im ovulating, but I’m not. I have came to the point im just not good enough to be a mother, and that I should just stop try.

    • Don’t give up Kathryn! I went the natural way and tried many different natural supplements to help. I have just started and am currently taking: Saw Palmetto, Gymnema, Vitex, Maca, Royal Jelly and Bee Propolis , Omega 3′s , Cinnamon Root Caps and Dried Bark Powder. No Idea if this will work, but please do research and find out what will help you. Good luck! ` MareBear

    • Have you tried Vitex, Tumeric, Clomid, Glucorein, and Insulite Laboratories? They’re very effective. My doctor literally came up to me and said, “Your eggs are all bad quality. You have too many cysts. You don’t even menstruate by yourself, and your hormones say you’re more man than woman. And to top it off, you’re obese. You will never conceive any children and no fertility medicine has helped. Should I reccomend an egg donor or adoption center?”

      I cried. HOW DARE YOU? Look at me now. I’m 5’2, 100 lbs, and mommy to four children, going on my fifth try. And yep, pretty sure I’m pregnant. When I first came to the doc after having pregnancy symptoms, he shook his head and said, “You’re going to miscarry.”

      I felt like slapping him. Reagan turned out to be a healthy baby boy. Reagan didn’t let me down.

      My husband, outraged, left his clinic and and we moved next week. Now, I feel like coming back to Ohio, going back to his stupid clinic with all my four kids and my new little bump, and shove them all into his face, saying, “What now? Look, these are my little angels – dont they look just like me and my hubby? Aren’t they angelic? Aren’t they beautiful and delicate, lily light and docile? Do I still look fat and unable to reproduce?”

      Never give up. Every woman has the potential to be a mommy – it’s what we were born for. God created women to carry children. And that will never change.

      • Emma did you take all these supplements at the same time? (Vitex, Tumeric, Clomid, Glucorein, and Insulite Laboratories?) My doctor believes I have PCOS but I have no cysts in ovaries, no symptoms, my insuline levels are normal, but my androgens: testasterone and DHEA-S are elevated. He wants to put me on metformin, but i would rather do something natural before taking drugs.
        Thank you for your help

  13. And I finally have my success story!!! Im 23 and have pcos which I found out about a year ago because I wasnt getting pregnant despite trying for a year. When the doctor told me, my dreams were crushed given that both my husband and I absolutely love kids. I was told I have multiple cysts in BOTH ovaries! I was quite surprised because I am not overweight, been healthy all my life and have dead on regular periods. So my doc precribed me metformin and clomid, didnt work for me or maybe i wasnt trying as often as i should have. Days and months of misery looking at a thousand negative pregnancy tests. So I got a referral to a fertility clinic and thought I would take the next step. My period was due Feb 28 and I still hadnt got it on March 5th. It didnt even cross my mond because I literally quit trying naturally. My appt with the fertility doc was for March 6, today. So I thought let me just pick up a pregnancy kit from the pharmacy and check just in case before my appt. to my surprise, I AM PREGNANT!!!!! I FINALLY SAW THAT + SIGN!!! My husband wouldnt believe me still, hes still in shock so I am doing a blood test today. So for all you ladies with pcos, please please dont give up hope!!! One advice I can give you is please go online And find out when you ovulate(which my doc told me I wasnt) and have sex back to back on those days!!! I cant even explain how happy I am!!! Please be patient, it will happen for you too!!! Lots of love and baby dust to you all!!!

  14. I am really happy to say tht i do have a success story to share will all you women out there with PCOS. Even i was diagnosed with pcos a few years back and from as soon as i got married until recently i had put on a lot of weight suddenly. After a lot of disheartening treatment protocols including a failed IVF we decided to take a break and leave everything to destiny since it was almost an invasion of my body and getting too tiresome.

    I took a break from work (which was only stress-full), started doing yoga (especially the asanas which helps regulate your hormonal balance) and also cardio excercises along with a naturaly well balanced diet (low carbs, high protein diet) accompanied by metformin 500mg thrice a day.

    In 2 months i lost 10lbs and the 3rd month I GOT PREGNANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    I couldnt beleive my eyes when i saw 2 lines in the HPT …….yayyyyy

    But sadly we lost the baby at 6 weeks because of a missed miscarriage due to chromosomal issues…But now i know tht i can get pregnant naturally and that I have started ovulating. I have since then gone back to my diet and excercise plan and plan to reduce further till we can try again after 3 months rest as recommended by the doc…

    So i would say a healthy diet and weight loss WILL HELP GETTING PREGNANT….

  15. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 19. I got married at 21 and we started TTC right away. After 18 months with no success I went to an RE. He prescribed me Avandia. I was on it for 6 months and got pregnant. Unfortunately, I miscarried. I ended up having to have surgery on my uterus and had an ovarian wedge resection. After we were ok to start TTC, my RE put me on Metformin. It took only 3 months to get pregnant with my son. I had low progesterone, but an otherwise perfect pregnancy. When my son was a year old, we decided to try again. Nothing happened. I gained a lot of weight and periods stopped. When my son was almost 5, I started following a low carb diet and execising. My period came after just 4 days. I ended up losing 50 pounds. We then decided to try Clomid. 4 cycles and nothing. Moved on to injectables. 3cycles and nothing. All the hormones made me gain the weigt back. I was so depressed. All my friends were getting pregnant so easily and it was so hard for me. We just finally gave up, deciding that God only wanted us to have one child. Last summer, right after my son’s 8th birthday, I got a positive pregnancy test. We were totally in shock! I had gotten pregnant taking NO meds. The only thing I changed was my diet. I was following a gluten free diet and had recently lost 15 pounds. Unfortunately, I went into preterm labor at 23 weeks in Dec, 2011 and our daughter only lived for 12 hours. I have been heartbroken, but I know God has a plan for us. We are TTC again. I am following a grain free diet with a lot of good fats like olive oil and coconut oil. I am taking lots of vitamins and omega 3. I have also been exercising almost every day. I am now 40 pounds under my pre pregnancy wt. I am having regular cycles and ovulating. We are praying that God will give us another baby soon. I just want to say that my preterm labor had nothing to do with PCOS, it was caused by an infection of the amniotic sac called chorioamnionitis.

    I believe that God has a plan for everyone and when it is your time to have a baby, you will. In the meantime, do everything you can to be healthy for your baby.

  16. Hi,
    I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 22 years old, now I am 37.
    I want t to thank you for this website. After stumbling upon it a quite a few months back and doing some research as to how my low sperm producing DH was able to get me pregnant with me having PCOS I finally fiured it out. 3 yrs ago I was cooking with healthy fats like Olive oil and Coconut oil and only used corn oil for deep frying once or twice per month. I was and still do drink filtered water(64oz to a gallonper day) and I was also making 1 green smoothie shake for myself and DH at least 4x per week. My DH and I lived in Michigan and I would get up every day he had to work and walk the dog around 8-10am for aut 20min, not realizing until recently that I was jumpstarting my metabolism and weightloss. I’m 5’5 and at that time I weighed 260lbs. I also cut out soy oil and only ate chinese food minus extra soy (packets) about once per month. I went fro 260 to 220 and didn’t even realize how I did it fully.
    Well, I got pregnant but miscarried due to severe low vitamin D. I didn’t even know I was pregnant but I had signs especially when I got PUPs skin rash all over my belly and back. My vit.D was so low, due to not enough sun and me being lactose intolerant, the doctor had me on prescribed D3 at 4000IUs per day for 4 weeks with a follow up every 2 weeks for 2 whole months.
    Well, I did more research and figured out that the MACA, extra zinc, and herbal fertility pills my DH was on boosted his sperm count from the hundreds and swimming in circles to 6 Million, no more circles but they were swimming slow. All it takes is one, LOL
    Now I’m free of my depression And
    I’m trying again and I want to pay it forward and let other ladies know to never give up hope and just when you think you have tried everything, step back, become a scientist studying you and go over what you have done so far and believe me you will realize you missed something or you will put your desire out into the Universe or pray to the Creator and you stumble upon the answer like I did with this website. I’m also looking into the South Beach diet for my hubby and I and I will update you when I have success again.
    Good luck to everyone :)

  17. I was diagnosed with PCOS at age 16. At the time, the Dr. wrote the words on a napkin and said nothing else except, it will likely be difficult to achieve pregnancy. I went to the library and there was only one sentence regarding PCOS saying the same thing. There is so much more information out there today, and for that I am grateful. I tried getting pregnant naturally, however, having never ovulated regularly or much at all, I stopped trying after 3 rounds of clomid and still no ovulation. We have adopted two beautiful children. This past nine months, I joined a 12 step recovery group for Compulsive Eating and have been flour and sugar free for nine months. I have lost 80 pounds and my periods have been regular for the past five months. This is a miracle. I also believe I am ovulating due to other hormonal signs prior to menstruation. I wanted to share this with you at the risk of sounding bizarre, because for the first time in my life there is a difference and the weight has come off. I have been obese since I was 17 years old and I am now at a normal weight. I wish you all the very best success with your journey and believe that we can get a grip on this syndrome. I will leave a pregnancy up to God, if it is meant to be it will be. I am so thankful to have my health in order. It is a new lease on life. Wishes and Prayers to you all.

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