Thank you for responding to Yvett! That post also educated me, some, as well! I am limited in to which drugs I can take to help me with the challenge of PCOS. I have Factor V (Factor 5) which is a blood clotting disorder. My OBGYN and family doctor don't want to experiment with many drugs that have side effects of blood clots for obvious reasons. I have tried Metformin before, however, it made me flood so badly every two weeks that I would end up in the hospital.
I appreciate your positive outlook, SuccessN! Also, to respond to your initial post, your doctor was right about losing the weight. Losing weight will do nothing but help us in this journey! We can do this!!
YVETT -- I've heard of people getting pregnant on just the Metformin. However, some women aren't ovulating so they have to take the Metformin AND a drug like Clomid that will help them to ovulate. Then with the combination of both drugs they are able to get pregnant.
I don't have a gyno here in FL yet and my primary doctor referred me to the endo. She didn't even mention anything about a gyno. I honestly think the specialist would be the better route to go but that's from my personal dealings with a quack gyno who didn't want to investigate any further. Hell, she went so far as to tell me, 'I'm not referring you to a specialist because due to your history of blood clots they wouldn't be able to do anything for you." I told my FL doctor that and she just kind of laughed and said, "Kristina, that's why we have specialists. So they can help treat patients who have other medical conditions like you do."
If it were me I'd honestly ask my primary doctor to refer me to a specialist. If they refuse to do that then ask to be seen by a different gyno. You need a doctor who is in your corner and isn't blowing your concerns off. That's the issue I had in TX. Yes, its sad to admit but I had to move all the way to FL to finally figure out what the heck is wrong with me.
Did the doctor give you any reason as to WHY they don't want you on the Metformin? Have they done bloodwork to check your hormones (Testerone, LH, FSH, etc). That's how my FL doctor figured out I had PCOS, just by looking at old test results. Which I'm sure this endo is going to re run the same tests herself.
My old gyno orginally put me on the Metformin because she said it would help me to lose weight. That's why I find it odd that your dr won't put you on it.
I am going to both. My ob/gyn docter is not really helping me with the PCOS though that is why I am going to an endo dr too. She prosribed (sp) me metformin and I will be starting it tonight. I hope that it helps with some of my symptoms. I can't seem to get anyone to write on the message I put on here. So maybe one of you girls can help. I can only find women talking about how they got prego on metformin. I want to have a baby but I am on metformin to help with my IR symptoms and to try helping with the weight loss. I will worrying about having a baby after I have lost the weight. Also my docter told me the with PCOS the older I get the harder it will be to conceive. So ya thats awesome. Did not give me very much confidence in having a baby
I'm glad you got a hold of them! That can be so frustrating!!! :(
I had a question though... Shoud I be goint to an endocrinologist or an OB/GYN? Or both? This is where I am confused and not sure what I should be doing because my ob/gyn doesn't want me on metformin or any meds but the weight is still not lowering...
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The Friday before Memorial Day I went in to see my primary doctor. I had brought with me test results that my old OB/GYN did in 2010. The old doctor basically told me everything was fine and the only thing that concerned her was my high cholesterol. She also said I needed to lose some weight and then hopefully my cycle would come back.
My new doctor here in FL looked them over and told me, 'Kristina your hormones are all out of wack. You have barely any estrogen and twice the amount of testerone." I asked her bottom line what she was telling me, "You more then likely have PCOS. I'm referring you to a reproductive endocrinologist."
Well after talking with my mom and finding out she had it I started to get a little more worried. I talked with friends who had it and were successful in having children. I spent that entire weekend researching PCOS and finding out in my research that I had almost every symptom!
I called my doctor's office that following Tuesday (after the Monday holiday) and got the name and nmber to a specialist. Long story short after 2 weeks of getting nowhere with this specialist I called my doctor back. I told them I wanted someone else because these clowns hadn't returned a phone call in almost 2 weeks!
My doctor's office called me back this morning and after a short phone call to the specialist assured me that my information was being faxed over. I waited an hour and called the specailist office and firmly told them that information was being faxed over from my doctor and that i needed to make an apt. I had been messing around with this for over 2 weeks and was getting very frustrated.
The lady transferred me to the lady who deals with first time patients. I explained everything and she got everything set up for next Monday. The awesome part is 1) its in Orlando (MUCH closer then the office in Lake Mary) and I'm seeing the ONLY female doctor in the practice AND she specializes in PCOS!
So hopefully come Monday of next week I'll have a diagnosis and a plan of action to treat this condition so that I'm able to start the journey to having another child.
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