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thinking aloud

This is partial record for me and it may be helpful for anyone else in my situation.

My condition– polycystic ovaries (w/o pcos), 6 at home inseminations with donor sperm (all bfn), 4 iuis (1, possibly 2 chemical pregnancies), 1 ivf (chemical pregnancy), non-obese, over-responder; regular periods but at this point questionable if I’m ovulating monthly or ovulating mature eggs (is that possible?)

What I know doesn’t work:

clomid— bad side effects. had ocular side effects (blurred vision, kaleidoscopic vision, headaches) at very low doses.

gonal-f— even at 75 iui over responded. after doing 75 for a month, needed more to respond (up to 150) but then over-responded again.

femara and menopur— no response

Possible solutions to consider/ask:

— should I try metformin though I technically don’t have pcos (yet)? http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01233206 Even without full blown pcos, I have all the infertility side effects and responses.

— natural alternatives to metformin http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090823083418AAgemEf

— other natural alternatives. see #10 http://www.stopagingnow.com/liveinthenow/article/10-drugs-with-great-natural-alternatives

— last site for alternatives http://www.ehow.com/way_5515950_alternative-metformin.html

— link between PCOS and Vitamin D deficiency


5 comments on “thinking aloud

  1. Bianca
    March 5, 2011

    This may or may not be helpful.

    I have pcos, also non-obese. My doc and I did discuss metformin but I never needed it I semed to function better on an insulin-resistant diet ( eating like I am diabetic i guess) I have gone through times when my cycles are regular and stretches of irregular cycles too.

    When I was on clomid the first month I started on cd 2 got pregnant but it ended in a chemical pregnancy my doctor had me start on cd 5 next cycle since she said that my eggs released before they were mature enough to result in a viable pregnancy, next cycle worked.

    Maybe it’s just a matter of adjusting the timing of some prcedures to work with your body.


  2. PoetrysTruth
    March 5, 2011

    Lib, I often read your blog and don’t leave comments because I simply don’t know what to say and I surely don’t want to say the wrong thing (I suffer from chronic foot in mouth disease).

    I admire your drive and I pray that you and the family with know joy that is boundless.



  3. Jackie
    March 6, 2011

    I vote you try Metformin plus an insulin resistant diet (low glycemic index diet). It worked for me instantly. I also O’d early, stimmed fast and nearly over stimmed with the lowest dosage of follistim.

    It’s low cost (compared to IVF) and I think it’s worth a try for you.

    I hope you get you baby soon!


  4. rachelbk
    March 6, 2011

    I’ve heard soy isoflavones are a ‘natural clomid.’ Not sure if you’ve tried that, I know I’ve seen it in the vitamin section.

    I hope you find the magic cocktail soon!


  5. Monika
    March 8, 2011

    The low glycemic diet sounds good to me. I am not completely sure but could the clomid have worsen your pcos condition? I lately stumbled upon a book which points out the importance of the estrogen-progesteron-balance so if you like, I’ll send you the link.
    I am to6ally sure that you will find the therapy your body resonates with. I continue praying.


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