So, I recently went back to see Susan Dopart about 2 weeks ago. She specializes in nutrition and fertility for women with PCOS. I saw her back in June and she gave me some tips that have been helpful to shed a few pounds. For those that don’t know, I have poly-cystic ovarian syndrome. You can read about it HERE but in a nutshell, it’s an annoying hormone imbalance which can make getting pregnant difficult. I have known about it for the past 10 years and I take medication to keep the insulin resistance at bay… So I don’t get gigantic. My body can’t use insulin which breaks down food into energy and things. That means, almost everything gets stored as fat, my metabolism is slow, and I have extra insulin in my blood. The insulin resistance throws off the hormones for ovulation and menstruation which can be non-existent. Now that you know the inner workings of my body, you can understand what it can take to loose weight and get pregnant.
Getting back to the point, I went to see her and she informed me that supplements can make all the difference in the world. Susan discovered that good quality fish oil, vitamin D3, and flax seed together increase chances of ovulation in women with PCOS. Luckily, since I got off the pill I have been having regular periods, which I think is because of good diet, but I may not be ovulating. It’s hard to say. Even those ovulation test strips could be misleading because they test for a certain hormone which is already high in my body. There are very few ways to tell if ovulation is occurring. She then told me, after she blogged about this discovery, about 3 months later she had tons of emails from women around the world who suffer from PCOS claiming they had been trying to get pregnant for a year or more… and after taking her advice, they got pregnant!
So… I’m on ovulation medication. I take 1 tablespoon of liquid fish oil (yuck), 2 tablespoons of flax seed, 1 pill of vitamin D3, 1 prenatal, and 2 metformin per day! I feel like a pill popping old person. The metformin is what I have been taking for 10 years for the insulin resistance.
I’ve got 2 months left… Until I go back to the doctor I see for the PCOS. My apt is Jan 13th. At that time, it will have been 6 months of trying to conceive and failing. I know Dr. Mach is going to want to move forward with fertility assistance. To start, all that means is frequent blood tests to check if I’m actually ovulating and maybe adding Clomid to the pill mix. I doubt I would ever need to go as far as in vetro procedures. That’s not really the solution to what I am facing. I don’t want you all to think I’m in a hurry… On the contrary… But I don’t want to spend years trying to conceive if it’s not going to happen on it’s own. I know what I’m facing, and I truly hope I can get the job done on my own, without help, but I won’t ignore what I need if indeed I need it.
Now is the time to relax, and have fun… which is actually somewhat easy because of the knowledge I have of what I have, and that help is just a phone call away.