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Hi Mums and Mums to Be

My sister in law has just been told that she has polycystic ovaries and does not ovulate. She is quite upset as her and her husband really want to have children. She is only 22 years old so is still young and has quite a few options open to her.

She has seen a fertility specialist who has told her she will most likely have to take a medication called clomid (spelling??) to stimulate ovulation but prior to that has to take some other medication - I have forgotten the name. If this doesn't work IVF is a possibility.

I would love to hear from anyone who has been through this or knows someone who has and has successfully fallen pregnant. She is quite disappointed in this news and it would be great to give her some stories to encourage her.

Thanks

4 lovely munchkins DD 10/03, DD 03/05, DS 10/06 &

Hi there

I was told i had polycystic ovaries last year(i was 25) and i had a baby girl this year with no complications.2 years ago i had an ectopic pregnancy and lost a fallopian tube,which i thought would make it harder to concieve, but doesnt seem to have had that effect. Not long before i fell pregnant with my daughter Tayla i had a miscarriage(my body didnt want babies or something!). Despite all these setbacks i have a baby now and im pretty sure that i wont have troubles down the track. I have read up on Polycystic Ovaries, and a major factor is to control your weight and to exercise regularly to help keep them under control.You can have the cysts drilled out (its called ovarian drilling i think) but this can cause more problems for some women. Polycystic ovaries arent actually what you call "cysts".They are the eggs that your body releases each month with your period(you release more than one), but unlike most people they stay in the ovary and build up like clusters. I would tell her not to worry too much because she is so young and its still very possible to have many babies with polycystic ovaries. It would help her to read up on it though and fully understand what it is.
Hi again

Just thought i should mention that the cysts are only the size of a pinhead (not big like you would expect a cyst to be). I had 27 on one ovary and 22 on the other. It is really quite common as well. i think something like 20% of women have them at some time in their life, and most people dont even know unless they have an ultrasound! I dont really have a problem with them anymore.They can be "shrunk" if you lead a healthy life (i now try to excercise for an hour a day. I think if you put a large amount of weight on they can get worse quite quickly.
Not to say that only overweight women get them though, ive always been thin and i got em!
Hope this info helps you smile
Hi Lara

I was diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome at 22 yrs of age. I am now 30 and have had 2 children and currently 6 weeks pregnant with my third. As soon as I was told I stopped using all contraception, so it has taken me 8 years to have 2 children and to be pregnant. Falling pregnant was very hard and required monitoring and charting my ovulation for years.
I have done a lot of reading on this subject over the years and have found out many interesting things. Like;
80% of women who repeatedly miscarry have PCOS.
PCOS means that when your ova (egg) is produced it may be deformed in some way and not able to be fertilised or if it is fertilised it will grow abnormally and will miscarry. Some eggs that are produced are obviously fine because I have had 2 children.
It is a defect of the pituitary gland in the brain and it has an effect on all sorts of things including you pancreas and your insulin levels. It is common for PCOS women to have gestational diabetes (lack of insulin) and then after they are pregnant (especially when breastfeeding) they produce too much insulin and therefore put on weight.
Sometimes I feel like the only one on earth that takes so much effort to get pregnant. But now if I have my third I can finally stop being worried and move on to a different part of my life.

mum of 3

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