ok.....sorry about the met..obviously, there are a certain percentage of women who don't respond...but so many do and i luckily am one of them.....but, I have to say that for me..I have the WORST side effects also..and they don,'t, contrary to what they tell you, go away for me! I have horrible, 24/7 explosive diarrhea when im on a high dose (ya, i know, TMI, LOL!!) But it does help me....but, although I O'd for almost ayear on it, I was only able to get preggo once i added in the thyroid hormone. (the very first month, actually!!!!!) Now that you have lost some weight, and are ovulating somewhat regularly..I'm wondering if you would have better luck with the met? I understand not wanting to go back that route....but if it might help? If you are only a size 8 now, I'd say that you could even try a dose like 1000 or so....it could be just the little bit you need to make things happen? Or perhaps the thyroid issue?
You mention doing lots of exercise, and I'm wondering if you are taking enough antioxidants oper day to scavenge all your free radicals? Not knowing you personally, I'm going to say you should probably be taking somewhere in the neighborhood of 400iu of E, 2000re of beta-carotene, and at least 4000 mg of vitamin C.
You do also mentiona "strict diet"..I'm wondering if, as amazing as it is..you could possibly be deficient in something? just something to check.
I would also add in a B12sublingual.....it really makes a HUGE difference here...and there's no harm...and some sort of omega 3 supplement..fish oil if you eat fish, otherwise, flax oil...
okay...alli can think of for now!
As far as the vitex(false unicorn)....definitely notice and chart while you are on it...I too have PCOS, and for me, it MESSED me up! So...if you are taking it and it is not helping, or even making things worse...STOP taking it! I took it for months, clinging to the hope that it "had" to help...even though clearly it was making things worse.....
If you want to do something naturally that simulates clomid, you can take strong red CLOVER leaf tea on days 1-8 of your cycle...it is a mild estrogenic herb...and then, once you O, take red RASPBERRY leaf tea until AF (or hopefuly, a BFP!) Thaty is a natural way of regulating your hormones.