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You most definatly can get infertility treatment with PCOS. They would most likely like to see a change in diet and excercise prior to starting treatment, at least they did with me. I also went on Metformin to help with the insulin resistance.
As for male issues there is a simple semen analysis that they can do to determine what if anything is wrong. I have seen on here that there are herbal treatments that can help with male issues, but I don't know what those are.
My husband and I had been trying just shy of 3 years when we became pregnant with the help of IVF. I have PCOS, endo, tubal factor, you name it it's there. My husband has not so stellar sperm so we did ICSI during our IVF.
I hope the road has an ending for you soon because infertility sucks.
K 30 married to J 40 Love being a SAHM to our IVF miracles: Jackson 08/09, Emily and Miles 09/11 Missing our lost babies 04/08, 08/10. Currently planted on a soft surface all day long.
The bonus (in my mind) of working on the weightloss in conjunction with doing fertility testing/treatments is it gave me a sense of control & something else to focus on. Each month when I got af although I was totally disappointed I would think "ok, one more month to lose more weight & get that much healthier." Plus by working out most days it felt like I was actively doing something to achieve our goal.
Surviving sleep deprivation one day at a time with dd (Oct '11) & ds (Oct '08).
He doesn't have insurance though so they said checking his sperm would be too expensive. They are going to do blood work on him and said they can check it that way.
Good luck to you! I hope you can get pregnant soon. Infertility SUCKS.
another on the way march 2010
I ended up finally able to conceive on Armour thyroid and metformin. I had been on the Armour for a few years, and 11 months on the metformin, plus charting temps and cervical fluid, to conceive my first.
Any chance you're near Hershey, PA? They do some interesting studies there. I never qualified because I had too many periods a year.
First rounds with PCOS, they should do a HSG, which will tell if your tubes are clear. Some doctors wait on doing this until after 3 rounds of clomid.
With the clomid your regular GYN will probably be willing to try it for you starting at 50mg then moving up if you don't O. monitoring your O through pee sticks, but I'd also recommend charting your temp, maybe even start that now before doctor intervention to see if you ever O on your own.
Met works for some people and not others it depends on whether you are insulin resistant or not. If you are then clomid and met are paired.
I have PCOS but not insulin resistance.
We became pregnant from 100mg clomid, HCG shot and time intercourse, due 10/1.
Best of luck! PCOS is really not that bad in terms of all that could be wrong.
ETA: My DH's analysis would have been $200 if insurance hadn't covered it.
DS 10/09 DS 2/17/11 Blessing #3 sometime 2/13
The ovulation tests from the store work if you follow the directions and use them at the right time, and if you're ovulating. If you're unsure of your timing or don't ovulate, the tests won't tell you much. There are many signs of ovulation like changes in cervical mucus, temperature changes, etc., that are explained in great detail in the book above.
Clomid is pretty cheap out of pocket--I want to say under $100 per cycle, but I haven't taken it so I'm not 100% sure. However, it's really important that you be monitored with ultrasounds and bloodtests when you take fertility medications and those add up. I think when I did treatment (a couple years ago) it was something like $400-$800 a visit for each monitoring appointment. It's a lot, but the monitoring is so important for these reasons:
1. You want to time intercourse or an IUI for when you're actually ovulating
2. You want to be sure the dose of the medicine is correct so you're not making too many eggs (which can be painful and lead to carrying multiples like 4 or more babies.
3. Clomid has side effects like causing cysts which can be dangerous, especially if you take more medicine the next cycle.
So...those are some quick answers to your questions, but there's so much to learn in this area. I strongly recommend you check out some books on fertility. Good luck!
another on the way march 2010
Go with your gut, follow your heart.