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#1 of 5 Old 03-02-2015, 05:11 AM - Thread Starter
 
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36 and ttc

I'm 36 and ttc child 3. I had very easy times getting pregnant at 26 & 29, but have been sort of diagnosed with pcos in the past two years. (Some doctors say I have it, others say I don't. Many more say I don't have it than do. I've been asking Drs if I had pcos since before my last pregnancy, and they all said I get pregnant too easily to have pcos... Now 2 docs at my practice said I might have it)

I have irregular periods, especially during stress. Last year (December 2013) I went off Prozac to start getting ready to ttc. Well... I started having anxiety problems a few months later, and my period was no show from April-September when I took provera.

Since then, I have had pretty regular periods, but unfortunately now I have a nasty ear infection that I have to take prednisone for. Which means- no ttc for a cycle, AND my period, either due to stress or medicine, is no show again!!

Argh!

I'm stressing out that I won't be able to get pregnant. I'm sick over this, as putting off more kids was something we did on purpose. I'm now thinking, we should have ttc a year or two ago, not waited for "the perfect time".

Can anyone offer calming advice? My ear doctor specifically told me that prednisone might mess with my cycle, as I told him I was actively ttc. I think my best game plan is to wait for AF, wait March out, and then get AF in April and ttc then. (This is all in the hopes I get AF!!).

If AF doesn't show, maybe ask the on about more provera. If I can't get pregnant by the end of summer, then it's time to talk about Clomid.
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Hi @lauriebeth I'm sorry for all the stress and sickness you are dealing with. The first thing I want to say is that TTC at 36 is not so late. You have time so try not to worry too much. If you have PCOS now, like they doctors have said, you probably had it 2 years ago and who knows if TTC would have been easier or not? Plus, you can't go back now so there's not much point in worrying about it. I agree that prednisone would not be compatible with TTC. You need a certain amount of inflammation to get pregnant and steroids get rid of inflammation. Ibuprofen is also not recommended for this reason.
Have you done anything yourself to try to improve the effects of PCOS? Dietary changes can help balance the blood sugar and hormones. Metformin also helps. I took it for fertility even though I don't have PCOS and I found it helpful. That might be worth trying before Clomid.



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I feel like I could have written this post. Two kids, first try at 25 and 29. I am almost 36 and we tried for 8 months. Just lost this pregnancy at 10 weeks.

I am pre-diabetic and am hypothyroid. Probably mild pcos since those things go together. I am starting clomid and metformin as soon as this hcg clears. I feel like time is not on my side and don't think theres anything wrong with medical assistance, personally.

I would look to the evidence based lifestyle changes that can help and do what you can without beating yourself up. Guilt doesn't help. Like, I know a little weight loss can help but dietary restiction is triggering for me so I focus on exercise.

Good luck and hugs. It's hard.
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I am so sorry about all of the difficulties! I conceived my 3-month-old through IVF and went through years of infertility treatments so I certainly understand how frustrating it can be. I agree with the previous posts about making some lifestyle changes. Years ago when we first met our infertility doctor, he told us that many, many people have difficulty getting pregnant simply because they stress about getting pregnant. We have to remember that stress hormones can effect every part of our body. That would certainly be a good place to start but there is nothing wrong with talking to an infertility specialist as well!
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I feel sorry when I read this.... Cheer up
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