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Postby Humphrey2368 » Mon Aug 24, 2015 4:24 pm

Hello! I'm new to this so please forgive me.
I was diagnosed with PCOS last Wednesday (have been trying to conceive since November 2014.) I'm 27 years old and have been married a year. I had an eating disorder when I was younger which caused my periods to stop which is obviously a result of the illness. Anyway when I got to a healthier weight, my periods came back all be it extremely scatty (twice a year!) I then met my husband and was on contraception (pill/coil) ever since (since 2005). After marrying in August we decided to try for a baby but I had no period up until April 2015 and still no period since then. My GP referred me to gynae who diagnosed me with PCOS on Wednesday and has now discharged me and told me to go back to my GP in November to get referred for fertility treatment!
Anyway- my question is if anyone has been through this and are at the other end of it can you please explain to me what will happen next after I've seen the GP and been referred etc as I'm not sure what to expect? Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated! I'm sorry for the rant but it does feel nice to tell your story and get the weight off your shoulders as its only my husband and parents that know this. X
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Re: Process

Postby hkittypink » Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:53 am

welcome Humphrey

When you have been diagnosed with PCOS, you shouldn't have to wait a full year to get a referral. 6 months should be enough. I'd recommend going to your GP now and get the ball rolling with blood tests and your hubby's SA. if you get a knowledgeable GP, they should know that a referral can be made now, if not, you can point out the NICE guidelines.

It's always best to get a good relationship with your GP early anyway. Plus it can take a while from referral to your first appointment, I think I had to wait 8-12 weeks, so that'll take you up to November anyway.

Good luck!
Nov 12 - Dec 15 - natural and Clomid 100mg cycles all BFN
Dec15 - IVF conf'd start Jan 2016
Feb-Mar16 - Long protocol ICSI, egg collection scheduled 22nd March
It worked! EDD 09/12/16 with a little boy
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Re: Process

Postby Sunshine29 » Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:11 pm

Hey Humphrey! :)

I agree with the above, go to the GP now and give them a little nudge to get things moving. It can take a while waiting around for appointment letters so no harm in starting now. I had been TTC for less than a year when my GP referred me -straight after my PCOS diagnosis. I have my first appointment with the fertility clinic next week. Wish I had got on the case sooner!

All the best :)
Dec 2014- Hypothyroidism diagnosis
Jun 2015- PCOS Diagnosis
Sep 2015- 1st fertility appointment
Nov 2015- Clomid 50mg - ovulated
Dec 2015 - BFP!
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Re: Process

Postby Humphrey2368 » Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:23 pm

Hi ladies,

Thank you so much for your quick responses! This makes me feel so much better and more hopeful!
Just a couple more questions-

1) Both of you (hope you don't mind me asking) but how old are you? As I'm 27 I was concerned that they would make me wait a year rather than refer me straight away? Does age count against you?

2) Can you get the NICE guidelines online? I have a lovely GP who has been great so far but would be really helpful if I could be armed with that.

3) Lastly loads of women on here seem to be suggesting you need to go to the GP with a temperature charts etc in order to prove to the GP you're not ovulating despite the pcos diagnosis? Was this true for you guys? I've not done this at all!

I'm sorry if these are stupid questions but it all seems a bit of a mine field to me at the moment! Lol!
Thanks again! And good luck with your appointment!
Humphrey x
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Re: Process

Postby hkittypink » Wed Aug 26, 2015 7:16 am

Humphrey,

I'm 33, I first started TTC when I was your age and was just about to be referred when we changed our mind (credit crunch and job security hit). Age should not make a difference for referral. I've seen those in early 20s be referred.

the NICE guidelines are online. Some GPs will prescribe Clomid, but most will prefer to hand over to a specialist.

Temperatures are not seen by most health professionals as an accurate way to indicate ovulation - they prefer blood tests, scans etc.

Saying that, since I started Clomid, the temp charts I have, have provided essential indications.

I think for now, you should be getting your OH's SA so you can rule that out and take first steps in getting your referral. After all GPs can't stop you from getting appointments, if you go regularly to provide updates and get test results they will refer. As I said, it can take months to wait for that first appointment so worth being tenacious.

Re age, I wish I'd kept on trying from the age of 25/6 (like you a year after I got married), we'd have had more chance naturally I suppose.

Good luck x
Nov 12 - Dec 15 - natural and Clomid 100mg cycles all BFN
Dec15 - IVF conf'd start Jan 2016
Feb-Mar16 - Long protocol ICSI, egg collection scheduled 22nd March
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Re: Process

Postby Sunshine29 » Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:06 am

Morning Humphrey...
I am 29 years old and age wasn't a factor when my GP referred me (I'd been TTC for 8 months). It was more a case of me not ovulating (no periods) and needing some assistance to encourage ovulation as the chances of me conceiving naturally are currently looking quite slim. Based on this, my GP referred me pretty much as soon as I got my PCOS diagnosis. He said he can't prescribe me anything for it because he's not a specialist in this field so I feel that I will now be in the best hands.
I have never done temperature charting as I don't want to get my self stressed out with all of that. I will wait and see what the fertility clinic advise me to do and take it from there. So dont worry...give it a go as you have nothing to lose.. the help is out there.

All the best xx
Dec 2014- Hypothyroidism diagnosis
Jun 2015- PCOS Diagnosis
Sep 2015- 1st fertility appointment
Nov 2015- Clomid 50mg - ovulated
Dec 2015 - BFP!
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Re: Process

Postby Humphrey2368 » Wed Aug 26, 2015 7:41 pm

Hi ladies,

Thank you so much for your responses! You've really given me hope! I will get on the phone to my GP asap! I hope your appointments go well!

One last question- do I have to ask GP to get OH's SA? Or is that once I'm referred?

Thanks again for all your help- you've really made me feel so much more positive!

Good luck both! Xx
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Re: Process

Postby Vic82 » Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:56 pm

Hi Humphrey

Your OH's GP should be able to refer him for an SA. My GP told us to get it done whilst we were waiting for my scan appointment to come through so that we had the results back before she did my referral. I had my scan two weeks ago which confirmed the diagnosis, saw my GP on Monday and she's referred me straight away, she said there's no point waiting the full year as I haven't had a period since stopping the pill at the and of last year so it looks like I'm not ovulating. She booked the appointment there and then on the online booking system and it's in the middle of September which was much sooner than I was expecting, I went in thinking we'd be lucky if we had an appointment this side of Christmas!

Good luck with your GP
Xx
Nov 14 stopped taking pill
March 15 no AF but blood tests all normal
Aug 15 scan confirmed PCOS OH SA normal
Sep 15 first fertility appointment
Oct 15 prescribed Metformin and Clomid
Dec 15 Clomid 50mg no OV
Feb 16 Clomid 50mg no OV
March 16 Clomid 100mg BFP EDD 6/1/17
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Re: Process

Postby Sunshine29 » Thu Aug 27, 2015 9:07 am

Hey,

Sounds like you have a pretty proactive GP there Vic82. Mine hasn't said anything about husband getting a SA, so I'm kind of just waiting for my appointment at the fertility clinic now to let them take care of things. (I guess it would have sped things up though if I had known), However, I do have scans, blood tests, smears already in the bag. Good luck with your first appointment (my first appointment is next week). We have a thread called ''First Fertility Appointment -what to expect?'' so join in if you fancy sharing with us how you get on

All the best to you Humphrey xxxx
Dec 2014- Hypothyroidism diagnosis
Jun 2015- PCOS Diagnosis
Sep 2015- 1st fertility appointment
Nov 2015- Clomid 50mg - ovulated
Dec 2015 - BFP!
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Re: Process

Postby Humphrey2368 » Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:40 pm

Wow Vic82- that's so quick! I really hope my GP is the same! My hubby and I have the same GP so maybe if we go together to the appointment they can request that? Fingers crossed!
Good luck with your appointments both - please let me know how you get on! I'm going to try and call my GP next week but as she's so popular I tend to have to book 5 weeks ahead :( xx
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Re: Process

Postby hkittypink » Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:48 pm

Vic - that's super efficient! Good luck.

My GP gave us the pot for the SA and sent us the details for the hospital, so we got the results through before the referral date and was able to take a print out with me just in case they hadn't got through to the clinic by then.
Nov 12 - Dec 15 - natural and Clomid 100mg cycles all BFN
Dec15 - IVF conf'd start Jan 2016
Feb-Mar16 - Long protocol ICSI, egg collection scheduled 22nd March
It worked! EDD 09/12/16 with a little boy
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Re: Process

Postby Humphrey2368 » Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:53 pm

Oh that's great!! Hopefully we can do that too! Thanks Hun xx
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