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Hello everyone.

I'm sorry this is a bit of a long post but need help.

I was diagnosed with PCOS about two years ago but think I have been in denial til now...

I did a pregnancy test four weeks ago which was positive but had heavy spotting a week later so because of my previous history of miscarriages, seven between 2008 and 2014, I made an appointment for the doctor to confirm the pregnancy.  It was confirmed but the doctor made me a appointment for an ultrasound for the next day.  The ultrasound didn't show anything which the nurse informed me was not unusual for 6 weeks but make me an appointment for yesterday (04/03/15)...  The normal ultrasound didn't show anything again so they decided to use the internal wand...  The nurse doing the scan called the doc in and I was 7 - 9 weeks but no sign of a heartbeat.  I had bloods taken and gave a urine sample.  Today I got a call from the doctor to go in and see him, he told me because of the spotting & cramp I had, my history of miscarriages and the results of the blood & urine he is expecting me to miscarry in the next couple of weeks and if I don't I have to go see my doctor for something to bring it along.....  I am almost glad that I hadn't told any of my family.

The doctor has told me that the PCOS is probably the underlying reason which is not being helped by me being over weight.  He advised me to talk to others with PCOS.  I have been a member on here for a little while, just reading the posts but thought it was time I actually got some help from all the lovely supportive people on here  xx

I smile every time I read the success stories and hope one day it will be me.  I have read some stuff about PCOS but find it confusing so could someone please tell me in simple terms what it is?  I know there is a difference between PCO and PCOS.  I have PCOS and am on 500mg Metformin three time a day, thyroxine plus take Folic Acid.

I know some people may think it is a bit soon to be thinking about trying to conceive again but I just want some advice as to what people have used to help conceive.  Also I am over weight with a BMI of 47 which I know is morbidly obese can anyone help me with this to?

Thank you for reading this.

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I believe PCO is just that you have Polycystic Ovaries, but PCOS is that you have the syndrome which comes with all sorts of other symptoms. That's basically how it was explained to be when I was diagnosed with PCOS.

When I started ttc I had a BMI very similar to yours (45) but unfortunately hubby also had primary infertility so we had no other option than IVF/ICSI. I was told I had to lose a minimum of 6 stone to qualify for NHS funding so I joined my local Slimming World group. I have to say that it has completely changed my life! I lost over 5 stone in my first year and then finally got the referral to the fertility clinic.

A lot of PCOS issues can be weight related, and women with PCOS can also gain weight, but with Slimming World I find that I can eat when i'm hungry, as often as I like, and still lose weight. Some people find the idea of a group daunting but I personally wouldn't be where I am without it. I am now over 7 stone lighter and 5w5d pregnant!

Best of luck to you xx


My sister in law has pcos and is overweight she had a healthy baby girl naturally she will be 2 soon dont give up hope x


Hello, I can't help with the PCOS, but I agree with kjornsby on the weight loss, it needs to be about healthy eating and excercise. Classes like slimming world seem to teach healthy eating and calorie control/awareness which help you change your life style and also provide a supportive environment to lose weight. Please don't try faddy diets as they are too difficult to stick to! You need something that lets you eat all food groups (albeit many in moderation!).

Do you excercise and go to the gym? If not, try to find something you enjoy and if it's new to you build yourself up slowly and set challenges (adding a couple of minutes to how long you run on the treadmill e.g. soon adds up!). Maybe sign up to run a 5km? When I started running I was exhausted after 10 mins, before I knew it I was running 10km and then half marathons! I never thought in a million years I would be able to do that!

Take care and I wish you lots of luck x


good morning

I am a gynaec from india

I can ad to your treatment that befor next conception go for bariatric surgery and then plan for the pregnancy and whenever you become pregnant then start vaginal progesterone cap 400mg 2 times a day so that the pregnancy will survive the ill effects of pcos



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