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Second appointment and blood test results


Well the 8 week count down is coming to the end and we head back to the clinic for our second appointment a week tomorrow to find out my blood test results and a plan for moving forward.

I was wonder if anyone could tell me what they are looking for with this blood test as well as what is good and bad results.

Having PCOS, I am also heading to the doctors at weekend to ask to be put on metformin too. A friend of mine has just written about her and her husbands journey and she found out she has PCOS, was given metformin and got her BFP. 8 weeks ago she give birth to her beautiful daughter.

Lots of hugs and baby dust x

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Hi SueHutch. I assume that you are having general hormones checked out to check whether they arwe withing normal range and that you are ovulating. Regarding the use of Metformin - I don’t know if you know much about how Metformin works, but I will explain as simply as I can, with apologies if you already know. People who are diabetic (I realise you are not) - are treated in 3 different ways – diet, tablets (Metformin) or insulin injections. Women who are not ovulating properly and/or do not have regular periods and who are overweight, are often prescribed Metformin. The reason being is that they often have an excess of insulin in their body cells. Because of this the glands in the brain that control ovulation, the pituitary and the hypothalamus cannot get their message through to the ovaries to get them to ovulate properly. Metformin “mops up” the excess insulin to allow the messages to get through. Often it can regulate periods, but ovulation still does not occur. This is when a drug called Clomid is often introduced as well to hopefully ensure ovulation occurs. Metformin allows Clomid to do its job more efficiently.

It all sounds very complicated, but the mechanics of the idea work well. Of course this treatment does not work with every woman, and there is always the possibility that IVF or similar treatments may be required. Hope all works out well for you. Diane

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Thank you. That explains is beautiful. X


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