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What are my chances of conceiving with PCOS?

By August 2, 2010 - 1:35pm
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I was recently diagnosed with poly cystic ovary syndrome. I have a few cysts in each ovary as detected by a pelvic ultrasound.

Despite this, I believe that I am ovulating regularly. My cycle is regular (around 31 days) with regular periods. I have been tracking my ovulation with a basal thermometer and have detected a clear thermal shift (over 1 degree F vaginally) each month after ovulation, which typically occurs around day 19 for me.

My PCOS symptoms include cramping and pain (probably as cysts pop) on occasion throughout the month. I may also have a bit of endometriosis as I often have about 48 hours of on and off spotting before my period actually starts.

I'm really scared about what this all means for my fertility. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 8 months now. I know that we're technically not at an "infertility" diagnosis yet, but these diagnoses have me really nervous. We have timed sex perfectly for 7 out of our 8 months trying, which makes me think that we should have been pregnant by now if everything was okay.

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Hi Deb - Thanks for your question and welcome to EmpowHER. To start, you will find a lot of information to help you better understand PCOS in our PCOS Community section. The News and Opinion section includes several articles, including information on fertility, and can be found here:

Additionally, the Expert Advice section includes video interviews with experts such as Dr. Denise Grobe, who discusses the success story of a patient with PCOS who was able to conceive.

While we're not able to determine your personal ability to conceive, there's a lot of helpful information on the site that will hopefully bring you more peace of mind and information on steps you can take personally. Also, you may want to consider joining a support group for this condition and can find more information at this link: http://www.pcosupport.org/

Good luck to you,

August 2, 2010 - 6:53pm
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