PCOS, Hypothyroid & Elevated Prolactin


#1

I’m 29 and my husband and I have been having unprotected sex since 2012 but just recently started actually ttc. I had irregular menstrual cycles and since we never got pregnant I went to the doctor was diagnosed with PCOS, hypothyroidism, and hypeprolactinemia (elevated prolactin levels). I had a MRI of the pituitary gland for the high prolactin levels and a few cysts were found but none large enough to perform surgery. The cysts are being treated with Cabergoline and I’m also taking Synthroid and Metformin (the doctor said it would help my ovaries). I have been on medication since Jan 2015 and have very normal menstrual cycles and seem to be ovulated using OPKs but have now been reading that they aren’t reliable if you have PCOS. No pregnancy yet and just wondering if there is anything else I could be doing. Wondering if there is anyone else with the same issues. Any recommendations or advice from anyone would be helpful!


#2

Hi Elc2112,
I have PCOS symptoms but when Drs. do ultrasounds never see cysts and my hormone levels appear normal. However, my blood sugar is a little high so I’m also on Metformin. They have yet to say that I have PCOS, but I wouldn’t be surprised. I am also taking home predictor kits and hope that they are working for me, but I’m not sure for the same reasons that I’ve read about PCOS and false positives. I don’t have answers for you yet, but if/when I do, I’ll find this thread and let you know! All the best to you!


#3

I used OPK’s for one month and then stopped wasting the money as my OB/GYN and fertility said that having PCOS the levels of LH (which is what the OPK tests for) are naturally high and they are HIGHLY unreliable when you have PCOS.


#4

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition in most of the women that affect fertility. PCOS is affecting more than 10 percent of women in these days. This causes imbalances in a woman’s hormones, and cause problems with periods and makes it complicated to get pregnant. Most ovulation with PCOS has a hard time getting pregnant and associated with some serious long term health consequences such as pre diabetes, metabolic syndrome, etc.
There are no certain medications for PCOS but there are certain steps to manage this condition:

  • By maintaining a healthy weight and eating less processed foods and foods with lesser sugar
  • Weight loss sometimes regulates the menstrual imbalance and improves the frequency of ovulation that boosts fertility.

PCOS syndrome might affect the pregnancy and can increase the risk of:
o Miscarriage
o Gestational diabetes
o High levels of BP at the time of pregnancy
o Premature delivery.
Early diagnosis of PCOS could help in controlling the symptoms and prevent long term problems in women. The early mild symptoms of PCOS are:

  • Acne
  • Excess weight gain and difficulty in trouble losing weight.
  • Extra hair on the body and face
  • Irregular periods with heavy bleeding
  • Fertility problems
  • Depression

Treatments for PCOS
There is no special treatment for PCOS, medications are ther4e for controlling and managing the condition and top prevent complications. Depends on the particular symptoms, the treatments may vary from women to women. Taking of healthy food and regular exercise is recommended for women with PCOS. These exercises can control the menstrual cycle and lower the glucose levels in the blood. Fertility drugs may also aid in ovulation for women with PCOS. Surgery is also recommended for some women with PCOS.