Lucky.

Big Guy and I are really lucky.  Yes, I have PCOS and that isn’t so lucky.  That means that my body is challenged to produce a happy, healthy egg on a regular basis.  (Psyche! Did you think I was going to say baby? Ha. We aren’t there yet.) Without producing a happy, healthy egg, we can’t get pregnant.  However, my body does do a good job within its limitations.

Before the Met, I would ovulate every 35-40 days for 2-5 cycles, and then my body would take a 2-6 month breather.  Phew! Ovulation is hard work.  I’ve been tested for insulin resistance on a number of occasions and I always past the test.  However, my paternal grandmother had diabetes, and I believe that I have  inherited some form of insulin resistance.  I believe this is why Met works for me.  (With that said, I do not want to imply that this drug always and only works for PCOSers that are insulin resistant.  Metformin does not work for all women with PCOS, nor have I been unable to find medical research that explores the efficacy of the drug within the PCOS population.)

I also don’t want to paint Met out to be a miracle drug.  The Met is a nasty and pernicious drug, and most women I know react strongly to it.  I react strongly to it.  The Met exacerbates my pre-existing (self-diagnosed) IBS, and while on the Met I am guaranteed to have diarrhea 1-10 times a day, nearly every day. I react the same to both the regular Met and the extended release Met.

I like to to think of my IBS as preconditioning for Metformin.

Post-Met, I ovulate every 32-35 days on CD 18-22.  This makes it really easy to time intercourse.  I also have a great luteal phase, which allows the little guy lots of time to embed into my uterus.  I know lots of women with PCOS that aren’t this lucky, and I really, really feel for them.  I wish we all could take a magic pill and produce a happy egg on a regular basis.  Take that PCOS!

Because I ovulate, we are really lucky.

We are also really lucky because Big Guy has an Olympic caliber swim team.  I don’t have the lab results in front of me, so I can’t reference the actual numbers.  However, if you can recall a typical table with lab results, most reference the “normal range”.  I assume this is two standard deviations from the mean – or approximately 95% of the population.  All I can say is that his numbers were about 25% higher than the high end of the average range.  I’m not even kidding. Big Guy has an Olympic caliber swim team.

Just today I commented to  Big Guy that I wish I were a graphic design artist so I could come up with a fabulous digital image of super sperm.  My super sperm wear 70′s era workout clothing, they generally look exceedingly cheerful, they have skinny arms, they always have a great time, and they appear to love each other very much.  Without describing my idea of a swim team, Big guy promptly drew his champion swimmer.  Here he is:

Wow.

Apparently, my husband has pervie, 80′s rock star, meat head sperm. In case you can’t read the tattoo, it says “IMPLANT” and “ATION.”

We also happen to have the Jerzathon on MTV.  Don’t judge us.  We are grieving. The aforementioned Champion bears a striking resemblance to Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, don’t you think?

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9 thoughts on “Lucky.

  1. I just found your blog through LFCA. I’m sorry to hear about your recent loss. I wanted to tell you I am grateful that you have written about your experiences with Met – I have been taking it now for the last 2 months and have started to actually have cycles on my own again. I’ll be following you along and crossing my fingers for you.

    Also, that’s a good looking sperm!

  2. Love the super-sperm! My dh was also very proud to get the “Excellent Fertility” note written on his SA.

    I wish I could let you have my Met side effects while keeping its efficacy. Well, maybe you’d rather keep yours. I had a 24/7 headache on Met, and often felt nauseous. No diarrhea, though! (No ovulation, either, which is why I quit it – twice!) If you can put up with your side effects, you are a stronger woman than I am!

    Are you taking generic metformin or Glucophage? The last OB/GYN I saw for my PCOS said that, in his experience, some patients who react poorly to the generic do better on the brand name. I decided to try a different option (diet change) rather than take a chance of getting sick again on something that never helped, but I thought I would throw that out there in case it might make a difference for you.

    ~Monkey

    • You know, I’m taking the generic Met. I’ve never heard that the name brand may have fewer side effects, but I’m totally going to give it a shot! I’ve tried eliminating gluten and dairy, together and separately, to see if it would help and it didn’t. The only thing that improves the situation is removing caffeine from my diet, which is cool. I’ll drink decaf. No biggie. Thanks for the tip!

  3. I love the super sperm! :)

    I’m also a PCOS gal. Here from LFCA. I have been on Met for almost 10 years- at the highest dose. It has helped me immensely, but DH has recently wondered if I should take a break from it.

    I am so sorry for your loss. We’ve also experienced a loss recently, and my heart goes out to you.

    Look forward to following your story.

    • Thank you so much! I also wonder about the long-term effect of the Met. I hope to transition off once I safely birth a baby. Have you read any of the literature on the supplement N-acetyl-cysteine? A couple of studies have found that NAC is just as effective as Met in inducing ovulation. If you are interested send me an email and I can reply with the links to the research.

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