Inositol

If you are new to PCOS you may not have heard of Inositol yet. There is a lot of information about it out there and it gets a little confusing, but I will try to just give the basics. I will post some links if you want more in-depth knowledge that I found helpful and was given to me by my support coach.

A few of the many Benefits

  • Restores normal ovulatory activity
  • increases fertilization rate
  • prevents Spina Bifida birth defect
  • lowers free testosterone
  • lowers total testosterone
  • lowers LH
  • lowers insulin response after meals
  • increases peak progesterone
  • improves egg quality
  • helps with weight loss related to insulin resistance

and so much more!

From what I have read there is no harm to pregnant women or the fetus as long as you don’t exceed 4 grams of Inositol a day. It does take a few weeks (maybe 3 weeks or so) for it to take affect on your system. Of course, it will vary person to person.

How to take it

The max is 4 grams a day. Split it into two doses. 2 grams in the morning and 2 grams in the evening.  2 grams is one flat teaspoon of powdered inositol. It can be taken on an empty stomach or with food. If you like you can mix it in water or in food. I try to add it to cold drinks, because I don’t know how heat would affect it. It doesn’t have any flavor at all, but some people have said that it has a slightly sweet taste. I’ve tried mixing it with just water and I couldn’t tell anything was in the water.

Where to buy

Inositol can be expensive if bought in pill form. I was recommended to buy it in powder form and I agree it is the most cost effective way to take it. I live in Nagoya and I couldn’t find it in stores or on Japanese websites. So, I turned to my friend Iherb (this is a link to their site that sends to Japan, but they have their US site here). You can order in dollars from them and still have them ship to Japan. Plus, if you order over $40.00 shipping is free and you get a discount on how much you spend! I will get into it more on another post.

Amazon is another site that you can buy Inositol on-line. I’m sure health food stores would sell them, too. Just make sure it is 100% Inositol and that it isn’t mixed with other ingredients, because that would weaken the effect and you would have to take more of the product, which would run the risk of either getting too much or not enough Inositol. I am using Healthy Origins 100% pure Inositol powder. I’ve heard that the Jarrows Formula Inositol powder is also a good choice.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below. I will answer your questions as best as I can.

Here is the link to the more complicated research on Inositol.

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Frustration

Well, it is almost the new year which means clinics will have a long holiday. This would be fine with me if it weren’t for the fact that I’m having to stop my cycle of treatments. If it was a normal month I would have had another fertility shot, but they would need to monitor my development in case of ovarian ruptures or torsion (twisting of ovaries with cysts). So, that means they are stopping this cycle at the critical point. At least I feel like it is a critical point.

If I’m lucky my body will naturally bring my follicles to the 20 mm needed to release an egg. I have at least 3 of them at 14mm. Isn’t that frustrating? So, close and yet so far. Now, all I can do is wait and see what happens. Maybe my body will mature the egg(s) and I might get pregnant. Or, I might ovulate and get my period. Then there is the most likely, I don’t ovulate and I don’t get my period. Which would mean I have to wait until the 5th of January (The day they open in the new year) and get a shot to induce my menstruation. After that I have to wait for my period to start then 5 days after that start the fertility shots all over again. I probably wouldn’t mind as much if they were in candy form, but they are not. The up side is I have less side effects with the shots than with Clomid.

Another frustrating thing is the BBT chart. They say you should TTC the day before you ovulate. How can you predict an ovulation? My BBT often has low and then high points. Which one is the ovulation exactly? Then I try waiting till it spikes, but then many people say it’s too late and then the stress just piles on.

I think it’s time for some fertility yoga. Have you tried it yet? It doesn’t take long and it does help to calm the mind. I will talk about some of my favorites in another post. Until then tell me about some of your frustrations. What frustrates you about TTC and/or PCOS?

Helpful Handout for PCOS Living

If you are just starting to learn about PCOS or trying to find information for living with PCOS, I found this handout useful, PCOS Basics Handout. It’s a basic guideline that has flushed out most of the jibber-jabber that you find with some others. But, like I said these are the basics.

It will take some time to figure out what foods your body reacts the most with. For example, I have to be careful with eating bananas and apples. I have found that I gain weight very quickly if I eat either one on a daily basis (half or whole), and they are supposed to be good for you! I mean how many times have we heard “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. For me it’s more like “an apple a day brings the doctor my way”.

I will talk more about the foods I eat on a daily basis in another post. Also, I recently ordered a book called “The Insulin Resistance Diet”. I don’t want to talk about it just yet since it hasn’t arrived. Once I have read it I will share my thoughts on it.

Push On

Sandra-Bullock

I really liked this meme. Sometimes we all need a reminder to savor, because the bad, the pain, the fear, it can all be overwhelming and seem to consume everything. It’s then that we need remind ourselves of the moments that we savored. We can use our memories or a photograph to help us to push on. A chat with a good friend can also do wonders, so pick up the phone. You live overseas like me? Then pick up your phone and send a message to someone. Sometimes just getting the words out can help.

So, I leave you with some wise words from Sandra Bullock to savor, savor, savor those in between moments. Together we can do this. We are not as alone as we, at times, feel.

Good things that happened today

This will be my list that I will come back to, hopefully, everyday. I want to remember to look for good things that happen in life, so I don’t get bogged down with the bad. The size doesn’t matter. It could be something like, you found your favorite fruit on sale, or I found money in my pocket! What is something good that happened to you?

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Here is my list…

  1. My cold is almost gone after catching it only 2 days ago. (Dec. 18, 2015)
  2. I got to take an unexpected day off. (Dec. 18,2015)
  3. A client at work (who knows I love cats) gave me a notepad with cats on it…just because. 😀 (Dec. 19,2015)
  4. I finally got my parking spot for my car! (Dec. 20, 2015)
  5. I got news that the fertility shots seemed to be working! (Dec. 21, 2015)
  6. Spent the evening with my husband and a few friends for a little dinner party. (Dec. 23, 2015)
  7. Made a Lemon Impossible Pie for the first time and it turned out perfect!(Dec. 23, 2015)
  8. I was able to drive a company car, at night, without feeling stressed…and it was in a traffic jam. This is in Japan which means driving on the left hand side of the road. I got my Japanese license at the end of August and a car at the beginning of December. (December 24, 2015)
  9. My husband surprised me with some delicious sashimi and strawberries for Christmas! Hubby for the win! (Dec. 24, 2015)
  10. I had a Harry Potter movie marathon while doing my workout. Who doesn’t love Harry Potter? (Dec. 25, 2015)
  11. Discovered fertility yoga poses that did wonders to relax my mind. (Dec. 25, 2015)
  12. Ate some delicious sushi with my hubby at one of our favorite sushi restaurants in Nagoya! (Dec. 26, 2015) Hello delayed Christmas dinner!
  13. My brother-in-law arrived with his family (2 girls and 1 boy) for the new year’s holiday. First night of family dinners has begun! Had a big crab feast, Yum!! (Dec. 30, 2015)
  14. Spent lots of family time over the New years holiday (Jan. 1-4, 2016)
  15. Joined a PCOS support group on-line (Jan. 1, 216)
  16. My husband and I went to an exhibit of cats around the world by Mitsuaki Iwago. (Jan. 11, 2016)

Hello PCOS

My name is Victoria. I was diagnosed with PCOS in February of 2015. For the past 10 months I have had some ups with lots of downs. I’ve struggled with weight gain, the loss of control over my own body, fatigue, learning what PCOS is and how it affects me, as well as so many other things. On top of that October was my one year anniversary of being married. It was not an easy year, what with taking fertility meds and then trying to figure out why I was having such intense abdominal pain (food allergies as it turns out).

I have completely overhauled my eating habits and the way I cook. It’s still a process that I work on on a daily basis. Exercise is another battle some days and some days it is a joy to feel the strength coming back to my muscles. I’ve fought with myself over how I look and feel. I’ve fought with my husband about how I need his support and how some things he says sound to me. It has not been easy, but I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that can say they’ve had it worse. So, today I count my blessings and start this blog. This isn’t a solution to everything, but I’m hoping to get in touch with others that are dealing with PCOS, who need a helping hand in navigating this sometimes crazy ride of fertility treatments. (By the way, I could use a hand too if anybody is offering)

I should mention that I live in Nagoya, Japan where health issues are not openly discussed. The way PCOS is dealt with is very different here than in the U.S. I often feel alone and at a loss. My doctor doesn’t offer recommendations that I find through my research on the great wide web for food or supplements. The only suggestion I got was to make sure to eat a variety of food for maximum nutrition. If there are others out there in Nagoya, in Japan, in any country who have been through what I have, or are beginning their journey or are at the same stage as I am, I hope we can make contact. I have found one friend who has dealt with most of this before me and she has been a great help with settling my fears before a medical procedure or just calming me down when I felt myself falling apart. It really does help to have someone to commiserate with.

With this blog I hope to chronicle my experience of PCOS (via exercise, eating habits, cooking, traveling for stress relief, etc.) as well as fertility treatments and hopefully find a support group (or start one myself) in Nagoya where we can meet face-to-face.

My name is Victoria. What’s yours?

no regrets meme

P.S. This meme to me is more like a fertility drug humor.