We tried to get pregnant for a few years without success. For various reasons, I didn't want to go down a medical route of diagnosis, etc.
I came across a book "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" by Toni Weschler (many of you will be aware of FAM). Through this, I realized that I wasn't ovulating very often - maybe every 3-4 months - even when I was bleeding. Given other factors (my weight, etc) and after a lot of reading, I concluded I probably had PCOS and then went to look at treatment options for that.
Again after a lot of reading in the scientific and medical journals, it seemed clear that losing about 10% of body weight was just as (if not more) effective than the metformin and other drug treatments - and the side effects of losing weight are all good, unlike drug therapy! The best and healthiest way I know to achieve and maintain a healthy weight is a lowfat plant-based diet combined with some exercise. So that's what I did - cut out all animal foods, refined oils and reduced how much bread and pasta and other refined grains I ate. I went for a 30 minute walk most days. In three months I'd lost 30 pounds and was pregnant. :-) Perhaps you can imagine how I felt after years of trying and failing!
So all that is well and good, I hear someone say, but not conclusive about having PCOS, since it was my own hypothesis. Except that during the 8 week scan, the doc asked how many rounds of IVF I'd been through and what drugs I'd had. I asked why she was asking, and she said that my ovaries showed extensive scarring from cysts (but no current ones) so since I had PCOS and was pregnant, she assumed I'd had to go the IVF route.
I'd belonged to PCOS and infertility support boards for years and so was thrilled. I had dozens of requests for information about what I did, so wrote up my experience and sent it to them. Some people were very resistant to the idea that PCOS is (largely) caused by and can be cured by diet, some thought it made sense. I know I had two women email me later to say they were pregnant after changing their diets. Unfortunately, I can't find my write-up anymore - it's on a computer whose hard drive failed.
Here's a link to some discussions of PCOS/PCOD where women talk about their experiences reducing or eliminating the problem through diet:http://drmcdougall.com/forums/viewto...d0df51f4c7d2a6
These links are about endometriosis, which I know isn't PCOS, but both are hormone-related diseases with probably similar root causes.http://www.drmcdougall.com/stars/051205starpaula.htmlhttp://www.pcrm.org/health/prevmed/endometriosis.html
I have two beautiful children now, by the way, with no drug intervention.