In 2010 I was Diagnosed with PCOS.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition in which there is an imbalance of a woman's female sex hormones. This hormone imbalance may cause changes in the menstrual cycle, skin changes, small cysts in the ovaries, trouble getting pregnant, and other problems.
If you are squeamish about medical stuff be warned I wont be holding back
I just feel like crying. I thought I was pregnant, but obviously not.
Has anyone on here or does anyone know of people with PCOS and has had children?, I just need to know.
I don’t even remember what the doctor said to me, its all such a blur right now, all I can remember is that im now on metformin
According to womenshealth.gov, 1 in every 10 women has PCOS and 1 in every 20 women of childbearing age has PCOS.
Ladies, talk to your friends, talk to your coworkers, talk to strangers on the subway or acquaintances at church. Our struggles are deeply personal, but they are often not unique. Sharing your story, pain, and triumphs with PCOS can make a world of difference to someone who feels alone.
Remember…It is about living. Living to the fullest, living your dreams, living with out regret: even if it is living with PCOS.
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Recently I have been exploring Complementary and Alternative Therapies for my treatment of PCOS. In part because I now work in this field, but mostly because I was tired of getting responses from my doctor in the short 20-30 minutes we spent together. Eat Healthier, Lose some weight, take the meds and everything will be fine. By no means am I advocating not talking to your doctor, or following their advise, but traditional western doctors aren’t the only authorities on the matter.
Any one with PCOS will tell you at some point, some medical professional said you need to lose weight or change your diet. Easier said than done, right. Unfortunately many of us are simply going about it uninformed and the wrong way.
From Natural Therapies Pages. Full article HERE
To improve the symptoms of PCOS and insulin insensitivity, most experts recommend a low GI diet, rich in foods with a lower ranking on the Glycemic Index. These foods prevent blood-glucose levels from spiking suddenly, thus reducing the pancreas’s insulin response. Low GI foods also indirectly reduce blood-insulin levels by controlling blood-glucose levels, reducing excessive hormone release from the ovaries and allowing the body to burn more fat.
I recommend finding an Integrative Nutritionist who is familiar with PCOS and can help you put together a new dietary plan that focuses on your goals and your struggles. I recommend an Integrative Nutritionist v. a traditional nutritionist because integrative practitioners focus on treating a whole person: including their cultural, spiritual, and emotional relationship with food and eating. This type of and sensitivity is not always part of traditional nutritionist training.
Check out www.naturalhealers.com for a practitioner near you.
Hi, I have a quick queston. My doctor diagnosed me with PCOS yesterday, after an ultrasound for something unrelated showed lots of follicles. I've been on the pill for 3 years, so I hadn't noticed any symptoms that people normally have, like irregular periods. I have had acne forever, and have gained a bit of weight in the past 2 years. My question is; because I've been on the pill for so long, can that mask the symptoms of PCOS, so that I didn't notice anything wrong? Thanks xxAnonymous
(Public disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a licensed or trained health care provider)
PCOS is a complicated condition that manifests in people differently. It is completely possible for you to have had the condition before or for it to have developed while you were on birth control. However, Birth Control is one of the most common treatments for the PCOS and often prevents follicles for growing.The root cause of PCOS has to do with hormones and not with actual cysts.
My question is if your doctor made the diagnosis with out conducting any other tests. Cysts on your ovaries are not enough to diagnose someone with Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome. There are several reasons you might have follicles on your ovaries that have nothing to do with PCOS. If your doctor didnt perform any other tests, I would go back and ask him/her to. If you do have PCOS then your hormones are clearly not being regulated by your current BC Pill and a new form of hormone therapy and possibly insulin therapy should be added to your daily routine. But its important to make sure that you are being treated for a problem you actually have.
Here is what womenshealth.gov has to say about diagnosing PCOS:
There is no single test to diagnose PCOS. Your doctor will take the following steps to find out if you have PCOS or if something else is causing your symptoms.
Medical history. Your doctor will ask about your menstrual periods, weight changes, and other symptoms.
Physical exam. Your doctor will want to measure your blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), and waist size. He or she also will check the areas of increased hair growth. You should try to allow the natural hair to grow for a few days before the visit.
Pelvic exam. Your doctor might want to check to see if your ovaries are enlarged or swollen by the increased number of small cysts.
Blood tests. Your doctor may check the androgen hormone and glucose (sugar) levels in your blood.
Vaginal ultrasound (sonogram). Your doctor may perform a test that uses sound waves to take pictures of the pelvic area. It might be used to examine your ovaries for cysts and check the endometrium (en-do-MEE-tree-uhm) (lining of the womb). This lining may become thicker if your periods are not regular.
Hope this helps!
"heyy, i just thought i’d let you know that i went for my scan today and got diagnosed with pcos =\ any advice on what to do now because i just feel like rubbish…"
I am so sorry to hear the results of your scan weren’t more positive. I remember how scared I was when I found out.
The first piece of advice I have is talk to your doctor. Talk about what you can expect, talk about the worst case scenario, talk about the best possible out comes and then talk about how to get there. If you arent comfortable talking with your doctor: change doctors or find a licensed health care provider who you can talk to about it. I was lucky to have a doctor I really like plus an aunt who is also a doctor. Find someone who can give you sound medical advice that you are comfortable speaking openly and honestly to.
Next get pro-active. There is nothing worse than sitting around feeling sorry for yourself. Do your own research and find out what you can do to help the situation. Diet, exercise, regulating hormones, alternative therapies, herbal suppliments, the list goes on and on of how you can treat PCOS. The more you take control of the situation, the better off you and your body will be. Dont stop living either. Remember the name of blog is livingwithpcos.
Hope this helps!
I just found this online. Any one want to Journey with Me?
Day 1 - What is one thing you want to overcome within the next thirty days?
Day 2 - How are you doing so far on your journey?
Day 3 - Explain one misconception you feel people have about PCOS.
Day 4 - How has your lifestyle changed since being diagnosed?
Day 5 - Who is your biggest inspiration?
Day 6 - What gets you pumped to workout?
Day 7 - How do you feel when it comes to speaking about PCOS?
Day 8 - Do you feel there isn’t enough awareness on PCOS?
Day 9 - What is your ultimate goal?
Day 10 - Do you take any supplements?
Day 11 - What medications do you take? Have you noticed any improvement?
Day 12 - List three strengths and three accomplishments.
Day 13 - What is your workout routine?
Day 14 - Are you unsatisfied with your doctor? If yes, why?
Day 15 - What is one surprising fact you have learned about PCOS?
Day 16 - Is there anything you’d like to say to someone that has PCOS and needs support?
Day 17 - Write yourself a letter of encouragement.
Day 18 - Should schools educate students about PCOS in health class?
Day 19 - Do you have family members that have PCOS?
Day 20 - What is one new food you have tried and loved, what is another that you disliked?
Day 21 - What has been the most difficult since being diagnosed with PCOS? How have you overcome it?
Day 22 - What are three of your favorite healthy foods?
Day 23 - Name three quotes you live by.
Day 24 - What are three motivations that keep you going towards your goal?
Day 25 - Do you get annoyed when people make remarks about certain issues you have with PCOS? How do you handle it?
Day 26 - Name one song that puts you in a good mood.
Day 27 - When you started your journey, what was the first positive change you noticed?
Day 28 - List three short-term goals and three long-term goals.
Day 29 - What are you looking forward to most of all once you reach your goal?
Day 30 - Looking back on the past thirty days, what are you most proud of?