Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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aurorabunny - January 22

I was just diagnosed with this today....I have to go in for a pelvic ultrasound tomorrow. They've told me this is the reason for all my hormone problems and my weight gain despite wonderful dieting and every day exercise (SO frustrating!). Does anyone else have this/know of someone who has this? My doctor diagnosed me today and referred me to my OB/GYN for tomorrow to look at the cysts and figure out a treatment plan. I thought it was just treated with birth control pills, but he said no and acted like the medecine that they use can have pretty bad side effects. Now I'm all worried. Anybody??


aurorabunny - January 22

bump. please help guys if you can!!


AlissaF - January 22

My roommate has been diagnosed with the same thing and they were treating it with birth control. the birth control was basically to put her on a regular schedule (she would only bleed every few months) and to help reduce to formation of the cysts. She is also having a very difficult time with weight loss. She wasn't put on any other meds, but she has to be a lot more conscious of what she eats. I don't know a whole lot about all the details of what her dr said, but I will ask her later and report back to you.


aurorabunny - January 22

Thank you alissa. Let me know what you find out.


mcatherine - January 22

I have pcos. I've known for a few years. It's tough to lose weight - you have to curb your carbs a great deal and work out a lot to keep the weight off. Diabetic diets are good to follow. Also, it may be that you are treated with Chlomid, diabetes medication or bc pills. I know that I don't have a period very often anymore (3 times a year) - I have to take Provera sometimes to make it start just to get relief from my pms symptoms. I don't plan to have anymore children and I'm not hairy, so we don't treat it aggressively. I would ask your obgyn about a diabetic diet or a lower carb diet plan if weight is the major issure for you. Sorry to hear it. Hope all goes well.


sahmof3 - January 22

I have it, too. When I was ttc I was on Metformin (I think it has to do w/ regulating blood sugar, but don't quote me). I dropped 20 lbs. immediately! I then tried Clomid... did 2 rounds, but couldn't stand the moodiness, so I quit it, but got pregnant the next month on my own (although I think the stimulation from the Clomid caused my largest cyst to burst (I had unexplained pain and bleeding right before my dd was conceived and then the largest cyst was gone on early u/s's with my daughter). I haven't been on any meds for it since then. My doctor also said to follow a diabetic diet, but I haven't been too good at that. Actually when I was pregnant with my youngest they never mentioned seeing any cysts, so I'm not sure I even have them anymore, as the problems I used to have with them have disappeared. I guess it would be something to get checked out... though, like mcatherine, I don't have the hairiness that can happen with it or any other "symptoms" at this point and I'm also done having children.


aurorabunny - January 23

Thanks guys. I'm glad to hear I'm not alone in this. I've just been working my a__s off to lose weight, following strictly my Weight Watchers, and exercising every day. Resulting in a GAIN of 2 lbs. a week. My weight watchers leader was the one who told me I should see a doctor, I knew something had to be wrong though. There's a little bit of the hair situation (nothing too bad) but also I'm only getting a period once every 3 months which isn't normal for me. So I guess it all makes sense. Just the way my doctor made it seem was that they were doing ultrasound to see if the cysts were cancerous and it scared the c___p outta me.


K8 - January 23

Hey there, no your not alone aurorabunny, i too was diagnosed woth PCOS a few years back. I was only ovulating every 3 months or so and thus had a hard time concieving my lo. i was hesitant to go on chlomid because i was kinda in denial about not being able to concieve on my own. i decided to hold off on the hrt because im not too hairy and i have struggled with weight loss for a few years also. I lurve potaoes and pasta and corn and all those yummy carbs so its not easy. There are plenty of support groups both on the internet and at 'in person' meetings. I actually wondered if its as hard to concieve the 2nd time round? i guess only time will tell :)


mcatherine - January 23

aurorabunny - they will do the ultrasound to check your ovaries for the cysts that look like a strand of pearls, measure them, etc and propably do several blood tests to confirm that it is pcos. I was told that people with pcos did not do well with Weight Watchers as they allow too many carbs!!


aurorabunny - January 23

Mccatherine---you confirmed what I was starting to think. I am thinking at this point that my best bet would probably be a diabetic diet. Well my doctor supposedly made the appointment for my ultrasound today, and I got up there and OOPS they made it a different hospital downtown. ARGHH....So now I have to wait until next Tuesday. I will update you guys then. Thanks for all the help!



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