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Thread: Please Help!!! I have just found out I have PCOS

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    Ruth, a number of years ago now, I had a few months without a period which lead me to get the internal ultra sound, which confirmed some cysts, which were described as pin head like. Soon after my periods returned to normal (I think following a weight reduction) and hadn't really been too concerned about it since. Due to the hair issue, we suspected that it could be a lingering problem. We started TTC in about Jan of this year and after a few months got involved in charting my temps etc. This is what highlighted to us that it didn't appear that I was ovulating.



    I would suggest charting (as a pre measure) but obviously bit difficult if you are on birth control. Charting is very helpful to know your cycles and you may find some clues there.

    Of course, if it is bothering you, I would see your GP, it can't hurt to find out. It's also possible that the symptoms may not be related to PCOS. Also, keeping in mind that you can have cysts on the ovaries (PCO) and not huge symptoms, and no / minimal cysts but suffer the symptoms PCOS "syndrome". Can get quite confusing. Are you past the pimple stage?

    Good Luck :luck:

    I'm still yet to find out all the gory details! 8-[


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    Hi guys
    I was diagnosed PCOS last year. I came off the pill in march 04 and got one period 6 weeks later then nothing for 2 1/2 months so I went to GP, who did a scan and saw cysts. As we were TTC I was referred to a spec who confirmed diagnosis and I have been on ART since october 04.

    PCOS is where there is an imbalance in the production of FSH which leads to anovulation. About 10-20% of women have it in some form or another. Sometimes if you are overweight (I am) losing weight can reverse a lot of the symptoms.

    Clomid is a drug that tells your brain that your ovaries are not producing enough FSH and intiates increased production.

    FSH injections stimulate the ovary directly.

    PCOS and insulin resistance are closely linked and therefore metormin +/- a low GI diet ( which basically means the less processed the better) can help reduce symptoms.

    Hope this helped. I have done 4 cycles of clomid and am currently undergoing my third cycle of AI. I feel pg last cycle but unfortunately m/c at 8 weeks.

    We will all get there.

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    Hi there everyone,

    So I'm hearing that losing weight/a low GI diet can help PCOS? I want to lose weight anyway b4 TTC (I'm 114kg). Did other people have sucess with this approach? What are you doing to lose weight?

    Ruth B

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    Hi Snowflake,

    I've got the odd lot of pimples but they are mostly that small, rashy, kind of red pimples than your full-on zit. It's a bugger, because it makes me look younger than I am, and I already look quite young for my age. Nothing seems to make the pimples go away, even a strict skincare routine.

    I will think about going to the Dr about finding out, but I guess even if I do have it then all I can do at this stage is lose weight, which I need to anyway.

    Ruth

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    Snowflake,
    If by pimples, you mean... big red nasty painful alien like creatures that are seem to spawn with a life of their own... Well I'm there NOW!!!!
    It is so bizarre... in that I have NEVER before in my life had skin like this - my friends used to envy my skin - not one blemish!! it is awful.. I dont know if it is because I had been on birth control (ie pill and implanon) since I was 15 and they had masked this problem... bit in the last couple of months it has gotten BAD and nothng I do will help... I clean my face, dont wear makeup, use a very light moisturiser and nothing helps!!!! ](*,)

    But did I notice you said it was a stage... Do they go away???? If you have gone thu it do you have any suggestions what I can do???

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    I have been diagnosed with PCOS just in May this year, as Grace was a honeymoon baby, we didn't understand why it was taking so long this time around.

    My Gynie was great, he sent my straight for tests, he suggested that I might of had it at my first appointment, as I can shift any weight and a no cycle whatsoever. I have started on a low GI diet, but am still have the occassionally slip up every now and then. My cycle is also gradually returning and the weight seems to be going slowly by surely.

    Hope to chat to all of you more.

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    Sorry about the confusion, when I asked about the "pimple stage" I was asking, was Ruth through her typical pimple stage iykwim.. I haven't had the pimples as a symptom but rest assured I copped the hair part. I had it quite bad but luckily there is laser treatment! I know that there is some connection there with the pimples and the hair follicle, sharing the gland.

    Ruth, my spec advised that weight can definately help to get your PCO under / in control. I am considering a lap band but not sure if I qualify, I cannot seem to stick to anything after a 10kg loss. Must be a mental thing.. ](*,) Weight loss is hard to stick with, that's for sure! Let me know if you find anything great

    Hi Tatty this site is very helpful and enjoyable

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    Hi,
    Pimples thats me... and i discovered over the weeekend i am growing a moustache.... HELP... I have never been hairy never... i can put up with the pimples and weight but hairy no way.... what can i do....
    About the weight i went and seen a dietician last week and she put me on a low GI diet, i have lost 2kgs in 5 days, i know it is a small amount but it is working... she was brilliant... she said that as i am only 80kgs, i was 60kgs 15 months ago that i would only need to lose about 5kgs to help witht he symptoms of PCSO, but i want to get down to my normal weight of 60kgs again... i am working hard.... i just have to get rid of the pimples now... i need a miracle I think....

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    Nothing a few wax strips can't fix Rach! :badgrin:

    As mentioned, I just get zapped, I put up with the excess hair for too long, no sign of it now!

    That is a great weight loss! Good on you!! My spec advised me that 10% could yield great results in helping PCOS.

    Mind blowing how much weight can influence things, isn't it?

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    Hi,

    My name is Sarah. I was just diagnosed with PCOS yesterday. I am still in that initial shock and I am not sure where to go with it. I don't think I completely fit in this discussion page because I am not trying to conceve, however I just need to hear more about managing this. Because I am not currently trying to get pregnant, my doctor has put me on orth-tri-cyclen Lo. My biggest concern is in the future when I am ready to have children. What are some of these medications that are supposed to help? Are they fertility drugs? If someone can help me with this I would really appreciate it.

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    Hi Sarah
    Sorry about your diagnosis hope the symptoms aren't too bad. The drugs discussed here so far are clomid FSH and metformin.
    Clomid and FSH are fertility drugs that aid in ovulation induction hereas metformin is a hypoglycaemic which is usually prescribed for diabetes. There has been a link betweeen insulin resistance and PCOS so that is why metformin is being prescribed.
    HTH

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    Hi Snowflake,

    I find it really, really, hard to stick to a diet, I just have poor impluse control, so if I want something, I generally eat it. My sister, who is quite obese, had a Lap band, and it didn't do anything for her! She's had all kinds of tests etc. and they said that she was a good candidate for it, but it didn't do anything to her appetite or feeling full. She just burbs a lot now, which is disgusting. Think carefully about it, because it might not work for you.

    My technique is to try and exercise heaps. (Well, it seems like heaps to me). I ride for 45 minutes 3 days a week and do 10 minutes of strength exercises on the other days. The gym near me has just opened up, so I will definately be doing more - probably 3 x 1 hr sessions at the gym in addition to what I'm doing now. I try to go low-carb and low-GI but I have such a sweet tooth! Plus, we eat at other peoples houses heaps and parents house etc. so it is hard.

    I'm down to 113.5kg from between 118-122kg at my maximum - that was 9 months ago - so I've very slow going!

    I'm off to have all my excess hair waxed off soon. Ouch!

    Ruth

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    Hi

    New to this and just wanted to intraduce myself I'v got PCOS and wanted to know if there was hope for me ever getting pregnant?

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    Of course there is hope for you slix.

    Many women with PCOS fall pregnant without any medical intervention at all.. some need Metformin (I have just started that), some need Clomid, others need more...

    Chat to your GP... they can refer you to a gyno if you need more help.

    Good Luck

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    Hi Slix

    Welcome to BB.There are many of us who have PCOS and have conceived with a little help.I'm living proof that you can have PCOS and get pregnant!

    You need to find yourself a great gyno/fertility specialist, trust me it makes all the difference!

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    Slix,
    I have PCOS and have a beautiful little girl.
    Although I think I have had every fertilty treatment done to me.
    Small procedures often make a world of difference.
    I second finding a doctor that understands PCOS and research, don't be afraid to suggest ideas.
    Good luck
    Bec

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