Depression from PCOS

by Rachel
(Zephyrhills, Florida)

I am 17, I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 15 and I had open surgery when I was 15 and had two large cysts removed and I still have both my ovaries. My PCOS depresses me very much because I am gaining a lot of weight very quickly, and I have very noticeable rather dark facial hair (kinda like a beard).

I have tried shaving to remove the excess hair, and my skin is too sensitive for the hair removal stuff, and I don't have the money for laser hair removal.

I have not been told that I will never conceive, but I am scared to death that I will not be able to.

I admit, I don't exercise and I don't eat like I should,

I guess I find it useless.

I don't really have a good outlook on life right now.

I am very interested in asking my ob/gyn about metformin, so I think I will do that soon.

If anyone can give me any advice, or encouragement, it will be appreciated greatly.

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WELL i am 17 now and i was told about my PCOS at
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WELL i am 17 now and i was told about my PCOS at around 14-15,,,I have tried walking dieting but it just does not work out,,,i read that women with PCOS find it hard to loose weight no matter what they do,,,m jus too scared about the fact that i wont be able to concieve easily without any medications,,,my mom had gone through the same problem and i guess its genetic.I really want to loose weight I am 5"6 and 75kgs I ve tried glucophage for almost 6 months and have had d worst experience of loosong hair and 10kgs in a unhelthy way....."
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by: caitlin from california

when I was first diagnosed, around the same age you were (I'm 16 right now) I was just as depressed as you were. I had the facial hair problem. I was gaining pounds at a time. And I wasn't doing the best that I should have with dieting and exercising. I've been taken Metformin for almost 6 months, and unfortunately it hasn't been affecting me as much I would hope... but I'm sure it would if I worked out more. But, to help my self esteem through this hard time I did finally do some research and asked my mom if I could get laser hair removal. Depending on where you get it done, it doesn't have to be all that expensive, and health insurance can help if you have it. I really hope you fight this. It is a long-term syndrome, but it doesn't have to be a huge part of your life. Good luck :)

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DON 'T GIVE UP!
by: Anonymous

Get to the doctor! get on metformin and spironolactone! You are depressed! do not give up! this will get better if you get medicine. I had depression too but now I am on meds and eat less junk. Guess what I feel better. The second med will help lessen hair. You need laser treatments for the hair eventually. Please go to see m.ds until you get somebody to listen to you. You should have blood drawn for Dhea and testosterone. The kind of doctor to see is an a specialist. SEE AN ENDOCRINOLOGIST NOW

TO FEELING LESS DEPRESED
SIGNED ANOTHER PCOS FEMALE, USED TO BE DEPRESED PERSON

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