HOPE - Exercise May Be Restoring My Cycle

by Brandi
(Mayflower, AR)

I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 17. (I am currently 26)

The dr. told me that meant I couldn't have children...even then, that's all I wanted out of life.

I went to a different Dr for another opinion. She said basically the same thing, but that children were NOT out of the picture.

I was on birth control for 8 years! I stopped taking the pill about 8 months ago. Just for the record that really messes with your body and your mental state! I have been so moody!

I am trying to channel that moodiness into exercise...and it seems to be working. I have lost 20 lbs and just had my first cycle without the aid of meds. It was very painful, but I still take that as a good sign. Although it doesn't mean I ovulated...I have to think positive, I strongly believe that is a key element to every day life.

This is a wonderful site, and I pray that I too can overcome this and start a family with my husband. We have been ready to start a family for a while,

I was just worried about getting off b.c. He has known up front about my PCOS so I also pray that infertility will not lead to a divorce.

Lots of baby wishes to all the women whose lives have been darkened by PCOS

-Brandi-

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Editor's comments: Birth control pills are like crutches. We think we need them and they provide relief…but we can't live the rest of our lives on crutches. Sooner or later, many women realize that they need to do more than take a pill.

PCOS is a very complex metabolic and hormonal disorder. Birth control pills do not cure polycystic ovary syndrome. They do, however, put your ovaries into a resting state so it's not a surprise that your ovaries don't immediately snap back to a normal cycle when you stop the pill.

It's well known that PCOS can be effectively managed with a pristine diet, lots of exercise, and reduction of chronic stress. By a pristine diet, I mean a diet that consists almost entirely of whole, unprocessed foods.

It's also well known that weight loss, even a 5% weight loss, can restore a normal cycle and improve fertility. If you continue to lose weight, you may be pleasantly surprised with restored fertility.

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