I Need Help

by Carrie
(Colorado)

I know that this is supposed to be a success story but I don't have one.

I guess I hope this site will lead me to the answers and give me the support I need to have one. This is the only avenue I've found where you can sing your victories and voice your fears. So thank you for this...

I'm 28 and I recently found out I have PCOS and since that day I've done nothing but research this to death. I've read so many horror stories I'm scared to death.

My period is as crazy as a haunted house, I have no idea when it's gonna jump out and scare me. I will have 2 or 3 in a month and then not any for weeks/months.

I am scared to death I wont be able to have a child, because I desperately want to get pregnant. I feel alone and scared and everyone I mention PCOS to always says, "What's that?" Am I alone???

It has been suggested that I begin Metformin but I am learning about all of the side effects and if it will even work - let alone the long term effects.

I am trying to research natural alternatives but don't have a lot of money to try a million different things. This website has proven to be quite helpful and optimistic to me. Its nice to know I'm not alone, I just wish there was a way we all could chat and support each other, that would be so nice.

I am going to try acupuncture - has anyone tried this? Anyone had success?

Also has anyone tried the Insulite program? I've read their entire site but just don't know, it's expensive. I wonder if I could get some of the herbs that they sell at a local nutritional store and get the same outcome?? I'd love to hear from anyone who has tried or heard cautions.

Hang in there ladies and know that even when you feel alone, you're not, I'm out here and so are many others. We will be okay

Be Strong,
Carrie

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Editor's Comments:

It's OK to feel scared and alone. Polycystic ovary syndrome can be scary…until you learn that you have a lot more control over it than you think. Also, it will take time for others to have even the faintest understanding of what you are going through.

PCOS can be effectively managed if you take a very comprehensive approach that goes beyond depending on metformin or some other drug to make your problems go away. There are no "magic pills" for polycystic ovary syndrome.

1) Continue to educate yourself as to what causes PCOS so that you can make intelligent decisions for dealing with it. Read books, visit websites, talk to others who are dealing with issues similar to yours. Get second opinions from other doctors. Become knowledgeable about the various conventional and natural treatment options that are available.

A good way to keep up to date with new information is to subscribe to our PCOS newsletter, which is free.

2) What are you eating? A healthy diet plays an absolutely crucial role in managing the symptoms of PCOS, including infertility, acne, weight, hair loss, male-pattern hair growth, and depression. A healthy diet will also greatly reduce your risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.

A good place to get diet advice is from The Natural Diet Solution for PCOS and Infertility

3) Are you exercising? Regular exercise is vital, especially if you have a weight issue. Daily exercise, when combined with the correct diet, can be as effective as metformin (Glucophage), but without its side effects.

4) Selected nutritional supplements such as vitex or d-pinitol can be helpful in helping you to normalize your hormones.

There are a number of other nutritional supplements that have been shown to be helpful for reducing symptoms related to polycystic ovary syndrome.

By knowing what to do, you empower yourself and gain a sense of control over this disorder.

Remember, PCOS is very manageable if you know what to do. You can reduce acne, reduce male-pattern hair production, lose weight, become fertile, lessen depression, reduce hair loss, improve your general health and self-esteem…and get your life back!

PS: Acupuncture may be helpful.





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Additional Resource
by: June

Hi Carrie,

Read your story, and felt inclined to toss out another resource if you haven't found it already. Northwestern University's School of Medicine has a website dedicated to the study of PCOS: http://www.pcos.northwestern.edu/

You can find a lot of answers to your questions and other resources that may be useful to you.

- June

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