Despondent over PCOS

Hi I am 16 years old and have been diagnosed with PCOS. I first got my period when I was 9 years old and after the first 3 months I began to have extremely painful period pains.

I felt like if someone was digging into me with a knife and I had nausea vomiting and diarrhea and I couldn't even eat a bite for the first two days of my period.

When I was about 11 or 12 I began to develop a lot of hair on my chin like a teenage boy as I grew older the hair became thicker and much more noticeable I felt so depressed and began plucking them out and doing almost anything to get rid of them but they seem to grow back thicker and I started to get bumps on my chin.

Life with PCOS is so hard I feel suicidal most of the time.

There are boys who I like but I cannot talk to them because I am so self conscious about the way I look and the thick hair on my chin. There is this boy who I really like and speak to but am afraid to get close to him because I think that he will think that I am a freak. He is a really great person and I am afraid of chasing him away but I am too afraid what to do.

Please help me. I am so depressed. I am on the birth control pills but am seeing absolutely no change. What can I do?


Ed. note: Are you still living at home? Talk with your parents, especially your mother. The two of you need to learn much more about what PCOS is and what can be done about it. As you've already discovered, birth control pills by themselves do not cure polycystic ovary syndrome. There are no simple answers so you need to find others to help you, possibly starting with your mother.

Depression and anxiety can prevent you from taking necessary action, so make sure your parents know what is going on with you and all of you should engage with appropriate health professionals to lend a helping hand.

As difficult as is may be, you will need to change your diet in a major way. And you will need to get a lot more exercise, even if you're not in the mood to do it. Is your mother preparing your meals? If so, we suggest that you both read Dr. Nancy Dunne's The Natural Diet Solution for PCOS and Infertility. A healthier diet and increased exercise will help you to normalize your hormones and lessen the problems with hair growth.

Who else has some ideas that could help this 16-year old?

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Help is on the way
by: Anonymous

Hey, I completely understand. I had what would later be diagnosed as PCOS when I was 11. I started having having severe pain and constant bleeding since I was 11. If you read more about PCOS you find out that a lot of women have it. The symptoms like excess hair, acne and obesity are normal because of the hormone inbalance. I know it's embarassing- and sometimes you feel alone and embarassed but you need to talk to your parents or go to a free clinic and get put on birthcontrol (that helped me). You might also have insulin resistance- there are lots of other things that go along with PCOS so you really need to get help from a reproductive endocrinologist. (they are like a OBGYN except a specialist for PCOS ). they can do blood test and an ultrasound to see exactly the problem. THere is a high success rate- some women reverse the diagnoses. DOn't give up hope. YOU need to stand strong

Despondent over pcos
by: Anonymous

the thing is i am not overweight i am slim about 5ft 1 and 125 pounds i exercise and i try my best to eat healthy but still i have a lot of facial hair and i don't lose any weight its really hard because i am the only person in my family who is not overweight and nobody else has facial hair or pcos

It'is never too late
by: Sandy

I totally feel your pain, i have been going through this since I was very young and I always get depressed, so please know that we go through the same things. If you're overweight, i PROMISE you that exercising will help your symptoms, especially acne and extra facial hair.

Since exercising takes time to show improved results, why don't you wax in the meantime? If you're not willing to do that u can try electrolysis or laser. Also, i want you to know that i was on birth control for 7 years and it did me no good, so i urge you to switch to the natural methods. Birth control will only mask your symptoms and give you a fake period, and trust me that's not what you want.

Good luck to you, and trust me it would help to read the PCOS book and see a professional.

by: Anonymous

Hey, I am Ashlee and i have had Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome since I was 16 as well. I know you feel depressed, I did to at that age, I liked boys and was scared just like you but let me tell you, don't be to scared to get close to someone. I have been married for 2 years, and my husband loves me for me not my disease. You are young, and I am sure a beautiful girl. You will find someone, you need to accept the fact that you have this disease, and accept who you are. If you do that I am sure you will feel better. Another thing, you do need to be on a good diet. If you eat healthier and get excercise then you won't get bad facial hair, neither will you get bad acne, and if you are a diabetic your sugar will be normal. See its all up to you sweetheart! I wish you the best of luck!

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