Hi I am now 30 yrs old and was diagnosed with PCOS 2 years ago.
I have been having problems with my period since I was 16. Every time I would go to a gyn and tell them my symptoms their answer always was lose weight, go on BC. Well after finally telling my new GYN that she better not tell me to lose weight or go on birth control and do her job.
She gave me an ultra sound and found 2 large dermoid cyst.
After removing them I was still having problems with irregular periods. My husband and I have not been able to conceive for the 10 yrs we have been together.
I do have an endocrinologist and was on 1000 mg of metformin. I stopped taking it due to they where making me so sick I couldn't work. Well my periods did not change at all. I had the opposite effect. I would have my period all the time. I had it 8 months straight. Not spotting either.
I would joke that I should invest in always pads. Well after being so fed up of not being able to be intimate with my husband I gave in and started bc. No change; actually it was the opposite. I was rushed to the emergency room for excessive vaginal bleeding. I ended needing 2 blood transfusions and a D&C.
At this point I am still hopeless.
And just coming to terms with I just wasn't meant to be a mom. I am very lucky I have a wonderful Husband.
Good luck to u all.
Editor's comments: Hopelessness is a feeling. It does not have to be your reality.
You've tried the pharmaceuticals. They didn't work for you.
Maybe it's just time to try something different.
There are six "pillars" for dealing with PCOS.
Pillar #1: Eat a healthy diet. Not just any diet, but a diet designed to help you get the upper hand over PCOS and improve your fertility. This PCOS diet ebook will help you do that. It will tell you what to eat and what not to eat.
Pillar #2: Increase your exercise. Exercise, combined with the right diet, has been proven to help you lose weight, reduce symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome, and have a better chance at conceiving.
Pillar #3: Reduce chronic stress. Too much stress damages your health, adds to belly fat, and makes PCOS symptoms worse.
Pillar #4: Take selective nutritional supplements to make faster progress toward normalizing your hormones. A couple of examples are vitex or d-pinitol.
There's new evidence every month that nutritional supplements can be useful for those who suffer from PCOS. For example, just today, I finished reviewing some medical studies of inositol, which is a B-vitamin. The evidence so far about inositol is very encouraging in terms of improving your fertility and in reducing problems associated with polycystic ovary syndrome.
Pillar #5: Strengthen your belief in yourself. Not only is PCOS a physical problem, it's an emotional and mental problem too. It's easy to feel you are out of control or simply a victim of circumstances. However, your thoughts have power and have a direct and powerful influence on the cells in your body.
Work on developing a positive outlook on your life. Look for the good things and the things that are going right in your life. A positive outlook makes you healthier.
Pillar #6: Develop a team of health professionals to help. They should understand PCOS, fertility, weight issues, etc. They will not necessarily all be MDs. Also consider naturopathic physicians, personal trainers, psychologists and other health professions who have different perspectives on how to help you.