My PCOS and Weight Problems Not Understood by My Military Doctors
I am a 29 yr old female who has been married for almost seven years. My husband and I knew that I would probably have trouble getting pregnant so we started trying to have a baby right away.
He is in the military so I have to resort to military doctors most of the time and have thus far not had much luck.
With the military everything is about weight and fitting in to their physical profile just like with their soldiers.
After we got married I gained some weight associated to being married to a soldier and dealing with the ups and downs of his deployments.
So all my doctors want to do is tell me that I'm fat!
I don't understand since I have been having this problem since I weighted 105 lbs.
They don't want to take me seriously about anything because all they see me as is a fat girl who can't get pregnant and that is why. If someone has a suggestion I am all ears!
Editor's comments: It sounds like you'll have to take matters into your own hands. Not many doctors have a treatment plan for healthy weight loss or for control PCOS symptoms such as excess weight.
There are three very important things you can do to get a handle on your problem: 1) Eat a healthier diet. 2) Get regular exercise. 3) Reduce chronic stress.
These are your "three pillars" of PCOS and weight loss management, and improved fertility. They cost virtually nothing. They are simple in concept but can be difficult to implement.
Medical studies indicate these three steps can be as effective as pharmaceuticals in reducing PCOS-related problems as well as reducing the long term risks such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Even better, these steps have no side effects!
Once you're eating the right foods, getting enough exercise and controlling stress, and if you're still not getting results, you can think about nutritional supplements to help you.
Selected nutritional supplements such as vitex or d-pinitol can be useful in helping you to normalize your hormones.
Also ask your doctor to run a thyroid panel to assess your thyroid function. Many women with polycystic ovary syndrome have or develop an autoimmune thyroid disorder called Hashimoto's Disease. Hashimoto's can cause the thyroid to under-produce thyroid hormones, which are necessary for good fertility and a healthy pregnancy, as well as for controlling weight.