PCOS and Breast Reduction
by Paula Kleinschmidt
I've suffered from PCOS all my life. I was not diagnosed until in my early thirties when I could not conceive. I've NEVER had a regular menstrual cycle.
I have two children with the help of Clomid and insemination.
But after my son's birth I opted for a breast reduction and lift. From that day I've had a regular menstrual cycle to the day.
It's been over three years and I am 46 years old.
My gynecologist thought it might have to do with receptor sites in my breast that were removed. This was also covered by my insurance company. In order to be covered they have to remove breast tissue not fat.
I've reported this to a couple of PCOS research sites. There has to be something to this. It can't be a coincidence that for 43 years I have erratic cycles and then immediately after a breast reduction have a perfect cycle.
I welcome your comments. You can email me at [email protected]
Editor's comments: Hi Paula. That's very interesting. I don't know why you had this result.
I could speculate that if you had very large breasts, you had a substantial amount of fat removed since breast tissue contains a lot of fat.
People think of fat cells as inactive storage site. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Fat cells are very active, producing an array of hormones and other signaling molecules that significantly alter bodily function. A high proportion of these signaling molecules are undesirable.
So maybe the loss of fat cells was enough to tip your hormonal balance in a favorable direction.
Speaking of fat cells, it's well known that loss of fat weight alters your hormonal balance. This is one reason why weight loss (if a person is overweight) is so effective in improving one's fertility as well as reducing other symptoms of PCOS.