PCOS, from Hopeless to Hopeful

by Jasmin
(Scarsdale NY)

HI everyone, I just found out that I have PCOS on FEB 2011.

I got off the pill after being on it for 8 years in May 2010. Six months later I have been experiencing irregular periods and weight gain.

After thinking we were prego 3 times I finally decided to go to the GYN and that's when I was told I have PCOS.

I really thought my life was over. I thought of my grandmother who died from diabetes, thought about my sister in law who can not conceive (so that left all the pressure on me), I thought about my heart murmur and I thought about my husband.

At first I was all for the healthy changes I had to make, I exercised, I ate right and nothing.

I was so upset, I kept thinking "why me". I was then put on metformin and I stuck to my diet and lost 13 pound in less then 2 months.

I've also noticed my hair getting thinner. My hair was so long and beautiful but every time I brushed & washed it so much would fall out. I cried, freaked out and went to get a hair cut.

I've been so depressed since. I haven't taken my metformin in 2 weeks. I feel like I'm going to wake up one day and this would of been just a bad dream and other days.

I feel motivated do what to I have to do and feel better. It's been nearly 6 month since I found out I have this damn thing and at times I can wrap my mind around the fact that I have to live with this forever and I need to make changes for life and not just for now.

I'm ready, I'm tired of feeling sorry for my self, I'm ready to find the new me with this. I don't want to feel scared or sad anymore. I wanna feel great again.

Thank you for sharing your stories and listening to mine. I've been feeling so alone in this and it's refreshing to here you all be so strong and persistent. It's very motivating. Thank you always for that.


Editor's comments: Hi Jasmin. Polycystic ovary syndrome is one of those disorders where it's natural to feel like your body is completely out of control.

But the truth is, every woman has a lot more control than she may at first think. All it takes is some knowledge and some long-term application of good health practices.

Metformin is effective for many women who have insulin resistance but is not something you want to take for the rest of your life, nor is it a substitute for eating a really healthy diet and getting a lot of exercise.

A couple of resources are this diet e-book, and our free newsletter.

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