PCOS or something else?
by Olga Moroz
Hi everyone. I have never had problems with my cycle. It was regular since I was 15 years old.
At 22 I got pregnant but had a miscarriage. After that started taking BC for a year, than made a stop, the cycles return normally after 5 months. I started on BC again and stopped again in October 2007 because me and my fiance were TTC. My period started irregularly and within 12 months I had around 6 periods, last was in August 2008.
After 6 months of irregular period I went to the doctor and was told that it is normal and I have to wait at least for a year before getting concerned. I insisted on tests and hormone levels were all fine.
The ultrasound revealed polycystic ovaries and immediately the doctor diagnosed PCOS.
I find it strange that PCOS had developed out of nowhere and especially after stopping BC. I have no one in my family with PCOS and no other symptoms, my weight is always 55-56 Kg and I have no other common signs of PCOS.
My doctor advised to use Clomid, but first go back on BC to jump start the bleeding. I decided to hold on medication and try again later. Doctor said that there is no evidence that BC can cause PCOS. I find it hard to believe.
I had my last period in the end of August and since then have been feeling strange, my breasts are getting larger and the belly feels heavy, I had nausea several times and was eating more than normal. I took several HPT, all came out negative. I am going for ultrasound again soon to see if I am pregnant.
Hi Olga, you can have polycystic ovaries without having PCOS. However, nearly all women with PCOS will have polycystic ovaries. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is the name given to a metabolic condition in which a woman will have polycystic ovaries, along with a certain pattern of other symptoms that reflect imbalances in reproductive and other hormones.
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Secondly, PCOS does not come from nowhere. If you have it, it might have started before you were born. However, it doesn't usually begin to manifest itself until the teen years.
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