Hi, I am a 20 year old, healthy female, 130 pounds 5'5. I have always been very skinny and active my whole life.
I put on about 20 pounds in two months this summer (I used to be 120 lbs) and I had terrible cravings for carbs and depression.
I have always had bad skin and hirsutism, but it got A LOT worse with the weight gain.
Looking back, I believe that I've had PCOS (or it has been developing) ever since I was 16, and that it got worse with the weight gain.
I am not insulin resistant, but I am recently on Metformin and it has greatly helped with carb cravings and my acne.
I started to exercise again and to eat healthy and I have lost about 10 lbs since September.
I have always had a hard time maintaining my weight (even though I've been skinny) and I've always known that I have to diet in order to not gain weight.
I think that it was really my change in diet (I stopped eating healthy and starting to binge eat this summer) which made my PCOS a lot worse.
I know that PCOS is annoying. Yeah, it's great to be healthy and exercise, but it is so frustrating that I HAVE to do it... in a much greater proportion that many of friends who do not eat right, never exercise, and are still much skinnier than me...I like to describe PCOS as an assault to my femininity. It makes me less confident around guys and sometimes I want to just want to give up.
But I believe that PCOS can be truly treated in a holistic manner...through good diet and a lot of exercise, I know that I control my PCOS.
Despite the common advice, I am not on the birth control pill. I might try it, but I am a little skeptical because it drives your insulin levels up (hence, why diabetics should not take bc) and supposedly, high insulin levels are at the root of PCOS.