I was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 21 (1994) after years of wondering why I had excess body and facial hair, oily skin and irregular periods. The first doctor prescribed the pill and an androgen drug which I took for 7 months. The drugs made me depressed.
When I asked the doctor how long I would need to continue, his reply was, "I have patients who have been on the drugs for 10 years and are happy with the results." I said, "WHAT!"
My instinct told me something was not right, and I immediately went off the drugs. My periods never returned for a year and I gained 15 kilos (about 33 lbs.). This made me even more depressed.
I then went for a second opinion, and the second doctor was even worse than the first.
After listening to my story, he prescribed a different type of drug. My response was, "Aren’t you listening to me? I do not want to take drugs." He so coldly told me that if I did not take the drugs, my condition would get worse, MUCH WORSE. I stormed out of the surgery, angry with the medical profession, deciding to do my own research.
My periods came back a couple of months after visiting the second doctor in 1995. I then went on a healthy, high-fibre diet (cereals, beans, salads, meat, fish). I walked and exercised 4 times a week. I reduced my food intake and sugary food. I cut out chicken as it is injected with male hormones. I especially cut out CAFFEINE and sugary drinks. I have read that caffeine is not good for women with PCOS, and I do believe that.
I lost 15 kilos in 3 months, my hair improved, and my skin improved. I felt healthier. Unfortunately my hirsutism did not go away, but the hair growth did reduce, is thinner and is now manageable. I found that laser treatment is successful in treating facial hair problems.
I am in my early 30s now, and I am 5 months pregnant after only a year of trying without any medical intervention or drugs. That is quite good considering that it takes some couples years, and I am in my 30s.
So, ladies, don’t give up. I was originally diagnosed with a mild to severe form of PCOS. My testosterone levels were higher than the average male (that’s right, MALE). I TRULY BELIEVE that PCOS can be cured or managed with a healthy diet, exercise, and NO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.
I am a living example. I am looking forward to having more children.
Ed. Note: Congratulations on taking responsibility for your own health and taking action! It can change your life.
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