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8/15/11 12:47 P

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Hey guys. I'm a 20 year old college Junior who has PCOS. I was diagnosed the summer before my senior year of high school (about four years ago). I, like many others with PCOS, am insulin resistant and have a weight problem.
I've been trying half heartedly all summer to loose weight with no success. About three years ago, I lost around 30 pounds, but I gained half of it back with the "Freshman 15." I've been trying to loose that weight and get even healthier since.
I've also been having some self-esteem issues, and for some reason I think that if I loose weight, I'll be "pretty" and more satisfied with my appearance. I know know its weird, but for some reason I think that if I were to just loose weight, I would be "normal.
I'm just so thankful that there's a place where I can discuss this with other fellow PCOS-ers. I'm thankful for this.

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Hey guys. I'm a 20 year old college Junior who has PCOS. I was diagnosed the summer before my senior year of high school (about four years ago). I, like many others with PCOS, am insulin resistant and have a weight problem.
I've been trying half heartedly all summer to loose weight with no success. About three years ago, I lost around 30 pounds, but I gained half of it back with the "Freshman 15." I've been trying to loose that weight and get even healthier since.
I've also been having some self-esteem issues, and for some reason I think that if I loose weight, I'll be "pretty" and more satisfied with my appearance. I know know its weird, but for some reason I think that if I were to just loose weight, I would be "normal.
I'm just so thankful that there's a place where I can discuss this with other fellow PCOS-ers. I'm thankful for this.

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8/14/11 11:19 P

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Hello, Ladies,

My name is Dee and I was finally diagnosed about 6 years ago. It was good to have a diagnosis after so many years of problems, but knowing the reason why it's so hard to lose weight doesn't make it much easier. About 3 years ago I lost 50 pounds doing a modified version of South Beach, but life got in the way, as did about 1000 excuses, and I gained it all back. As of last week I was back up to my heaviest. So here I am. I'm going to do what I did before, and hopefully stick through it to the end. No, not hopefully, I WILL stick through it to the end.
I look forward to meeting and getting support from others going through similar issues. And I will give support wherever I can too!

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8/11/11 7:25 P

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Hi! I am 20 years old and was diagnosed 2 years ago. I'm very fortunate, as I don't have many symptoms, and I'm not even pre-diabetic. But I think that the "label" of having PCOS which makes weight loss hard has given me an excuse to stop trying. For now, I'm just being grateful for my healthy body and focusing on doing what I know is healthy for me :)

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8/8/11 12:17 P

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Hi all! I am 26 years old and have an 8 month old son. I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2009. I was put on Metformin and lost 20lbs. I gained 13 lbs during pregnancy, and lost 23lbs post pregnancy. I have slowly started gaining again, so I am back on Sparkpeople to try and stay on track! I wish everyone the best of luck!

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8/6/11 9:11 A

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Hi,

I was diagnosed with PCOS six years ago, and have been on a bit of a roller-coaster since then. I lost 30 lbs while on Metformin, and a further 20 after I got off of Met and into a lifestyle adjustment program (I was having some dangerous side effects from Met). I struggled with gaining and loosing the same 10 lbs after I finished the lifestyle program (which was all about activity and healthy eating for insulin resistance). I actually reached the point where I was no longer insulin resistant, which thrilled me to no end.

However, life started to get in the way in the last year or so, and I'm back up into an unhealthy weight. I had some other medical problems that have limited my activity level, and I'm starting to get pretty frustrated with my body and my motivation! My support network for weight loss is basically non-existent, so I've decided to start back with SparkPeople. I would love to make some new friends to share the ups and downs with!

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8/5/11 12:07 P

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Hello, I have one daughter and I was inspired by my experience with PCOS to become a dietitian. I am still in school, and about to start my hospital experience. I have lost about 50lb, and I still need to lose another 60. I was diagnosed when I was 17, when one of my ovaries twisted due to a large cyst. I always knew there was a problem, because I was overweight despite my mother owning a aerobics studio, that I constantly participated in. I was even put on an 800 calorie a day diet as a teenager, which just traumatized me.

I am not able to take metformin, because it makes my skin photosensitive, and since I live in the Southwest, is dangerous. I am having a plateau right now with my weight, which is very frustrating because I don't want to be the overweight dietitian. I am a little nervous to start my time in a hospital, because I don't want patients to think I am not healthy. My long term goal is to open a clinic that uses nutrition and integrative medicine to treat diabetes and PCOS. I would also like to have another baby, but I am not set on it since I have not gotten pregnant in 7 years of passively trying.

So, it is nice to meet you all!

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8/4/11 8:04 P

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Greetings all, I am 34 I have two kids (that I birthed) and 3 step kids, and I am an Army Wife. I found out today that I have PCOS. I have a Dr apt in a couple of weeks for more tests and for the Dr to take some samples of my girly parts. I am kinda freaking out about what to do now. I have never been a big eater, but I dont look that way. I have NO idea what to change in my diet and what I need to do. My Dr sugested for me to join this site for support. Thanks

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8/2/11 6:09 P

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Danielle here!
I've know I have PCOS for about 3 years now and I have been falling in and out of a consistent work out regime since then. Before I knew about the PCOS, I took up running almost everyday, on a treadmill for about 30 mins or so; then I went to the doctor, discovcerd the syndrome, started taking my birth control, lost some weight, gained confidence in myself and, therefore, stopped working out. Now I am trying to really get on top of things and beat this thing down with some goals and ideas I have been tossing around:
I have been looking for some sort of activity that is healthy, yet fun and nearly cost free.... Any ideas? I was considering gardening. :)
I plan to begin tracking my steps with a goal of 12,000 steps a day by walking my dogs each morning for 30 mins, second step goal is 45 mins to an hour (I hope they can take it!)
With myself a person that usually sleeps in, I plan to wake up at 5 am so I can take my walk and do some strength training!
I definitely plan to drink more water, I don't think I have ever had 8 cups a day, ever.
I have already changed my diet quite a bit! I have a demanding sweet tooth that I have been learning to tame into a fair weathered friend :D
Are there any success stories out there to keep me going? I lose motivation because it is so incredibly difficult to get results with this thing. My boyfriend is the utmost supportive, but I need to know that someone has figured out a hidden door to beating these weight problems, because, so far, every PCOS book says a different way to lose the weight. Do they even really know?

Thanks a bunch, and goo luck to you all!


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Hi everyone! My name is Amanda and I'm from Kansas (though am currently enjoying my last few weeks in Ireland where I did my master's degree). I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was a junior in high school (2004). I hadn't had a period for seven months, and though I hated to complain, I knew something wasn't right. I was using birth control to manage it until a year and a half ago when I developed blood clots and they found I have a blood clotting disorder (thus, should never have been put on birth control!) I've been overweight my whole life, and up until about six months ago, used my PCOS as an excuse (oh, it's harder for me to lose weight because of this, I'm destined to be fat, etc.) I finally said no more and joined SP and have lost 17 pounds so far! I'm always looking for new friends so feel free to add me and I can't wait to get to know you all better!

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Hi I'm new to the team I've been at spark for 2 months. I was dxd with PCOS in 1998 then in 1999 I moved out of town my new doctor was very angry and said it was not PCOS because I only had one cyst. I was 29 at that time. Flash forward to moving back to my home town and yet another doctor in 2002 this new batch confirmed that I do indeed have PCOS. I've have had acne, facial hair, horrible periods. I also have fibroids. I honestly did not know any treatment existed other than birth control. I did take bc for many years off and on various brands but it did not help. I gave up on that at about 35. I am 41 now. My weight has been up and down my whole life weighing nearly 300 at 14 down to 200 at 16 up again down again. In my early to mid 20's I was in the healthy weigh range. Then in my late 20's it started coming back. By 35 I was 265 again. At that time I got serious about my diet and got down to 217 then I quit smoking and within a year I was back up to 253 then back down to 233. I have stayed between those 2 numbers since Sept 2008. I was 253 when I joined spark I have been stuck at 233 for one month. My diet in in check I go above and beyond my exercise routine burning 1800 calories a week of cardio plus strength training. I started to research insulin resistence and so forth thats why i joined this group. I also have secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. I have been disabled since 2005 and yes I am still a non smoker almost 3.5 years. I can walk up to 1 mile on a good day. I do not do sunlight, temps over 75. Most of my limitations are visual, vertigo, cognitive, and sensory, balance etc. One think I have know for sure: I need to eat protein with every meal or I will be starving within one hour.

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7/25/11 11:50 A

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Hi,

I'm Tanja and will be 27 next month. I'm glad I found a PCO forum thats from the UK as I keep finding the american ones usually which is fine but they dont deal with the NHS or the health system over here.
I was diagnosed with pco 6 years ago.if i had been not so embarrassed when i was younger it might have been diagnosed a long time ago. I also suffer from the common symptoms that come with pco such as excess hair, no periods etc...I also have an underactive thyroid which i am in treatment for since i was 15.
my diet is quite alright now and i have lost 6kg in the last 6/7 weeks but i have another 40kg to go to reach my goal.

i would love to meet someone who is in the same boat as me who is living in the manchester area. just for chats, shopping trips, exercise, going for walks etc..being friends basically because most my friends are skinny and have no idea what im going through.

I wish you all a nice day today :)

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7/23/11 12:42 P

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Hi there! I am 26 and I have 2 children. I was diagnosed with PCOS almost 2 years ago. I am thankful to have my children, however it has been a struggle.

I take a hormone for 11 days every month to induce a period and I am on Metformin. I have noticed though that I really need to only take the Metformin when I am eating something a little more filling than usual.

With hard work and dedication I am determined to loose weight, get healthy, and be free of PCOS.

"No one knows what he can do until he tries."Publilius Syrus

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7/23/11 12:47 A

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Hi everyone! My name is Jess, I'm 27. I was not diagnosed with PCOS until around 2 years ago,but it was mentioned to me when I was getting my physical for the Peace Corps. When I got back, I went to see my doctor, and after a lot of tests, he confirmed the diagnosis and began treating me for it. A couple of months ago, after some routine blood work, my doctor referred me to an endocrinologist, who diagnosed me with hypothyroidism. I'm now on BC, Glucophage (Metformin) and Synthroid. I'm hoping that if I lose some weight, the symptoms of both conditions can improve.

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7/22/11 10:37 A

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Hello,

My name is Bo. I am 26 and was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 15, as well as Hypothyroidism. It was a huge struggle for me when I was first diagnosed, especially already being an emotional teenage girl! :) After my diagnoses, I was able to stay fit, until I fell in love and he was deployed. I put on weight like it was going out of style! Before finding this amazing site, I was on my own. I weighed in at 150lbs, and in 4 months have been able to get myself to 138lbs. I am now stuck! My goal is 120lbs, and I believe with more friends and motivation, I will get there!

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7/22/11 7:27 A

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Hi all,
I am 26 years old. i am diognised with PCOS last year..I was on medication. Now i left the medicine But still have same problem .Doctors told me to loose 13 kg weight.
Plz suggest me exercise for PCOD
Thanks


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7/21/11 5:35 P

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Hi, my name is Amanda and I'm 24. This is my first week being active on Sparkpeople since I created this account a couple weeks ago. I was diagnosed with PCOS in May after a period that lasted for 90 days. I'm on birth control pills now but they don't seem to be working all that well yet. My Dr. has told me to stick it out for the next month, basically.

As far as weight goes, I've been overweight since I hit puberty and have struggled with gains and losses for most of my life. I've hit my highest weight yet this summer and I'm hoping to turn it all around before it's too late. I've had many false starts before and I'm hoping to find something motivating that sticks with me this time around.

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Welcome Anestazia and Felifish26!

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HELLO! I have been diagnosed with PCOS a couple months ago. I was actually relieved there was a connections behind my rigourous workouts/eating healthy & why the scale wouldn't budge. Now that I know whats going on with my body- I have been living a much more active, healthier lifestyle (to add it all diabetes runs in my family).

I WILL NOT let PCOS define me and do all I can do reach my goal! VERY excited there is a PCOS team to relate to on here ;)

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7/18/11 10:20 P

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Hi there! My name is Anestazia. I haven't "officially" been diagnosed with PCOS. I made an appointment with my family practitioner a few weeks, and told her that I was pretty sure I had it based on my research. Sure enough, they did the ultrasound and found lots and lots of cysts on both sides. I still need to do the blood test to check my insulin levels, its just hard to get motivation to get out of bed early to go before work when I can always do it tomorrow! Haha. I have an appointment with an OB in about 3 weeks. I'm going to hear what she has to say, and then hopefully talk to her about transferring me to an Endocrinologist.

I'm 23 years old, and when I was 20, I gained about 50lbs in a matter of 8 months. I wasn't exercising at the time, but I really wasn't eating too horrible, so this weight gain didn't make much since until now. I'm only 5' so 50lbs on me is an insane amount. And one of my favorite recreational activities, SHOPPING, is slowly becoming a nightmare.

I'm really interested in finding out more about how to lose weight when you have this. It seems as though in the past, I have done everything with no luck in succeeding. But, now that I've found out more about PCOS, my addiction to pasta seems to be the culprit. To make matters worse, I'm living with my boyfriend's family at the moment and they're a little country family, so Roast and Potatoes seems to be the meal every single night.

A little bit more about me.... I have my Associate's degree in HR Management and begin working on my Bachelor's in Accounting next month. I am also currently working at a local jewelry store, and that's definitely a fun job until I get one in my field. I also have a goal to run a 5k sometime in the near future, but all I can run nonstop at the moment is 1/4 mile. But you have to start small, right?

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7/16/11 5:32 P

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My name is Hillary or you can call me Hill. I went to an endocrinologist when I was 15 years old and was put on birth control and metformin which made me sick so I stopped taking it. I went to the doctors because I hadn't had my period in 3 years and my blood work showed high levels of testosterone and very little estrogen. That doctor didn't tell me that I had PCOS just named what was abnormal about me and gave me meds.

After a co-worker from years ago spoke to me about her symptoms and said she had PCOS a light bulb went on since everything she struggle with I struggled with as well. It would be years later when I was 24 that I finally got around to asking my doctor about about whether I might have PCOS and he looked at me and said I can pretty much guarantee with all your symptoms that you have it, but he never did any further tests. Just told me to try my best to control my weight.

I am hoping that losing weight will help me get some of the symptoms under control before they get worse. Best of wishes to you all on your individual journey's

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Welcome Terrilgentry and Cindy.

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My name is Cindy, I'm 28 years old and I found out I had PCOS Oct 2010. I was told to take Metformin but I must admit I haven't been taking it for a few months. When I was taking it I didn't see a difference in anything. Now I am starting to take it again and I am watching my diet like a hawk. If you have any diet you may be following or foods you can suggest please let me know what it is and how it has been working for you.

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I was diagnosed with PCOS over 8 years ago after finally finding a doctor that acknowledged it as a syndrome and didn't just make excuses and tell me I'd have to live with it. I've tried everything as far as losing and maintaining weight goes, but it is just always a struggle. I also am blessed with irritable bowel syndrome so taking metformin made me even more miserable! emoticon

Finally, during the summer of 2007, I had to make a change in order to pass the fitness requirements for a career change. I hired a personal trainer, was put on a strict 1500 Calorie a day meal-plan, and was finally able to lose almost 80 pounds over approximately 6 months (however that consisted of at least 2 hours of training a day). I was finally happy with my body again; however, miserable depriving myself of everything I loved and exhausted from spending every spare second exercising.

After changing careers and moving and then getting used to a new job (and not having the same amount of free-time to exercise, I have gone backwards and need to snap out of it and get back on track. I am glad to see SP has a group, specifically for PCOS users, as so many of my friends and family just don't seem to understand it and think it's more of an excuse than an actual physical reason why I have to watch what I eat and exercise so much more than your average person just to maintain a healthy weight!

I am looking forward to having the support to get back on track and get to a place where I feel more comfortable and confident!

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Welcome Jessica!

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Hi! I'm Jessica and I'm new here! I was just diagnosed with PCOS, because of my absent periods and insulin resistance. I'm on Metformin, but it doesn't seem to be doing me much good! No periods yet, still. I'm worried about being insulin resistant and losing weight, because I've heard that it's more difficult. But I'm glad to be here among supportive people!

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Hi, My name is Christina. I have never ovulated like normal but was just diagnosed with PCOS last July after my first miscarriage. I found out that I am insulin resistant also. I was taking Metformin but it was not helping to lower my insulin so my doctor changed my medicine to Glumetza. I am now excersising and "trying" to watch what I eat. I am not a good dieter. I never know where to begin.

I need to lose some weight but it is really hard. I feel like I am working my but off but I am not getting anywhere. I also really want another child. I seem to get pregnant pretty easy if I ovulate. But since I don't ovulate every month it makes it difficult. I also have problems staying pregnant. I have had 3 miscarriages in the last year! My progesterone does not seem to stay high enough to keep a pregnancy. With my second Miscarriage (Identical twins), I was taking prometrium. I am not sure if my PCOS has anything to do with my low progesterone or not.

I know that weight loss will REALLY help my insulin to lower and I will feel much better about myself too!

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Hello!
My name is Chandra, I'm 28 years old and I received an initial diagnosis of PCOS from an endocrinologist last week. They have put me on Glumetza and Spironolact to see how I respond until a blood test next month can fully confirm the diagnosis.

I gotta say, even though it's not great news, I'm relieved to find out I'm not crazy and that I do actually have something going on with me. I always had the facial hair most woman do, but in the last few years I've been finding it spread wider and wider across my face. If I let it go, I can grow a beard in about a week or two. I also began eating healthier and working out in Jan 2009, at the time my weight was 217lbs and it took me almost 18 months to get down to 187. In May 2010 I had emergency surgery to remove my gallbladder and my weight went back up to 210. I'm now back to 194 after almost another year of concentrating on diet and exercise. With the exception of my surgery, the weight seems to stay off once it's off in about 5lb increments, but getting it to come off is slow and painful. I'm hoping now with an official diagnosis and meds to help me, I will finally start seeing some consistent results for my efforts. I would love to hit my goal weight of 160 by the end of the year, but if these meds start helping me see progress I'll take the normal 4-8lbs a month. :)

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Good Evening,
My name is Bree, I am 37 and the mother of 6 (given birth to 8) I weigh 206.8 and am only 5'2. My daughter and I both have PCOS. My doc put me on BCP to regulate my cycles and says that my cysts are small but there. I have recently (within the last year) had 5 bladder surgeries and I also have fibro. Yes, I love my body (NOT.) I take a 2 hour dance class Mon-Thur at a nearby college. Last semester I took a walking and Pilates class, in which I lost all of 1 pound. GRRR. So now I am trying to cut my calories to 1000-1200 as my doc has recommended. So that is me in a nut shell.
Bree

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Welcome to the team Amanda :)

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Hello! My name is Amanda. Im 22 and was diagnosed with PCOS last November. The doc said it explained all of my weight gain(60 lbs) and a multitude of other symptoms. The PCOS is also to blame for being unable to get pregnant. I am also a proud Army wife living in Hawaii, if anyone else is in the area. Im interested in learning more about PCOS because my doctor didnt really tell me very much about it. Also, how to deal with it and get all of this weight off! Its affecting everything in my life. I was always small before and now Im so uncomfortable in my own skin. Anyways... Im excited about Sparkpeople. It seems like a bomb way to keep track of things! Thanks, yall!

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7/2/11 3:43 P

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Welcome to the team Francis :)

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7/2/11 11:18 A

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Welcome Francis. emoticon

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7/1/11 2:50 P

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Hi ladies/girls/everyone...

My name's Francis, I'm 30, and I live in the East of England. I've put about me on my page and I wrote a blog today so don't want to bore everyone so will try to keep this strand PCOS related.
I actually got diagnosed when my daughter (yes you read right!) was 4. I had been told I couldn't conceive for other reasons so PCOS was never on my radar. She is my little miracle on many levels...
The diagnosis was a relief as I finally felt I wasn't just fat for no reason - people can be so judgemental and even though I swam daily, and jogged every other day, they presumed I overate and did nothing. The metformin and the pill helped me enormously and I lost a lot of weight initially. I have found however that most of it has crept back on and I feel so frustrated.
My initial post-diagnosis vigilance and vigour MUST be reinstated and I am now re-focused and know that there is no miracle cure - this is a battle I will have to deal with for the rest of my life and that's how it is.
Anyway, that's my PCOS story - please feel free to get in touch etc. if you want to - always glad to make friends.
Francis

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7/1/11 11:52 A

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Welcome Stephanie, Karen, and Sam!

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7/1/11 8:59 A

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Welcome to the team, Sam :)

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6/30/11 11:59 P

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Hello. My name is Sam and I am already happy I found this place.

I have been on Spark off and on for 2 years and it's been hard to get the weight off. A little here and there but then my issues with food (mostly chocolate) get in the way... I have been finding it really hard to lose the weight and still enjoy what I do. My cycle has been very erratic since I was 16 and did the whole BC thing until it gave me medical complications. I am married to my husband (about a yr and a half) and we both really want kids. After going to the doctor about 2 weeks ago, she said I may have PCOS but she isn't sure and wants me to see a few specialists before she diagnoses me...

But to me it seems like the most likely problem. My mother had it and I have read all the symptoms and lab work I have done. I really think this is what I have and it's been making my moods all crazy because I really don't know anything for sure...

So I hope I can at least find first-hand comfort here. Thank you so much for making this team.

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6/30/11 8:11 A

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Welcome Stephanie and Karen :)

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6/29/11 10:56 P

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Hi everyone~
My name is Karen, and I was diagnosed with PCOS in 1992, when I was 21 years old. With medication, specifically Metformin, I have been able to lose about 50 lbs. I still want to lose another 40 lbs. though, and am going to have to really work on that with diet and exercise. My problem is a lack of motivation. I'm of the "I'll start tomorrow" mindset, which isn't good. I hope to find some great people on Spark to help me change my mindset in an effort to achieve my goals.

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Hey Everyone!

My name is Stephanie. I am 27 and have known I had PCOS since i was roughly 17.

This didn't really bother me until about 2 years ago. I was in a serious relationship ( it actually just ended 3 weeks ago after 4 years) and I wanted to make sure I could have babies when the time comes.

So now I am single and wanting to make me a healthier me. I think getting the PCO under control will help me out a lot!

Thank you for being here ladies!

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Welcome Sonya!

Your story rings for many of us here. This is a wonderful group of ladies full of support and encouragement. Good luck and best wishes as you start your journey.

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6/24/11 6:37 A

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Hi Sonya! :)

Your story sounds a lot like mine. I was told by my RE to lose weight before we got to do IVF on Dec. 2010. I have now lost over 60 pounds and have made and appt with my RE in a couple of weeks. I am hoping to be able to try the IVF by August. If you need any tips or support please let me know. You can spark mail me any time.

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emoticon Hi i'm Sonya and I'm so excited to have found this team!! I'm a 30 year old female who was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 28 but the doctor believes I've had it since I was a teenager. I have never had normal menses and as a teenager I just knew something was wrong with me. I wasn't like all the other girls. It was also as a teenager that I starting believing in my heart that I would never be able to give birth. I just had that feeling. With birth control my period because somewhat normal but when i married at 28 years old my husband and I wanted to try for our own little one. I knew it wasn't going to be easy and that's when I was diagnosed. I began taking the normal meds to help then went to the fertility specialist. After three unsuccessful IUI's we decided that it would be best for me to try and lose weight and see what happens from there. I haven't been to the fertility specialist since the end of 2010... it's taken me this long to finally try and get on track with losing weight. Actually, i've tried off and on since then but nothing has stuck. Hopefully, this is what I need to help keep me motivated. I can't wait to talk to all of you awesome ladies and get great knowledge and advice. Thanks for reading :)



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I have created this “Introduce Yourself” thread. I am hoping this will help all the new members to introduce themselves and tell us a little about them. This will allow for one dedicated thread, rather than hundreds. This will also allow all of our 5,000 plus members to welcome them to our incredible team.

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