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Fitness Minutes: (8,016) Posts: 126 7/18/12 8:30 P
Hello everyone! I'm kind of new to SP and new to this team. I was so happy to see that SP had a place for PCOS gals. I was diagnosed about 10 years ago. I started Metformin several years ago, have put on weight, have the whole "extra hair thing", etc. I'm in perimenopause now (at 39), so I'm wondering what happens with this when I finally "cross over" to menopause. Hmmm...
I'm always looking for new buddies. FYI: I'm married, have one son (12), pets, love to garden, do photography, watch movies, etc. I also like to read, but don't have a lot of time for it. I also have other health conditions so I am now legally disabled (back surgeries, fibromyalgia, etc.).
Friend me if you'd like! I'd love to get to know some other women with PCOS. I don't have any PCOS friends in "real" life. Would love to swap ideas, support, etc. with you!
Have a great day!
*Good moms have happy children and dirty floors."
*You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Ghandi
Pounds lost: 4.6
Posts: 82 7/17/12 11:33 P
Hi, I have been a member of Spark People for 2 1/2 years (on & off) with moderate motivation and success. I was diagnosed w/ PCOS a week ago and was pretty much floored by it. I am 49 and really expected the GYN to tell me my irregular cycles were the result of menopause. He said we would discuss metformin which sent me to the Internet and I have decided I want to approach this in a non-pharmacological manner before I go on a life-long medication that is not FDA approved for the condition.
One thing I learned in my research is that a low carb/high protein diet is best. The default on the SP nutrition tracker is 55% carbs. I had to go in and edit the tracker to reflect a 40% protein, 30% fat, 30% carb mix. I've been following this for four days and have dropped 2 lbs. Unreal results for me. I have pretty much cut out anything considered a baked good except Arnold Sandwich Thins, Triscuits, and 100 calories whole grain sandwich wraps. Luckily, I have used whole grain pasta for years and developed a taste for dark greens (kale, spinach, & swiss chard) in the past two years. I am really concentrating on veggies, berries, lean protein, & low/no fat dairy.
I have re-vamped my exercise routines to include a greater variety of aerobic activities and cut weight lifting activities.
For years I have wondered why it seems that I have chronic inflammation and how I could reduce it. I am sort of wondering why I am just being diagnosed at my age. My entire life I have struggled with my weight, anxiety, & acne. My hair started to thin in my 30's, but the irregular cycles and chin hair are recent symptons. Seems this just isn't on most Drs. radars. The dr that diagnosed me is a fellow of the ACOG. My primary care physician just sort of shrugged when I told him about the diagnosis.
If the diet & exercise changes are not enough I am considering acupuncture. (The cost is a concern.) A study out of Sweden found that women who used acupuncture had a reduction in waist circumference and those who exercised did not. Hopefully, both will be more effective.
Edited by: HEALTHYDAISY at: 7/17/2012 (23:35)
Pounds lost: 28.0
Fitness Minutes: (450) Posts: 1 7/15/12 3:36 P
Hey everybody! So I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm fairly new to spark people. I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2004 when I was 14. However this is the first time I've reached out for support. I was able to maintain a healthy weight when I was younger and the symptoms weren't as severe. As I've gained weight over the years, the symptoms have gotten progressively worse, and now I feel like I need the help and support to get back to that healthy weight. I feel like I need some help to keep me accountable. If anyone finds themselves in a similiar situation or wants a weight lose buddy, please add me! Cheers!
"Enjoy your body, use it every way you can...don't be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own." -Mary Schmich
current weight: 420.0
Posts: 11 7/13/12 10:09 A
I figured I should probably finally introduce myself here! I was diagnosed with PCOS and hypothyroidism about the same time in 2007 but wasn't given much information about them.
I was initially put on Metformin but it made everything taste awful and made me completely lose my appetite so I quit taking it. That was more likely to make me hate eating everything I enjoyed, healthy or not, than it was to make me lose weight. I have no idea if that's the effect it's supposed to have but based on some research, it sounds like some people just don't have a good reaction to it so I figured I must be one of them.
Ideally I'd love to see an endocrinologist again but I'm currently without health insurance so that will have to wait. In the meantime, I'm trying my best to find out what I can on my own! It sounds like a lot of doctors aren't terribly informative anyway.
Pounds lost: 10.0
Posts: 38 7/10/12 10:52 A
Hey everyone its taken me some time to get things in order but now that i have on the most part im back i have pcos and im taking my medicine finally in the last 2 months i'v losted 13 pounds and thats a big thing for me i plan on losing alot more
current weight: 297.0
Fitness Minutes: (120) Posts: 4 7/8/12 6:29 P
This is my first day, and first time on Spark People. I am looking to lose all this PCOS baggage I have by my 40th Bday! Glad to see I have lots of Cysters out here!
current weight: 205.0
Fitness Minutes: (855) Posts: 27 7/6/12 3:02 A
Hello all! My name is Amber. I discovered PCOS when I was 18 but I didn't really understand what it is. I am 26 now and my husband and I have plans to have children soon. So last year I was finally officially diagnosed with PCOS and had a doctor help me understand what really is going on. I am in desperate need to lose this weight so that I can finally feel healthy and hopefully be able to have a baby. I am sure you are all famililar with that vicious cycle that is, I am over-weight because if PCOS and in order to control the PCOS I have to lose weight... hopefully we can all help each other get, and stay there!
The time is now. It's do or die, quite literally.
current weight: 240.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,535) Posts: 10 7/6/12 12:38 A
Hey ladies! My name is Spencer...I was diagnosed two weeks ago. It is heart-breaking for me because it has destroyed my plans to join the Marine Corps as the military doesn't accept potential recruits with endocrine disorders.
So I'm kind of reeling, know very little about the condition, and trying to figure out where to go from here.
current weight: 238.0
Posts: 5 7/5/12 3:17 A
Hi everyone! My name is Shana and I just recently was diagnosed with PCOS. My hubby and I have been trying to conceive for over 2 years with no luck. I'm hoping to get some of this excess weight off and have a happy, healthy pregnancy & baby! Good luck to everyone. :)
current weight: 184.2
Fitness Minutes: (40) Posts: 68 7/3/12 1:53 P
Hello my name is Ashley and I am twenty eight years old. I have had pcos for 8 years now. I am tired of being fat and having pcos symptoms. So its time to change. Hey everyone.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.
current weight: 228.0
Fitness Minutes: (5,050) Posts: 833 7/1/12 2:48 A
Hi, my name is Samantha. :) I am 20 years old and a fulltime college student. I like going on walks, and doing a bunch of other things. :) I have had PCOS since my freshman year of high school (I think).
Some of the quotes I like: “Forget the past. No one becomes successful in the past.” - Josh Billings
"....only love can conquer hate." - Marvin.G.
" Be positive, stay happy, don't let the negativity or drama of the world get you down. SMILE!" -Status Shuffle Application
“Your stomach shouldn’t be a waste basket.” - Anonymous
"An epic of epic epicness" -Scott Pilgrim vs. the world poster
“To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live mod
current weight: 225.0
Posts: 42 6/30/12 1:21 A
My name is Natissa. I was diagnosed with PCOS TODAY! I'm not sure when PCOS starts exactly. I don't even know what all the symptoms are! ha!
Anyhow, I lost about 50 lbs over three years (most of that with SP). I became pregnant right after having a cyst removed (one month after hitting 50 lbs lost mark) and I've been doing nothing but gaining weight since :( Yo-yo'd a bit here and there.
I'm here just trying to figure out what to do. I want to lose 50 lbs again (regained 30 lbs after baby #2). On top of figuring out what to do about hormone treatment, surgery...all that stuff. At the very least, I'm annoyed at being "different" so I just want to show the doctors and that damn scale that I CAN LOSE WEIGHT!
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu Chinese philosopher (604 BC - 531 BC)
current weight: 170.0
Posts: 11 6/28/12 4:27 P
Are there people without health insurance able to share tips on how to get medical help without having to pay hundreds and thousands of dollars?
Edited by: MALLY89 at: 6/28/2012 (16:28)
current weight: 270.0
Posts: 11 6/28/12 4:25 P
I agree about the apple shape body. My belly is my largest part, it makes everything so frustrating.
I hope you can accomplish your goals! Good luck!
current weight: 270.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,101) Posts: 54 6/28/12 4:02 P
Just wanted to drop a intro in the forums. I live in Portland right now (originally from Hawaii) and am married (15 years as of today) with no kids. I've been diagnosed with PCOS since I was about 25, though I probably had it since I was much younger but didn't have a dr that diagnosed it before this. My hubby and I never wanted to have kids so it was okay with me. It allowed me to get off birth control pills for the last 10 years(they caused me to have high blood pressure and weight gain anyways). I'm also a Type 2 diabetes as well, diagnosed when I was 20. I've been bad at keeping my blood sugars stable, and its starting to catch up with me with nerve damage, so I've recommitted to Spark to try and keep myself accountable. My doctors would like me to go on insulin, but I'm trying to make it with medication and diet/exercise changes cause I know I can keep my blood sugars in normal range just by reducing the carbs I eat to 100 g or less a day. I've been doing a lot of reading on the Primal Blueprint www.marksdailyapple.com/#axzz1z5NWGpFf and it seems like a good choice for someone like me with PCOS and diabetes.
What's frustrating to me about PCOS is how much harder it is to lose weight. In college I ballooned to 209 at my highest, and spent most of my 20's at about 190-198 lbs. The last year I have been trying to change my eating/exercise and am stabilized around 183lb right now, but most of it is fat (40%!) With my PCOS, that fat seems to be concentrated in my stomach which for a woman is really unattractive. I hate being an apple shape lol, it really makes buying jeans and pants a pain, since anything that fits my apple waist is usually very baggy in the hips and legs, and makes me look fatter than I am.
Anyways, my eventual goal is to bring my body fat % into a more normal range. I am tall but have a thin bone frame so all this fat doesn't make me look overly big, but its very unhealthy. PCOS makes it harder, but not impossible, and I am really committed to making those changes. -Donika
Pounds lost: 12.4
Posts: 30 6/28/12 2:38 P
I am 37 and was diagnosed about 12 years ago with PCOS when I was trying to conceive my youngest daughter. I have endometriosis as well so it is a miracle that I have the two girls that I have! I HATE having PCOS...it makes losing weight so hard. I can do everything that other "normal" people do and I MIGHT lose a pound or two but if I want to lose any substantial weight I have to exercise like a mad fiend or eat virtually nothing. Neither of which makes me a very happy camper. I have done ww for quite awhile and started with SP about a month ago now. I like it here and I have been doing pretty well in that I have lost 5 lbs. (wish it was more) but more importantly I feel healthier. And I am working on concentrating on the healthy part rather than the scale because I think I will feel less down if the scale doesn't start going down. Anyway looking forward to getting to know everybody here.
Married for 19 years Mom of 2 girls, 16 yo and 9 Mom to three cats, Fudgy, Pinata, and Momo
Pounds lost: 22.0
Fitness Minutes: (55) Posts: 10 6/27/12 8:37 P
I'm an almost-30 year old female who is happily married, and is hoping to start a family in the near future. I was diagnosed with PCOS in June of 2012 and am trying to cope with the implications of that diagnosis, combined with my desire to lose weight & have a family.
I am enrolled in Weight Watchers & follow the Points System. But I also incorporate a reduced-carb, carb-distributed diet. I am joining SparkPeople due to the larger community support system & the ability to carb-count easier with SparkPeople. The PCOS teams here seem to be a lot more active & supportive than the ones found on other fitness/weight loss sites. I look forward to the information that can be gained from others in this group.
"Life's not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about learning to dance in the rain"
Learning to Dance with PCOS...striving towards a healthier life, weight loss, and the goal of having a family.
Lost 15 pounds prior to joining SparkPeople in June 2012
Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 78 6/26/12 3:13 P
I AM SOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED! I have had PCOS FOREVER! But was just diagnosed at 34, two years ago. I want so desperately to be healthy and lose weight. Even more so, I want to have a baby. I am relieved to find some help froma site that is reliable and truly supportive. You all are my new very best friends
Failure is Not an Option!
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 3 6/25/12 10:57 A
Hello everyone! Im 34 from south texas. Ive had problems since puberty, but was diagnosed officially 4yrs ago. Recently last year I started treatment with metformin 500 mg, and low and behold, cycles every month. Now Im just trying to loose weight. :) Its nice to know there are other people with the same condition. I also have problems with the facial hair!
Posts: 13 6/22/12 1:13 P
I have been diagnosed with PCOS since 18, so 13 years now. I very rarely menstruate, maybe once a year although now I have a contraceptive implant as not looking to get pregnant and don't want to risk it. I have problems with hair on my face and difficulty losing weight, but not on any medication. Was on metformin for a while, but not recently. Always feel like I have an uphill struggle losing weight, no matter what I eat, exercise seems to be the key for me. Am a recent Jillian Michaels convert and have lost 11 pounds with her DVDs. Am brand new to Sparkpeople, hoping to stick around for a while.
Pounds lost: 75.0
Fitness Minutes: (152) Posts: 11 6/21/12 6:56 A
Hi Everyone! I'm a newbie to SparkPeople. Now that I found the support group; I'm hoping I'll find a support "buddy". A little info.... I am a Homemaker. ( 2Children ) In 2008 I weighted 215lbs In 2009 I found out I had P.C.O.S In 2010 I joined Wight Watchers In 2011 I started having a lot of health problems which I fell off track and gave up Weight Watchers. Since then it's been a struggle. I am slowly putting the weight back on and just can't find the motivation. On a positive note...May 26,2012 I ran a 5K Marathon and bet last years time by 10mins. You'd think that would motivate me and get me back on track. NOPE! So this past week I have been setting new goals and in the progress came across this site. I am hoping threw this site.... I will once again find that motivation & support. After all, this is a journey!
"You must take personal responsibility.You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself"
current weight: 189.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 22 6/19/12 2:27 P
Hi! My name is Yvett and I live in South Dakota. I have been suffering with PCOS since I started puberty pretty much. I had my first cyle when I was 12 and didn't get another one til I was 13 and after that I had one maybe every 3 or 4 months and they were SUPER heavy and always at least 2 weeks long. It was horrible but I never questioned it I just assumed that that was how it went. When I was 19 I went on bc and for about 2 years I was on that. I have always been slightly plumpy. I am 4'11 and weighed about 135lbs. When I was 20 I had lost about 10 lbs and went off bc and got pregnant a month later! Whoa that blew my mind because of some situations that happened I never thought I could get pregnant. I was only on bc to regulate my periods. Anyways six years later and I have blown up to 180 lbs and my PCOS symtpoms are worse the ever. I can't seem to lose the weight. Thankfully I am not still gaining but I am ready to start trying to get pregnant again and I know it will be more difficult then with my daughter. My docter just recently put me on metformin (750 mg for 10days and then 1500mg everyday after that) plus vitamin D because it was so low. I went off bc as well. I am hoping that with some of the changes to my diet and metformin that I will be able to get some of this weight off. I am very discoraged though and I am super afraid that if I put everything I have into losing weight I will just be disappointed with no results. Plus I am not getting any younger and I still want atleast 2 more babies. I am so super glad I found this message board. It has given lots of information and It is so nice to know that I am not the only one out there that has to deal with this. If anyone wants to chat or I don't know want to friends and try to lose this weight together and be accountable to each other I think that would really help
current weight: 180.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 5 6/18/12 10:25 P
I got diagnosed with PCOS when I was 18 right after getting married and I'm now 24. I have lived in North Carolina my entire life so eating fried country foods and lots of carbs/sugars were always the norm for me. I grew up to be above average in height at 6'2'' and I was always a big boned girl and stayed a size 16/18 from 7th grade on despite being an athlete. When I graduated high school I no longer had all the physical activity from the sports I used to be involved in daily and I continued to eat unhealthy foods so my weight skyrocketed. Regardless of the rapid weight gain, irregular periods, and moodiness I never thought that I might actually have an condition called PCOS, and my husband and I were devastated when the doctor told us that we may never be able to have a kid due to my condition. After being diagnosed I spent the next few years feeling guilty and it only led to more weight gain. It actually took my husband taking me in front of the mirror and saying "so what if we don't have kids but I never want to lose you like this so we need to fight this together" before I realized I was eating myself to death and had put on 100 pounds in just a few short years, so I no longer even recognized my own face in the mirror. Last year marked 5 years of letting PCOS ruin my life and I decided to take back my health and fight for my body and hopefully for the chance to have kids one day. I went on a strict low carb diet and exercise plan and now only drink water. Since last year I have lost 120 pounds and 30% of my body weight and I no longer take medicine for PCOS because diet and exercise got me regular cycles and all of my hormones, sugar, and blood pressure are normal except my testosterone levels which are only slightly elevated still. I joined spark people to help track my continued weight loss journey and meet new people who also have PCOS, so please feel free to message me I love to talk!!!
Fitness Minutes: (25) Posts: 131 6/17/12 7:25 A
Hi everyone! I'm Lyn, and I'm 27 from the UK. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 15. Had various scans and bloodtests, and a slightly unhelpful doctor who accused me of being pregnant. I was a virgin at the time so I don't know how she came to that conclusion. Anyway, I was given a single A4 sheet of paper and sent on my way.
Roll on 10 years later and I'd been having lots of problems having periods. My new doctor was actually helpful and answered all the questions my previous doctor hadn't. I'm now on birth control but having massive problems with my weight.
Looking to make new friends who are having the same problems. xx
current weight: 221.0
Fitness Minutes: (480) Posts: 1 6/14/12 8:05 P
Hello everyone! My name is Hannah, I am 19 years old, a student studying history and research, and a ballet teacher. I was diagnosed with PCOS after a long battle with my weight and menstrual cycle. It was so frustrating because I was an aspiring ballerina who couldn't trim down my figure no matter how hard I worked out or how much I starved myself. For a long time my doctor just lectured me about diet and exercise, so I was actually thrilled when I was diagnosed, knowing that I WAS working hard the whole time. I'm looking to meet my personal goal of losing 25 pounds to weigh 120, and continue pursuing my dancing career! Thank you for welcoming me into your community :)
current weight: 145.0
Posts: 1,461 6/11/12 6:05 P
My name is Kristina and I'm 28 years old and in a committed relationship after losing my husband and daughter in 2008. In recent weeks my doctor has looked over old test results from a previous doctor and has determined I have PCOS. I had tests ran by a gyno in 2010 but she said everything was fine except my cholesterol and that I could stand to lose a few pounds. Oh, and she wouldn't refer me to a fertility doctor because they wouldn't be able to do anything due to me being high risk (due to blood clots).
My new doctor here in FL (we moved here last September) took one look at the tests and very matter of factly said "Your hormones are out of wack. You more then likely have PCOS. I'm referring you to a reproductive endocrinologist."
Well, after a few weeks of frustration I finally have an apt for next Monday. After talking with friends (who have PCOS and have been successful in having children) and doing research online I've discovered I have almost every symptom. It still amazes me that I was able to have a child back in 2005 with my late husband. However, I am learning you can still have children and have PCOS. I'm taking an educated guess that I've had this condition since at least junior high due to some of the symptoms I've dealt with since then.
Now, I'm hoping this RE can help me and I can have another child after losing my precious Maddie in 2008, at the age of 2. I want this more then anything in the world.
I've had a PCOS diagnosis for a couple years (I'm 22 now), but my doctor was pretty casual about it, so I haven't thought too much about it; she just wants me to be on birth control so that I get periods more than once every nine months! I've been on the nuvaring for the last few months, and have gained ten pounds or so, which is the same thing that happened the last time I started it, so I'm trying to turn that around (and not simply blame hormones). My acne's been pretty bad lately too :(
I guess my challenges are forcing myself into routines when my work schedule is highly erratic, being motivated to exercise when I know I've lost fitness ground from the past, and dieting in a healthful way/managing alcohol intake. I lost 30lb last year when I studied abroad and was in a new environment (also without a car), but it was largely due to restricted, non-nutritious eating and replacing meals with excessive alcohol; it's no surprise I gained plenty back when I started putting actual food in my body again.
I guess if any other young people struggle with balancing their social lives and their nutritional needs, plus body image pcos stuff, holla!
current weight: 184.0
Fitness Minutes: (13,290) Posts: 2,097 6/7/12 12:50 A
Hello all! I'm Michelle. I'm 33 and currently live in Minnesota.
I have been on Spark off and on for over 2 years. I had issues with weight loss and plateauing. In October of 2010, I weighed the least at 190lbs. After my suicide attempt in November and my Dad's death in July of '11, I put on 80 lbs. Right now, I'm @ 260 after hiking a bit around Colorado for a week.
I was only diagnosed with PCOS last month. It took me crying and whining in a few doctors' offices about a sudden bout of erratic periods before I was finally told by a OBGYN Nurse Practitioner that I should see my Endocrinologist about it. He picked up what she was putting down and between the two of them (and 3 ultrasounds) they settled on PCOS. She knew from the second I walked in the door but I had to go through certain hoops. I'm on Social Security and Medicare.
I decided to go with metformin instead of Birth Control. I think BC changes my personality. I was told of metformin's side effects but so far, nothing terrible. I have IBS-D and it hasn't been worse than that.
Experimenting with my carb intake and reading lots of books about this. And, most importantly, trying to have some fun with it.
"Success is not counted by how high you have climbed but by how many' people you brought with you." - Will Rose
"Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero." - Horace
"One who can move mountains start with the little stones." - Confucius
Docendo discimus = We learn by teaching
Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditiones habes.
current weight: 240.0
Fitness Minutes: (30) Posts: 1 6/4/12 7:00 A
Hi Everyone, Joined this site today, I'm 20 and a student in the UK. I joined the site because I am trying to loose some weight! I was diagnosed with PCOS a couple of months ago but I've had symptoms for a long time. I've been struggling to loose weight for a few months now, I'm still 105kg, but I'm really motivated and this site looks like a great way of helping me. My long term goals are to get my periods back on track (doc says weight loss will be a great help) and to look really good when I graduate next year! Looking forward to it and I've joined some of the team goals. Thanks, Jen
Fitness Minutes: (105) Posts: 3 6/3/12 9:27 P
I just read an awesome book called; The PCOS Diet Plan by Hillary Wright, M.Ed, RD. $18.99, but I got mine on Amazon used for about $11. It explained EVERYTHING about PCOS. The back of the books says: "This comprehensive, researched-based resource demystifies PCOS and offers hope to women with the condition...translates the latest scientific studies about PCOS into specific diet and lifestyle advice that's easy to incorporate into your daily routine." I took about 3 pages of notes to help me explain to my family what this weird diagnosis that I just got is all about. I highly recommend it to anyone out there that needs more info on the condition and wants to know what things you can do to help yourself. :)
Pounds lost: 10.0
Fitness Minutes: (304) Posts: 8 6/3/12 6:41 P
Hi guys. I'm Amanda and I'm 20 years old. I am around 160 pounds. I have always been a bit over weight. I pretty much diagnosed myself when I was 17 after looking up the weird symptoms I'd been experiencing online and discovering something called PCOS. Which listed everything I had going on. I asked my doctor to test me for it because I was concerned and low and behold, I have it. It is very difficult to lose weight with this syndrome, but I've done it before and I can do it again! Let's go girls! :D
Fitness Minutes: (162) Posts: 16 6/3/12 3:25 P
Hey everyone, My name is Ashley and I am 25 years weighing right at 255. I was recently diagnosed with PCOS and insulin resistance. My doctor put me on metformin.. I have been on it for 2 going on 3 weeks now. Not exactly sure what and how its suppose to help with my PCOS. My husband and I have been TTC for about 2 years now with no luck. My goal now is to get rid of this weight. I sit here and look at myself in disgust! I am more than ready to start this journey.. I am planning on starting tomorrow 6/4/12 fresh. I am nervous and excited all at the same time. This looks like an awesome group to be apart of!
current weight: 261.5
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 4 6/3/12 12:40 P
Hi everyone !
I'm a newbie in terms of this site, losing weight and having PCOS. I'm a european citizen, was born in a country , but raised in a different. ( So I apologize for the misspellings)
I turned 20 two months ago, and was diagnosed with PCOS about 1 ˝ years ago. I started college, dropped out , and then started again. But I haven't been able to concentrate very well nor losing weight. My doctor told me that if my hormone levels got higher I would start taking birth-control-pills. Now I'm reading things about "metformin" and "eating 30 grams of carbs a day" , and I'm so confused ! Or , why we should be taking pills to lower the testosterone , I mean - doesn't testosterone help you build muscle easier ? (like guys)
Anyhow , I feel more confused now when reading through articles and posts on this page then if I wouldn't have bumped into this site. :=)
Posts: 915 6/2/12 3:24 P
Happy to see some members connecting with each other!
You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats. ~Colonial American Proverb
"We don't know who we are until we see what we can do."
Fitness Minutes: (689) Posts: 2 6/1/12 5:07 A
Hi everyone! I'm Leia and I was diagnosed with PCOS and insulin reistance last year when I was 16. I've never really eaten that much and like many of you guys, putting on weight was inevitable :( I was given Metformin and was on Yasmin to see if the pills would help things along... I've come off of the Yasmin but thanks to some hard workouts for the last 4 weeks, my body is doing things it should do, NATURALLY!
I agree, this forum is brilliant! Good luck to everyone else and remember, we're all on the same journey :D
Edited by: LEIA259 at: 6/1/2012 (05:08)
Fitness Minutes: (105) Posts: 3 5/31/12 9:02 P
Hi Dawn! Thank you for your uplifting post- and congrats on your success! I was wondering which of the books you've read would you recommend most? Thanks :) TobeyKay (I'm 5"2', too... I've lost 10 lbs since I switched to low carb; hoping exercise will help me push past my plateau and down the scale.)
Pounds lost: 10.0
Fitness Minutes: (105) Posts: 3 5/31/12 8:49 P
Hi I'm TobeyKay, and I think this may be the best PCOS support group on the web! ;)
I was just recently diagnosed -finally found a doctor who specialized in the area... all it took was one ultrasound and lab test to confirm what I'd suspected for years: hormonal imbalance- though I was suprised to find out it was a genetic condition called PCOS and caused by insulin resistance. Another test showed I was pre-diabetic and the doc told me to get on a low(er) carb diet immediately and begin to try & get down to at least 135 lbs for my 5"2' frame. Of course, you ladies all know how 'easy' that is! ;) So, hello SparkPeople! This website is amazing.
I'm 32 and been on a 12 year battle/journey with infertility, weightloss, stress management, plucking hairs from my chin ;) and living life, loving God, and everything in between. In addition to PCOS, the doc found I had a uterin septum (fused area, like a wall) that I just had surgery to remove... so no exercise right now. AND (as if PCOS & walls in my uterous weren't enough); he also found stage IV endomitriosis which he's treating with low-dose chemo shots which will put me into menopause (a decade or so early, eh?) for about a year. So, no TTC right now- just focusing on getting healthy. This seems like a pretty good place to start. :) TobeyKay
Pounds lost: 10.0
Fitness Minutes: (9,884) Posts: 1,918 5/25/12 12:54 P
Artillman, it's great to have you. I totally understand about doctors. They really can make a difference. I've suspected pcos since 1995, but none of my doctors would even talk about it much less test for it. I finally have a doctor who brought it up himself so I'm hopeful he will test and figure it out. Until now they just want to put me on meds for the symptoms without finding the cause.
Fitness Minutes: (9,884) Posts: 1,918 5/25/12 12:51 P
Hi Dawn! I think I'll be asking some questions when I get a chance. I've not been officially diagnosed yet, but have suspected for years...since 1995. Until this last year or so I've been able to lose weight, but have been working on other background issues. Now that the emotional issues are done I'm having a hard time losing anything. Good to have you here.
Fitness Minutes: (2,302) Posts: 82 5/25/12 11:34 A
I recently joined SparkPeople and am in need of support. I was looking through teams and knew that I needed to be apart of this team because I am hoping that it will be the most beneficial for me because we know what each other is going through.
My name is Ashlie. I am 23 years old and was diagnosed with PCOS a year ago in March. From what I've heard that is quite late to be diagnosed. For a long time, I was really angry about this; with my doctor mostly. I had been going to the doctor regularly for check ups and such. I used to be 120lbs and now im around 170, which my highest was closer to 180. My doctor saw that I had gained 50 lbs in a year and she didn't want me tested or anything. All she said was lose weight. I was frustrated. I didn't know what was going on with my body. Periods irregular, facial hair, and massive amount of pain. Finally, I couldn't take the pain any longer and my doctor decided to have me tested. Results came back with a blood test confirming that I had PCOS, so she scheduled an ultrasound to see what they looked like. My ovaries are filled with cysts she said. I moved to a special soon after that, which she is great! She tested me again for her records, and for diabetes as well. Results stayed the same, and thankfully, I do not have diabetes. My first doctor told me that I wasn't going to be able to have kids. I told my second doctor this, and was upset that she said that. She told me, "Turn around, see that wall of baby pictures. Those are all babies what weren't "suppose" to be born." I felt relieved. I was thankful to be in such a great place with this doctor that was willing and able to talk to me about any questions I had.
For the past year, I have been trying to lose weight. It has been extremely difficult. I can tell that I have lost some. However, some days I just get into a slump and I can't find the motivation to work-out. Please let me know what is working for you and how you are working through PCOS.
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Posts: 25 5/25/12 11:33 A
Hello everyone! I'm Dawn :)
I have known I have PCOS for about 4 years. I have every book on the condition. I work closley with my doctor to control my hormones and weight. I used to be on Metformin and it did help me lose a little weight... But consistant exercise and putting muscle on my body has really made the difference!
I am now winning my weight battle and getting my PCOS under control! I used to be so depressed. I am only 5'2" and when I found out I had PCOS I was 185 lbs. My doctor told me I was Obease and it sent me into a tail spin. I have spent years following fad diets, exercising here and there and wishing I was thin and healthy. 6 months ago a couple of my friends invited me to join them in doing the P90X program.... I thought it was way too extreme for me. I was so out of shape and pathetic when I started that I almost quit. but my friends encouraged me to keep trying.. here I am 6 months later, I have lost 25 pounds and I continue to lose weight. I am not longer on Metformin as my body is regulating my insulin levels much better on its own because of the muscle I have put on.
I also follow a somewhat low GI diet. I dont track all my calories and carbs... I just make healthy swaps for my meals. Quinoa has become my replacement for rice. I rarley eat pasta and I use whole wheat pasta when I do. I almost never eat bread! Whole wheat tortillas have become my bread replacement. Sandwiches are now wraps on tortillas etc... Easy healthy swaps really do help!
If anyone in here has any questions about diet and exercise please feel free to ask me. I am not an expert... but I have had some success! I hope to learn alot from all you beautiful ladies! Heres to a healthy, happy life!
current weight: 148.0
Fitness Minutes: (16,470) Posts: 132 5/23/12 7:27 P
Hi My name is Ronalda, I found out last week that I had PCOS. I knew something was wrong with me, I was off the pill, was eating better and working out almost every day. Everyone kept telling me to be patient but I knew something wasn't right. I asked the gynae if i could do some hormonal tests and check my thyroid and told her about my weight issues. I had a myomectomy 4 years ago and figured it was something hormonal or something. I have always had regular periods up until I put in an IUD in March and have had 2 periods 2 weeks apart, but waiting for my cycle to normalize. It's such a relief to know what I have now.Tess showed my thyroid was normal. Just started on Metformin and been so sick. I'm not diabetic and get hair on my chest and chin ever since my surgery. I did an ultrasound in September and there was no sign of PCOS but there was last month. The doc said I would be for a bit but gosh man.
So happy to join this team and learn more about my condition and what I can do about it.
Edited by: RBLACKWOOD21 at: 5/23/2012 (19:58)
One day at a time........one small change at a time to amount to big results ^_^
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Fitness Minutes: (9,884) Posts: 1,918 5/19/12 3:52 P
Hi Alice. (I have a sister named Alice.) My current doctor is brand new to me. I've only seen him once and that was last Tuesday. He was the one that mentioned pcos so I'm hopeful he will follow through with some testing.
I've been working with a naturopath and have been having extremely regular cycles for about a year now, but they were very irregular before. They went from every 34 days (10-11 a year) to one per year. I guess I wasn't bad enough in my teens to trigger any worry. I don't know what the excuse has been since. I still have all the other symptoms.
Thank you for the welcome! Your doctor hasn't performed a transvaginal ultrasound on you? When I was talking to the medical assistant and described my symptoms including not having a period for 5 months she immediately set me up for an ultrasound before I even saw the NP. I had blood drawn too but the ultrasound showed my ovaries to be polycystic although I have read not everyone has that.
current weight: 171.4
Fitness Minutes: (9,884) Posts: 1,918 5/18/12 10:34 A
Good to have you, Alice! I'm new on this team, too. I've had symptoms since my early 20's, but couldn't get a doctor to even consider this. I've known for 24 years that my hormones had to be out of balance. I still haven't gotten an official diagnosis, but my current doctor is finally taking a look at it. It makes sense when I see how things have been going. Hopefully, we can learn from each other. I've also read that a plant based diet is best for this. I started that in January and was seeing some movement, but have had lots of distractions.
Hi everyone. My name is Alice and I was just diagnosed with pcos 2 days ago. I've had a feeling that was something to consider but it's still shocking to have it confirmed. The nurse practitioner I saw was very surprised nobody else had brought up the idea of having this before now. I've had the hair on my chin since I was 17(I'm 31) and even had my primary care dr test my hormones back then because I was so self conscious about it but the results were normal. I'm so glad there is a support group on here for this because like many of you I struggle with my weight and this explains why I have such a hard time losing when I'm doing what I should be doing! The np suggested trying out a low glycemic diet and I'm just starting that out,does anyone have any tips? I'm still learning so much about this and I feel lucky I found a good gyn office that picked up on this immediately. I hope to learn so much from everyone!
current weight: 171.4
Fitness Minutes: (9,884) Posts: 1,918 5/17/12 10:19 P
Welcome, Elizabeth! I'm also rather new. Hopefully, we can learn together. My intro is below yours a couple. I'm 49 and hoping to officially be diagnosed soon. I've had symptoms since I was in my early 20's but no one ever did anything about it.
Hello all! My name is Elizabeth, I'm 27 years old and was just in the last few years diagnosed with PCOS. I have one beautiful daughter and have no plans to have any more children partly because of the PCOS. I am also recently divorced. I have an extremely busy life and it gets difficult for me now as a single parent to schedule my workout times. A few years ago I completed a marathon and would love to train for a similar race in the future.
My running mantra: I run to be free, I run to avoid pain, I run to feel pain. I run out of love and hate and anger and joy. ~taken from the Runners world daily quotes.
current weight: 214.0
Fitness Minutes: (9,884) Posts: 1,918 5/16/12 4:37 P
Welcome, Cat! I can imagine how devastating that would be. Kinda how I felt after my first miscarriage, I think. Almost 18 years ago I was struggling to get pregnant (third child and 5th pregnancy) and still the doctor never came out and diagnosed me with pcos. I'm just finding a doctor that might work with me now. I just joined yesterday, and hopefully, we can learn together.
Fitness Minutes: (45) Posts: 7 5/16/12 4:01 P
Hello, My name is Cat and I am 20 years old. I just joined this site today and I'm really glad that there is a team for people with PCOS. It started for me with a false/positive pregnancy test; 2 months ago. Thinking I was pregnant I went in for my prenatal checkups. When they did my first ultra sound, not only did they not find a baby, but they diagnosed me with PCOS. It was completely soul crushing for me to go from thinking I was pregnant, to finding out how difficult it might be to have children. Since I changed my birth control a year ago, I have gained about 45 pounds that my doctor attributed to the lower dose of hormones. Apparantly the high dose that I hated so much was keeping my PCOS "in check" I had always been irregular,even on the birth control pill, but I had never read much into it... I'm hoping that this site will help me get my body back on track. Lots of luck to everyone. :)
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