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Welcome to all of you!

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12/1/12 12:12 P

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Hello. I am 25 years old and just found out I have PCOS last month. My husband and I have been TTC for the past 7 years and have had no success. I knew there was something wrong with me but did not know what the problem was. I have been taking Metformin since the day I found out the test results.

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11/30/12 5:05 P

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THanks!!!

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11/30/12 12:41 P

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TTC means "trying to conceive"

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11/29/12 8:41 P

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WHat does TTC mean? And Hello nice to meet you. I am new to here as well

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11/21/12 4:48 P

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Hey! I am Leslie. I am 33. I am not the typical face of PCOS. I say that just because I wasn't TTC when I found out. I am extremely symptomatic right now: hair falling out, growing hair on my chest/face, depression, and dizzy from blood sugar problems. I've only known for 2 days. I'm still in shock and wishing it was something else.

I am hoping to start to feel MUCH better and to lose about 20 pounds.

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11/13/12 2:22 P

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Hi. My name is Heather and I'm 33 years old. I have had PCOS since I was in my early teens even though it wasn't officially diagnosed until 2010. I have hair growth on my face and neck and it sucks. I carry my weight around my middle. I am currently taking Metformin to help me regulate my hormones as my hubby and I are TTC. Last year was rough as I miscarried and now we're back in the TTC saddle. I started to lose weight last year to help with my PCOS but derailed myself after the miscarriage. I feel that now I am finally in place to begin this again. I also had two wake up calls this year as to getting into better health.

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11/5/12 9:53 P

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Hi Everyone emoticon

My name is Tiffany and I'm 27 years old. I've been married to my husband for 2 years and we've been trying to conceive for 1 year now.

I just joined this group as I'm looking for support. I've had PCOS for awhile, but it's gone undiagnosed until this year. This has been a very hard year for me and my husband. We've been trying to conceive since last year, but due to my PCOS I wouldn't have a period for months, or I'd have it for months. I just finished my last period that was 79 days long and have been put on progeserone for 30 days. They're tested my uterine lining for cancer (negative, thank God!) and have even mentioned a hysterectomy if things don't calm down. This is all really scary for me as I desperately want to have kids. So does my husband and I feel like I'm failing him. All around me are people who are having babies and it really hurts to see this when we want to be parents so bad. I feel like there is no one that really understands me in the real world as no one else has PCOS.

It's been said that if I lose weight and get healthier that I may have a chance at having kids, but that's easier said than done. My emotions are all out of whack due to this last period, and I'm still cramping pretty bad, so I've been put off of work until Nov. 18th. Hopefuly I'm able to get things squared up soon.

Does anyone else feel like this? I'm trying to log into SP every day to try to make it a habit and start things really slow. I'd love to be able to get this weight off once and for all, and to be able to conceive!

Oh, and I'm also being put back on birth control (had to go off of it for the progesterone) as my cysts get bigger and multiply when I'm not on it. So I won't be able to even think of conceiving for awhile until I'm healthy. I also suffer from hair growth on my face.

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11/2/12 7:46 P

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So I know I have this issue even though the doctor has not medicated it. I have not wanted to go again due to no insurance. They did say it was a possibility last time I went in for a major functional cyst that had popped. Intense pain! I get the crazy awful periods until I started taking alo vera juice which has helped me a lot! It has helped my hair grow back and it is at Wal mart! I also have had more energy but not really any weight loss only inches. I feel my head is banging on a wall. I have not cut out sugar yet but I think that is my next major step because I have increased protein and I work out. I think the insulin and glucose is an issue so cinnamine I have heard helps this? I don't want to be on medication but I am on thyroid meds for hypo which is also a difficult issue. How have yall lost weight? Major excercise or light consistant excercise? Love to know tips.


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10/27/12 5:54 P

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Hi all. I am a military wife and mother to three boys (one set of twins). I have had weight and mestrual issues from the onset of puberty. I had periods every few months and thought nothing of it. I was never obese, just overweight. I was able to conceive my youngest a little easier than most, and my twins while not taking my birth control well. After they were born, I put on A LOT of weight very easily and pretty fast. 8 years later, I am now obese and we want another baby so badly. We have tried for 2 and a half years. We went to an RE who put me on Metformin and we did several rounds (7) of IUI with clomid and gonal f injections We were only successful once, but sadly, we lost that pregnancy a few days after finding out we were finally pregnant. It was heart breaking. We have quit using docotors and meds to get pregnant. I just couldn't take all of the meds and heart ache. I still take Met, and pray daily that we will be surprised with a baby on our own. I joined SP a while ago, but I gained my weight back. I rededicated my efforts a week ago and I am glad I found you guys. All the best.

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10/24/12 11:45 P

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Hi all, I'm Melissa. I'm 24 and have been married to the love of my life for a year and a half, we've been together for 5 years. I was diagnosed with PCOS at 18 after my cycle kind of lost it's way. Hubby and I decided a while before we were married that we wanted children but got serious about it after the wedding madness calmed. We've done 6 unsuccessful rounds of Clomid, which I nearly had to force my doctor to consider. He insists I'm still young and always had some excuse. My husband just turned 30 and is on the war path for a child now. I know my first step is to lose weight to regulate my cycle which has been MIA without medical help for 3 years, and completely MIA since July. Hubs has decided the time is now, I've decided I don't want doctors involved anymore, aside from the Metformin ER I've been on for a year now to manage my insulin resistance. I want to follow a more holistic and natural path to overcome this disorder.

I joined SP to motivate myself, which has been spot on. Watching my calorie intake, which was too low. I've also cut out soda because I was clearing a 2 liter of root beer in a day. I truly believe this site is where I need to be. I believe I will find the help, support and companionship I need to accomplish my goals of becoming a mother and making my husband the father I know he deserves to be all while making myself the healthy person I need to be. I'm looking for someone to talk to (as my husband has no idea what I'm talking about as far as PCOS goes), someone who enjoys humor (why not laugh at yourself) as well as someone to support me that needs my support. Thank in advance for any responses.

SN: Anyone taking Metformin and having a hard time dealing with the side effects, ask your doctor about the Extended Release form of the pill. I had TERRIBLE reactions while on regular Met and have been in heaven since I popped my first ER.

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10/24/12 9:57 P

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Hello everyone! My name is Joanna and I am 25 years old. My husband and I have been married for 7 years and have no children. I have not had a menstrual cycle in 3-4 years. I have been to different doctors to try to find out the problem to why my cycles had stopped and was having trouble having a baby and no one would tell me anything. I finally found a doctor who was determined to help me and was diagnosed today with PCOS. She prescribed me Metformin which I will start taking tomorrow. I am glad to finally find out my problem and to meet others who are in the same situation as I am.

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10/24/12 8:35 A

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I was Diagnosed with PCOS when I was 18 and My Doc put me on metformin 875mg Bid and birth control. I have had problems with my digestive system due to the metformin so I am trying to Change to Cinnamon, Chromium, Vitex, and I am going to try Raspberry Ketone for weightloss also. I am 28 now and have a 2 year old girl so I want to try to drop my weight to try for another child.





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10/23/12 7:10 P

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Hey Everyone, So Happy to find you all here! Im 23 and was just diagnosed yesterday! I am welcoming all and any advice to help me get to feeling better. Im SO tired all the time, my cycle has stopped for 2 months, ive had consistent migraines forever!! and can not seem to loose any weight no matter how little i eat...I am so glad to have an answer to all these things making me feel crappy. I have a two year old so i dont have much time for me for feel yucky or get the sleep i need! I am not taking Metofrmin (sp?) and trying to get on a GI diet hopefully thats a good start but again i would love advice for others who know more!! Thanks for your time!

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10/20/12 12:47 P

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Hi everyone! Nice to find others who suffer with PCOS...not that I would ever wish this on even my worse enemy.

I was diagnosed with PCOS about 8 yrs ago. At my high weight of 222 lbs I stopped having a period and didnt have one for almost 3 years. My Dr really didnt know anything about it and the other Dr didnt care since I wasnt trying to get pregnant. I did research of my own and found out losing weight was the biggest thing we can do to manage PCOS. After getting down to the 190's I started having my periods again and they have been normal and regular for the past 5-6 yrs.

I find it very hard to lose weight and gain weight VERY fast. I can gain weight at 1000-1200 calories. Does anyone else have that problem? Do any of you have to eat under 1000 cals to lose weight? Also, I can get down to 169 lbs (been there 4 times over the past 4 yrs) But I can never seem to get past it. Just as soon as I hit 169 I will gain 3-5 lbs in a couple days...while eating the same exact way. It's crazy.

Anyway, I hope that by joining SP (just joined 2 days ago) and finding this team that maybe I can find the support to keep working toward my weight loss and fitness goals...even if it is super hard with PCOS.

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10/10/12 12:07 A

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Hi, I was diagnosed with PCOS in May, so I was 29 at the time. I have since turned 30 and my 'biological clock' is exploding. I've turned into a horrible emotional mess that I don't recognize anymore. I'm seeking help and re-joining sparkpeople for support on my journey.

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10/9/12 10:51 P

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I'm Jennifer. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was about 19 yo (I'm 33 now). I have many of the symptoms, but have been able to control most of them with weight loss. When I was at my highest weight of 227, I did not have my monthly cycle. I was able to regain it with a 20 lb weight loss and have had it regularly for two years now. I have some acne and facial hair, but so far nothing that tweezers cannot conquer. Truthfully, I think that some of my facial hair is just "normal" hair on the face, but I don't let it grow long enough to see. I also have skintags, but they are few and far between. I took Metformin at one time, but have tried to control my PCOS with diet and exercise, at this point. (Now that you know all of my TMI. )

I didn't there were so many people with PCOS and really look forward to being a part of this group. I do accept friends, so please feel free to add me!

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10/9/12 9:27 A

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I so know what you mean about weight gain. I can follow my diet and excersice to a T and poof five pounds.

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10/9/12 12:05 A

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Hello everyone,
I am LeeAnne, I was diagnosed with PCOS in Nov of 2011. I did try the metformin but it didn't seem to help me at all. I continuously gain weight even when I diet and exercise and at this point it is just frustrating! I am sure I am not the only person that has had problems in this area so if anyone would like to tell me about their problems and see if we can compare remedies that would be great. Oh and another thing that is a little different from the usual PCOS diagnosis that I seem to run into is that my blood levels are all pretty well except I can't get enough vit D. I have all of the other signs such as rapid weight gain, hair loss but growing hair on chest neck face stomach very bad acne and I did have really irregular menstral cycle for several years, but for some reason after about 6 months after the birth of my son that is finally getting back on track.
Please if you are interest please contact me. I would love to hear from anyone that is willing to talk! Thanks again:)

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10/8/12 5:26 P

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Hi...I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2005. I am unable to take metformin due to the side effects. I'm trying to naturally manage which is hard at the moment. No job and no insurance means that I have no clue what my bloodwork looks like at the moment. All that aside I've already lost 44 pounds before discovering this site. Apparently I was ginormous because I still could stand losing another 100 pounds. I have recently started jogging. My acne has seen an improvement and my hair is not as thin as it was and my emotions no longer seem to be a wild roller coaster of insanity. We are finally able to eat healthy around my home after my husband having a heart surgery he is well motivated to ditch the southern fried home cooking he grew up around and loves. We've traded in the oil for baked and collard greens for salad greens. Can't say my body is complaining. It's improved moral around here too. emoticon

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10/3/12 11:48 A

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Hello Everyone!
I have been a member of Sparkpeople for quite some time now but I must admit, I never really utilized it much.
I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2009 but didnt think much of it. I married my wonderful husband July 2011 and am extremely happy. For Christmas, we made a decision that we wanted to start a family. I told my mother and she was extremely excited! Well all that excitement came to a stop as I suffer from infertility. I was seeing a Dr. and was put on Metformin. I didnt want to work out much because I thought I should "take it easy" and not put too much stress on my body. Well that was that a slap in the face! I gained all my weight back that I had lost to fit into my wedding dress and then some! Then he put me on clomid and I thought I was going CRAZY!!! When we found out the clomid didnt work for us we decided to take a break from all the appointments and medication. It was constantly in the back of my mind so I decided to see another dr and I absolutely love him! he is SO thorough. I am back on Metformin, back in the gym and back on sparkpeople. I have decluttrered my life and got rid of my facebook and instragram (as I found they are too distracting!)
LONG STORY SHORT: I am here and READY TO TAKE CHARGE of MY HAPPINESS!!!!!
I will continue taking my medications BUT I will NOT neglect my body! I deserve to be happy and healthy! We all do!

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10/2/12 11:12 P

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Hi everyone - I am 36 years old, have 2 beautiful kids and I was diagnosed with PCOS at age 19 due to cysts on my ovaries. I have been on my journey to lose weight for a couple of months.

Take it One Step at a Time.

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9/29/12 7:19 P

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Hi, my name is Bianca. I'm 23 and a stay at home mom. I was diagnosed with pcos in August and I must say it makes a lot of sense.. wish I had known sooner!

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Hello, my name is Liana and I was officially diagnosed with PCOS yesterday. Lucky for me I already live the recommended lifestyle since I have had reactive hypoglycemia most of my life. I have, however, fallen off the exercise train due to daily migraines, but I am hoping this is the kick in the pants that'll get me back on track.


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9/28/12 1:00 A

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Hi,
My name is Dani, I have had some weight problems since I was pretty young. Didn't really run into any menstrual issues until I was 17 and since then they have gotten even worse. I had mostly been ignoring, after all who wouldn't like to only have a period every year, right? Finally decided that maybe I should, oh, finally talk to my doctor (my poor new GP) about what was going on rather than over looking it. We had a family friend have some serious problem and have to have surgery so I figured I was probably treating it too lightly. They did the tests and not only do I have PCOS, but also insulin resistance (something new since I have not had insulin problems in the past) so it was probably a good thing that I finally decided to look into my problems.

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9/25/12 12:54 P

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Hello everyone,

My name is Kristin. I will be 34 years old next month. I was diagnosed with PCOS approximately 3 years ago. I have been put on metformin which has been a great help in evening out my body in the sense of my sugar and hormone levels. I even found it easier to lose weight! :) Alas, though my body is more cooperative in losing the weight, I sometimes find myself still struggling. On top of trying to lose weight, my husband and I have been trying to concieve. I fired my last doctor because she seemed to be okay with a 9 month stretch of time and no period. My new doctor got my cycle moving and has started me on Clomid. I hope hopeful this will bring good results and I do like this doctor as he puts my mind and fears at ease. I look forward to getting to know everyone here and maybe make some friends and good supports along the way.

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9/24/12 1:44 A

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I was told that I have PCOS 4 years ago and have been on Clomid to see if the would help me get pregnant I have done a few cycles and have decided to take a break and focus on my weight loss I'm 5'0 at about 140 and I'm wanting to get down to 105 to see if that helps before I do any more rounds of clomid or go on to other treatments .

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Hello! My name is Amanda. I was just diagnosed with PCOS at the beginning of August. After some additional testing I did find out I am insulin resistance and have started taking the Metformin. I know for some women Metformin does raise the metabolism and assist with weight loss, I do hope this is my case, I am 2 weeks in on the Metformin and have lost about 9lbs this may be due to a surgery as well. My husband and I are currently trying to conceive, seeing as PCOS can cause fertility issues we dont want to have to put off a family any longer. Glad to finally have a place to relate and share!

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Hi Everyone.
I was diagnosed 7 years ago (at the age of 19) with PCOS then after my doctor moved abroad I stopped taking my medication and was / pretended to be too busy and overwhelmed with my university-work combo that I was not doing anything for my health. Soon I will make major changes in my life: moving in with my man abroad after 7 years in a long distance relationship.
I decided that before starting the whole relocation process I need to 'sort out' things in my life. Just came back from my gynecologist appointment (confirmed condition again) and made my endocrinologist appointment as well.
Started the low carb diet 2 weeks ago, bought a new scale (shocking results...) so I think I am ready to change my life and get better, the best I was in the past decade or so.
Oh, it was really nice to share my story and I am looking forward to reading your story! emoticon

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Hello!! My name is Sara. I am 26 years old. I was diagnosed with PCOS in May of 2010. I found out I had PCOS when my husband and I finally ended up going to a fertility specialist to get pregnant. We tried for 2.5 years before I found out about PCOS. When I went to the fertility doc he put me on Metformin and Femara to help get me pregnant. It worked right away and I had my daughter 17 months ago!
Anyways, I am glad to see there is a support group for PCOS! Hoping to get to know more of you better!!

*Time for this mommy to focus on herself. I am ready to get this weight off*
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Hello Everyone!! My name is Tiara Griffin. I got married 6 months ago to my best friend. In the last year I have become very over weight after being healthy for many years. About a year ago I found out I have something called PCOS, which causes weight gain, mostly in the mid-section. I have decided that I want to try and have a baby but before I do so I want to loose 80 pounds. I would like to be a healthy weight and increase my chances for a healthy and sucessful pregnancy. I'm hoping this website can help me in acheiving my goals. Any encoutragment and tips are welcome.




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Hi! My name is Monica. I am 35, single, no children, and need to get healthy. I have been somewhat heavy most of my life, but during my unhealthy engagement I put on A LOT of weight. He supposedly like big women. Now that engagement is over and I have dealt w/most of the troubles of that engagement it's time I continue to move on getting healthier physically, mentally, and spiritually. I have fibromyalgia, PCOS, degenerative arthritis, etc. So getting healthy is not easy, but it is a necessity. Because of my ex-fiance I lost a lot of friends so I need support in losing weight. I heard that Sparkpeople is a good place for that. So here I am! Together emoticon emoticon

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9/14/12 12:00 A

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Good evening everyone!
I was diagnosed last December with a pituitary tumor and PCOS. I have been trying to stay on the medication, but I find it impossible to function on it. I want to get serious about my weight and taking care of myself so that I can hopefully get completely off these meds and/or just have to use less of them.

I have probably had this all my life, but I have terrible doctors and probably the WORST endocrinologist in history, so when I asked about diet, I was told that I'm only fat because I eat to many large bowls of pasta and I just need to stop. Now, I had been completely off all white flower anything for about 6 months at that point with NO weight loss results.

I'm am now fed up and trying to learn things on my own. It's hard with the cravings for bread and fats that I have. Anyone have tips, I'm very open to them, and I'm so thankful I'm not alone in this fight.

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8/31/12 9:49 A

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Hello Everyone, I feel a bit like Marla from Fight Club since I haven't actually been diagnosed with PCOS but I am convinced I am high risk for this/already have it.

Here are the reasons for my sneaking suspicion:
- Went off birth control and acne exploded from a 1/10 severity to 9/10 severity all over my body
- Tried to conceive for a full year nothing worked
- Have dark hair, baby hairs on my chest, nipple hair... not sure this is normal? maybe?
- My mother had cysts on her ovaries removed (she is passed away now so I can't ask her about it)
- My aunt and g'ma have diabetes but are very big people (small boned though I suspect like me)

I come from a healthy eating family and have always been moderately active. I think this has kept me at a relatively low weight.

I am looking to clear my acne with diet and lose weight that is creeping up so in a year or so I can try to conceive again. I just feel like I have so much in common with PCOS people.

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8/28/12 9:24 P

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Hello everyone. I am new (that's obvious duh!) However, I am in new territory here. I was just diagnosed yesterday (8/27/2012) and still trying to process it all.

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8/26/12 2:47 P

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Hi, all.
I turn 34 next month and I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 24. I had symptoms for YEARS and no one had even looked into it. I've managed to lose a lot of weight but it's been a struggle. I'm currently in a plateau. My insulin levels have been normal for a while so I'm currently not a big risk for diabetes. I just wanted to connect to other people to keep this condition under control!

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8/24/12 1:36 P

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Hi! My name is Nikki. I was diagnosed with PCOS at 26, and five years later, I'm just really so tired of it. In addition to PCOS, I am hypothyroid and have gluten intolerance. I was on Sparkpeople before under a different user name, but I decided to start fresh. I'm tired of being one big health problem. I just want to do everything I can to feel better and be healthier.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you all.

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8/19/12 10:03 P

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Thank the Lord I found this group!
I'm 20, I was diagnosed with PCOS right around the time I turned 18. All any doctors have offered me is bc to treat it, so I decided to see if losing weight would help me at all. I'm getting married in 19 days and my fiance wants to start having children shortly after that. I'm really hoping that weight loss will do something to help my symptoms. I'm on day 98 of my cycle, and I'm just plain fed up with this disease!

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8/18/12 3:45 P

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hi everyone!
I was diagnosed with PCOS 3 days ago and am still in complete shock. (I know you've been exactly where I am emotionally, right now) I'm in the process of gathering information so that I can understand my body better. I'm 25, with no kids yet but being a mom is definitely something I want in the future.
I spent years of feeling immense guilt and low self esteem. I had been 120 lbs for a good chunk of my life until i turned 22 and I ballooned to 180lbs. I couldn't deal with the failure of letting myself go and the judgement I felt from people around me.
At the same time I was confused and completely distraught because I could swear I was doing everything right.
Somewhere at the back of my head a voice kept telling me that something was wrong but the doctors weren't giving me answers. I was told to get on a treadmill and eat healthy. And so I did, I was obsessed with weight loss. In the end, I lost a little weight, but it was slow.
I got a new job, had to move to a town from the big city and in 4 months I gained 20lbs. Acne, hair loss and period issues came to the forefront.
I insisted on some form of a diagnosis and after demanding a blood report be done and it was determined that my insulin levels were high. More tests clinched the diagnosis.
And that brings me here today... I know I can find the peace of mind and encouragement I'm looking for because we're all in this together, and we get it! Xo!

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8/17/12 3:35 P

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Hello! I recently stumbled across this group and thought, I have to join! I was diagnosed with PCOS ten years ago at the age of 19. I have only managed to get pregnant after large weight loss. Unfortunately, I also have an incompetent cervix (damn you Mother Nature) and after 3 pregnancies, I have no children. I have suffered two miscarriages, the first at 20 weeks the other at 18 weeks (had to deliver both because of their gestation) and my daughter came 12 weeks premature. SHe was the absolute light of my life. SHe had physical disabilities from her prematuratey and ultimately passed away at 19 months old. That was and will always be the most defining moment in my life. I refuse to be the lovely women, wife and sister and not live my dream of being a mother. I want to control my weight and control my life so that I can be a blessing to a child.

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8/11/12 11:37 P

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Hi! I'm 23, just diagnosed with PCOS after years of period issues and recent weight gain despite good eating and exercise habits. Started on metformin a week ago and have lost 1.7kgs which most people I know dont think is a big deal, but it's HUGE for me. It feels like this is just the start of my weight loss journey. I'm so glad to find a community of people dealing with PCOS cos I'm still so new to it so dont really understand it fully!

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Hey ladies!
I'm 34 and was diagnosed w/ PCOS and hyperplasia w/o atypia almost 2 years ago. I take Metformin and Progesterone. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for about 7-8 months. Don't really want to take the fertility medications, but we'll see how it goes.

Anyone else get severely peeved by the "So when are you going to have a baby?" question? I really have to fight the urge for smart ass answers like "I had one for breakfast, it was delicious!"

Anyway, I'm new to Spark and liking it so far. I've done WWers on and off for a few years, lost and found the same 50lbs over and over. Got sick of the points thing, food database was pretty limited, and it gets expensive after awhile. Spark seems to offer the same (if not more) features, and it's free. Woo Hoo!

Look forward to talking to you all!
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Hello team! I am not new to Spark, but to this team. I am 38yrs old, have had 2 pregnancies with 1 live birth, but lost the 2nd one due to a neurological issue. My periods are pretty regular right now, but only because of taking a birth control. My weight loss has been rediculously slow and unsteady for the past year and a half, but with a new Dr. because of a move, I haven't quite been able to get a hold of what exactly the new problems are! Sounds like many of you have had the same weight loss issue and I am eager to learn all that I can from you. I am recently training for a 5k with another team and am anxious to see if this will help settle things...Please, share all you can!!

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Hi I'm new to sparkpeople.com and i have PCOS I have three children 2 boys 14 on September 5th and 6.5 years old and a girl 3 years old on August 13th With my first i got pregnant 6 months wasn't trying wasnt advoiding lol then when i tryed to get pregnant with my son it took me a long long time i had to go on metformin 850mg and clomid after being on clomid i got pregnant in 6 months i was giving up hope that I'd never have another child. I was so happy and excited it happened. :-D Then with my daughter before trying or even wanting another i started dieting and i lost 102 pounds and the first month i tryed on no meds i got pregnant. From the weightloss my periods were every 28 days sometimes 33 days so i was very regular from the weightloss. Now im back to where i was and now so far i have lost 22 pounds went from 310 to 288 so far. So im doing good. :-) With PCOS it is hard losing weight. Like my weight staying the same for a week then it went down so im glad cause i dont want the scale to discarriage me. I need all the help i can get.

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7/25/12 10:44 A

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I'm 26 and my PCOS was discovered about 3 years ago when we started fertility treatments. I now have 5 children ranging in age from 7 months to 6 years old. I'm not very well educated on all the aspects of PCOS outside of fertility but understand that it can have some bad health effects especially being overweight, so that's my biggest motivator. I am at my heaviest non-pregnant weight, I have 50 lbs to lose, it seems like so much but I know I can do it.
I look forward to getting to know the rest of you better and encouraging each other on this journey.

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7/24/12 2:44 P

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Hi! Just joining the group, but not new to SP or to PCOS. I was diagnosed about 11 years ago, and tried a little bit in the beginning to get it under control with Metformin, etc. I hated the side effects and all, so I have just basically lived with it all for these past 11 years. My husband and I have been married for 15 years and we have never had a pregnancy. I still WANT a baby. I'm 37 years old and NOT too old to have one. SO, I'm back on SP and trying to focus on ME for a while. Even though we've never had a biological child, we have gone on to adopt 12 children (6 grown, 6 still at home, all adopted at older ages). I'm exhausted most of the time from the years of stress on my body from PCOS and from handling emotional and special needs of our children. It's high time for this momma to take care of herself and have the chance to experience pregnancy and parent a child from Day 1 (before actually!). So glad there's a group here for those of us who struggle with this terrible syndrome. :( Look forward to "meeting" new SparkFriends through the group.

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There were several things that hindered me from taking care of myself first. I was one of my dad's caregivers and he recently passed away April 15th. I really didn't know what to do anymore. I work night shift at a police dept dispatching and went to school in the mornings at UHD. The gym not so much... but I'm back! I used to be fit back in 2009 and now I'm taking my life back. A sergeant from work had told me about SparkPeople and decided to try it out. I have PCOS, so it's hard to lose weight and I'm gaining more energy from using Spark by Advocare. I've lost 3% body fat!
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Hi everyone! I am so happy to see a group here for pcos. I was diagnosed about 4 years ago.. have been on and off meds, nothing has helped the past year or so. I am hoping eating healthy and losing weight will help me a little :) Me and my ex-fiance tried to have a baby and it didn't work out.. it was the most disheartening time of my life. Hopefully when I am ready again, my body will be ready to have a family! I have the whole hairy hair thing (I hate it the most). I haven't had a period in about 4 months.. yea, things need to change. My current doctor won't really do much regarding the pcos so I am going to try and figure this out without a doc at the moment.

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HEALTHDAISY, thanks for the note! I, too, used to be a HS English teacher. I remember the stress I had every fall. Ugh! Hang in there! It's only for nine months. emoticon

I would love to handle my PCOS naturally, but I have other health issues as well and I'm kind of afraid of the interactions with everything else (I take 17 diff. meds a day-2 are supplements). Whenever I ask my dr, he just says that nothing has been proven to work and until it's proven, he's not comfortable telling me to use things. But, he does say that if I want to try something to let him know first and he'll make sure there aren't any interactions.

As far as managing stress, I get on the computer, I play iPod solitaire, try to read when it's not too chaotic around my house, swim, and when it's colder, I quilt, (try to) knit and crochet, and cross stitch. We also have 2 dogs and fish. I find that playing with or petting my pups helps the stress level too.

What do you do?

I will definitely look for you on my page! I'll see if I can find yours too! Thanks for the nice note!

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Hi, BGRN13 - Welcome!

SparkPeople is like anything else in life, it is what you make of it. I have found it very helpful if I can stay consistent with it. Having friends woulId help with that, so look for me on your page.

I am new to the PCOS thing and totally surprised by it. I really do not want to take a medication indefinitely (I am already on something for high blood pressure) so I am really trying to control the symptoms naturally through diet and exercise. I am hoping to be accepted into a research study that deals with stress releif as I am a teacher and will be heading back to school in a little over a month and the stress level is going to shoot up.

How do you manage stress? Sounds like you might have a little with all you do.

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