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5/4/12 3:24 P

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Oh my goodness! Thank you, you are such an inspiration. I'm on the birth control and metformin and all that and i still don't have a period, which is better than having them all the time. I get scared because we have such a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. Also, i grow facial hair and body hair something terrible, i have to shave all the time. I feel so gross, and my acne is bad and i'm 23.... Oh well. I'm happy that i am in a group that other people have had the same struggles as i have and gone on the accomplish the goals i have set in mind for myself. I am so proud of you, i know your struggle has been a hard one! rejoice in the fact that you have overcome this silent battle no one understands but us! I hope to have as much courage despite my body and despite what "society" has to think of my body and condition! You are an encouragement and a strong woman! :)

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5/4/12 3:22 P

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I was diagnosed at about 14 or 15 years old, I am now almost 20 and still struggling with my weight. I have also gotten into the "clean" eating. I pretty much work to avoid gluten because the grains that have gluten (like wheat) also increase insulin which is not good for us PCOS girls. I have come to use millet and amaranth as well as oatmeal for my grains and I avoid all packaged products unless I can pronouce every ingredient in the food. I avoid chemicals and eat naturally.
No, I am not prefect. Just last night I had a burger and fries and ice cream at an A&W! But, I am working to better plan my meals and be more active in my everyday life! This syndrome is hard, hard work. But I think that makes us even stronger people!

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5/4/12 3:04 P

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Stay optimistic. I was diagnosed at 14 yrs old. Had the laparoscopys and D&C's, ovaries drilled , you name it. Was one of the first in the UK to trial Metformin all those years ago. I finally got pregnant at 34 yrs old thanks to being on Metformin and having lost weight. Put all the weight back on in the pregnancy and lots more and didn't go back on Metformin after the pregnancy was finished.

I am no longer taking any kind of hormonal treatment. I read about cutting out sugar and white flours on "PCOS Diva" and the weight started dropping off me. After I lost 30 pounds my periods came for the first time ever ( I am 41 yrs old) and have come loke clockwork for the last 6 months. I have gone on to lose 105 pounds, all thanks to eating "clean". My other symptoms of PCOS are easing too ( although not the facial hair but it's still early days) and my testosterone has lowered. It IS hard to lose weight with PCOS at the beginning but the more you lose the easier it becomes to lose as your body begins to regulate itself.

You can do it!!

If you want be a butterfly then you you have to want to fly so badly that you are prepared to give up being a caterpillar.


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5/4/12 2:38 P

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HI!
My name is Kristin. I have been diagnosed with PCOS since i was 16. so its been 7 long years, i've had surgeries (laraposcopy and D&C) countless ultrasounds, bloodtests you name it. Right now i am on metformin, spironolactone, and birth control to control it. I'm being optimistic but who knows how long this will keep the hormones at bay before another tidle wave comes and shifts my hormones again. Last time i gained 60 pounds in 2 months and lost my hair, my skin became really bad,and then i had the 40 day periods that wouldn't stop to the non existent ones i am experiencing now. I want to have children but i have to keep in mind that it may not be a physical possiblity for me. SO ladies i have been through alot, and will continue to go through alot with this disease/syndrome, and i am pushing for research that will help us all have a better quality of life, because we deserve it. PCOS is not an excuse to be fat, but it makes it so much harder to lose weight, it is a never ending battle, but one well worth fighting. I want to be strong and healthy. Remember september is PCOS awareness month!!!

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