Hey Ashlie, you are not alone at all. I actually was not diagnosed with PCOS until October 2011, I am now 32 years old, and no children yet. So it took a long time to have my doctor diagnose me. I guess it doesn't help when I move cities a lot and didn't really have a regular doctor. You're so young, I wouldn't even worry about the kid part, you will probably have kids with no problems when you are ready because they discovered this now. They will also help you with the pain and with the irregular periods, etc. You have all of us here going through the same thing and trying to be healthy together, you are in the right place for support! Welcome to the team and to spark!
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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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