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12/10/08 4:21 P

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I was recently diagnosed at age 39!! Always went to the Gyn. regularly but no one ever said I had PCOS. All those horrific years of BC pills and problems. It took having to have a partial hysterectomy to be diagnosed. Be thankful you finally got someone to help you. PCOS is difficult but you can do it girl!!! You are not alone and we all can understand how frustrating this is....but we are here for you to keep you motivated (especially during the holidays). Take care of yourself and always SMILE! It helps when you can smile thru the tears and frustrations. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!


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12/10/08 12:27 P

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I was diagnosed 6 months ago, at age 33. Of course, in my case, there was a 10 year stretch where I didn't go to the Dr. so that might play a big part of it.

I brought up the PCOS to my new Dr., but explained that I didn't think I had it, because I didn't think I had the Insulin Resistance. (My reasoning was because people with IR had a hard time losing weight, but I could lose weight easily....if I exercised 2 hours a day and stayed on a 1000 calorie diet, LOL).

Well, it turns out I do have IR, and most likely PCOS, the Dr. wants to confirm with an Ultrasound of my ovaries, but I talked her into putting it off, because I would have to pay the costs out of pocket.

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EMILYH19's Photo EMILYH19 Posts: 83
12/9/08 11:55 P

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Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions. I am learning to accept the the diagnosis and have enjoyed learning from you all.



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12/9/08 9:59 P

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I'm glad you have a diagnosis, as much as it sucks! for me personally, I will never use hormonal bc because the side effects from that are worse on my fertility than just PCOS alone. I regulate with weight loss, diet, exercise, and Metformin when I want to get pregnant. The rest of the time I just diet, exercise, and lose weight. Or at least try to. I can't handle Met all the time, although it does help a ton when I am on it.

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12/9/08 12:12 P

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I have insulin resistance which leads to PCOS. My doctor rx'd metformin to lower the amount of insulin my body was dumping in my blood. My period has been regular since. Before that I skipped for months at a time. It helps to read about PCOS than discuss it with your doctor to see what your best options are.

Slowly, Slowly I am making positive choices for positive changes.

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SLCOLMAN's Photo SLCOLMAN SparkPoints: (55,505)
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12/9/08 12:08 P

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Honestly what you are on to help your PCOS depends on what your fertilty goals are at that time.

If you aren't looking to conceive atm then BC pills are a viable and good way of helping to control the PCOS or at least the crazy cycles.

If you are looking to conceive right now then BC pills aren't a good option.

I take Metformin because I have PCOS with IR and it helps balance me out hormonally.

Do some research and then talk to your health care provider and ask them to explain the options and then make an informed decision.

Just my opinion...

Edited by: SLCOLMAN at: 12/9/2008 (12:22)
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EMILYH19's Photo EMILYH19 Posts: 83
12/9/08 11:49 A

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Well now I feel in a pickle. I am diagnosed, but am still only being Rx'ed BC pills... With what you guys are saying, I should be on something else.

Please correct me if I'm wrong?

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12/9/08 9:43 A

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Same thing here!

I never had regular periods, went to the Dr's time after time only having them hand me birth control pills to regulate my periods. Even went to about 3 dermatologists with thinning of my hair. No one diagnosed me until I was 32.

I did manage to have one child! She is my gift!

Dr's suck!!!!!!!!


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12/9/08 9:34 A

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I wasn't diagnosed until I read an article about PCOS and discussed it with my gyno. He agreed I had the symptoms and started running tests. I was 32. Those tests also discovered I was diabetic and that was the last time my PCOS was ever really discussed. Diabetes became the more important issue. I believe the PCOS, insulin resistance and diabetes are all connected.

Slowly, Slowly I am making positive choices for positive changes.

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12/9/08 9:22 A

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I was just diagnosed a couple months ago at age 26. No one ever connected the symptoms for me. They would just focus on the irregular periods and prescribe BC or they would say the irregular periods were because of my weight and I should diet. They didn't believe me when I told them I was gaining weight no matter how I ate.

Even when they figured out I had small cysts and I specifically asked about PCOS, my concerns were just brushed off. I guess if you're not a doctor, they don't think you know what you're talking about.

It wasn't until my appointment with someone new in October that I was finally diagnosed. I had given up hope of ever being diagnosed and didn't even ask about it anymore. She went over my history, did an exam, and then she asked me if I'd ever been diagnosed. I nearly fell off the exam table.

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GALKIRE's Photo GALKIRE Posts: 551
12/9/08 7:57 A

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I never had a regular period either and went to dr.s all the time and they would just put me on BC pills without trying to find a reason. I even went through fertility treatment when I was trying to conceive my son, but they never tried to find out an exact cause (even though I still got pregnant and had a healthy son). Finally I found a DR. in Evansville, IN and when I went there the first time, told her about my irregular periods, she said that wasn't right, ran some tests and diagnosed me with PCOS. I was about 36 years old when I finally found an answer. Sometimes it just takes finding the right dr. that is determined to find and answer!
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12/9/08 7:01 A

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Emily - I had all the classic symptoms too really but didn't get diagnosed or even have it mentioned to me until I was over 30 years old. I guess that some DRs just don't think it is that serious or important of a condition even though it is!!

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EMILYH19's Photo EMILYH19 Posts: 83
12/9/08 12:20 A

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I've been perusing the forums and have seen many people that were diagnosed at a very young age and have known that they have PCOS for years.

I'm 25 and have never ever had a regular period, which I have always told the doctor for years. I have many of the typical symptoms associated with this disease, but not a single doctor said anything until I went to Planned Parenthood, of all places. It makes me wonder what in the world is wrong with my doctors that I have gone undiagnosed until just months ago.

Thoughts?

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