That comment about being feminine was not meant as an insult to anyone, it was more of a personal feeling because of changes I was seeing in myself (and continue to see) that have made me so self-conscious that I find it hard sometimes to feel as feminine as I would like when I know that I need to shave my face. I absolutely don't think that it doesn't make me a woman, I feel like it makes me less feminine. I see those two as different sometimes, but that's just me.
As for the green tea, I had read previously that it would help me ovulate, and when I started researching natural ways to help control PCOS, it came up again.
I didn't mean to offend anyone, but that seems to be what has occurred. Sorry for that.
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::blinks:: my femininity has not been taken away from me in any way shape or form .. I am still the woman I was long before I learned I had PCOS and way long before I had the hysterectomy having PCOS and the hysterectomy didn't take away my femininity in any way shape or form.
To be a women one does NOT have to have a reproductive system or even be able to reproduce those have nothing what so ever to do with being a woman (it might be what many but to me that is so not the case and never has been- I've run into more then one female who thinks that if you can't reproduce that you are no longer part of the female population or various there of, they are wrong in my opinion being a woman doesn't come from being able to reproduce it comes from inside and who you are at your core).
Thank you for that info - I am totally in the same boat with the weight loss - I went down half of a size after the first 2 months, and I haven't budged since, and that was in November! This has affected us from trying to get pregnant 7 years ago, to trouble nursing both of the kids, to losing a baby last year (a year ago today we found out about a fatal malformation, and next Wednesday will mark the surgery where we lost the baby). It's been such a tough road, and the depression has been suffocating at times. There's nothing like having your femininity taken from you.
The biggest things I notice are a calmer mood and I don't get a 5 o'clock shadow, and that's been just this week. The facial hair has been such an issue, and to see that much of a change alone has been worth it. I definitely am continuing to work on this for myself, and it's the first time in a long time that I've had some hope because I'm starting to get some answers!
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since everyone with PCOS is different not everyone does well with soy, since it is natures natural estrogen for some women with PCOS it actually can make thing far worse. Sounds like you've gotten lucky so far with your use of it.
weight loss for anyone varies, with PCOS it varies just that much more .. I can work out 4 hours a day 7 days a week for months and not see a pound loss what so ever (might see an inch if lucky) - then other can work out 120 min a week and well they will see a pound or two loss for a time ... it varies from person to person and just how bad it is for you with your form of PCOS.
I'm in menopause thanks to my PCOS so I had a whole added side of stuff added into the mix that many other women with PCOS do not have to deal with till later years. And no POCS is still around even once you've entered into menopause (its an endrocrome issue so it never goes away, once you have it its for life).
Hello, folks! I have a few questions for anyone who can answer them. I have recently discovered that I have PCOS - not diagnosed by a physician, but I have literally every symptom in the book except for cholesterol/diabetes issues (for now), and I have come to realize that it explains things froma long time ago, too. A little history - when I was trying to get pregnant with my daughter, I wasn't having periods/ovulating appropriately, so I was drinking a lot of soy milk and green tea because I had read that it can stimulate ovulation and hormones. Unfortunately, until a week ago, I completely forgot about all of that until I was reading a few articles - didn't realize that I had helped myself with this Dx before I had ever even heard of it!
My question now is this - I have been drinking the soy milk and green tea again for less than a week. I can already tell a difference in facial hair (big time), my mood seems more stable (not as quick to get angry or frustrated), and I'm not sure if it's too soon to tell anything. I make sure I drink the soy milk once in the morning and again in the evening before I go to bed so I have a more constant boost of estrogen in my system during the day. Any ideas/thoughts about this? I know this sounds very rambly and random, but I'm trying so hard to make some great changes for myself to help make this better.
Side note - I have been working out at the gym and training with a trainer for about 10 months, and I only lost a few pounds (with 70 to go). I can do a lot of cool stuff now, but my size isn't changing. Do any of you have any thoughts about whether I might see some weight loss results that quickly too, as long as I keep working out?
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