Not for me. I lost a lot of weight when I was 18 and kept it off for a few years. Nothing improved - I actually got my PCOS diagnosis AFTER I had lost the weight - but then again it was never normal to begin with (looking back I had major symptoms as early as 10 years old)
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When I saw a gyno in 2010 I was obese for my height. She told me "Lose 30 to 40 pounds and your cycle will come back". Well, its taken a LONG time to get it off but as of last week I was down 30 pounds and my period arrived out of the blue!
I personally think that losing weight helps with cycles. On Jan 1st of this year, I decided to start losing weight, and after about 10-15lbs, I had a period after not having one in a few years. I am not back to normal because I've only lost about 25lbs but I definitely feel a difference in that I "feel" my periods, like I get more emotional, I get some cramping, etc. even if I don't bleed. Hopefully with losing significant amounts of weight (50lbs+) I will be back to normal. I'm trying to do it naturally with no medication.
I lost 20 pounds in 2010, and YES my cycles became regular, before that I would only have 3-4 a year!! Since gaining the weight back, my periods have went back to every 2-3 months. So here I am to do this again and really focus on changing my life, and not my diet!
My cycles were much more regular after I lost 45 pounds. Unfortunately, I slacked off and regained some of it, and my cycles are a bit more sporadic, though still MUCH better than when I weighed 30 pounds more.
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I'm not sure if it did or not. I started Metformin January 2010 and that seemed to help my cycle a bit, but it alone wasn't helping me lose weight. Then I joined Spark in March 2010 and lost 25 pounds. And I wasn't exactly having regular cycles, but they had improved. I don't know if I should credit that to Metformin, weight loss, or the combination. When Clomid was added in May of 2010, I ended up pregnant. I do admit that it was the first time since my PCOS diagnosis (and ever, really) that I knew when I ovulated within a day or two, and because of the testing I was having done, I had been advised to have sex, so I was covered as far as that goes as well.
Now that I'm not pregnant any more, I'm hoping to lose more weight. I haven't had my period since giving birth, but I'm also breastfeeding, so I don't know if my not having one is because of that or my PCOS. But I do intend to continue with the Metformin, and I am hoping that the Metformin with the combination of losing weight will help regulate my cycle.
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I sure hope so! But everyone is so different. My cycle has become SO crazy and unmanageable in the past few years (lots of smoke, no fire...). I've lost around 35 pounds and am now just 15 away from a healthy BMI... My cycle is starting to improve but is still really wacky. I'm trying to help it along with cyclic progesterone treatments for now. Still having multiple mini-cycles per month but at least I'm having multi-day or even week-long breaks in between now!
Many years ago.... I lost 90 lbs (I have since gained it back.) and my cycles were right on track. For me, when I lose weight my cycles return to "normal'. I'm sure it is different with everybody, but it worked for me.
I began Weight Watchers a year ago and lost 40lbs between last March and the beginning of last Sept. I became ill with something unrelated to PCOS and it derailed me for a bit. I began again in January on the new WW plan and have not had success with it so landed here with others who wanted to go back to the old plan.
I can say that when I was at the height of my loss, I felt great, slept better, and my cycle was beginning to get more and more regular. I have gained a bit since I started the new WW plan in January (hence my dislike of it) and my cycle is once again becoming more unpredictable.
Whether it would do anything to the 'infertility' issue or not I do not know as I am not looking to be pregnant. I was lucky enough to have my miracle daughter 16 years ago, prior to my diagnosis of PCOS and it seemed to be luck as my ex and I assumed we would not have children, it took so long to conceive.
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