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5/9/14 11:50 A

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Hello.

I am 41 . NO children. Not by choice..
We been through a lot, was just not in the cards for us.. And I am ok now with that..
But lately I been feeling horrible.. Have not been on metformin or any meds in a few years. I just took a break and like I said I feel horrible..
I need to get back on Metformin and see if I can shed some of this weight..

My back has been giving me issues as well as my knees. So not a lot of exercise is in my future.. So I feel like I am falling apart at 41!.

I have tried Low carb.. used to work for me.. this time around I lost 3 lbs in 2 month..I did not cheat at all. Not sure what is going on.. Still get my period right on time.. NO signs of
it stopping.. So..
Any ideas? if you think I can lose weight by just cutting back and slowly walking?

Our Deductible on health insurance is horrible.... So we pay most out of pocket..

So looking for free advice :)

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3/31/14 11:22 A

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Hi Everyone. I was diagnosed with PCOS and IR back in 2008, a few months before I got divorced. In the next 2 years I lost 90 pounds, and ended up with a surprise pregnancy at age 36, after 12 years of infertility! (If you would have told me that I'd remarry and have a baby, I'd have called you crazy!).

The "baby's" almost 3 now, and I'm back at spark to try and take off some of the baby + life stress + financial problems weight that I put on. (all my 20 pounds of the original weight loss)

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3/19/14 8:03 P

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Hello. I have always wanted to be a mother. My husband and I have been TTC for almost 9 years now. I started having menstrual problems when I was 18 years old but put it off as just stress. I found out in November 2012 that I have insulin resistance, PCOS and then a few months later was diagnosed as Hypothyroidism. Becoming a mother is a dream I have and will continue to have. I want to become a healthier and more active person and hopefully someday I will get my little miracle.

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3/15/14 10:51 P

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HI everyone
I am new to Sparkpeople, and I am in need of support. This week I was diagnosed with Insulin resistance and PCOS as well as Hypothyroidism. Needless to say today has not been my finest week and it has taken a big toll on my self image. Today has motivated me that more than ever my life needs to change and fast otherwise I will never have children, I will get diabetes, I will end up with heart disease! I don't want this!
please help!

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2/5/14 12:24 A

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Hello ladies

I am 26 years old and found out that I have PCOS in November 2012. My husband and I have been married for 8 years and we have not been able to have children. I do not have a menstrual cycle unless I take BCP or Provera. I decided in November 2013 to talk to my doctor about giving clomid a chance. The first round I had to take provera to get my peiod. The last two rounds I actually got my period on my own. I need a buddy to keep in touch with and to help each other out.

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12/12/13 1:11 P

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Hi ladies,

I am not a newbie to PCOS (diagnosed at 10 years old), but I am a newbie to this team. I have to stay on BCPs in order to have a cycle, and I am absolutely terrified that I will never be able to conceive. I find that if I am vigilant with what I eat, then I can lose weight, but it is still difficult for me. I've read a bit of the posts on the team, and now I'm starting to feel like my Doctors could be doing more to help me. I'm not on any kind of medication other than my BCPs. A previous doctor told me I could get a cream to help with my facial hair, but that it would take upwards of 2 months for it to thin (just to thin!), and that it wouldn't eliminate the hair.

I feel like I am lucky to have a man who loves me for everything that I am, including my hair. I wish there was a 'magic pill' to get rid of that symptom. In my opinion, it is the worst, because it is the most noticeable.

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10/19/13 8:18 P

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Hello ladies,
I am new to the world of PCOS. I no longer go to doctors but I am using some chinese herbs suggested by my acupuncturist and after 4 sessions I am having my first menstrual in 3 years. (It is very light) I am not to worried about conceiving anymore. Sometimes I think it if I were to I may go into a panic mode. I am finally at the point that I am ok with not having children and looking forward to some things that I could not fully do if I were to have children.

The weight gain and struggle to lose it is my worst issue, oh and trying to get over the vanity of facial hair urgh.

I would love a buddy or to that could help me get motivated especially since from the sounds of it I need to cut down the carbs and fix my food addictions.

Sincerely almost 38 yr old me.

Just had a new thought. Normally it is 2 steps forward and 1 step back, if you find yourself in reverse with 1 step forward and 2 steps back then just turn around and walk backwards.


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10/3/13 7:44 P

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My name is Joanna and I am 26 years old. My husband and I have been married for 8 years and have been trying for a baby for 7. I was diagnosed with PCOS November 2012 and hypothyroidism 2 months ago. I could really use a buddy.

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8/24/13 11:40 P

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Guys my hair loss is getting really really bad. I don't know what to do. emoticon

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8/19/13 10:10 P

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PGx is a fibre that comes in a capsule, you have the capsules with water 15 minutes before you eat. The fibre expands to make you feel fuller. I've used it off and on, lack of discipline is what hinders me not the PGx itself.

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What is pgX?

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8/18/13 12:44 P

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Ameena, don't what PGx is...but you should be open with your doctor. Or find one that you feel really comfortable with! You deserve at least that much! It took me a while to find a ob/gyn that I was really comfortable talking to about all the physical issues I was having. I definitely shopped around.

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8/12/13 9:00 P

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Have any of you tried PGx?

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8/10/13 10:24 A

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Wooooow been ages since I logged onto Sparkpeople. Feeling lost and frustrated right now. I'm on bc right now but maybe it's not 'enough'....really not sure what my options. I know I have to go see my doctor, I'm not sure what to say. I usually become tongue-tied. Gah.

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I too am on Metformin. Back on SP after a long hiatus. My PCOS has gotten out of control though. I was pretty bad about taking it regularly, mostly because of the stomach issues it was causing, but I'm up to 3 a day now. It's still uncomfortable sometimes, but worth pushing through!

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hmmm, I might ask to try the ER, I too have major stomach issues with my metformin

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7/22/13 11:34 A

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I went to my doctor this past week and got switched to Metformin ER. The original Metformin gave me bad GI and stomach problems and was not helping my insulin level at all. Hopefully I will have better luck with ER.

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6/27/13 7:41 P

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Hi everyone! Went to the ob gym today because I have been off birth control for 8 months and haven't had a normal cycle. Dr ordered a battery of blood tests, but he is leaning towards PCOS. nervous!

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6/27/13 9:31 A

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Good Luck Brooke and Mykidsrsweet!! I hope you both handle it better this time around!!

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6/27/13 8:38 A

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I have been taking 500 once a day for a month and just added another pill....last time I tried this, I had stomach issues so I am slowly easing in!




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6/26/13 9:54 P

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ALRIGHT! So the past couple days I cut back to 1 and 1/2 of the 500mg Metformin and my stomach has been pretty decent... still avoiding sugar like the plague though, but that's not a bad thing! This weekend I'm going to try to up the meds to the 2 full pills a day as the doctor prescribed. Wish me luck! I'm also going to get a B12 vitamin as some of you have suggested below. My vitamin absorption is AWFUL to begin with!

Thanks for all the replies! Reading through the PCOS message boards has been such a relief and extremely helpful... What a comfort to know I'm not the only one dealing with these symptoms!

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6/26/13 11:40 A

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I'm also back from a very long hiatus :)

I take Metformin too. I'm glad that I do. I also take BCP's, started after my son and have continued. Best of luck!!

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6/24/13 11:23 A

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Thanks for replies! I am noticing I have good and bad days as well.... if I stay away from sugar and carbs I am generally okay.

The way my doctor described it to me, PCOS is due to an insulin resistance, so by putting you on medication like metformin, it helps your body to respond correctly to the amount your body produces. Otherwise, your body produces excess and it manifests itself as hormone imbalances. I feel so much better on the medicine than I did two weeks ago... if you are still struggling with the symptoms of PCOS without meds, I would definitely make an appointment with your dr!

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Welcome back to SparkPeople Brooke!!!

I have no words of encouragement or anything to say about Metformin. I was never given medicaiton for my PCOS. I just hope that the time frame for you is not long and you can get back to a normal life on the medication. GOOD LUCK!!!! WELCOME BACK!!!

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To Everyone:
What does the medication help with? My Dr. never prescribed me anything for my PCOS.

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Brooke, I have been on Metformin since this past November. But I just started taking 1000mg in Feb. My gastro-intestinal problems have went away some but not completely. I have good days and then I have bad days. Especially when it comes to certain foods. I'm not really sure how long it's supposed to last but I guess everyone's body is different when it comes to the metformin.

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Hi ladies!

I was just diagnosed with PCOS about 2 weeks ago and I am still in the acclamation phase of Metformin.... For anyone who's been on it, how long did it take for your gastro-intestinal problems to go away? They are manageable on 500mg, but when I up my dose to 1000mg as the doctor prescribed, they are AWFUL! emoticon I am slowly working up to it because I think its worth it in the long run, but I'm just looking for a ballpark of when I can expect to get some relief.

Also I could use some spark friends because I only recently started using sparkpeople again... so feel free to add me! :)

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Welcome to the team, Joanna!!! This is a great forum for us to communicate. You and I share so many things in our respective journeys. Know you are appreciated!

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6/22/13 3:36 P

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Hello cysters. My name is Joanna and I am 26 years old. I started having problems when I was 16. I was having pains on my lower back and stomach and was told from a ultrasound that I had cysts on my ovaries. I was put on birth control pills to help reduce the cysts and to help with menstrual cramps. I would get cramps so bad that I would cry. When I turned 18 I got married and was no longer taking the birth control pills. My husband and I wanted to have a baby from the day we got married. That same year my menstrual cycles completely stopped and I had no answer for why. I saw a doctor and still no answer. Was put on Provera for a couple months and then ended up on birth control pills to try to regulate. While I was on both I got my menstrual cycle but once I stopped taking them my cycles would never show. After 7 years of no success on conceiving, I decided that I really wanted to find out what the problem was. I was ready to be a mother but was also glad to spend these 7 years with it just being my husband and I. But now I am 26 years old and I am ready to take that next step and be a mother. I'm not getting any younger. I went to the doctor this past November for allergy problems and talked to the doctor about my menstrual problem and not being able to conceive. I had my blood drawn and was told that I have PCOS. I wasn't thrilled to find out I have PCOS but was excited to finally have a answer to what was wrong with me. I was put on Metformin 500mg twice a day. Took it for about 3 months and had my blood re-drawn. No change in my levels so had the Metformin upped to 1000mg twice a day. I have been on that dose for 4-5 months now and last time I had my blood drawn there was still no change. The only thing different is now I am having the side effects from the medication since my dose was upped.
I have been working on eating healthier and trying to get into the habit of working out. Research showed that by eating healthier and losing some weight, it could help lower my levels and increase chances of conceiving. So right now I am just concentrating on that. My doctor and I have been talking about Clomid and I am planning on getting put on it this fall. So far I have lost almost 20lbs.
I am glad to join this group knowing there are others who are having the same problems that I have and I know I will have support here. So feel free to message me and add me as a friend. emoticon

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I am always down to make friends and someone I can talk to about all this. Sometimes this PCOS stuff really gets me down and I feel like people do not understand when I bring it up. I've been trying to have children actively for 3 years now with no success. I want to give up but I know I shouldn't I'm only 33, I have a few more years to try right?

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5/29/13 1:11 P

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Thank you so much SQUIDARTPARTY!!! I am going and have gone through exactly what you went through and are going through. I am 29 and would also like to have children in the near future. It is really nice to see someone who has had the same struggles that I have had and to know someone that can really relate!!!

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hey all,
I thought I'd introduce myself. I just joined this spark team. I'm looking for similar type friends, you can send me a message or comment on my sparkpage if you want :)

I got diagnosed through an ultrasound a few years ago after seeing a gynecologist since I was a teen who was basically too lazy to find out what was causing my problems of long, intense (occasionally hemorrhage level) periods (sometimes lasting months at a time) and very painful cramps.

I finally went to a new doctor when I was an adult and felt weird about my previous doctor being so dismissive. That's who did the ultrasound, they thought they might not see anything because I was being prescribed hormonal birth control pills but they did-many follicles in my ovaries showed up.

I've had weight problems for much of my life, though when I managed to lose weight as a teen most of my symptoms went essentially away, so I'm trying to do that again.

I don't take any meds for my pcos besides birth control pills.

I am also anemic from blood loss due to this.

I also have suffered from depression and other mental health problems but it's not believed by most of my doctors that they are entirely related...although pcos could play a big factor in them.

I'm a vegan, and I try to limit my sugar (never ever drinking soda again and maybe 1-3 foods with added sugar a week) as of lately which is helping me lose weight pretty well so far! I know it might get tough later but so far I am not experiencing problems.

Lastly I hope not to have kids too soon. I'm 28 and do want them eventually, but I'm a student right now and trying to complete my schooling first. I do have an off and on boyfriend that I care about a great deal and love.

That's it, sorry for the novel here ;)



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Hey guys,

I too am someone who has suffered with PCOS since I could remember. I vaguely remember being rushed to the ER when I was 12 or so in agonizing pain; turned out it was from a cyst that had burst.

I sexually matured very early as many women with PCOS do. I had the large breasts, regular periods and the curvy hourglass shape from around 11 years old which was very distressing due to the teasing I would get from the other kids at school. I also remember that I was 'special' because I was given permission to use the teachers' bathroom because the facilities weren't adequate in the kiddy one!

My weight started to balloon around age 13, it started out at maybe 5-10 lbs increases per year and by the time I hit 17 I believe I was probably into the 190 range. It was the following couple of years that led to a much larger gain per year and my exercise levels that had previously been decent just went to crap.

Acne was the absolute bane of my teenage years. The medications were terrible and didn't help at all; I remember yearning for beautiful sooth peachy skin, not angry red zits. Then the hair growth started in small amounts. Started with my upper lip and as the years went by it started to happen in all sorts of odd places, something I am sure that many of you are familiar with.

Anyway, I know that I need to talk with and help support people like myself because once my initial weight loss burst is over I always plateau and give up. This time I am going to treat this as a fun challenge to make the scales tip again in my favor and hope that in sharing I can also be inspired by you guys and provide you with some inspiration also.

I did the whole TTC thing last year with hubby and unfortunately whilst they were able to get me to ovulate it turned out that we had other issues to make it nearly impossible. That was heartbreaking for me but now I just want to move forwards and look after myself right now and let life take its course. I figure that if I am meant to be a mom it will happen so no use in stressing over it and constantly harping on about it.

Feel free to add me as a friend and let's get some sparks roaring into mighty flames!

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4/10/13 7:08 A

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I struggle with sleep and energy as well. I never thought about taking a B-12 supplement. I'll try that and see if it makes a difference!

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Yes I do, especially in the afternoon. A lot of it could be from being insulin resistent, if you aren't processing your food correctly or aren't eating what your body can process, you will feel sluggish and tired. I know when I overload on sugar or processed carbs I feel so darn exhausted all the time. But since I have been taking my Metformin, really working on what I put in my mouth, exercising, taking a multi-vitamin and taking Iron (I am also anemic thanks to PCOS), I have been slowly gaining some energy back! I also noticed the more weight I drop, the better. It can be hard finding that balance though.

I hope you get yours back really soon!

Check out my blog at findingaskinnierme.blogspot.com/ I write a lot about my experience with PCOS and the obstacles of losing weight!


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I have been having sleeping problems here lately as well. I feel like I haven't been getting any sleep at all but sleeping is the only thing I feel like doing and I have no energy at all.



My name is Joanna by the way and I am 25 years old. My husband and I have been married for 8 years this coming June. We have been TTC since the day we got married with no success. I was just diagnosed with PCOS this past November. I had a very late diagnosis due to not being able to find a doctor who was willing to help me.



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Sleeps an important aspect of weight loss... Im lucky, i sleep like the dead. I do however seem to lack energy alot. Might look into the B-12 suppliments. Along with the other 16 tablets a day whats one more?! Haha. Apparently (for those who struggle) the key to a good nights sleep is going to bed at 10pm with a cup of Tea and confortable pajamas.

MRLDCTYGRL: I like the advice on carbs and Protein. I didnt know that. I will have to check im allowed though as I have to limit my intake of protein, given that my kidneys leak it like its goin out of fashion!

Danielle xx

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Added sleep as one of my sp goals. I really need to improve on this aspect of my life.

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1/24/13 6:41 A

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Goodness, I'm struggling with my sleep too. I hope tonight's a better night.

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1/22/13 3:20 P

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I have been taking a Super B complex everyday this month and boy what a difference in my energy level.

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1/22/13 2:05 P

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Holy crap I am tired all the time! Is that what the problem is?! I get plenty of sleep...

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1/20/13 2:46 P

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Dear Aunt Flo
Its been 2 years since I've seen you and I miss you terribly. I know we've had our differences in the past and I know there were times that I didn't want you around, but since you've been away all i do is worry about never seeing you again. If you could find the time to come around every once in a while I would be so happy to see you again. With love and devotion soul cyster Bonnie


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Yes! I do too...i was reading that women with PCOS have low B-12 absorbtion, which is directly related to energy, and Metformin makes us unable to absorb B-12 from Food (not entirely but yes, it does hinder it) so I suggest get that checked. i just restarted taking a Super B Complex supplement. It of course can be so many things, but I think this is my answer as to why I am so tired.

Priscilla

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Hi! I hope you all have been enjoying your weekend! Do any of you have problems with being tired? I feel tired ALLLLLL the time. I'm going to book an appointment to see my doctor but was wondering if you guys have any input. Thank you!

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I agree with the previous post. I just started working out and eating right(mostly) about a month ago after AF has been absent for 6 months or so and she has just returned. So while I know it isn't what anyone wants to hear eating healthy and regular exercise really may be the key to restoring fertility for some of us. So far it has worked for me. Weight loss most likely will be slow and frustrating but some loss is better than none.

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Hey, well I have pcos, didnt no until after I had 2 kids. Yet a doctor told me I would never have kids. I had cycles that came and went as they please. What i came to the conclusion was when I exercised thats when my cycle was regular and that is also when I conceived my kids, boy surprise 1 and 2. So I will say workout and eat healthy.

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Welcome Bookworm! I have PCOS as well and have had TTC issues. I just had a laproscopy this past Thursday to check and make sure my tubes are open, no structural damage, etc. If you are exercising and eating properly, the Metformin will help you lose weight, which will also help with TTC. :) Good luck and you're on the way to a successful journey!

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I am 25 years old and was diagnosed with PCOS a month ago. I have had problems since I was in high school but never knew what the problem was. My husband and I have been married for 7 years and have been TTC since we got married, with no success and now that I know why I have been having trouble with TTC it has been a relief. My doctor put me on Metformin the day I found out my diagnosis. I will continue to TTC and hopefully one day I will get that positive test.

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11/24/12 9:30 A

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Hi! I have been diagnosed with PCOS (year 2010) but have probably had it since I was around 13/14. Doctors over the years never told me there was something wrong with my lack of cycles, etc. and after a year of TTC with no success, my PCM recommended I get tested and go see an RE for confirmation and help with TTC. I have been taking Metformin since my diagnosis and have done TTC rounds with Clomid to help with ovulation. I had a miscarriage in November 2011 - my first and my first pregnancy. Now, my hubby and I are TTC again but since he is military and due to leave again, it looks like I will be doing IUI on my own. I was finally able to see a good RE a few months ago since we have moved back to the States and he has recommended I have a laproscopy to check my tubes, for endometriosis, etc. That will happen next week, then my hubby and I can try to TTC on our own one last time before he leaves. I'd love to have Cysters to talk to about PCOS and anything else during this road. It helps to have people to talk to!

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10/26/12 1:09 P

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Hey there! I am 24 and I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 17. I am recently married and TTC, my doctor put me on Metaformin a month ago, and it has helped with my hormones, for the first time ever I am ovulating, but have yet to have a menstrual cycle without using Promentrium (Progesterone) to induce one. Metaformin can make you feel quite sick the first few weeks, but for me it got better! And as long as I take with food I don't feel sick. I will be your buddy if you want and need on!

"By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised." Hebrews 11:10

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Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it." Psalm 37:3-5


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I'm 25 years old and have not had a menstrual cycle in 3-4 years. My husband and I had been TTC since we got married 7 years ago with no luck. I had no clue what the problem was with my body. I saw a couple Dr's who would not tell me anything. I finally found one who was willing to help and was just diagnosed with PCOS today and I start taking Metformin tomorrow. I could really use a buddy through this journey, someone who I can talk to who also has PCOS.

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that is good to know! I knew to go lower carb but didnt know that low was better. I can't go that low but I will def try to keep it under 60! I knew carbs played a huge role in our weight loss. And congrats on the weight you have lost!
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So my dr in Woodinville, WA has PCOS herself. And she opened a clinic specifically for weight loss and takes regular insurance, and is a regular GP just like the ones who know NOTHING about PCOS. Her opinion? Good news/bad news. Good news is, if you get your plan right, you're going to ROCK this thing, fix your cholesterol if it's upside down from the insulin resistance like mine is, and start losing weight like crazy. Bad news is, we need to keep our carbs UNDER 30g/day and our protein OVER 60g/day, and will probably have to eat like that for the rest of our lives. I haven't seen new bloodwork yet, it's only been six weeks. But I'm down over 15 lbs, I feel great, and I've lost INCHES which means I'm gaining muscle. SERIOUS INCHES AND SERIOUS MUSCLE. Three and half inches off my waist. Five and a half inches off my hips. Three inches off EACH thigh! Two inches in my bra band (hence all the angst over new sports bras in other posts and blogs). In SIX weeks, with two ballroom dance classes and two hot yoga classes a week for the last four weeks. That's me, and I've got almost 100 lbs to lose and fibromyalgia to boot. So if this helps anyone, awesome, but I'm not personally a doctor.

Note to self: Please be patient with me, God isn't finished with me yet.


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I know how you feel. I will gain weight like crazy if I eat 1200-1500 cals. I can even gain weight eating 1000-1200 cals. At least you did lose weight but, like you, I would be frustrated with all that hard work and not getting as big of an outcome as you were hoping for. The only times I can lose weight is when I eat 900 cals or less (i know...its not supposed to be healthy...but i get in healthy foods so I get a good amount of food for my calories), eat lower carb (under 100) and exercise at least 5 days per week. I find that carbs are a huge factor in my weight loss. I can eat low cal but if the majority of the cals come from carbs and I will gain weight or not lose. Darn insulin resistance.
But in short (sorry this was so long)
I eat 900 cals or under of lower carb foods. Lean protein, veggies and some fruit.
I do eat oatmeal for breakfast for the fiber and good carbs.
I try to keep my carbs under 100 grams
I try to exercise (cardio and strength) at least 5-6 times per week
I also take magnesium and try to eat foods that have it naturally since I have read more than once that those with PCOS tend to be low on mag.
(and this is what I do when I am being good and really trying. I have not been doing good for the past year and am getting back on track this month.)

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10/14/12 9:01 P

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As soon as you find out a way to loose weight please pass that on!!!! I have tried to eat 1200-1500 cal plus workout 30-60 min a day 6 days a week for 5 months and only accomplished a 9 lbs weight loss. I was so discouraged because I put forth so much effort!!!! Anyone else have the same results?!?!?

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10/14/12 4:52 P

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I could use some accountability help, too. I'm currently going through the separation/divorce process, which is making dieting a complete challenge. Why, oh, why can't I be one of those women who become a size two when stressed!? Ugh. My (ex-ish)husband and I tried to conceive for four years with no luck. In retrospect, I guess that was a blessing. I'd just like to get my body into shape for whatever God has planned for me--- be that kids, mission work, underwater basket weaving--- whatever. I have another ultrasound scheduled for next month to see if one of my overgrown cysts needs surgery. It would be great to just get to a point where I have fewer symptoms and could lose weight at the rate of normal women. Sooo annoying to go to my TOPS meeting, eat less and workout more than my co-worker, and see her drop pounds quicker. I'd love if anyone has any tips to share.

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Girl I will be your accountability buddy! I need one too so if you would like just add me and we can work this out together. I Don't have near the problems that you seem to have. I guess I am one of the lucky PCOS people that have the ability to have children. My last one did take some time to conceive, but I am almost positive that it was because of the extra weight. I can't seem to loose it and that is a real bummer. I am tired all the time and I have a magic number that when I reach it all my symptoms disappear and I feel great like there is noting wrong. I am just having a real hard time getting my stubborn body to go along the weightloss journey with my head!:) LOL

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Hey all, I've been around SP off and on for two years. Like some of you, I'm not TTC, so a lot of the other boards and forums I found just didn't seem to fit me. Ironically, my PCOS didn't kick in until I gained an unusual amount of weight (96 lbs) with my first surprise! pregnancy at 19 yrs old. I eventually got married, and after a couple of years of TTC, finally saw the right specialist who Dx'd me with PCOS, in 1993. (Never did really conceive again, had a molar pregnancy in 1998 after I'd given up completely, wound up getting divorced and eventually remarried to a man who had two kids of his own and a vasectomy when we met. Nice and tidy.)

So it's been around for awhiiiiile. Not that they had and great treatments then either, but because of the length of time i've been dealing with this, I've about seen and tried it all... clomid for 18 months! (I should have had LITTERS, I was on DOUBLE DOSES for 6 months! ACK!), the terrible TERRIBLE periods (which I finally put an end to in Feb 2011 with an endometrial ablation, mail me if you want info, but it means a definite end to having kids). Weight gain, stubborn struggles with weight loss, facial hair, skin thickening, some depression, crazy hormonal mood swings when things are really out of whack... some Machiavellian procedures for testing and all kinds of awful stuff.

Turns out I actually have what I affectionately call an endocrine crapstorm. And a LOT of it can be managed by cutting carbs like a maniac.

Soooo, I'm "back" on SP for the forseeable future, I have a team of supportive doctors who actually give a crap, and I'm feeling good for the first time in YEARS, so I must be doing something right. Looking for accountability buddies to cheer me on or cheer me up or remind me that the scale is neither my enemy nor my guide, it's just a tool that doesn't show the whole picture!!!

Note to self: Please be patient with me, God isn't finished with me yet.


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Hi this is day two for me around here. Still learning my way through. I was told just a few days ago that I am having this issue. I am still in the processing stage of it all. I have been to webmd and mayo clinic pages to read more on it. As like many docs mine is always in a rush. I have the paperwork they gave me. I am past (in my mind anyways) having babies. She has me on the Metforming. 500 mg first week. 1,000 second week and 1500 thereafter. So many new things. I just thank God I am not alone in this. I would probably go insane with this.

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Hey, I found out I had PCOS a while ago when I was trying to conceive. now about 3 yrs later still no baby... I actually do not ovulate at all no period since january.. My MD is just now trying to get me on metformin to get everything regulated....I'm actually not sure if I want a baby anymore...so I'm very confused...& trying to lose weight with PCOS seems impossible sometimes...it's just so hard... my MD put me on a 1200-1500 cal diet starting this past monday which will help but I dunno...I wish I could catch a break sometimes...wake up and it all be gone...ugh...but I'm still trying on my own and hope to soon reach my 100lb weight loss goal...

Sandi.. Finding myself again, 1lb at a time :)


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8/3/12 11:00 A

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I have been having the same trouble. Recently I went to all places a Free Clinic since i lost my insurance. They have helped me so much more than the other doctors that I was seeing. They not only put me on Metformin but Glipizide and now an injection called Victoza. They did add a water pill too. So far in the last 2 weeks I have gone from not losing a pound in years to being down 8 pounds. dont give up... keep looking for a doctor who are willing to help.

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Hey I am 26 and was diagnosed in 2004 when I was eighteen. I was put on BC and spiranalactane (I think that's how you spell it). After that I pretty much forgot that I had it, I mean I knew I had something, but I forgot the name and didn't research it anymore. I recently went back to the same clinic where I was diagnosed (long story, when I was 18 I changed my doctor to the doctor my parents had, looking back I don't know if she was a good doctor, sometimes I would wait in her office for over an hour, also she didn't seem to care that much. recently I lost my parent's insurance because I turned 26, so that gave me the drive to find a new doctor.) When I went to a doctor at the clinic that had diagnosed me, we went over my medical history and he reminded me that I have PCOS. He explained that it could be a reason that I was obese. I want to learn more about it. I now know that I will have to work extra hard to lose weight. I look forward to participating in this team and meeting you.

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Hi I am new to this team I am 42 and I have been diagnosed with PCOS for 15 years I do not have children from this and decided not to try the different things to try to get pregnant but that is ok and my husband is ok with that so there has not been any pressure for me to have children so that has helped. I have been struggling with my weight all my life and when I found out that I had PCOS and started researching about it found out what a battle it is I do not lose weight so I at least try to maintain and not gain more I have tried Metformin but it is to hard on my GI system so I can not take that so what I try to do is eat a low carb diet and high in protein.

Well that is a little about me I hope that everybody has a nice rest of your week
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