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I'm just wondering if anyone out there has heard of any natural ways to get rid of cysts after they are already growing? I know that a healthy diet can keep them from growing, but I've already got one that is getting quite large and wondered if anyone knew anything new and wonderful to help with them? Thanks for any info at all.

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emoticon JMCALVEY! As much as some of these PCOS symptoms can appear the same for a lot of us....each person's case is different in some way when we take a closer look.

It sounds exhausting from what you've posted but I hope you're feeling better these days.

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I have PCOS and I have had it for 9 years. However after reading some of the postings mine is very different then some of the ones I have read. I found out I had PCOS because I was bleeding all the time. In order to get pregnant the doctors had to first stop me from bleeding all the time and then help me ovulate to to pregnant. The first one was a miscarriage the second pregnancy is a girl she is now 8. My second was another miscarriage. I was tired of bleeding all the time and having miscarriages that I had a discussion with my OB/Gyn and I decided to have an endometrial ablation. The reason for the ablation was because my doctor did not want me to have a full hysterectomy at my young age. So I gave up on wanting more children. Now I am still very over weight and I joined spark to see about losing weight and trying to get the ambition to do it. Still know ambition but I am sharing my PCOS story with you.



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Hopefully you'll get good news back on the test!!!

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I had my 6 month check up with the endocrinologist yesterday.
We need to wait on the blood work, but basically the next steps depend on if my hormone levels are getting better or not.
If my LSH and FSH levels are showing improvement, the next step is Chlomid. If they are not, they will be upping my metformin again mg wise and refilling my prescription for phentermine.

Guess we have to wait and see.

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Sorry to hear about your losses. Due to PCOS I am infertile and have been trying to get pregnant for 5 years. I am plus size and really want to lose weight and hopefully have a successful pregnancy one day too. Good luck losing weight and becoming a mom. =) I hope we both get their one day. I need to lose 100+ pounds but with determination I know I will get their. My husband is my greatest Spark accountability partner.

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Hi there:

Glad you are here, Balle. We are a very supportive group. One of the things that helps me stay on track is having an accountability buddy to whom I report my food success and exercise to each day. She does the same with me and we really root each other on. It gives me a reason outside myself to keep focused.

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Hello I'm New here i have lost 2 baby's so i want to the DR's to see what was wrong with me and i was diagnosed with PCOS and i was put one metformin to help with my cycle and thank god it is helping but I'm still not getting pregnant and now I'm trying to lose the weight so i can get healthy and get pregnant... I need Help with staying on track .......

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GMeissne1, I was going through the same thing as you 3 weeks ago. My stomach and back were killing me. I haven't had a period without birth control pills in years. After about a week of hurting I got a period. It was my first period without birth control pills since I started taking Metformin. When I was in pain I also didn't know what to look for. I think eating healthier and working out has done a lot of help.


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Has anyone here tried Inositol? It comes in pill and powder form. I heard taking that supplement along with folic acid helps tremendously with hirsuitism and regulating your period. Just a thought. I am about to start taking those supplements this week and update anyone if interested!

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Warning: About to get a little gross.

The last week or so I have been really pissy, and just sort of stressed and angry. I snapped a bunch at Greg and even at the kids. My stomach was killing me last night for like an hour, and I couldn't figure out why. Then I ate a jr cheeseburger from wendys, a medium fries, and a medium coke (my first soda in over 2 months). It was DELICIOUS. I also have had a hard time sleeping. I also weighed myself midweek (which I try not to do, but I was bored and waiting for an elliptical) and I had GAINED BACK 2 lbs!!!!!! I was not happy, but I figured maybe I had retained water or was building muscle and then I ran extra hard. I was sort of wondering why I was so moody, and then...BAM! Mother Nature visits.

I don't usually have a period at ALL, and when I do, I usually just have a little spotting and don't get moody, because the hormones aren't that strong. HAH! The problem with never getting a period is that you aren't used to the symptoms, so I wasn't putting two and two together!

The upside, is that in the last month or so I am learning to deal with my stress/anger/anxiety/etc through exercise, rather than food. This may be the reason I am getting a period now. Some research has shown that just by reducing her weight by 10%, a woman with PCOS can reduce symptoms and begin to have a cycle.

ANYWAYS....just thought I would (over)share.


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Cassandrajd I have the same no period problem. My period completely stopped when I was 18 years old and I am now 26. The only thing that helped me get my period is provera or birth control pills. But I am on birth control pills right now, have been for the past three months and I haven't had a period by taking them. So I stopped taking them. I want to be a mother so bad. It's very depressing. I was on Metformin 1000 mg twice a day and it did nothing for me. My insulin level never changed and I had bad side effects. I got switched to Metformin ER today. I'm hoping I will have better luck with that and I also made the decision to be put on clomid after I get back from vacation.


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For me PCOS has definitely ruined my life. It is one of many reasons I am having a difficult life!
One of my biggest problems with this condition is that I lost my period! When I was a teenager and in early adulthood I had 1 or 2 periods a year and now for the past 4 years I haven't had it at all! I am afraid that I won't get to have kids! That is the most important thing to me! I don't want to live if I can't biologically have children! I am afraid because of my struggles to lose weight and my living situation and other problems that I won't ever get better! I want to badly but, I don't have much inspiration right now! Anyone else lose their period for a few years or more?
I feel like I have menopause but, I don't know if I do since I am 25 years old and I was told by the doctor last year that I didn't have it but, now I am worried I might now!



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To Brooke I think dizziness can be a side effect that goes with nausea maybe! I know some people get dizzy when they experience nausea. You should always try to eat something right before you take the metformin and that should help! I am not sure but, it could be from a different medication if you take others it could be the way the medications interact with each other but, if your dizziness doesn't go away after a week or so then you probably should go to the doctor! Also metformin doesn't cure pcos and it won't take away most of the symptoms.
What it does is it helps lowers the blood sugar! The only side effects that I know of are Nausea and lactic acidosis. I have only experienced nausea a few times because I hadn't eaten for a while and took the pills without food in my system!

I hope I understood what you said! I hope this helped some! If not sorry! Maybe someoneelse can help you also!



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Alright ladies, I have a question about Metformin and our lovely friend PCOS.

I was first diagnosed with PCOS the 2nd week of June due to high testosterone, (and high prolactin!) missed cycles, weight gain, and acne. It was an endocrine system crapstorm of systems and I couldn't control them no matter how much I dieted and I could exercise because I felt exhausted ALL the time. I was put on metformin - 500mg a day for a week then 1000mg a day from there on out. I couldn't move up that fast (the post below made me feel much more normal, so thank you!) so I am just starting to tolerate about 750 mg - a pill and a half.

Except I now have other problems. I am still having breakouts, I've missed ANOTHER cycle, and now I get dizzy, ringing in my ears, and feeling like I'm going to pass out. Its a VERY scary feeling!! Its been mostly happening at night as I try to fall asleep, but today it seems to be a constant feeling. I ate and feel a little better, but I'm sure in an hour or so I will be feeling that same wave of dizziness!

Has anyone ever had an adverse reaction like that to Metformin? My concern is that I'm not actually IR and the Met is hurting rather than helping. Maybe I should just be on BCP? Or maybe I haven't given it long enough to get into my system?

Also, for those of you who had trouble with your weight before your PCOS diagnosis - did you find taking BCP made you gain weight or had no effect in that instance?

ANY advice is so very much appreciated! I am new to this whole PCOS thing and I feel like my body is going crazy AGAIN!


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Hi, I have PCOS and no thyroid anymore, had it removed due to throat constriction. There is a helpful group on spark teams called thyroid community that I belong to as well. Take the metformin dosage guidelines slowly, I could not tolerate it when I went to 1000 the first few times. This last time, I stayed at 500 for a month before going up to 1000 and it is helping with side effects. I have a hard time with nausea with it, or most pills, like birth control pills. If you have facial hair or other hair that is not wanted, adding spironolactone can help. Welcome to the team!




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Yes, please share!

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What website were you on?



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Wow! That's a lot of great information! Thanks!



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Welcome to the team, BarbieQueen! Getting diagnosed can be very tricky. I had very similar experiences to yours!

We're glad you are here. Know you are appreciated!!!

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Hey, Girls I was just diagnosed with pcos. I knew for years that i had pcos, but the doctors kept on telling me that my ovaries were fine even though my periods during my teen years would come down for months or not come at all. As I started losing weight and drinking Red Raspberry tea (I read it could regulate me) my periods started coming down every 40-42 days and last seven days. With the summer I ended up gaining weight almost 30 pounds because of an under active thyroid and my period did not come down for three months when it did it wasn't the usual menstrual cycle, but it ended. In February of this year I kept on spotting pink blood for a month and i though i maybe had a kidney infection, so i rushed to the ER and they said it was a cyst on my left ovary and that they are common. In March I had nothing but heavy bleeding and nothing would help, I made an appointment to the gyno and he did tests and told me it was my thyroid and that according to his blood work i do not have pcos, so i was started on lo dose birth control, but when my period came down it was pure hell and I mean hell I had heavy bleeding, bad cramps, and I was vomiting i spoke with the gyno and he told me to stop taking them. At this point my Endo already told me i had pcos and started me on met 500 once a day for the next two weeks and as of next week i can increase the dose to twice a day.

Does anyone have any tips for me on how to deal with pcos?


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I agree, Mrs. Yates! The other thing that really bothers me is that we are all looked at with disdain by some medical professionals.

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I think they also lump all of us into the same boat under one umbrella term of PCOS but I have noticed that PCOS can mean so many different things for so many different women. I personally know food affects how I feel and the only way I have felt any better is by severly reducing my processed carb and sugar intake. While other women with PCOS can eat a little more flexible of a diet and it doesn't seem to affect them as much. Such a frustrating condition!!!

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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Most doctors are still so unfamiliar with the effects and symptoms of PCOS it is easy to go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for decades. That is what happened to me. I was only diagnosed 3 years ago despite years of medical appointments with all manner of "experts."



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I just found this team, and all of our stories are so similar. PCOS is a cruel disease, but I have to remember to be thankful that it can be managed, unlike some other diseases out there. I'm 38 years old, and have had a total of 4 miscarriages. I too had a reproductive endocrinologist flat out tell me I was just too fat to maintain a healthy pregnancy (I was probably around 160 lbs at the time). It's been a frustrating road. I can't take birth control pills because my fertility workup came up positive for clotting problems, so I'm currently back on the metformin route. My weight is a total yo-yo, but I can tell you that the only thing that works for me is counting/tracking calories, and maintaining a good exercise schedule. The insanely frustrating part is that this routine has to be constant, the minute I "slip up," the weight piles right back on. I love some of the tips the rest of you have given, and from my experiences, I totally agree with everyone. Even though this sucks, it's great to have support from others going through it. And also, for those of you who are trying to conceive, don't give up! I stayed persistent and now have an 8 year old son, and 7 year old triplet daughters. There was a point in time that my husband and I just resigned ourselves to the fact that it wasn't in the cards for us to have kids, but I'm so glad we persisted. They're the loves of my life!


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Oh my, that rings a bell. I wasn't diagnosed till I was in my early 20's. I spent most of my teens at doctor appointments trying to figure out why my period wouldn't stop. I even had my ovaries checked out and no cysts. Finally a doctor said to me, "you have PCOS, you need to lose weight." How?? I had been struggling to lose weight since I started gaining it at age 13 and I was an active kid.

Finally years later they have done so much more research, there is so much information out there and there are so many books to read. It is simply amazing. Turns out, food was my enemy. By controlling my diet, I have been controlling a lot of my symptoms, though it doesn't 100% go away and of course I slip up because no one is perfect.

We are all trying to find the balance I think and each have a story. I am so glad there is a community like this to be able to relate with each other!

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 saw a link for this website
Eating a specific PCOS Fertility Diet is one of the best things you can do to improve your chances of becoming pregnant.

A big part of the problem with PCOS is the high insulin resistance. Resistance to insulin increases the body’s insulin levels which effects normal ovulation by preventing the body from ovulating or limiting the maturation process of the released egg.

This directly has an affect on your fertility and ability to conceive.

Women who are insulin resistant are also 4-5 times more likely to have a miscarriage. Imbalanced insulin levels due to PCOS make it difficult for the embryo to attach properly to the uterus.

PCOS is also a huge red flag for the beginning of type 2 diabetes.

I do not say all this to scare you, but I do want you to know that this is a serious matter. But there is a lot you can do to turn this all around, naturally. The biggest step you can take is to change your diet to a PCOS diet.

The benefits of following a PCOS Diet are:

Increases the rate of spontaneous ovulation.
Significantly improves the environment of the uterus, preparing it for a healthy conception.
Decreases the potential for miscarriage
Prevents PCOS from turning to diabetes
PCOS Diet Guidelines
1. Balance your daily protein with equal amount carbohydrates

This will help to eliminate the insulin yo-yo. When you eat equal amounts of proteins and carbohydrates this helps to keep your insulin at a balanced level, thus increasing your fertility.

Low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet helped insulin resistance. High-carbohydrate, low-protein diet made insulin resistance worse.
-Medical Journal Metabolism; no. 12: 1481-1487

A diet containing 25% carbohydrates improved insulin resistance, whereas a diet that included 45% carbohydrates did not
-International Journal of Obesity and Related metabolic Disorders 20 no. 12:1067-1072

The types of carbohydrates you choose are also an important factor. Choose whole grain, or sprouted grain products. They contain more protein and fiber (thus balancing insulin better) than the processed counterparts. Avoid white processed carbohydrates which cause a spike in your insulin levels and provide no fiber, or nutrients.

Some examples of whole grain and sprouted grain products are:



Ezekiel breads
Whole spelt- pastas and breads
Quinoa – pastas, flour, grain
Millet- breads, grains, cereal
Brown Rice- cereals, breads, grain
The best place to find these foods are at your local health foods store or Whole Foods Market.

Make sure the proteins you are eating are complete and organic. Organic meats and dairy contain essential fatty acids and will not contribute to any hormonal imbalances.

2. Eat low glycemic index foods

Low glycemic index foods are carbohydrates that break down slowly in the body, and don’t case such a dramatic spike and drop in insulin levels.

Some examples of low glycemic index foods are:

Any vegetables
Whole grains
Unprocessed foods
Fibrous foods
Carbohydrates that break down quickly are likely to make the insulin levels jump dramatically.

Avoid foods that have a high glycemic index such as sugary and starchy foods: pancakes, syrups, sugar, white potatoes, jams, scones, white bread products, pasta.

3. Eat a diet high in fiber

Fiber helps in two ways with PCOS. The first way they help is by slowing down the digestion of sugars in the body, so there is no spike in insulin. The second way they help is by removing excess estrogens from the body, which may also help to reduce fibroids.

Great sources of fiber are: broccoli, celery, whole grains, Ezekiel bread, apples, and dark leafy greens.

4. Eat 5 meals a day

By eating more often, the body will not go into fasting mode. When you look at the way most Americans eat, it is usually three big meals a day. With such a large gap of time between meals the body goes into fasting mode which causes the metabolism to become imbalanced.

The five meals a day should consist of three regular meals and two healthy snacks or 5 small meals. The first snack should be eaten in the mid-morning before lunch and the second snack to be eaten less than an hour before bed. Between eating 5 meals a day and eating a serving of protein (3-4 ounces), starch (1/4-1/2 cup), vegetables (1/2 cup to 1 cup) each meal, you will also experience weight loss.

Here is what the 5 meals a day could look like:

Breakfast (right away, when you wake up): 2 eggs scrambled with spinach + 1/2 cup oatmeal
Snack: Protein shake with organic milk, banana and spirulina
Lunch: Organic Turkey sandwich on whole grain bread with carrot sticks and hummus on the side
Dinner: Organic chicken with steamed broccoli and half a yam
Snack (less than an hour before bed): organic yogurt with granola and 1/2 teaspoon spirulina
You could have your last snack between lunch and dinner, eating your dinner right before bed. Find out what works best with your lifestyle.

5. Eat essential fatty acids daily

Eating essential fatty acids (EFA’s) helps you to lose weight, produce balanced hormones, and creates a healthy environment for conception.

The best source of EFA’s is Fish Oils, and Evening Primrose oil.

Omega 3 EFA supplement- Take 1-3 capsules daily with your snack. Make sure to use an oil that contains DHA which is essential for the baby’s healthy brain. You can take this daily and during pregnancy.

Evening Primrose Oil- Take 1500mg of this oil from day one of your cycle (menstruation) till ovulation. Evening Primrose Oil helps to increase cervical mucous and metabolic function. Use in addition to the flax or cod liver oils.

6. Exercise 30 min. 5 days a week

Exercise helps PCOS by improving your insulin sensitivity, increasing your metabolism and helping to shed any excess weight. Both aerobic and resistance exercises are good. Researchers found that participants of resistance exercises showed better improvement in insulin sensitivity than with aerobic exercise alone.

You could walk and lift weights or take a Pilates class and run on the treadmill. Discover what you enjoy doing and do this 5 days a week for at least thirty minutes.

7. Eat Organic

You will be eating a high protein diet, so it is essential that any animal proteins (meats and dairy) you are eating are organic. In commercial meats there are large amounts of added hormones (estrogens) that make the animals grow bigger, faster, and produce more milk. With PCOS there is usually a progesterone deficiency and adding more estrogens can make it even worse.

Studies have shown that organic foods contain more vitamins, minerals and healthier proteins.

8. Quit Coffee

Caffeine increases estrogen levels. A study from Fertility and Sterility shows that drinking just two cups of coffee a day boosts levels of estradiol, a natural estrogen. Women who drink 4-5 cups of coffee a day produce 70% more estrogen in the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle (when the body is trying to produce a viable follicle for ovulation, which is already and issue in women with PCOS.)

If you need help getting off the bean, check out Teccino. It is a coffee alternative that tastes great and is alkalizing for the body.on another thread and thought I would share some highlights:

Eating a specific PCOS Fertility Diet is one of the best things you can do to improve your chances of becoming pregnant.

A big part of the problem with PCOS is the high insulin resistance. Resistance to insulin increases the body’s insulin levels which effects normal ovulation by preventing the body from ovulating or limiting the maturation process of the released egg.

This directly has an affect on your fertility and ability to conceive.

Women who are insulin resistant are also 4-5 times more likely to have a miscarriage. Imbalanced insulin levels due to PCOS make it difficult for the embryo to attach properly to the uterus.

PCOS is also a huge red flag for the beginning of type 2 diabetes.

I do not say all this to scare you, but I do want you to know that this is a serious matter. But there is a lot you can do to turn this all around, naturally. The biggest step you can take is to change your diet to a PCOS diet.

The benefits of following a PCOS Diet are:

Increases the rate of spontaneous ovulation.
Significantly improves the environment of the uterus, preparing it for a healthy conception.
Decreases the potential for miscarriage
Prevents PCOS from turning to diabetes
PCOS Diet Guidelines
1. Balance your daily protein with equal amount carbohydrates

This will help to eliminate the insulin yo-yo. When you eat equal amounts of proteins and carbohydrates this helps to keep your insulin at a balanced level, thus increasing your fertility.

Low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet helped insulin resistance. High-carbohydrate, low-protein diet made insulin resistance worse.
-Medical Journal Metabolism; no. 12: 1481-1487

A diet containing 25% carbohydrates improved insulin resistance, whereas a diet that included 45% carbohydrates did not
-International Journal of Obesity and Related metabolic Disorders 20 no. 12:1067-1072

The types of carbohydrates you choose are also an important factor. Choose whole grain, or sprouted grain products. They contain more protein and fiber (thus balancing insulin better) than the processed counterparts. Avoid white processed carbohydrates which cause a spike in your insulin levels and provide no fiber, or nutrients.

Some examples of whole grain and sprouted grain products are:



Ezekiel breads
Whole spelt- pastas and breads
Quinoa – pastas, flour, grain
Millet- breads, grains, cereal
Brown Rice- cereals, breads, grain
The best place to find these foods are at your local health foods store or Whole Foods Market.

Make sure the proteins you are eating are complete and organic. Organic meats and dairy contain essential fatty acids and will not contribute to any hormonal imbalances.

2. Eat low glycemic index foods

Low glycemic index foods are carbohydrates that break down slowly in the body, and don’t case such a dramatic spike and drop in insulin levels.

Some examples of low glycemic index foods are:

Any vegetables
Whole grains
Unprocessed foods
Fibrous foods
Carbohydrates that break down quickly are likely to make the insulin levels jump dramatically.

Avoid foods that have a high glycemic index such as sugary and starchy foods: pancakes, syrups, sugar, white potatoes, jams, scones, white bread products, pasta.

3. Eat a diet high in fiber

Fiber helps in two ways with PCOS. The first way they help is by slowing down the digestion of sugars in the body, so there is no spike in insulin. The second way they help is by removing excess estrogens from the body, which may also help to reduce fibroids.

Great sources of fiber are: broccoli, celery, whole grains, Ezekiel bread, apples, and dark leafy greens.

4. Eat 5 meals a day

By eating more often, the body will not go into fasting mode. When you look at the way most Americans eat, it is usually three big meals a day. With such a large gap of time between meals the body goes into fasting mode which causes the metabolism to become imbalanced.

The five meals a day should consist of three regular meals and two healthy snacks or 5 small meals. The first snack should be eaten in the mid-morning before lunch and the second snack to be eaten less than an hour before bed. Between eating 5 meals a day and eating a serving of protein (3-4 ounces), starch (1/4-1/2 cup), vegetables (1/2 cup to 1 cup) each meal, you will also experience weight loss.

Here is what the 5 meals a day could look like:

Breakfast (right away, when you wake up): 2 eggs scrambled with spinach + 1/2 cup oatmeal
Snack: Protein shake with organic milk, banana and spirulina
Lunch: Organic Turkey sandwich on whole grain bread with carrot sticks and hummus on the side
Dinner: Organic chicken with steamed broccoli and half a yam
Snack (less than an hour before bed): organic yogurt with granola and 1/2 teaspoon spirulina
You could have your last snack between lunch and dinner, eating your dinner right before bed. Find out what works best with your lifestyle.

5. Eat essential fatty acids daily

Eating essential fatty acids (EFA’s) helps you to lose weight, produce balanced hormones, and creates a healthy environment for conception.

The best source of EFA’s is Fish Oils, and Evening Primrose oil.

Omega 3 EFA supplement- Take 1-3 capsules daily with your snack. Make sure to use an oil that contains DHA which is essential for the baby’s healthy brain. You can take this daily and during pregnancy.

Evening Primrose Oil- Take 1500mg of this oil from day one of your cycle (menstruation) till ovulation. Evening Primrose Oil helps to increase cervical mucous and metabolic function. Use in addition to the flax or cod liver oils.

6. Exercise 30 min. 5 days a week

Exercise helps PCOS by improving your insulin sensitivity, increasing your metabolism and helping to shed any excess weight. Both aerobic and resistance exercises are good. Researchers found that participants of resistance exercises showed better improvement in insulin sensitivity than with aerobic exercise alone.

You could walk and lift weights or take a Pilates class and run on the treadmill. Discover what you enjoy doing and do this 5 days a week for at least thirty minutes.

7. Eat Organic

You will be eating a high protein diet, so it is essential that any animal proteins (meats and dairy) you are eating are organic. In commercial meats there are large amounts of added hormones (estrogens) that make the animals grow bigger, faster, and produce more milk. With PCOS there is usually a progesterone deficiency and adding more estrogens can make it even worse.

Studies have shown that organic foods contain more vitamins, minerals and healthier proteins.

8. Quit Coffee

Caffeine increases estrogen levels. A study from Fertility and Sterility shows that drinking just two cups of coffee a day boosts levels of estradiol, a natural estrogen. Women who drink 4-5 cups of coffee a day produce 70% more estrogen in the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle (when the body is trying to produce a viable follicle for ovulation, which is already and issue in women with PCOS.)

If you need help getting off the bean, check out Teccino. It is a coffee alternative that tastes great and is alkalizing for the body."




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Hi :) been reading down the list and i have to agree with Christina... Metformin is fabulous. I however cannt take it due to other medical conditions. Its mainly a diabetes drug so most docs wouldnt ordinarily think of it. Mine did and its supposed to help weight loss as well as with facial hair. Its a shame I had to come off it.

somthing i have been recommended is "green tea tablets" this is supposed to have the same effect as drinking 100 cups of green tea a day, cleansing the system. I havent tried this yet. Ill let you know.

Any tips and advice for me? Im on slimming world and doing ok, but would like to do better.

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I agree, you never know what life will throw your way.

I have had no success of having any children of my own yet, but I refuse to give up either. Been trying for almost 3 years now pretty diligently. All I can do is hope and pray it's in my cards to be a mother...


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Christina, I am very happy for you that you were able to have children. You are truly blessed.

I do set small goals for myself and treat myself to a manicure for those. I have larger goals that I work on daily, and have appropriate rewards set for those, as well, when things like auto repairs or the need for a new fridge don't get in the way... Life will always occur on its own schedule that way! Lol.

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for small goals that I achieve I treat myself to a pedicure or something nice and relaxing, for bigger goals, maybe a new outfit or piece of workout equipment, etc.

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Ameena5, I notice that when I eat to many carbs, I am fatigued for days. I think the key is balancing fat, protein, and carbs.


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For those of you who say you have conceived once and lost it, have you used metformin at all. I was diagnosed with PCOS at 17 after having no period for 3 months (they were never regular from the time I started having them). The doctor then offered me no hope. She told me I could take birth control to regulate and that I would never be able to have children without medical intervention. I tried several bc pills and had side effects from all of them. Then an article came out in a magazine linking PCOS to insulin resistance and I went to an endocronologist who immediately put me on metformin. I stayed on it for a year and by the time I turned 21, I had lost 70 lbs. I got pregnant and had a miscarriage when I was 24. I maintained a healthy weight after that without metformin. I did not try to get pregnant until July 4, 2006 and much to my surprise I became pregnant within a month and in April 2007, I became a mommy. I had another child in 2009. During these pregnancies I gained a lot of weight, my periods became irregular again and facial hair came back. I am now back on metformin and my periods have become regular again and the weight is coming off. If it weren't for metformin, I probably wouldn't have lost the weight in the first place and been able to have 2 successful pregnancies. It really helps then when you are able to lose the weight, your hormones stabalize. I hope this helps and gives you hope.


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Do you guys reward yourselves when you achieve your goals? What do you do?


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Yes, I'm almost always fatigued. I just try to eat, exercise and sleep the best that I can. The better choices I make, the better I feel...

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I know everyone is different and every has different symptoms, you just need to find a sleep pattern that works for you and what can help you boost your energy. I'm sure you will get there. Have you started seeing and endochronologist yet?

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Thank you for sharing your tips. I'll start focusing and seeing if my sleep is poor.

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Yes at times I do have a lot of fatigue. I try to get 8 hours daily of sleep and taking vitamins n do even a ten minute walk first thing in the morning seems to help

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Do you any of you deal with constant fatigue? How do you deal with it?

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I have also conceived once and lost it. So far no luck again since. But I feel you, when before I was finally diagnosed, they just kept telling me I'm overweight and that is why I can't have children. Now that I know why I'm doing my best to control the weight and be healthy. It's a struggle every day, but at least every day I am getting closer to a healthy me :)

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XANGELSTEARZX I am so sorry for your earlier experiences. God I remember the very first specialist I saw. To say I was devastated from what he said is an understatement. Not to mention that the medicine he prescribed (and I took) was a horrifying experience.

I think at times I put too much trust in others instead of trusting my gut.


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I was finally diagnosed in 2006 but before that I was told by an endocrinologist (yes, the "specialist" that was supposed to solve all my problems) that I was just "too fat to be fertile." I blew a gasket it cost so much to go to him and he was "fat" himself.

After my diagnosis I refused to believe for years. Finally after getting over the pain of mean doctors telling me I was just fat I started researching on my own the things that PCOS consists of. I have all the symptoms they just never identified any "cysts" on my ovaries. Which is probably a good thing that's one less hurdle.

I manage mine with diet, exercise and herbs/vitamins. After so much time of trying I finally got pregnant but did lose it because of extremely low progesterone. But, that's a HUGE accomplishment to my husband and myself because I managed my PCOS on my own well enough to even get pregnant.

Thanks for sharing your story I'm glad to know it wasn't just me playing the impossible diagnosis game. I will for sure look up that book. I hate taking prescription meds for PCOS. I'm currently on Metformin and it makes me horrible sick.

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I was diagnosed a bit over a year ago, after different diagnoses and something similar about the weight. I am not familiar with the book you speak of but I am definitely interested in helping myself with natural remedies any way I can! I am going to look into the book you mention

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There are many things in life that can throw people curves that make life much more challenging than one would hope. PCOS has been that challenge for me. I share this information with you so you can understand my journey before we walk this challenge together.

From the time I was young, I was always on the chubby side.Like I am sure many of you were, I was teased mercilessly as a child and as a teen (as if being a teen wasn't awkward enough). No matter what I did, what fad diet pills I took, or how much I exercised, the weight kept piling on. I fell into the trap of the late 70's and early 80's of using all kinds of harmful things to try to lose weight.

After many trips to the doctors and numerous endocrinologist appointments with dismal results (either a verdict of "stupid/fat/lazy syndrome" [yes, that was actually a doctors statement], or no discernible response at all), I gave up.

Fast forward 30 years and, thankfully, the medical field has so much more information than they did back then. 5 years ago, after a lifetime of wondering what was wrong with me, I finally received a diagnosis that made sense of my inability to lose weight or have any semblance of positive body image...PCOS. That said, the diagnosis was only part of the puzzle...I am still learning the keys to fighting this battle successfully and hope to share what I have learned here.

One of the resources I have learned to appreciate is the book, Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing (Phyllis Balch). It has helped me get some of my body chemistry regulated. Other parts have been assisted by my amazing doctor. There are still other aspects of this disorder that defy logic and reason. Resolution to those are under constant pursuit in my world.

This has been a frustrating (but interesting) journey thus far. I hope what I have learned will be helpful for you as we walk this complex path together. Please feel free to share your stories so I can learn what our combined needs are as a group.

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