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MOM2ADOG
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4/13/08 12:29 A

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The thing that got my cycles on track was when I started taking metformin. I've been on it for years now and I get a period pretty much every month (and sometimes exactly within 28 - 30 days, which always amazes me).


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KELLYGOO72
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1/3/08 5:20 P

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Ditto.... I pray i can do this, I am so afraid of what I might be like if this never happens for me

One day, not only will my PRINCE grow up, ... he will learn to change the empty toliet paper roll...... Hey, I can dream cant I? God Bless


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GAMBITSGAL45
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1/3/08 1:30 P

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Congrats, NAMO78! I only hope I can be as fortunate!


 
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After years of being told I would not be able to get pregnant naturally, I found out in July that I was pregnant. Talk about a shock! Though diet and exercise work wonders, I have also found that keeping my stress levels down have worked miracles. Easier said than done, but once I made some life changes to help lower my stress, I ended up getting a period and then pregnant. Something I noticed since I signed up with Spark is how many hidden carbs are in my diet and how I am not getting as much protein as I thought I was. I find staying away from anything processed helps me to keep weight off.



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12/30/07 12:45 A

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Oh my goodness, this is what I have been going thru... Short version of story... on BC for almost 18yrs, got off , try to get preggers, couldnt, found out I have PCOS... I was regular for a while and then I missed a couple months and for 2+ weeks now, I have been spotting I would Have to say is the best way to describe it... I seem to need to wear something at night although, I only see blood when I wipe. Im not worried since Im not in pain but I must say, I am concerened, was thinking of making a gyno appt... I have been so busy so I havent had time, in retail and as u can imagine, its been work work work for me right now... Just was up and had a chance to post and read posts so I thought I would give a shout out and at any rate..
I wish u all a Blessed and wonderful 2008!!!
Kel

One day, not only will my PRINCE grow up, ... he will learn to change the empty toliet paper roll...... Hey, I can dream cant I? God Bless


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SWEETSUNSHINE72
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12/29/07 10:05 A

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While I TOTALLY get the "love not getting a period" feeling, I just wanted to put out a word of warning:

If you go longer than 3 mths without a period, and you are not in menopause yet, then you need to get one induced somehow because you start increasing your risk of developing cervical or uterine cancer.

Now, that doesn't mean that you have to take BCP. You can take Provera or Prometrium (progesterone only pill for up to 10 days), or you can also use a natural progesterone cream - it's also a lot gentler on the body. Some women swear by Vitex (herb that regulates your cycle), too.

The main thing is that you make sure you protect yourself.


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GAMBITSGAL45
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12/19/07 1:34 P

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Ha, I'd have to say I'm pleased AND I dread them at the same time. It really causes a very difficult mix of emotions!

Have you had another long period since the one that lasted 19 days? I would guess that the problem was that you hadn't had one for so long, you had too much "stuff" built up.

Another guess is that you didn't actually ovulate, but that what you experienced was just a breakdown of the tissue that had built up in your uterus. (This is what a fertility doc told me happened when you don't have a regular period) After your long period, did you have another period on your own in a normal amount of time?


 
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12/19/07 12:43 P

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I didn't have a period for about 14 months and then after I had lost about 23 pounds I had a 19 day period. At first I was happy to finally have a period...but then I was ready to kill everyone around me. lol. But, it only happened for me naturally when I lost the weight as a result of diet and exercise. Its funny how that happens to women with PCOS. And its funny to me that a lot of us are so pleased with our periods and most other women dread them. haha.


Laugh often. It burns calories. ;)


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CELTGIRL1974
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11/29/07 12:34 P

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Thanks Ladies,

I will definately give both of those a try. I have mixed up my exercise routine a bit, so I am hoping that I will start to see the results of that.

Thanks again!

I am worth it. I just sometimes have to remind myself of that!

Goals:

To release 3-5 pounds per week.

To become more educated in why I crave the things I do (bad foods)

To become a leaner more healthier person.


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GAMBITSGAL45
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11/29/07 11:05 A

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Carbs are not the issue, high glycemic carbs are. If you google glycemic index, you'll get a list of foods and their glycemic value. The higher ones, you'll want to stay away from with PCOS. This is because of insulin resistance. The higher the glycemic index, the worse it makes the insulin resistance. Therefore, if you eat lower carbs, it takes your body longer to use them, and it gives you a steady supply of blood sugar, rather than the high and crash that high glycemic food gives you. Also, stay away from anything processed! If it is processed, it will also mess with your insulin levels and make it hard for you to lose. Basically, anything processed is already partially digested for you (yuck!). Stick with whole foods as natural as you can get them. This is better for your body, but you'll probably also find that your calorie intake is easier to manage this way. Hope that helps, I know it has helped me bunches!


 
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11/24/07 12:15 P

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Celtgirl - I don't know if I am qualified to give advice because my weight loss has slowed... My typical week is:
Sun - swim/walk or rest
Mon - walk, elliptical
Tues - walk, swim
Wed - walk, housework/yardwork OR DVD (borrow from the library - typically dance or aerobic)
Thus - walk/elliptical
Fri - same as Wed
Sat - housework - dancing (square or contra - not every week)

I go to the gym w/ my family Sun sometimes. Mon, Tues, Thurs, I go alone. I used to try to fit elliptical and swim in the same day - but found it better to push myself on both, but on different days. Also, I used to do a little routine (jog on tramp, jump rope, bike) and found that also to not be effective. Even though I had variety, my body got used to it. So I would suggest if you are going to a gym for bike, elliptical, swim - focus on one - next day another - eg: Mon swim, Tues, bike, Wed elliptical... I have been playing w/ the settings on the elliptical, and that is really helping my body not get in a rut on that! Kicks my hiney every time! Walking can be varied too (though I don't tend to do this - but I should): pump arms, short quick steps, use hand or ankle weights - etc.

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CELTGIRL1974
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11/23/07 3:48 P

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Hi Everyone! I am new to PCOS team but not new to Spark. I read that PCOS carbs don't mix well, has anyone found that even when you eat properly and exercise that you still can't lose weight. Maybe I need to switch up my exercise more. I tend to fall into the I am comfortable, but still working hard, but not pushing myself.

What does everyone do for exercise? Treadmills, Eliptical machines? I walk for 30 mins, bike or eleptical for 15 minutes and then swim for 30 minutes in the morning before work and I still am stuck. I do love my carbs though. Frustrating!!!!!!

Any advise?

Edited by: CELTGIRL1974 at: 11/23/2007 (15:48)
I am worth it. I just sometimes have to remind myself of that!

Goals:

To release 3-5 pounds per week.

To become more educated in why I crave the things I do (bad foods)

To become a leaner more healthier person.


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JESSIEAC
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11/19/07 11:15 P

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I know the only way for me to lose weight is by working out, diet alone doesnt work for me. I have had PCOS since I was 23 (I am now 30). For the last 6 plus years I have hardly had any periods. In March I had a miscarriage and since then have been regular 4-5 weeks apart. Sometimes I start on the 9th sometimes on the 16th. My doc says this is a good thing. Too bad all the other PCOS issues are still around (weight, hairloss on head, hair growth on chin & arms) :-P I know I need to workout daily for things to really get better. It is just hard for me to get up early or workout after working 9-10 hours a day.

Jessie


 
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KELLYGOO72
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11/19/07 5:02 P

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Hello there... I have not been on in awhile. I too have been diag with pcos in 7/06.

I did have the periods regularly and then boom, nothing but now I have it... the stress in my life doesnt seem to help me either... UGH this time of the yr

One day, not only will my PRINCE grow up, ... he will learn to change the empty toliet paper roll...... Hey, I can dream cant I? God Bless


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MSLENNIE
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11/18/07 6:19 P

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Hi ladies!!

Haven't posted in this forum for a long time and thought I would stop in since this topic interested me. I have read everyone's input and must say that before I was diagnosed with PCOS my cycle was irregular. However, once I became active I would have a period faithfully!! There are people that love not having periods and there are those that want them for other reasons. I love having them when I know I am ovulating so I can have more children but I also love not having them as when I did in my twenties because I hate periods lol.

Just thought I would add my two cents!!

Lynette









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NYXWOLFWALKER
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11/16/07 4:38 A

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Not everyone who works out regularly sees it help their cycle, been active all my life and my mences went on strike over 10 years ago never to be see again (not when i was down to my ideal weight either).

I'm all for no cycles what so ever, long live infertility and the benifits of no cycles!

seriously to me not having any cycles is a blessing, to which I am pleased to benifit from.


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ALISAWUVSTIM
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11/15/07 6:35 P

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i so agree with you. i have been working out for about 4 months also and have had 2 periods so far. they were about 40 days apart but hey i still had 2 and have not had one in about a year so i was sooooo happy to have my period......lol

my friends thought i was nuts...

I am hoping to be a loser.

I may be as slow as a turtle when it comes to weight loss but at least I will look good in my shell.

We are always getting ready to live but never living!

ONE DAY AT A TIME!



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11/15/07 5:35 P

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I am working towards this goal as we speak. I have been married for over 4 years now and am starting to think about having children. I really do not want to have to go on meds and do crazy things to have them. However, i know that if i want this to happen, i have to get everything functioning the way it is suppose to on its own!

I am very happy to hear that this has helped you and gives me hope and encouragement that i will reach that goal also! (Gee, who would have ever thought that would be one of my goals?!)emoticon

"The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor." - Martha Graham

I thank God every day for giving us a body that is forgiving. A body that was once not properly taken care of, and seemed to be the enemy, is now the vessel for ability, determination and success - and most importantly - Happiness! - Me :)


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11/15/07 3:16 P

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Hi everyone! I just thought I would start a discussion about how daily exercise is especially beneficial to women with PCOS for regulating our menstrual cycles.

I have been on Spark for a little over 4 months now and have never had a normal cycle. I was on BC for about a year when I first found out I had PCOS 5 years ago, but I hated how it made me feel and got off. Since then, I have systematically gone 3-6 months without a cycle and have had to get the hormone pill from the doctor to force it.

Well, since starting Spark, I have had 3 cycles, exactly 28 days apart, and I believe it is because of my daily exercise routine. This is something so wonderful, and most women wouldn't understand unless they have PCOS.

So, I am encouraging everyone to share what they think helps regulate their cycles naturally, and what else we can do to stay healthy "down there".

Cheers!

~ Leslie

By appreciating your blessings, and focusing on the positive, you can be happy right now, at this moment! So stop waiting for future happiness when it can be yours today!


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