I want to smack your doctor. It sounds like you're not being diagnosed or treated accurately.
I too was put on BC pills years ago because of irregular periods and a PCOS diagnosis. I also lost some weight when I started the pills, and then kept a stable weight for several years. Then I moved to a new city, and had to find a new doctor.
Unfortunately, that doctor took me off BC pills because my blood pressure was a little high. (And because I was unmarried at the time, and she worked for a Catholic hospital. I have a feeling that had something to do with it. Even though this was in 1995, not 1955!!) I immediately gained 30 lbs. I asked her if it could be the PCOS, and got no help. Nothing but lectures on diet and exercise. And a prescription for a cholesterol medication, even though I'm a vegetarian. I hired a personal trainer and a nutritionist. I gained another 30 lbs, on a 1200 calorie/day diet and 3 hours of hard-core exercise per day. That's not a typo.
The doctor finally relented that I may have PCOS, but told me "it is a syndrome, not a disease, so it's nothing to worry about. We'll just give you Clomid when you're ready to have kids."
30 pounds later, I found a doctor who specializes in PCOS research. He gave me Metformin, which was experimental at the time. (8 years ago.) The weight came off. My BP and cholesterol went to normal. The facial hair didn't go away, but it didn't grow back as fast. My periods became regular without BC pills.
Metformin is now available to be prescribed to all PCOS patients. You don't have to be in a special study. I did have about a year where I was off it due to not being able to get into the doctor. I gained 50 lbs back. When I went back on Met, I immediately got pregnant. No fertility drugs.
Pregnancy and childbirth shot my thyroid out, and here I am again trying to lose weight. But at least the PCOS is under control.
Good luck! PCOS is not fun, but it IS treatable. Lots of people here have had good luck with Metformin.
Edited by: SCHNOOGLES at: 2/25/2008 (10:08)
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