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2/26/08 10:50 P

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My PCOS symptoms also got better with pregnancy. After birth, however, my thyroid went haywire. At times I wished I only had to deal with PCOS symptoms. Better the devil you know, right?

I would much rather have dealt with irregular periods than the severely heavy bleeding for 3 months after giving birth. And the massively heavy periods that come like clockwork now.

Like Momnmel, many of my PCOS symptoms returned after weaning. I stayed on Metformin through pregnancy/nursing, and I think that it really helped. I did go through a brief period without Metformin because my doc wanted to make sure it wasn't affecting test results. My BP and cholesterol immediately shot up, so he put me back on it.

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2/26/08 12:25 A

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Well no BCPs for me, just Depo Provera and Lupron and I can say that thanks to them I have lost a combind total of 91 pounds since 2004 and have kept it off in the process .. before that I could eat as I pleased and didn't gain a single pound nor louse a single pound (gained all my weight from age 7 to 13 - then was in a holding pattern will age 26).

I am thankfull to say that am getting an Ablasion next month so will not have to worry about the depo or lupron ever again .. no more hormones needed ... i just hope that i hold stall out in weight loss again ... am so close to my goal weight

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2/25/08 11:38 P

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My pleasure, Namo. I will be looking forward to your updates!!

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2/25/08 11:30 P

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Thank you for taking the time to answer my question : ) I am thankful for the reprieve from the symptoms and have felt more comfortable in my own body as a pregnant woman than I ever did when I wasn't. Strange how that is. I will certainly keep you informed on progress/issues as I am sure I will have many more questions/frustrations to discuss.

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2/25/08 11:10 P

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Namo, I have thought about getting pregnant again to give our girl a sibling closer to her age. I seriously would nurse as long as I could and then "pump" the rest of my life LOL. I asked my OB why I felt this way and he said w/ PCOS and "fat" both produce and store extra estrogen and when pregnant and nursing all of the estrogen is being used, therefor symptoms gone!

My PCOS symptoms came on pretty strong w/in a few months of weaning my daughter, especially the acne. I felt like a train wreck before PCOS but when that hit too, boy, I was done. I was so surprised b/c I had felt healthy for so long (pregnancy & nursed 1 year) that it took me awhile to realize it was the PCOS. I will be hoping better things for you, Namo. There is always hope that something will change for you. Keep me posted on how you (and baby) are doing:)

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2/25/08 5:35 P

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Momnmel you bring up a good point. I am 9 months pregnant and feel better than I felt prior to pregnancy . I don't have the crazy PCOS issues, but is it too much to hope that they won't be so pervasive after I have the baby? It's been nice having a break from it. Being pregnant has in a way made my body feel normal in how it processes food and responds to stress.

How long after you had your babies did the PCOS symptoms come back? Were they with a vengeance or was it a slow process?

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2/25/08 10:08 A

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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.

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2/25/08 9:53 A

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Christina, personally my experience has been some bcps cause weight gain, others don't. I've never lost weight on one but I know people who have. Right now I am on YAZ wh/ has a water pill in it to prevent gain. It has been good. I take it for PCOS control and it helps w/ acne, irregularity, and ovary pain. I haven't noticed a big help w/ the hair issue. In my fertility issues, my ob would have me take the pill for months at a time so when I would get off I had a higher chance of conceiving. It kept me ovulating and "regular" for a few months but my cycles slowly got farther apart until they stopped (4-6mos). You will have to see what your body does after pregnancy to know whether the pill will help or not. Honestly, if I could stay pregnant or nursing, life would be much better. I feel healthier then than I do w/ PCOS flared up so the pill has helped me.

Don't give up on having a baby. It is a struggle w/ PCOS to get pregnant and it can take awhile and some trials. I understand how you feel though. I felt the same way but God has blessed me w/ 3. Their ages are spread apart b/c how long it took me to get pregnant (16,11,3). The first was conceived a month after getting off the pill. The second, I tried for a long time w/ fertility pills and it didn't happen, I lost some weight and unexpectedly found out I was pregnant. The third was the most difficult b/c I had to take Metformin & high doses of Clomid (wh/ was harsh on my body & mood). We tried w/ the smaller doses of Clomid but it didn't work until we upped my dose. I lost 40 lbs during this time. I got pregnant but lost the baby. So, we knew what worked and w/in a few months I conceived my daughter.

Good luck to you. If you need anything or have any questions, we are all here for you. You can sparkmail me too if you need anything.


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2/25/08 9:14 A

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Sorry if this has already been discussed in here but my question is: Do BC Pills help with PCOS and weight loss?
The reason I ask is that when I started BC Pills about 10 years ago to regulate my periods everyone said,"be careful you'll gain weight" I ended up losing weight and was at my lowest 135 pounds :). Anyhow, since I went off the pills about 2 years ago I gained about 50 pounds. My periods are back to being irregular and I am depressed a lot and anxious, my facial hair seems to be worse. The doctor said I could totally have PCOS, but did said my sugar tests were normal. We are trying to have kids, so thats the reason why I am not on the pills, but I am wondering, should I go right back on the pill after we EVER have kids (doubt we can have any). Just wondering what all your experiences are.
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