I started out with my OB-GYN who happens to be a male--when I was having fertility problems. He has been the best thing that has happened to me. He sent me to an endocrinologist and to a fertility specialist-who were both males. All the female docs I have seen have just told me to toughen up and deal with it. So, I guess it just depends on the person. Good luck with everything.
I was actually diagnosed by a urogynecologist (specialist in both urology and gynecology). They are few and far between, but my ob/gyn happened to be one of those few doctors who is smart enough to realize when he has exhausted all of his diagnostic knowledge and sent me to the new doctor to explore other options. That's when they found the PCOS. It still took almost a year to finally diagnose me because I didn't have a significant increase in hair growth or the insulin resistance. I only have the polycystic ovaries and the sudden weight gain. You may ask your ob/gyn about whether or not they know of any urogynos in your area. With me, it really just boiled down to multiple ultrasounds to finally diagnose me...something a regular gyno can do.
Many women with PCOS have had it for a lot longer than they realized and it contributed to those women being overweight without knowing all of the "why's" I know of many symptoms that I have had since I was in college (15 years ago) that I thought were simply genetic. They got worse over time. I take exception to the statement "(Rather than being over weight and developing it, I developed it then got overweight)" because it implies that most women with PCOS have it BECAUSE they are overweight. This is such a struggle for women, we know we need to lose weight but it's harder. LOSING weight is hard to do, with PCOS or without, but it is more difficult when you have insulin resistance (which is a SYMPTOM of PCOS).....
I believe you should see a female OB-GYN who can act as a PCP, and choose one that is in the mid-30's to mid-40's, because doctor's fresh out of school will diagnose you 10 different times and the older ones just won't know what is truly wrong with you and think you are a hypochrondriac. A female will understand the struggle you are going through with your feminity, whereas a male doctor just won't be able to sympathize. Your greatest feat is that you have ALREADY been diagnosed so get your medical records ready and look online for your healthcare plans nearby physicians, write a list, narrow it down to your needs, and start making phone calls. You need to be on your meds, and if you already know what works for you, you are several steps ahead of the rest of us poor schlobs who have had no idea what was wrong with us until it got too far gone!!! If you prefer to take the natural route then there are many homepathic treatments at your local women's clinic that help treat the symptoms of PCOS.
The best of luck to you on your journey to better health! Peace.
Goals! I will reward myself each time I reach a 5% weight loss of my current weight!
Hi and Welcome. I was not diagnosed with PCOS until the end of last year. I didn't get serious about doing anyhing about it till the beginning of this year, so don't feel bad about "dropping the ball." I was kind of in denial for a while and then realized I really needed to make some serious changes. I'm proud to report that I'm down 20 pounds and want to keep going more than ever.
Question 1: I see a Nurse Practioner at a family practice. She is really easy going and answers all my questions whether they are silly or not. The game of finding the right doctor can be a hard one. Even if a doctor has a lot of good qualifications, they may not be good at helping you. It may just become a game of getting online and typing in doctors in your area and see if anyone has review them. Maybe you should post a message with the area you live in on here and see if anyone else is from the area and who they see.
Question 2: Ask them whatever is on your mind. That is one way to tell if they are the one you want. If they could sit for hours and answer questions, they are probably pretty good. More than likely, after they examine you, they will answer a lot of questions you may have anyway. If you are looking for some questions to ask though, the PCOS websites have lists of good questions to ask.
3. Medication wise, I'm on metformin, which I really do believe is a big key in the success I'm having. I'm on the birth control and in addition, I take a multivitumin which I read you almost have to take with metformin because metformin can use up your bodies vitumins. I'm also on iron because I am anemic after all those years of heavy almost uncontrolable bleeding during my periods.
4. Only the doctor can really help you with other options, but of course there is the option to do nothing which I personally don't think is a good one. There is the option to try to lose the weight without medicine and just try to get healthy-some doctors believe this can control PCOS, but it is hard to lose weight without having PCOS under some control. Then of course there is the combination of medication and working hard to get healthy which is the best for me. Only your doctor can be sure about all these details, but I hope I've helping in some way.
I would recommend the book, "A Patient's Guide to PCOS." I just got done reading it and it is really good at explaining PCOS all around and telling you what to do about it.
Good luck on finding the right doctor and getting your answers. Hope this was helpful in some way. Keep us up to date!
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Hi, I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 14. I have a small 5mm tumor (benign) on my pitutary gland, as well as genetic issues, that led me to the diagnosis. (Rather than being over weight and developing it, I developed it then got overweight). Previously I was on birthcontrol which helped both my weight and my cysts. Well, as I am in college I went to the wellness center (only form of doctor) and they took me off the birthcontrol saying I needed to lower my BP before I could get back on it (110/80). I tried to tell them it was a bad idea, and that it would just make my weight, BP go up, but she would not listen to me. 8 months, 20 lbs and higher blood pressure later, I have decided I need to go to a real doctor, not a PA, and get a regime started. First Q: Who do I see? Previously I had been going to a pediatrician (as I was under 18, Im now 20) and an endocrinologist at a children's hospital. Second Q: What do I ask them? Third Q: What are some good medications to look into. I was on metformin before I got on birthcontrol last time (it worked really well), should I suggest that? Fourth Q: What are my other options?
Im sorry I have neglected this, but I was doing great in college until I transfered and saw the college PAs, who apparently do not really know anything about medication (she also gave me a cream for my eczema on my face, which, when I saw the school dermatologist, yelled at her because it causes stretchmarks... and washed my friends ears when she said she had an ear infection.... causing her ear drum to burst as a result...)
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