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7/17/09 5:19 P

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Oh ok. Well Im having blood work done tomorrow, they will check my glucose and cortisol levels, and then my doctor will decide whether I should be put on Metformin or not. I do have extra hair growth on my stomach and face, which is what initially tipped my doctor off into looking at PCOS and a skin tag, which I didnt even know was a symptom until after I started researching on my own. I didn't know until I was diagnosed that just because you have a period doesn't mean you ovulate, that makes things very confusing. I definitely don't have thinning hair though, I have too much of it on top of my head :S So I guess I will just wait and see later on what's going on with my left ovary? Is there a way to find out if your ovary is a dud without having a hysterectomy? I had the ultrasound done, would they have been able to tell then? Thanks for all your help!

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When I was first told I had PCOS all they found where minor cysts on one ovary, but then again at the time they where unable to find the other ovary.

When they did find it it there where no cysts within it that could be seen. However, that being said when I had my emergency hyster that clean ovary turned out to be a dud - hence why no cysts had developed (they can not develop if the ovary is non-functional to start with). Also learned why my other ovary only had minimal cysts was because it was itself over half way to being a dud.

But there is more to PCOS then reproduction issues or side effects. It effects the whole endrocrine system, such as blood glucose, hormone production (or lack there of) and other areas of the female body (hair growth or lack there of). In many cases getting control over it can help in others areas or make other areas worse off.

I know for me since the hyster and getting it all cleaned out, the only side effects of the PCOS I still have is Diabetes type 2, issues with weight loss (but I am also in menopause so that does add to the weight loss issues) and thinning hair (other then that, I've no sign of the PCOS that I once had).

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7/17/09 7:21 A

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it really doesn't matter either way - what matters is how/when you ovulate when thinking about fertility. Personally, i don't have cysts on either ovary (some people do, some don't) and i had fertility problems until we actually started treating the insulin levels in my blood (with a low-carb diet and then eventually with metformin). Keep in mind, pcos is not soley a reproductive issue - it is an endocrine issue and involves a lot of symptoms, infertility due to no ovulation is just one of them - even as we get older, if we chose to have a hysterectomy and have our ovaries removed, the pcos would still be there.

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7/17/09 3:31 A

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I was recently diagnosed with PCOS, I had an ultrasound done to confirm it. When I met with my doctor to review the ultrasound she told me that my left ovary is normal and cyst free but that my right ovary has a lot of cysts. What I am wondering is if only one of my ovaries are affected, will I have a better chance of getting pregnant later on? I am only 19 now and I dont want to have children until much later, but I would like to know now so that I can prepare myself for alternative options when that time does eventually come. So does anyone else have a similar situation or have any information about it? My doctor did not know when I asked her, but she does seem to know quite a bit about PCOS so maybe its just not very common to be "lopsided", as I like to think about it? :P

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