I haven't really had the issues with dry mouth but I definately have issues with dry eyes and have went through periods of serious dryness in my lady parts. At times I will get so dry there that I will tear just from wiping when toileting. A couple years ago I went to the Dr. about it (the down below issues) and she was shocked when she examined me. She said if I didn't have your chart and know that you were only 30 years old, I would swear from the appearance of your lady parts (dry fragile skin) that you were post menopausal. She chalked it up to the hormonal issues associated with PCOS. She told me to get some of the over the counter moisturizers (replens) and said the next step would be an estrogen based creme.
I have all of those problems! Especially the dry mouth, dry eyes, dry skin part.
My doctor tested my thyroid, and it came back normal. She said, "Well, you can blame a lot of stuff on PCOS". In her opinion, it's something to do with the Blood sugar issues most PCOSers have - that can lead to a lot of the dryness.
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I've had that issue with eating since a child, never been able to eat anything without first having something to drink (not even a fast snack) its all I've ever known in my life since I was born - never linked it with possible PCOS since its something I've had since birth (according to my mom at least).
Vaginal dryness is also something that I use to have to deal with, I always though I was going to be like that that I'd always have to use lub or the like to make things work better down below, but then I hit menopause and boom natural lubrication starts taking place (woot for menopause).
You know, MLGREENW, I've been suspecting Sjogren's for a while now. I initially wanted to talk to my ophthalmologist about it but he kind of dismissed it for some reason (heh, doctors). I haven't been diagnosed with Hashimoto's, but it's something to consider, too. I'll talk to my endocrinologist about it and see what she says.
Also, @ HARVARDSET, it certainly couldn't hurt to be tested.
Talk to your Dr. about Sjogrens syndrome. It involves "Dry" symtpms that sounds like yours. Do you have Hashimoto's hypothyroid? Sjogrens can be associated with that. Always better to rule Sjogren's out. I too have PCOS and thyroid issues, except I had Grave's and had to have my throid ablated. I do have more dry symptoms, but not to the level that you are describing.
I'm not a doctor, and I don't have these symptoms, but they sound more like a result of your hypothyroidism than the PCOS. I'd definitely go talk to your doctor/endocrinologist. If your body isn't using something like it should be (in this case, it's not using the water you're giving it) it might be a sign of something worse. At the very least they might be able to treat it as a symptom. Good luck, I hope you feel better!
I'm wondering if anyone else is experiencing issues similar to mine, or if this is not a symptom of PCOS.
The thing is, all of my symptoms began around the same time, and I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and PCOS about 7 months later.
I've had a terrible problem with dry eyes. I went to an ophthalmologist and he put me on Restasis as well as otc lubrication drops.
Later I started developing a dry mouth, and I find it really frustrating to eat a lot of foods now because everything seems so dry. I have to drink a LOT of water when I eat, and I drink lots of water all day long, but it really never gets better.
Of course, I've got dry-ish skin and scalp, too. And I've noticed recently that my female parts seem much more dry than they used to.
Am I alone in this experience, as a PCOS patient? Should I look elsewhere for an answer?
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