Just like GPs and OB/GYNs, endocrinologists can vary in their knowledge levels of PCOS. If you see an endocrinologist with a dismissive attitude, try another one. If you're limited in the geographic area where you live, Dr. David Ehrmann at the University of Chicago Hospital Center for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome will work with doctors around the nation to help them treat PCOS patients. Have your doctor call him for more information.
PCOS is a metabolic and endocrine (hormonal) syndrome. Being that it is a syndrome - it's different for each of us. However there are similiar correlating factors between all of us. Thinning hair on the top of the scalp, facial hair, excess body hair, mentsral irregularities, infertility, weight issues, prediabeties (IR) or full on diabetes. Please take some time to look over the following websites. I agree that you should educate yourself. www.ovarian-cysts-pcos.com www.soul-cysters.com www.pcos-support.org www.obgyn.net/pcos
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Not all Endros know about PCOS or are qualified to treat those with PCOS, even if you have diabetes, they might not be able to treat you 100% .. my endro knows nothing about PCOS what so ever, but he's top when it comes to diabetes care.
my GYN knows next to nothing about PCOS, but she has a sis who has it so knows something about it
i can't get into the local PCOS clinic because i am not into becoming a breeder, thus that means they will not see me or help with treatment (the twits).
It does make it harder to loose weight. One of the meds that we get put on is Metformin which helps your body utilize insulin helps loose weight with most of us. But one thing you will find out in here is that what works for one of us may not work for another. It's a hit and miss/trial and error thing to find a combo that works for you. Since there are so many symptoms and most of us don't have all of them you have to try things.
I follow a diabetic diet that the nutrionist helped me with but others eat more carbs. Others eat less. I'm not going to have any more kids and had my tubes tied after my last baby, before I was diagnosed with PCOS, so even though one of the docs I see put me on BCP's I quit taking them after the 3 month supply I had ran out- I didn't like the side affect I was having. There is a lot of contraversy about BCP's and PCOS and since birth control wasn't an issue I stopped taking them. I'll see what the DR says about it when I go back to see him, which I was supposed to do in June. Oops... LOL... My sister is diabetic so I'm more worried about that side of things seeing as I'm IR and don't want that to get worse. I also was lucky that my DH's insurance covered laser so I got the facial hair taken care of and that really bothered me.
When I first started here a the site just changing what I ate had me loosing weight but that has tapered off and I am having to exercise more and I am stuck. I have been bouncing up and down with the same 5 lbs for the last two months now. I got an elliptical for mother's day and I like that so I'm getting on that and working my way up to 30 minutes. If that doesn't work I'm going to have to tweak my diet somehow.
Thanks foor the advice ladies. I'll talk to my doctor on the 14th and see if she will refer me to an endo. Of course I am concerrned about what Luvhummingbirds said, because I'm not looking to have another child, but want to know what I can do about this, this, what is it ?? a disease? a syndrom? a what? well whatever it is I want to see what I can do to erase or minimize the symptoms. I just hope it doesn't affect me losing weight. (cross fingers). Thanks again!
And YES, I highly recommend seeing one. They are doctors that deal with the endocrine system. Many are familiar with PCOS and can help you both understand and treat you for some of the symptoms. I also highly, highly recommend educating yourself a bit about your issue. I think it's key!
And if you have questions, ask away. This is a great group of ladies with a lot of knowledge on the subject!
I know it's short for a word I cannot spell! Endo something. Some type of dr. and PCOS sufferes go to them, but WHAT are they and what do they do for PCOS? Should I find one? Should I go to one? Is and endo better than a regular doctor? I have PCOS but don't know much about it. Any help would be appreciated.
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