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1/16/09 3:48 P

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dear flowerlady...I sure hope your hormones are in check cuz if they are not, then the hair will grow back...don't wanna burst your bubble, but I had 12 sessions of lazer hair removal and while you are doing it, then great, it seams like it's all solved. the challenge is when you stop and you don't have your hormones under control, they come back. and since the whole area was lazered off, then all the hair follicles that were once dormat, will be in the active state along with the aggresive coasre hair, and eventualy in weeks or maybe months to come,they all end up coming in dark and thick and nasty.. they all just seam to sprout up over night...so hopefully you can keep your hormones under control so that this doesn't happen to you..if not, it's like $$ down the drain...believe me, I know....

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I usually twease my chin hairs because they are far to coarse to wax and shaving dosen't last long enough, however I just started getting laser treatments at the advice of my doctor. The LHR seems to be working. All of the dark hairs are gone but I still have several white hairs that I have to shave off every day. I really hope the treatments work to get rid of the hairs because for me having a beard is the worst part of PCOS. I've also tried Vanica in the past. It helps a little with slowing down the growth but it is expensive. I have also been told that changes in hormone levels can cause new hairs to grow.

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thank you..i would love all the info..

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I have been using some great supplements and one specifically for helping with carb absorption. If you want more information I would be happy to email it to you. I have PCOS, thyroid disorder and IR. I definitely agree that only an ENDO can properly diagnose the issues, I tried for 2 years to get answers for my symptoms and I finally to a referral after much persistence. It paid off and now I have answers why I was feeling so bad.

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Yeah, that's how endo's work. They look for the serious stuff, first, then narrow it down. Really, you need to do that for PCOS because there's no specific test for it - it's a diagnosis of elimination, so you have to rule everything else out first. The endo will focus on the IR side of things, but that's OK because that's where the main problem really is.

I would say that it's high time to go see him again. You are now officially "pre-diabetic", which is a more serious stage than just IR.

Basically, the way it progresses is: 1) your body starts having trouble using insulin, so it makes more to get the job done. At this point, most people have normal blood sugars, but may start having other symptoms like weight gain and PCOS. Some don't have any symptoms, yet, though. 2) the trouble using insulin worsens, forcing the body to make even more insulin to compensate. 3) the pancreas starts to wear out and cannot keep up with insulin production. Blood sugars start to rise and can become erratic. Here, you are pre-diabetic and perhaps even at the beginning stages of diabetes. 4) the pancreas starts to fail and insulin production slows down to very little or none at all. This is where full Diabetes sets in.

As for the naturopath, I would go there first for nutrition counseling and some basic supplements and take it one step at a time. You may find that with the nutrition, supplements, exercise and meds from the endo, you can get control of the IR and PCOS and not need any further supplements/herbs.

Does this make any sense? I'll email you with the diet details.

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I would love that info..thank you. And I went to an Endo like 2 years back that in a way I was happy he did all he did, but during the process he had me scared sh_ _ less. He looked for all the serious illnesses first like an adrenal problems cuz of the DHEA being high cuz I guess the DHEA is concentrated in there more, then he saw all my symptoms..he actualy mentioned cushings..if you heard of that?..it kinda has all the same PCOS symptoms, but it's cuz of a tumor in the pituitary gland..I even had MRI's done on me..it was as if he was looking for something real bad,,( cancer) all that thankfully checked out ok but It was like a 3 month process of labs and ultrasounds and mri's..for him to just say " YUP, it MIGHT be PCOS..he didn't even comfirm it..like if PCOS is a myth..all he said was you are IR, and some day you need to come see me again so I can put you on meds...that was it..I do go see a family doc/ natuopath..in Feb..she has a big clinic and treats hormonal bloblems, weight loss, and has a diabetic life program. My insurance will cover the labs on the conventional part, but nothing in the natural meds part or testing..they have like a saliva testing test that measures certain hormonal problems,,( $350 ) and the receptionist said be prepared to pay from $300-500 for meds if it turns out that i need them (all natural stuff..and not to mention the $165 office visit...so I'm saving up..but after all this time and no help from regular doc's..then maybe this will help me some... they use a METAGENICS nutritional protocal and something called NEW SPIRIT natural supplements...I looked them up and it seams only doctors can buy them to give to their patients..you can't buy it on the net yourself...and they use bioidentical hormone therapy..if you need it..so I guess in a way they still are meds..but just to know they are natural not synthetic then puts me at ease ( a little) by the way have you heard of INSULITE?..it says it helps with PCOS...I think when I read up on their website and I can say they are the first to ever actualy educate me on PCOS..not even my doctors did such a good job...I wonder if INSULITE works?.. it's kinda $$ and they say to give it at least 6 months b4 you see improvement...

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Have you been to see an endocrinologist? I found that family docs aren't really all that great at dealing with diabetes (hubby is diabetic, and I'm IR). My bloodwork kept coming back as "normal", too, until I saw an endo. He was able to "read between the lines" and picked up on a lot of stuff everyone else missed.

I would really focus on eating as clean and non-processed as possible. If you can find a good, qualified naturopath, I'd say go for it. I just saw one, and she put me on a 4-week elimination/cleanse diet to figure out if I have some hidden food allergies, and I lost 10 lbs!!! This was NOT restricted in how much I was eating, just what foods. It was hard to do (no wheat, dairy, processed foods, added sugar, red meat - including pork, or caffeine), but it was SO worth it!!! Now, I'm slowly adding foods back in to see if I react to them. I'm expecting dairy to be a problem, so I'm leaving that 'till last.

It turns out that there's a connection between IR/PCOS and systemic inflammation (usually due to a hidden food allergy/sensitivity). All I know is that I lost the weight, I ovulated last month, and it looks like I probably will again this month, too.

I can send you some more info, if you'd like. It's restrictive in some ways, but still very sensible, too.

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12/18/08 12:45 P

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thank you so much below...well i was pretty much blessed with 3 healthy babies..they are 3 years apart..( it's like I only ovulated once every 3 years..lol).I probably did tho. I was always pretty normal with all the womanly issues up until after I had my first 12 years ago. But just the fact that I didn't get pregnant so fast was probably the first sign of PCOS..then after I had him, everything went crazy..I gained like 70 lbs, hair loss, zits, missed periods...but I din't have the hair issue until 3 years later after I had my second son..with him I had gestational diabetes where I had to be good with foods..and all the symptons just got worse after I had him..then with my lil girl ( she's 6 ) I had gestational diabetes where I needed insulin shots in the tummy ..yes in the tummy..So after I had her at my one month check up they were like you are not diabetic, but you are IR, and IGT..where my fastings are normal but my 1 and 2 hours are higher than normal..all my thyroid labs came back ok,,,but I had my DHEA level at like 1000...I think women need to be below 400 or something...that was the only thing..but a month after that It went back to normal...??..and to this day I have all the symptoms, but nothing comes up in labs...and the doctors I have, have not given me any meds..I feel as tho I probably should be on something you know...but they don't budge..it's like they'll only give me Met if my sugars are higher...but they are not normal now, so why not start me on something b4 it gets to type 2 diabetes...just stressing...

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I don't think the laser does anything to make the hairs grow back faster. Remember, it's the excess testosterone in your system that sets them off, so new hairs were probably waiting to "get started". I think only about 1/3 of the hairs are affected at any particular treatment, too, depending on where they are in the growth cycle. So, you add all of that together, and it can seem like it's all going nuts!!!

Control of the IR will eventually lead to better control over the testosterone levels, but it can take a while. If you're not looking to TTC, then you can look at anti-androgen meds like Spironolactone - but you HAVE to make ABSOLUTE SURE you don't get pregnant as it can do NASTY things to a male fetus!!! Even Spiro, though, takes about 3 - 6 months to take effect.

I say, do what makes sense for you, just make sure to treat the underlying issues at the same time.

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it seams like everyone has their own opinions on how one should handle those pesky chin hairs..some say shave, some wax, some tweeze. I wonder if it's just preferance?..I had 10 sessions of laser hair removal and while you do it, the hair is pretty much under control, but once I stopped cuz I was broke..lol..they all came back plus more. even in places where I didn't b4. it was like if the laser hair removal made the hair follicles more aggressive. I was thinking about saving money for electrolysis, but I read that doesn't work either. As for now I just trim my chin hairs real los and just bleach them..you cant see the blond/white hairs that much, but they do grow back within 3-4 days..it's just time consuming. I'm scared to shave cuz of thegrowing back thicker scare, and if I tweeze or wax, I get ingrown hairs...what to do???*sigh*

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The combination of diet, exercise and Met works the best. I find it takes about 3 months for me to lose weight, but like I mentioned before, other positive effects happen sooner. I've known of some women ovulating on the first cycle, while others take the full 6 months to see any changes.


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Within two months my cycle was regular and I lost about 10 pounds. Now, the weight did come back later when my eating got out of control.


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What have your weight results been and how long before you started seeing results using Metformin. I started with half a pill last night at dinner and so far no side effects. I will do this for a week and then add the morning dose.

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I emoticon metformin. I never had the side effects except for losing weight and it has kept my period regular. Before I sometimes skipped for 6 months at a time. I've used it for the last 8 years.

I've been plucking those hairs on my chin and neck, but I may try shaving.

Does anyone have suggestions for thinning hair on the head?

Slowly, Slowly I am making positive choices for positive changes.

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I lost 35 lbs last fall, and maintained it ever since, in spite of totally falling off the wagon (except for 5 pesky pounds, which I've now lost again).

I got back on the wagon in July, when I started Massage Therapy School, and now I am starting to lose again. I find that it takes about 3 months for the Met to kick in, weight-loss-wise, for me. I get other good effects sooner, though, like stabalizing my blood sugar (I get hypoglycemia - low blood sugar) and my cycles get more stable, too, with more ovulating happening.

If I can ever remember to weigh myself before I eat or get dressed, I'll update my ticker! lol

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Thanks for your advice. I feel much better about it now. How much have you lost since being in Metformin? Wish me luck, I will be starting on it this week.

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my doctor put me on Spironolactone about a month ago. each time i up a dose i got really dizzy. saw the endocrinologist last week and she said just to finish what i had, then go ahead and stop. she believes it is easier/better to pluck some hair then take a pill. i guess i agreed, but will still keep taking the med until it is gone.

Keep on keeping on!

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You should start with only 500 mg/day, and start when you have 2 days off in a row - do the same when you increase it.

Diet-wise, foods that are high in fats or simple carbs seem to trigger side-effects, as does lettuce (for some reason). Always take it with a good-sized meal. Also try to eat at regular intervals - every 2 - 3 hours is best, especially before exercise.

Different people react differently to Met. Some of us don't have a single issue, while others react to 500 mg/day. The severe effects are sudden-onset explosive diarhea, bad-smelling gas, nausea & vomiting, and abdominal cramps (usually the cramps happen before the diarhea). This is pretty-much the worst that can happen. Some people also get low blood sugar, but that's only if they don't eat enough/often enough. Most people don't get really severe effects unless they're increasing their dosage really fast, or their diet isn't "clean". It's best to plan for the worst, and hope for the best - you really don't know how you're going to react until you start taking it.

For me, if I'm increasing my dose, I'll increase on Friday night so that I have Saturday and Sunday for any effects. I usually only get one episode of diarhea, and I'll be a little gassy, and then I'm fine by Monday.

Oh, one last suggestion: For some people, Met interferes with absorption of B12, so be sure to take a high-level supplement (I take 1,000 mcg combined with 400 mcg folic acid).

Met is TOTALLY worth it for me!!!! I gained 80 lbs in a year and a half, with no reason. I worked out for 4 months ***WITH A TRAINER***, every day after work, and at the end, had GAINED 2 LBS!!!! emoticon For me, the only thing that works is combining the diet and exercise with Metformin. I'm hoping that once I get down to my goal weight, that I'll be able to go off of it, but until then, Metformin is my friend! lol emoticon

Take care, HTH!!! emoticon


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Ladies,

I just recently got diagnosed with PCOS, Insulin resistance and Hyperthyroidism. I know I am a mess! I have steadily gained about 15 lbs in the last 6 months. I have had radioactive iodine treatment for the thyroid issue and eventually will start on Synthroid. I go to the Endocrinologist next week to discuss Metformin. I am worried about the side effect. I am a Personal Trainer and cant just run to the bathroom when I am training. Has anyone experienced Metformin and can you tell me good and bad reactions and maybe any questions I need to ask or be aware of. I need to get this weight off, will this help?

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I have had laser treatment and it was money well spent. I started seeing results after my 1st treatment. I had to stop treatment in April due to finances and have noticed a few hairs on my chin and lip returning, but that is because I had not finished my package. Starting again on Sunday and can't wait.

The relief I had and still do is amazing. Not having to shave my top lip and legs everyday made me comfortable in my relationship. I didn't have to jump out of bed 1st thing in the morning to get rid of the hair that just sprung out over night. Laser also got rid of the dark marks on my chin that I had got from plucking.


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DON'T shave! they grow thicker and darker! ew!
Wax or Pluck!
I think waxings better but plucking is cheaper!


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You ladies are so informative. I was diagnosed with PCOS over 10 years ago and I've never heard of Spironolactone. The hair growing under my chin is totally annoying. I've been plucking it, but I'm getting ingrown hairs and scars from pulling the hair from under the skin. Do you have to go through a dermatologist for this medication or should my gyno be able to prescribe? I have found myself wondering why weight loss is so difficult for me. I've had PCOS for so long, that I forget that difficulty losing weight is part of the condition. Thanks for the great advice!

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ya, i don't have a huge problem with hair growth on my face...but a bit on my tummy. i was more worried about the fact that i seemed to be losing the hair on my head!

i am going to the dr. tomorrow and i am FINALLY going to get a plan for how to move forward and dealing with my PCOS.

i have a lot of weight in the tummy too so i guess i will ask a bit more about the IR and what i can be doing.

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In January I started taking Proscar (AKA Propecia) off label to help with my hair loss. It's helped some but mostly it's stopped other hair on my body from growing (belly, chin, etc). It's been a blessing in disguise for that. Now if they could just find a cure for balding!!

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The belly fat is a key symptom of the Insulin Resistance that is behind this whole D@MN syndrome!

It will eventually go away, but not until you've got a good handle on the IR, and will probably be one of the last things to disappear.

As for hair - yes, it's triggered by excess testosterone in your system, but once a hair "turns" dark and thick, it will never return to the way it was before. It can, however, lighten and thin some, just not go all the way.

If you exfoliate regularly, and keep your skin clean, then waxing/tweezing should be a good option for you. If you wax/tweeze consistently, then the hair will (over time) grow slower and come in thinner/lighter than it was originally. I've seen this personally with hairs on my chin - the few that I started off with now come in so light that I have a hard time finding them (I can feel them if I touch my face, though, and they BUG me! lol) They also come in slower than they did. I don't think this is completely due to a "normalizing" testosterone level, because I have some other, newer hairs that actually started to come in when the older ones were lightening. (If that makes any sense??)

Anyways, controlling the IR helps, too, as once I started taking Met, I worked the diet/exercise part, too, and lost 35 pounds - and my hair started to get lighter! :)

Oh, some women swear by a cup of mint tea (peppermint or spearmint herbal tea) every day to reduce their facial hair! Just don't drink it if you want to get pregnant!

HTH!!! :)


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Hi all! I also have the extra hair growth and have tried laser treatment - it did not help me. I have not tried any medications, so that may be something I should ask my GYN about. My biggest issue, is my belly fat. I just can't seem to get rid of it. A couple of years ago I lost 15 lbs, but still had the pouch. Anyone have the same problem, and have you been able to get rid of it?

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Hi STELLABELLA318,

Excess hair comes from higher testosterone/androgens in your system. My doctor put me on Spironolactone when I was first diagnosed with PCOS in 1992. It helps with the excess circulating testosterone/androgens, which in turn can help minimize face and body hair growth. The other nice effect is that it happens to be a mild diuretic so it helps a bit with bloating. Ask your doctor about it. I'm on 200/mg per day. It is considered one of the standard meds for PCOS, along with metformin.

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I had this all explained to me when I did laser hair removal so I will share:
Shaving doesn't cause the hair to grow back faster, but it SEEMS to grow back coarser because it is cut straight and blunt. However, this is the recommended way to remove hair by doctors because it does not influence the growth of the hair below the skin. You are not changing the growth direction, so you are less likely to get ingrown hairs or infections. When you pluck or tweeze a hair you are removing the entire hair from the follicle. This is why it takes longer to grow back. Since its a new hair it does not have a sharp tip, so it seems to grow back softer, but since its no longer a "baby hair" because you replaced the root it will actually be thicker.
If the laser hair removal had worked for me I wouldn't have to worry about all that, but unfortunately I still have to shave, tweeze, and wax. :-)





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I had a skin care doctor tell me the same thing that shaving is better and plucking makes hair grow thicker and darker.

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The dermitolegist(however you spell it) told me that isn't true that shaving makes it grow more.. I believe him- my DH could grow a beard if that was the case, he still can't and has been shaving for years!... And he said plucking can cause infections in the folical.

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I just pluck mine and wax for the most part. I never shave cause they grow back more coarse and then I would have to shave ALL the time.

cravings: well, actually I'm really bad most the time I just give in! But now I'm just trying to surround myself with healthier options, and drink water. Most the time our bodies confuse thirst for hunger.

Mood swings: I think they come for reasons sometimes other than PCOS, you have to look at it wholistically, counseling is not just for crazy people! It's okay to visit someone to talk about feelings/emotions with, and you can get some coping ideas you haven't thought of.

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I still have a little hair on my face but it's the ones that are too light for the laser to work on. I still end up shaving it a couple times a week but the laser helped SOO much. I was lucky too that my DH's insurance covered it since it was caused by a medical condition.

I have a dr appt on Monday and I'm going to discuss the possibility of getting an IUD... My period is getting super heavy again and he tried me on Yasmine but I lost my sex drive while on it and decided it wasn't worth it to stay on it. I really liked the lighter and regular periods but not the other. So I can either try another BCP or the IUD.

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I didn't think that laser was that painful, but now I'm wondering if I should try it again. I am taking higher doses of spironolactone and metformin so maybe I just wasn't taking enough to stop the regrowth. Its good to hear it worked for you.





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3/15/08 4:44 P

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Hi!

I take the spirolactone for the hair and have also had laser. I had good luck with it and didn't think it was too painful. I thought it felt like a rubber band being snapped on your skin- except for the upper lip and that little section did hurt more then the rest.

I also take Met and have tried BCP's and stopped taking them cuz of an odd reaction. Don't need them anyway- had my tubes tied after baby #3- before I was diagnosed with PCOS...

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3/14/08 1:46 P

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I take spironolactone for hair growth and it seems to stop NEW growth, but what I have I seem to be stuck with. I spent quite a bit of money on laser hair removal but it has all come back... my insurance does not cover vaniqua, but I've heard it does a good job at slowing the hair growth. I also take yasmin and B12 and that has seemed to help with a lot of symptoms. I take metformin aswell.





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MADELYNSMOM's Photo MADELYNSMOM Posts: 57
3/13/08 8:55 P

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For the hair growth I take Spironalactone-which is what my doctor prescribed. It seems to work okay and my insurance covers it. He wanted me to try the Vaniqua Cream-(not sure of spelling)--however, the insurance will not cover it-even thought the doc said it was from hair growth due to the PCOS. They said it is considered cosmetic treatment. Good luck this is a wonderful place to learn more about the PCOS and what others have found that helps them w/the different problems associated with it.

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Since I've started SP (1/24), I've found that I've felt better. I relate it to the right food choices, exercise, and water. I've taken meds and supplements for years that do help w/ symptoms. These other positive changes in my life have made the most difference w/ my moods and cravings. Of course, PCOS is not gone and is making my weight loss battle tough but I'm better. For my hair,I pluck, tweeze, shave, etc. I've never tried anything else.

Edited by: MOMNMEL at: 3/13/2008 (14:15)
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DLYNN78 Posts: 51
3/13/08 2:10 P

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I pluck and shave as well. I have tried using the epilady but it leaves ingrown hairs. I have also spent hundreds of dollars on both electrolysis and laser hair removal. The electrolysis was extremly painful and was worthless. The laser kinda helps it from growing so quickly but is only temporary. I have heard about Vaniqa but haven't tried it yet.

As far as the mood swings, exercising helps alot. I take Valerian Root when I am stressed and makes sure to take my Multivitamin once a day and an extra B12.

Cravings. One thing that has helped me is eating whole grains and more fiber. I found that the more white starches and sugars I consumed the more out of control my hunger was.



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For the growing hair I pluck and shave and I know how annoying it is. The main reason I have not had laser hair removal is because of the pain.

Cravings are tough, but drink lots of water. That has been helpful to me. I am slowly changing my eating habits for the better.

For the mood swings, exercise, exercise, exercise. I also take depression meds and that has helped tremendously.

Hope this helps.

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3/13/08 1:54 P

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Hey guys, any advice on how to deal with the irritating PCOS Side effects like hair growth, cravings, & mood swings?

Do whatever it takes to live the life you want.


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