Well, my cycle was different, I would bleed for months, even a whole year. This happened off and on, and I would take BC pills to regulate it and then the pills would stop it all together, but all this happened before I discovered that I had PCOS. I also started the metformin, and took it for a few months and stopped because of the harmful side effects, so I decided to go on a low carb/low gi diet and increase my work outs and for the first time in years I had two consecutive periods within a 28 day cycle, and without bc pills or metformin. I've also lost weight, but the change came when I ate less carbs and increased my work outs, because I had lost weight and was still bleeding. My body seems to react to more movement and less carbs. So, hopefully it continues to get better and eventually I will be able to get pregnant.
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Weight can definitely affect your cycle, especially if you have PCOS. The two are directly related for me, and I find that when I am heavier, everything else gets out of whack, too. Do you have any other symptoms besides an irregular cycle? (Excess facial/body hair, hair loss, acne, weight gain mostly around your middle, etc., etc.?) I would see a doctor and have them do some bloodwork. Metformin can make all the difference in the world.
Oh, and yes exercise really DOES help. There's some really complex science that I won't bother explaining, but your insulin is much happier and more useful when you are exercising regularly.
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Exercise REALLY does help on the PCOS front. Well, it worked for me. My body went PCOS crazy about 2 months ago and I decided to start working out again, along with switching the BC pills I was taking and it seems to have staved off some of the symptoms I was experiencing. Now onto the diet front to see how I do.
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Weight, or specifically your body fat ratio, can be a big factor on the regularity of ones menstrual cycle. Too much fat, or even too little fat, can put the equation out of whack!
Some OB/GYNs are quick to blame irregular menstruation on a woman's weight, but there are other issues at play besides weight. Take me for example. I was told by an OB/GYN that if I lost weight, my periods would normalize (at the time, I was having about 4 periods a year, and not on birth control). However, my general care doctor ran more tests on me (specifically a liver function test), and by reading between the lines, decided I had PCOS.
After dx'ing me, she immediately started me on Metformin. Amazingly, Metformin did what other medications had failed to do - it helped regulate my periods! I discovered that if I took my Metformin regularly, my cycles would come regularly. It didn't even take loosing weight!
Our bodies are complex things, and modern medical knowledge still doesn't have it all figured out. Add to that a complicated disorder like PCOS, and it makes things even more complicated. The best thing to do is to educate yourself, as a patient, and demand that your doctor do the same.
I would say that weight is a huge factor with having regular periods. When I weighed 168lbs I would have regular periods but since I have gained weight (222lbs at the moment) I have gone months without seeing anything .
I know several women, myself included, who lost weight and got pregnant. My daughter is now 3 and unfortunately I gained back all that I lost.
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i tried birth control to regulate my periods but ended up on my period for 6 weeks! needless to say, i stopped taking any bc pills. i've been eating a low glycemic diet for a month now and have lost almost 15 lbs. and just got my period around the correct time for the first time in i can't even remember how long. so, yes, i do believe losing weight will help w/ regaining a "normal" cycle.
"Where PCOS is associated with overweight or obesity, successful weight loss is probably the most effective method of restoring normal ovulation/menstruation, but many women find it very difficult to achieve and sustain significant weight loss. Low-carbohydrate diets and sustained regular exercise may help. Some experts recommend a low Glycemic index diet in which a significant part of the total carbohydrates are obtained from fruit, vegetables and whole grain sources"
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