SparkPeople PCOS Cysters! Team Messageboard If you're fighting the good fight against PCOS then this is the place for you. Join us to discuss the frustrations, get motivation and support from others that understand. You are not alone! SparkPeople PCOS Cysters! Team Messageboard Hi, all! My name is Amanda. I felt like I had PCOS for years, and finally found a doctor who listened to me. Blood work and ultrasound confirmed today. Interested in reading some tried and true methods of easing symptoms! <BR> <BR> About me personally: I manage a veterinary hospital by day and run a hobby farm for fun. We specialize in Pygmy goats, Netherland dwarf rabbits and bantam Cochin chickens. I like swimming, gardening, animals, crime drama tv shows, philosophy and art. I paint, sculpt, do ph... Thu, 12 Jul 2018 20:51:46 EST Hello Hi! I joined this team because I would like to get new ideas and support from others with PCOS. Losing weight is already hard enough. Learning new tips and tricks to aid with the weight loss journey will make it that much easier. Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:47:36 EST Pelvic Pain Just wondering if anyone with PCOS on our team has sharp intense pelvic pain mid cycle? If so, do you know what it is caused from and what do you do for it. Mine generally falls right in the middle of the ovulation part of the cycle, but doesn't seem like I should be having that kind of pain during that time of the cycle. <BR> <BR> Just curious.... Sat, 16 Jun 2018 23:48:31 EST Breastfeeding and losing weight Hi Ladies, I'm the mother of an 11 week old boy and I'm currently EBF. I've lost all but 10 lbs of my pregnancy weight and I'm not actively attempting to lose weight right now, just tracking my food and exercise so I get into the habit. Did any of you find that weight loss was harder after having a baby? I've struggled all my life to keep weight off and I'm assuming that now, more than ever, it's going to be harder to slim down. Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:17:05 EST Does the unwanted facial hair bother you? I have found facial epilators that are worthy enough. Does anyone here use them? <BR> How about the Remington? Looks sleek and really small in size! It says it removes hair gently. It's cordless and portable as well. How easy is it to get rid of facial hair? <BR><BR>p1050cdn-facial-epilator/ Mon, 5 Mar 2018 09:48:01 EST PCOS and Perimenopause Anyone out there who us going through the same? <BR> I got a chance diagnosis of PCOS when I had a benign growth on one ovary removed when I was 37. My gyno was not interested in dealing with it because I was only mildly overweight and not looking to get pregnant. But reading up on it suddenly explained a lot - like my struggle with weight etc. <BR> Now I have been in perimenopause for the last 7 years and thought I had reached the end - 8 months without period, hormones in postmenopausal ran... Sun, 28 Jan 2018 00:48:50 EST It is working...the weight is actually coming off I was diagnosed with PCOS, when trying to have children. Fortunately, with Fertility drugs/ interventions, I overcame that hurdle. (Cycles were normal after that, btw). But the weight just kept adding on. <BR> <BR> I finally decided if I didn't do something, I wasn't going to be around to enjoy those children I fought to get. I got serious. 12 weeks, 1600 calories, half hour on the treadmill every day...not one pound. Depression. Been there? When I pulled myself back up, I decided I... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:08:47 EST Berberine and other supplements warning If you're going the natural route, just be sure to do your research on all the different supplements out there. An educated buyer can limit reactions that could cause bad consequences...such as.... <BR> <BR> Berberine is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults for short-term use when taken by mouth or applied to the skin. <BR> <BR> <BR> Special Precautions &amp; Warnings: <BR> Children: It’s UNSAFE to give berberine to newborns. It can cause kernicterus, a rare type of brain damage that can occur in... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:17:00 EST PCOS without most of the symptoms I was just diagnosed with PCOS about 2 months ago. I've had irregular periods, as in they're super-light, with maybe 1-2 days of med or heavy flow and a lot of brown bleeding. I have a family history of PCOS, and I'm overweight and have a heck of a time losing weight. I deal with depression a bit, infertility and hair loss and a couple of chin hairs (although not excessive). <BR> <BR> But I don't have acne or oily skin, male features, unwanted hair, and none of my labs show any abnormality... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:28:01 EST Recently diagnosed Hey everyone! <BR> I have just recently been diagnosed with PCOS after living with symptoms for the past 5 or so years. My biggest problem has been the weight gain...and it has been so difficult to lose any of the 40+ pounds I have gained. I am 180lbs right now and my goal weight is 150. I have been on and off of phentermine for about a year. Last year at this time I was 189 and that's when I decided to start taking the pill. I struggle with feeling hungry all the time, and I have taken metf... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:45:15 EST PCOS and plant based eating Anyone else out there that does low sugar and almost no white flour healthy vegan eating to counteract PCOS. That and exercise is the only thing I've found that makes a difference in my PCOS. Thu, 11 May 2017 10:58:27 EST New here Hi everyone! I'm 34 years old, married for 8 years and 10 months, no kids, just found out I have pcos. We have tried to get pregnant for years, and every doctor I went to brushed off my symptoms, and the fact that 3 of my 4 sisters also have pcos. So 8 years went by before I found a doctor who not only listened but tested me for anything under the sun that could be causing our infertility. She found hypothyroidism and pcos. <BR> <BR> She is having me do a anti-inflammatory diet through my... Tue, 9 May 2017 19:17:10 EST Howdy! Joined SP a couple of days ago and looking around for folks with similar goals and whatnot. <BR> <BR> I'm Lisa. 37yo sahm of 3 (4, 2, 9mo) and I was diagnosed with PCOS about 8 years ago. <BR> I'm also hypothyroid and insulin resistant too. Joy lol <BR> <BR> The last 8 years has been quite a journey with a lot of heartache. I had fertility issues and it took 3 years and 4 early losses to finally get and stay pregnant with my daughter. My other 2, I totally believe 100% I was able to get p... Fri, 5 May 2017 10:20:38 EST New diagnosis My doctor had her nurse call me this morning to tell me that an ultrasound I had (the final in a series) showed "several bilateral ovarian follicles/cysts which is consistent with PCOS". I have an appointment with her this coming Monday and I'm pretty sure that she's going to tell me I have PCOS, although I've had A1C labs done numerous times in my life and none have been abnormal. I only have a couple of symptoms of PCOS, and none of them really bad. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling kind of down abou... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:03:30 EST Extremely low VitD after Saw Plmetto feeling awful Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I used saw palmetto few years back for few months and then stopped but side effects never left me. My vitamin D is very low and despite taking 8000 IU/day I don't feel better. I have fatigue, muscle loss, nausea and sexual side effects. Daily life is very difficult now. I read here some people are having low vitmain D after Metformin. <BR><BR>messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x136x53<BR>001712 <BR> Are they feeling as awful as I ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:30:10 EST Hello Hi everyone. I'm a librarian in Nebraska and I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 16, where I was simultaneously told I would never have children. I didn't really care about either bit of news (I was 16, I had nothing to do with either bit), but now that I have had to have my Mirena removed in an emergency procedure I am having to deal with some of the symptoms of my PCOS that haven't reared their heads in nearly 14 years. I figured I'd join this group and see if I could find support for that... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:47:20 EST Favorite Pre Workout and Post Workout Meals? Hi. I'm looking for ideas for pre and post workout meals. Any suggestions would be great! :) Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:58:11 EST Upcoming PCOSDiva Jumpstart Program Hi ladies! I know I've discussed in this group before, and I'm so excited that there's a new Jumpstart program starting on the 16th! I've done Jumpstart before (and I'm doing this one as a "refresher"), so I know it works just like Amy (the program creator) says it will. It is one week of learning how to treat PCOS naturally. An explanation of the program is on the website, so I won't go into what all is included, etc... In just one week, I saw a return of my cycles, decrease in ... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 16:39:43 EST Any PCOS Success stories out there? My goal is to lose 100 pounds or more. Is there anyone out there with PCOS that has done this? If so, what was it like? How long did it take? What was your key to success? <BR> <BR> My weight loss is slowing down so I am looking for some encouragement in the form of hearing from someone who has actually done it. I know there are other success stories on SP like this, but I haven't found one specific to PCOS. Simple calorie restriction has never worked for me, but low carb + calorie r... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:26:32 EST calorie intake Hey everyone... Ok, so I have read that with PCOS, you should stick around 1200 calories. But if you are working ot every day and burning a ton of calories, should you add to that? Or just stick with what spark gives you? Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:48:47 EST How do I find doctor who actually knows about PCOS I need to find a doctor who actually knows about PCOS. I was diagnosed by my family doctor at 17. All I was told was that it causes acne and facial hair and that I might have trouble getting pregnant. I am now 30 and over 330 pounds, dealing with many health issues due to being overweight most of my life. When I had my son, I had a great OBGYN who handled my PCOS well and put me on metformin, and actually talked to me about PCOS and causes/symptoms. But she is not a PCP, and my PCP won't even... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:32:18 EST hola!!! Hello! My name is Jeanette and I am new to the group, but not to sparkpeople. After years of not focusing on my weight, I finally feel like I have the time, energy and will to do it. I am finally done with college and have no excuses not to succeed. Now I can focus on losing weight and Lord willing, having a child! Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:16:51 EST Buy Glucophage online Does anyone know where there is a good reputable online pharmacy to get for a good price so I can buy glucophage online without insurance and doctor and previous prescription in the uk or us? Preferably glucophage xr or er 500 mg generic form since its cheaper (than brand glucophage ). I don't want to hassle going to my walmart or walgreens even if the price could be cheaper than buy glucophage online even if its generic for sale which is supposed to be cheap version of glucophage. I would ap... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:10:53 EST New to the group Hi. I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm excited to be a part of this group and looking forward to losing weight and eating right while dealing with pcos. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 14:10:36 EST GLUCOFIT? INOSITOL? D-CHIRO- NOSITOL? CHROMIUM?!!! So, my doc doesn't want to put me on metformin. She says I can do this with diet and exercise. <BR> I guess she doesn't have PCOS eh? ha ha <BR> <BR> I've been eating very low carb for a couple of years now. Eating healthy, clean diet for many years and I seriously love to workout. So, I just keep slowly gaining weight anyhow. There is diabetes in my family. Perhaps it is just a matter of time before I finally have to stick needles in me??? <BR> <BR> So, I've decided rather than wait for th... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 01:16:44 EST Has anyone tried.....? Has anyone tried a liver flush? <BR> Tue, 31 May 2016 12:45:02 EST Helpful information <em>524</em> I just wanted to share some resources that have helped me better understand PCOS and its symptoms. One book is called A Patient's Guide to PCOS by Walter Futterweit and George Ryan. I haven't read it in a while but I remember it having some great information. <BR> <BR> Another related book is The Insulin-Resistance Diet. Women with PCOS can be more susceptible to diabetes or "prediabetes" aka insulin resistance. This book is all about eating in a way that avoids spikes of sug... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:41:06 EST Hi everyone! I was diagnosed with PCOS as a teen and was able to lose weight with the help of metformin, aldactone, and birth control to supplement my diet and exercise habits. I went off the metformin and aldactone and gained 100 pounds <em>40</em> though my diet didn't help with that either LOL. I'm hoping to get back on medication to help with my weight loss efforts. I'm okay with slow and steady progress :) Just wanted to introduce myself a little and say thank you in advance for the help and supp... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:28:56 EST Metformin tolerance Hi, <BR> I had a really good dr and when she noticed I was starting to gain weight she put me on metformin and some other meds. At the time I was around 130 and I had only been that weight once before. I wasn't too good about taking it regularly and I ballooned to 161. After many years of work I was finally able to get down to 107. My goal was 110. I went up to 115 and wasn't concerned and gained to 120 and wasn't concerned because I was between 110 and 120 in high school. However, I quickly... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 02:12:17 EST Hi Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kelly and I'm 24. I have a handsome son who just turned 1 whom, after years of trying, I conceived naturally. I was diagnosed in December of 2015 after a second miscarriage. I've finally have my PCOS under control now I'm trying to lose weight and become healthier so we can try for another baby. Look forward to meet you ladies. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 21:46:12 EST Provera Do any of you use Provera to have a cycle? I have used it for the past several years. However, this month I am not getting my cycle. It's been about a week since I finished the Provera. I know it can take up to 10 days to work. But, I've kind of spotted a little, but not really. I'm just getting impatient, I guess. I'm gonna wait another week to see if I start. I'm not sure whether I should call the doctor if I don't start in a week, or just wait and take it again in May. What do ya'll think? Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:31:34 EST Soy & Dairy Free Protein Bars/Cerea als/Snacks Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some easy snack ideas, that are soy and dairy free, but high in protein. I'm particularly interested in protein bars or cereals or other ready-made items you may know about. Just want something easy that I can grab when needed. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help! <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 20:23:38 EST PCOS!!!! Support?? success stories?? Hellooo everyone out there.. i was diagnosed with PCOS in 2012 since then i was on and off BC.. However now after trying 1 year for a baby my gyn has prescribed me metformin 1500mg/day for 3 months!! i've been taking em for 1 month and i've lost 3Kg...however NO PERIOD yet :/ <BR> <BR> Anyone else who had undergo this?? Sat, 2 Apr 2016 17:29:51 EST Hi Hey everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself to the team. I've been here a while, but I've been a lurker. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was about 16 (that was 16 years ago). I have always been overweight. I am currently doing a 5 lb loss challenge in one of my teams. My starting weight for yesterday was 263. I have gotten as big as 280. I have lost the 17 lbs since December. I have not been working out, but know I need to. I want to start working out. My sister-in-law has a ... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 06:50:29 EST Getting enough calories on a low carb diet Started a low carb diet over a month ago, but just recently joined sparkpeople and started using the nutrition tracker, it seems my diet was not as good as I thought.... I am struggling to find the perfect balance, low fat &amp; low carb while still consuming enough calories... I feel full, I eat three meals, plus have two snacks and is long as I keep my carbs under 100 and don't skip a meal I don't have crazy cravings. Yesterday I managed 1,100 but I felt stuffed and was dragging... I feel ... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 16:48:24 EST Newbie. SO EXASPERATED WITH PCOS!!!!! Hey, y'all <BR> <BR> I've been on Sparkpeople a little over a month now and just joined the PCOS team today. <BR> <BR> I've had period issues all my life and developed PCOS early on I think. <BR> <BR> I have a phobia (a real phobia) of the gynecologist, so dealing with these problems is really difficult. Not that doctors have been much help. <BR> <BR> For many years I had problems with irregular bleeding, sometimes bleeding 75 days at a time. I finally had surgery in 2014 to remove polyp... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 22:21:34 EST *Waves hellow* Hi all. <BR> New to the group. Been on SP for a while now, didn't know there was a group for us with PCOS. <BR> I have a clinical diagnosis from my OB Gyn and Endocrinologist. Not fun, lemme tell you. <BR> It's like a vicious and unfair cycle: PCOS causes weight gain and other side effects, and makes it hard to get the weight off, BUT losing weight can help get rid of or get around PCOS. Chicken and Egg situation. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm a 30-something Midwesterner, freelance writer, currentl... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 18:24:24 EST Period weight gain. Wait, what? Who has periods? Period weight gain is completely normal. As the progesterone rises in your system leading up to your period it causes you to retain water weight. So here is my question. PCOS has my hormones all out of whack right? I get a period like four times a year right? So why do I still have a week of weight gain prior to what should be my period? I don't get too worried about it. I mean it's just water. It goes away by drinking extra water and exercise. It also reminds me that yep I am still a women. ... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:55:34 EST ROGAINE My hair started to get thin the same time my period started to act up, back in 2001. Since then I would say I have lost close to 75% of my hair. My mom has thin/fine hair and my dad had thick wavy hair that he started to lose in his late 20s early 30s. I always felt that it was my genes and there was nothing I can do. I saw in late 05 that PCOS has an effect on your hair. I've just ignored it because of other things going on in my life and other things I wanted to focus on. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 12:12:04 EST Hello - New Member Hi - <BR> I recently joined Spark (well re-joined) and found the PCOS page. I am a 44 year old mom of teens. Been married for 7 years and enjoying my family greatly. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2000 when trying to get pregnant with my second child. I was able to go on a diabetic diet, lose 30 lbs and conceive. I was one of the lucky ones. Then I fell off of the diet and gained all that and more back. <BR> <BR> Fast forward 16 years.... I have been on Metformin for a little o... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:54:48 EST Food Arsenal Some of the most successful dieters are those that have "go-to" meals/snacks we can turn to in an instant. Here is a place to share so of our go to foods to create a food arsenal. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 08:53:01 EST Migraines Do any of you have really bad migraines and do you think they are caused by your PCOS? <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:43:57 EST PCOS nearing Menopause or after Menopause I am having trouble finding any information about PCOS and menopause. If you are in your late 40s or early 50s and have noticed anything, please make a note of it. For instance is it easier or harder to lose weight after menopause for you, what symptoms go away if any? Are you still on Metformin or DCI or Inositol? Personally Menopause is very close.... probably this year and I need to drop 50 pounds. I went back on Metformin a few days ago. No results yet. <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Jan 2016 17:57:21 EST Newly Diagnosed With PCOS Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Emily, I was diagnosed with PCOS last week and I'm having a really hard time with it. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that y'all will help motivate me, and point me in the right direction to lose this weight (165 currently). When my doctor diagnosed me he told me straight up that I would never be 100lbs and that I would have to diet the rest of my life just to stay at a normal weight. Needless to say that has really got me down. <BR> <BR> He put me on a BCP Microgestin but ... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 15:36:33 EST PCOS, runner and a bride to be! Hello! New here. I was diagnosed with PCOS about 10 years ago and have struggled with my weight since age 18. I'm 31 now and getting married in September 2016. I've shed all of my weight twice before, but as you all know, with PCOS it is very hard to keep it off. I've been a runner for most of my life but have not done much for the last two years and thus, have gained about 35 lbs. I'm hoping by joining these boards I'll be motivated to get back to my healthy self, fit into a gorgeous wedding... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 16:18:42 EST Newbie-About Me Hello! <BR> <BR> New to the spark site and to be very honest I joined because of this team. I googled PCOS stuff and kept coming to this forum. Everyone seems very supportive, nice, and understanding! <BR> <BR> Short version: I have a lot of weight to lose! My goal is to get healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally. Easier typed then done for sure! <BR> <BR> Long version: <BR> I have about 100lbs to lose. I joined WeightWatchers about a year ago and the first few months were amazing. ... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 15:19:15 EST Hello Ladies! I just wanted to say Hi to everyone! I have recently been diagnosed with PCOS and I was put on a Low Glycemin Index diet to help me lose some weight! I am currently 240 lbs I have already lost 3 on the LGI diet :D My Dr's have me on birth control to help with hormones and they are pushing me to lose as much weight as I can to keep me from becoming Insulin Resistant/ Diabetic (I am right on the threshold) <BR> <BR> I wanted to join with you ladies to share and listen to all your success and y... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:51:43 EST Hormone Cure Has anyone tried the Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried? If so, is it working for you? Did you have your doctors help? Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:58:14 EST PCOS and estrogen based birth control I have a minor form of PCOS and was diagnosed back in 2007. I've been on an estrogen and progesterone based birth control pill since then and my cycles have been completely regular and light. Love it. However, I moved to the UK from the States back in September and my 3 month supply of the pill is dwindling. I went to the GP for a refill and the Dr won't give it to me because my BMI is too high (which increases the rate of a blood clot). I know the risks, but in the States, no big deal. Here,... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 06:07:14 EST PCOS & IBS & Metformin Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am at my wits end :( Was diagnosed with PCOS about 7 years ago and offered Metformin, at the time I was all hippy and anti medications, so said no ! <BR> <BR> Since then I have gained about 80lbs (just under), and have been trying to conceive for 2 years with no luck. <BR> The fertility clinic won't help with conception until my BMI is under 30 (which is about 60lbs away), and gave me a prescription for MEtformin. <BR> I also have IBS and when it flares up it results in... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 04:22:55 EST Newbie from Opotiki, New Zealand Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am new to SP, have had PCOS probably for the last 13 years but was only diagnosed properly 4 years ago when we started trying to get pregnant. I am hoping this will be the trick to keep me motivated and finally lose the weight so that I will ovulate or we can get funding for further fertility treatments. Thu, 5 Nov 2015 04:01:41 EST I'm New-ish Hi, everyone! I just returned to SP. I was diagnosed with PCOS in January of this year and hubby and I have been TTC for 2 years and 7 months. Looking to meet some great people on my journey! <BR> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 16:29:11 EST PCOS and pheromones. Do you repel people? Has anyone ever read anything about PCOS and pheromones being messed up due to outta control hormones? Because your pheromones are messed up you naturally repel people?!?!? Both male and female? Anyone ever heard of this!?!? <BR> I have noticed this. Any PCOS buddies noticed this in their lives? It is weird. <BR> please chime in! <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 20:42:32 EST hello new here not new to spark people DX with PCOS last year even tho I have suspected I have had it for a few years now. <BR> My husband is a veg. So I have noticed that after I started to eat a ton of those soy burgers after I met my husband that is when I noticed my PCOS started up.Fine before that. Soy vs PCOS symptoms !?!?((shrugs)) I also notice that if I don't eat enough protein no period. <BR> I have an app that tracks my periods. my average is one every 47 days. I wonder if that means one of my ovaries are working and ... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 20:06:59 EST Introducing Myself :) Hey I'm Melodi and am really excited to hopefully get help and motivation to be positive and lead a healthy lifestyle! :) Sat, 3 Oct 2015 20:42:32 EST I lost weight!! Hi. I was diagnosed with PCOS exactly 7 days ago. I was put on Metformin because I am 5'1" and weigh 191. That was one of the reasons I knew something was up. I started a low carb diet and Metformin immediately. I am down to 184 as of this morning. I have lost 7 lbs in 7 days. The side effects are lessening and I called my Doc. to see if I could take Zofran while on Metformin. I got the green light and it helped. I don't really get to nauseated anymore as long as I don't get hungry.... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 12:18:40 EST New to PCOS Hi there! I am new to PCOS and this forum so I wanted to introduce myself and find out a bit more about you all. I was diagnosed less than a week ago based on an elevated testosterone level. I do not have blood sugar problems, irregular periods, hair loss, excess hair, acne, or any cysts as far as I know. (I had completely normal pap smears every year up until 2013, when my OBGYN told me I could go 2-3 years between tests because I was young and never had any reason to worry.) So this diagnos... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:04:15 EST Sugar Free Candy Hi to all. I am going low carb after being diagnosed with PCOS and on Metformin (ugh but I hear it is worth it) I have eaten low carb before but now I am determined to make it a lifestyle so I have to find things that work for me. Having said that, I love hard candy. (well chocolate too but hard candy is my dilemma right now) I know sugar free hard candy if available but the sugar alcohols like sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, isomalt all really do a number on my stomach. Erythritol, the on... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:42:50 EST New to the Team ...Not PCOS Hi everyone! I wanted to introduce myself. I'm so excited to find a PCOS team. I'm a 38yr old mother of 2 sons (one in heaven) and I've been dealing with PCOS like most of us year... Well I have some pretty exciting things to look forward to and my wedding is one of them. More importantly I've been doing this weightloss thing for as long as I can remember but I been lazy and its time to regroup and reconnect... Looking forward to supporting you all!!! Tue, 22 Sep 2015 12:27:42 EST Hi To All Hi. I was diagnosed with PCOS today. I am waiting on lab confirmation but I have already started on Metformin. I have literally gained 50 lbs in 3 years. Most of which has been in the last two. I am starting a ketogenic diet in the next few days. Any advice or success stories (success stories I love) are greatly appreciated. Thanks! Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:29:08 EST Falling into Fitness The goal for this challenge is to complete 1 cardio and 1 toning activity daily. You can choose whichever activities suit your skill level and need the most. Post your activities and time spent like this: <BR> <BR> Swimming - 30/Yoga - 60 <BR> <BR> The 5 people with the most consistent postings each week will receive Spark Goodies! Thu, 10 Sep 2015 11:25:18 EST Hi, hello Hola, My name is Jennifer, I'm a 33 y/o mother of 3. I was diagnosed with PCOS 5 years ago. With diet exercise and medication I was able to conceive my 3rd child. My baby is now almost 4 and has started school. I have taken this a chance to focus on me again. I learned early that PCOS was not a death sentence, just another disruption that I am meant to overcome. My goal is to get back on track. I want to concentrate on consistency and build upon that. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:46:17 EST Inositol I've been reading a lot about Inositol and PCOS. Does anyone use this supplement, and if so, do you feel like it's helping? I tried it last year and took it for about 3 months, but I really couldn't tell it was helping so I quit. Now I'm reading more "miracle stories" about it and wondering if I should try again. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:18:28 EST Hi everyone! I was diagnosed about 2-3 years ago with PCOS as well as hypothyroidism. And still trying to figure things out. Lots of weight to lose but I'm ready to work extra hard, so I joined spark and I'm signing up for a gym membership for the first time ever! Sat, 8 Aug 2015 14:14:54 EST TTC and weight loss? Hello, I'm recently married and were thinking about TTC, however I'm 5'8" and about 250. Along with the PCOS I'm also hypothyroid. I'm trying to figure out if it is better to just start TTC because with PCOS it can take a while, and try to lose weight while were TTC or to put off TTC to focus on weight. I'm also 28 and wondering if we should just hurry up and try because of my age and pcos/thyroid. Sat, 8 Aug 2015 14:11:50 EST help and support please! really needing some help at the moment. I am in a total slump and having a PCOS flare up so hormones totally out of whack too. <BR> <BR> I just cannot seem to keep on track with eating healthily and doing extra exercise is nigh on impossible at the moment - I'm just so tired all the time. I'm in a bit of a stressful situation right now - my partner and I are living in one room, in my parents house, and my dad has just retired. We can't afford to get our own place at the moment - my work is ... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 14:56:13 EST Just to say hello Hi, I'm Izzy! <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I currently live in lively London, and I was diagnosed about a week ago, despite being over thirty. If I look back I think I have been living with this most of my life, the acne, the constant struggle with weight, the heavy, irregular periods. But compared to others with the same diagnosis I have had fairly mild symptoms, which is probably why it has taken this long to get a diagnosis. <BR> <BR> I moved to Britain and started over about five years a... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:15:55 EST Hello! I'm wondering what works for everyone....caloring counting, carb counting, or something else? Sun, 26 Jul 2015 15:43:06 EST Processed foods questions How do I lessen my intake of processed foods? Sat, 11 Jul 2015 19:23:54 EST Alternatives to dairy Is almond or soy milk better for women with PCOS? I have read that dairy isn't really good for women who suffer from PCOS. Is this true? Sat, 11 Jul 2015 19:09:04 EST PCOS at a "fast" rate Is it possible for all of the PCOS symptoms to come upon you all at once? If it is possible, what causes it? I had the PCOS and as a result, the diabetes come upon me all at once. I have noticed weight gain when I weighed myself and I look at the reflection back at me. This was back in 2008. I was only 33 at the time and since then in 2015, I am still trying to figure out why I have been having these problems. I also been diagnosed as having diabetes in 2009. Also, my anxiety began to ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 19:06:00 EST Support I am just wondering if any of you ladies have had trouble getting your friends, family or spouse on board with all the diet changes? My husband is just so in love with his refined carbs, frying everything in bacon grease and holy mother of sugar batman! My family is the same way. We have family gatherings and it's carb, sugar and fat city. I don't want to be that person who buys two sets of groceries, cooks two meals and brings their own food to gatherings. I will if I have to, I just don't w... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 04:57:09 EST Hello! I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Jessica. I am a 1st grade teacher in WA state. I just found out in January that I have PCOS. It's been a bit of a roller coaster. I am trying to just focus on myself, getting my weight down and my spirits up. I look forward to getting to know others on the same boat. Until January I had never even heard of PCOS. I'd love to hear how others are dealing. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 21:39:02 EST SparkPeople survey - please participate!<BR>2015 <BR> <BR> Coach Jen has asked that team leaders post this survey! Please take it so your very vital input is recorded! Know you are valued! Sat, 4 Jul 2015 15:23:05 EST Season's Sensations Challenge A - Z Here's the task: <BR> <BR> Name a sensation you feel (one or two words) AND the State/Country or Province/Country you are in starting with the letter of the alphabet that is next in sequence to the previous post. As it is Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and Winter in the Southern Hemisphere, all seasonal words are acceptable. Lest's have some fun! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:48:37 EST The Right Amount Of Cards For PCOS?? I was wondering does anyone know the right amount of carb grams daily should <BR> I be sticking to with having PCOS and needing to lose a lot of weight???? I'm doing low-carb already but the scales just wont budge. I'm thinking maybe I need to tweek my diet but want the right amount of carbs, protein, fat etc. to actually loose weight with PCOS. <BR> What amount are other doing????? Wed, 17 Jun 2015 06:55:24 EST Hello, I am here to introduce myself I haven't made many posts to the Sparkpeople forums and I am glad to have been referred to this forum. I am 40 years old and fed up. I have had this condition for years but I was diagnosed in 2008. It seems that all of the symptoms worsened, including a 50+ pound weight gain. I ended up being a diabetic as of 2009. I felt so embarrassed about my condition because I realized that diabetes could be prevented and I was warned about having diabetes. I felt like, despite the genetic link in ... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 07:35:31 EST Hello I'm returning to Spark People after a hiatus. I am hoping to learn more about how to eat and exercise to lose weight with PCOS. I was on Weight Watchers and lost some weight but found that it was no longer working for me after being at a standstill for a few months. I'm wondering if eating a lower carb diet might help me get started with losing weight again. I'm curious to see what everyone else is doing and looking forward to being a part of this community. Thu, 11 Jun 2015 11:26:48 EST Hello everybody! Hello, I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2010 after having issues coming off of Depo Provera. I lost a small amount of weight at that point, got pregnant, and in 2011 became a mother. We put any more children off initially because DH and I had an agreement to add to our family "one at a time". We were ready to TTC again, and shortly after I had an ectopic pregnancy that ruptured. That set me back for a bit, and then last fall I decided to go back to the endocrinologist. I have been diagnosed ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:44:32 EST Doc says my PCOS is gone! Just got the results back from a bunch of bloodwork my gyno did (the first real workup I've had in a few years) and the results were sign of PCOS! <em>244</em> After a year and a half of hard work and losing over 100lbs, I have finally seen a return of my periods (I wasn't having any at all so my PCOS was pretty bad) and normal hormone levels. The really important part of all this for me is that I should be ovulating so I am staying positive about conceiving in the very n... Sat, 30 May 2015 11:42:58 EST Hello I'm new to sparkpeople and I just found out I have PCOS. Great team you have here. Sat, 30 May 2015 09:32:25 EST Hello Hello, my name is Adina. I am 38 married with no children. I have never been able to conceive and didnt find out till last year when I was diagnosed with PCOS along with type 2 diabetes. The only thing my doctor did was tell me to lose weight and prescribed me a pill to give me my monthly. He never explained what it was, what concerns I should have, or how to lose the weight. Any information I have on PCOS i obtained from the internet. <BR> I joined sparkspeople 3 weeks ago. I have lost... Wed, 20 May 2015 07:19:57 EST Snack ideas I seem to be doing OK w/ eating somewhat healthier meals, but am really struggling with what I can snack on in between when I get hungry that doesn't get boring after a few days. What do all of you tend to snack on that helps w/ those times? I definitely need to become more creative! Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:52:19 EST Iron Now that I'm not eating iron fortified cereals, I'm really struggling to get iron in my diet. Does anyone take an iron supplement? Do you feel better? Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:15:58 EST Yummly I started using Yummly app last night. I really like it. It has filters so you can put in food allergies or diet plans (I put in dairy free and gluten free) and then if you search for a recipe, it finds recipes that fit your filter! So I can look up Low Glycemic and voila! my page is filled with low glycemic foods that passed the allergies filter. It takes away a lot of frustration for me and cookbooks in finding new foods that don't promote inflammation :) <BR> <BR> <link> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:20:59 EST Hi to all from Africa Hi I was in a different PCOS Team before, but the team seemed to kind of have died out. So I left the team and now want to try this team. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with PCOS about 12 years ago as a chance diagnosis, when I had a growth on my ovary removed. That time I still had my weight under control, so nothing was done about it. Then when I started Perimenopause things went out of control. <BR> <BR> I have now been struggling with Perimenopause for 5 good years and have gained a total of... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 06:09:11 EST Hiya! Hi! My name is Autumn. I have never been told by my doctor I have PCOS, but I only have half an ovary left, and I lost the other 1.5 to cysts. Crazy, out of control cysts that ate my ovary. My ob/gyn told me he suspected Ortho-TriCyclen exacerbated my cysts, and prescribed a mono-phasic birth control bill that has really helped prevent more cysts. I went for 9 years with PCOS symptoms, and didn't know about it. <BR> <BR> Then I came across this website PCOS diet support dot com when I was lo... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:14:50 EST Restaurants Do you have trouble with restaurants? A friend of mine invited me out to eat and everything has bread and cheese on it! What do you normally order in restaurants? I'm a bit stumped. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 13:53:58 EST Hear I Hello, <BR> I don't want to be overly dramatic about this, but I feel horrible. I have spent the last 20 years struggling with these symptoms only to be diagnosed last month. I don't understand why it took so long. The doctors don't seem to understand that there are real health problems with PCOS. So, I am 300 pounds fat and depressed. I can't stand being like this. I barely have the energy to do anything about it. My motivation doesn't last. I need to know where I can get help and motivation... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:31:11 EST Another Really Pertinent Article... <BR> <BR> This really helped me expand my view of strength training and PCOS! Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:26:17 EST Hey everyone I'm Liz. I have known that I've had PCOS (from doing intense research) since I was about 16, but I was only formally diagnosed last year. Surprisingly, being on birth control helped me start getting it under control, which helped me start to lose weight. I have lost over 100 pounds since January of 2014, but PCOS still causes a huge struggle. <BR> Nice to meet everyone. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:45:46 EST Has anyone ever heard of the rice diet solution? Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to get any input and see if any of you have ever heard of the rice diet solution. I was browsing on ebay and found this book as well as the rice diet solution cookbook and was thinking of getting them and seeing if they might help me. Has anyone ever heard of this diet, and if so, could someone tell me if it helped them. Thanks everyone! Sat, 7 Mar 2015 03:45:41 EST What diets work best for women with PCOS? Hello ladies, <BR> <BR> I am hoping some of you might be able to help me. I have been dealing with PCOS for almost ten years now, and am really struggling to lose weight. I have went the low carb route several times, and have lost about twenty pounds in the past, but I feel so deprived on the low carb diets. I just don't know what to do anymore! I am so depressed and I just want to lose the weight and be healthy for myself and my family that needs me. I have been doing research, but am so co... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 04:00:32 EST New Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Rissa and I have been dealing with PCOS for 13 years now. I have been successful to lose weight at one point in my life and was able to enjoy the benefits of that and was able to join the military, but then it became a problem again after a few years and I am back to where it all began once again. I know this journey is going to be a long one as it was before, but it is one that I know I will benefit from in many many ways. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:19:54 EST Exercise and PCOS <BR> Hi ladies! <BR> <BR> Most of my exercise lately has been pretty low-impact, one of my favorite types of exercise is yoga. I am surprised each time at how strong my body is. I can stretch and bend in ways I never thought possible and it feels amazing. However, every other day or so after exercise I get intense pain in my ovaries - mainly the left one. I do not have an enlarged cyst that I know of and the pain does not last a long time as if I had one either. Does anyone else experience ... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:24:44 EST Surging Into Spring - Activity Challenge Runs from 2-17-15 - 3-20-15 <BR> <BR> This challenge is designed for you to track your activity/exercise minutes per day. The goal is for you to complete a minimum of 60 minutes of activity per day. For every day you are successful, Write your number of minutes and give yourself a WooHoo or other emoticon that makes you happy! <BR> <BR> The top 5 people will receive a Spark Goodie from me! Good Exercising! Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:11:41 EST Hello from Wisconsin Hi to everyone here. I'm Cindy from Wisconsin. I'm 34, married for 5 1/2 years with two stepsons (17 & 20). I have four cats and like knitting and reading. I just applied to go to college now that I finally figured out what I want to be when I "grow up". Better late than never! <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 21 and have been struggling with my weight ever since. I would love to commiserate and celebrate with other ladies who understand the struggles of losing weight wit... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 19:06:46 EST Greetings from Sin City Hello all! My name is Raine and I was diagnosed almost 20 years ago with PCOS. I was 17 when I found out about it. I didn’t have a weight problem and my OBGYN did not tell me to watch out for weight problems or IR issues. Fast forward a few years, and my weight started creeping up. It wasn’t too bad yet and my new doctor (I had moved by this point) still didn’t mention any of this. Fast forward three more years and another move… and 100 pounds. By the time doctors were concerned as I was extr... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 19:09:04 EST Meeting with Endocrinologist tomorrow(first time) Hi ladies! <BR> <BR> I am fairly new to this group. I wanted to say HI, I am Tori, and I appreciate all the support you ladies provide! <BR> <BR> I'm not 100% sure I have PCOS yet, but I had a routine pap and blood work at my PCP a couple of weeks ago, and my testosterone levels were higher than they should be for a woman my age(28), I guess. Apparently that can be an indicator of PCOS? Anyway, she referred me to an Endocrinologist to determine if I do have PCOS or not. My first appointmen... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 10:27:21 EST Glumetza Could someone tell me if Glumetza is better than Metformin ER? I am on the metformin er right now and all it does is make me sick and make me go to the bathroom. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:31:08 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:27 EST Saying Hey! I'm Jae. Not new to pcos, but new here. Last year I had a myomectomy. This year my symptoms of pcos got worse-especially the facial hair. It makes me feel like a man. I lost 20lbs last year and that's good, but my diet is atrocious. So my goal this year is to encourage healthy living habits and consistency. In addition to exercise I'm working on stress management. And just being kinder to myself. I am beginning myo inositol again and I would like to be really good about it for 3 months to see... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:59:17 EST Spironolactone - don't take 4 peach fuzz SPIRONOLACTONE is not the answer! <BR> <BR> I understand a lot of you out there love Spiro and it works well for you, which is awesome and probably won't agree with what I say.... <BR> <BR> BUT for those of you that are on it and find it doesn't work and/or makes your excess hair worse read on... <BR> <BR> I've been on Spiro for 4-5 years for my peach fuzz. When I started taking it, maybe 6 months to a year I noticed the peach fuzz getting WORSE not better, so went back to doctor to up my... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:47:30 EST An acne treatment that has been working for me Just wanted to mention that I tried The Regimen for my acne and have had really good results. My face is by no means perfect, but I'm not getting the horrible breakouts anymore. Everything is so much more manageable. I didn't even buy their products, since I like to be able to just go to a store if I run out (plus theirs is a bit pricey). It is insane how many skin products have ingredients that are known to clog pores! I just did my research and found that the Neutrogena brand Extra Gentle C... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 02:59:23 EST ladies, skin care for acne??? Ladies, I have a question. <BR> What are the best products to use for acne?? I am currently only using Neutrogena oil control face wash and st. ives apricot scrub. <BR> But my face stays broke out, mostly around my nose and chin. <BR> I went into a department store yesterday to purchase Clinique skin care solutions for acne, but I got tired of waiting and being ignored at the counter. <BR> So, I came home and washed my pimply face with the stuff mostly directed towards teenagers. <BR> I nee... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 10:08:53 EST Just wanted to introduce myself Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Lisa and I live in Tennessee and am 33 years old. I am married and am the proud mother of two beautiful girls, ages 16 and 8. I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2005 and ended up having to take fertility medicine to get pregnant with my now 8 year old daughter. Since my diagnosis in 2005, my weight has been increasing now matter what I do. Now I also have pre diabetes related to the PCOS and have also recently been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, so losing weight w... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:14:43 EST unicorn root and other herbal suppliments to help? Hello, <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone's been taking any herbal suppliments besides folic acid, to help combat against PCOS? I've heard of unicorn root, but haven't tried it. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Jennifer Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:42:04 EST macca root pills Who's tried them and how did they help you ? Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:35:14 EST threading vs waxing What do you prefer? <BR> I'm trying threading tomorrow, full face.... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:13:10 EST Hey all New here and already done a couple of posts lol <BR> I have had PCOS for years... and well years and have been fine with it... obviously because I simply forgot about it and never let it control my life...until now :( <BR> I hate living with this and have let my self become some obsessed and depressed over it, damit. <BR> I have excess hair growth that I am lucky is only blonde so I guess it is peach fuzz..however I have now decided to let it just be and see how long it gets...hrmm....kinda s... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:11:56 EST SO depressed HATE PCOS Dreaded side effect.... hair growth on face *vomit*. Before I started waxing many years ago it was long blonde peach fuzz on chin, neck, sides, lip etc, and i regret EVER doing it as the growth that comes in is still blonde (thank you god) but it looks PRICKLY and spiky *vomit* I hate this, I am so depressed over this lately I am thinking of just letting it be and letting it grow, I just hope I don't look like a monkey..... <BR> <BR> QUESTION... anyone ever left their face hair and let it, w... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:53:18 EST New Here Hi all, my name is Altria, I am a gamer and anime fan, looking to lose somewhere in the neighborhood of 50-60lbs. Wanting to do that through healthy eating choices, working out, the whole shebang. I've got hypothyroidism and PCOS which makes life a bit difficult, but I think I can do this. <BR> <BR> Any questions or anything, feel free to ask! Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:13:38 EST Hi! Hi, I was diagnosed with PCOS last month. I also have endometriosis, so I am not a newbie to the world of female reproductive organ problems, just new to this one. I am looking to lose about 60 pounds. I am already down 3.7 in the last few weeks. I restarted here on November 16th, but I have had an account for several years. I currently have a huge cyst and can't exercise as long as I am on the pain meds. As soon as that is over I plan to walk daily, or use Wii Fit. <BR> Sat, 6 Dec 2014 22:33:01 EST PCOS and waxing HELP Ladies hi! <BR> <BR> I'm new here, never created a topic, so here goes.... (I'm using phone so sorry about spelling errors) <BR> <BR> I need help! Ive had PCOS for 14 years and I suffer from excessive hair growth. I've kept it under control by waxing face and medication for the last few years... However I've now noticed when i wax I'm left with a visible line from where I waxed and didn't wax... Does anyone else have trouble with this and what do you do? Please help! Also, if I just leave i... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 10:00:38 EST exercisi g/losing weight with new injuries I haven't been the best at the spark people way so far, but was going to aerobics 2x/week and getting on board well. Last weekend, fell down my stairs breaking my sacrum and tailbone, as well as injuring my knee. Everything hurts, but the doctor told me I could walk for exercise when the pain is better and do arm exercises (as tolerated). Really worried about the weight getting even more out of control and want to do anything I safely can to exercise and keep/regain my strength for return ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 07:52:59 EST Low Carb / Glycemic Index Diet for PCOS? Hey All, <BR> <BR> Is anyone doing a Glycemic Index Diet / Low Carb or Diabetic Diet for PCOS? I have read a lot about insulin resistance and it is recommended to follow one of these diets but I don't know where to begin. I definitely think that for me carbs contribute to my weight gain and I don't want to go the no carb route but I would like to start tracking carbs and follow a lower carb diet. <BR> <BR> Any info that anyone could pass along would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 09:36:00 EST Looking for PCOS Literature I am looking for good books or websites with guidance on getting my life under control with PCOS. Anything with good recipes, meal plans, tips, etc. Does anyone have any recommendations? Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:19:21 EST New to PCOS- Help & Support Needed Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Hannah & I am new to the Spark People community as well as recently diagnosed with PCOS. I gained 80 pounds in one year and just over the past few years, my hair started to fall out. I also had massive amounts of facial hair. I finally decided to go to my doctor, and she did a lot of tests on me as well as ultrasounds. Come to find out, I have PCOS with over double the amount of testosterone a woman is supposed to have. I weigh 285 pounds and am only 20 y... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:49:24 EST Food for Thought - Strength Training Article<BR>ake-charge-of-polycystic-ovarian-syndr<BR>ome-with-strength-training <BR> <BR> Strength training has been instrumental in my weight loss process and has not made me look bulked up. It has been amazingly helpful to 2 of my workout partners who also have PCOS as well... <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 Oct 2014 22:36:44 EST FED UP WITH PCOS This is kind of a rant and kind of a post looking for answers. I just needed to get it all out with people who understand. <BR> <BR> Do you ever get so fed up with PCOS that you want to scream?! I am so tired of waking up every morning wondering how much cystic acne I'll see when I look in the mirror or how to cover up my thinning hair on the top of my head. Which hairs I'll have to pluck from my chin or my neck and how what I ate last night will tip the scale because I had too many carbs. I... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:55:59 EST Emoticon Your Goal For Today! <em>237</em> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:31:14 EST Help! Metformin confusion Hi Everyone, I have a question about Metfotmin. My doctor placed me on Met about a week ago for pre-diabetes and weight loss(I'm about 30lbs over weight). Has anyone had any success with weight loss? How long did it take you to see results? I know I won't see results as fast as I would like. Just some insight would be great. Thanks a bunch!! Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:48:24 EST September is PCOS awareness month September is PCOS awareness month.. so I have a question for all the cysters out there, what has been the biggest thing you have learned about PCOS or from having PCOS or about being healthy with PCOS??? <BR> <BR> I think my biggest thing has been how to eat and to listen to what my body is telling me. I used to ignore it or rage against it but now I try to listen when it tells me it needs more rest or healthier food or some exercise. <BR> <BR> Happy PCOS awareness month!!! Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:50:17 EST Laproscopic Ovarian Cystectomy Hi all, sorry if this is breaking the guidelines set out on the topic page but I can't seem to find a thread that I can relate to and need to get a few things off my chest. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if any of you ladies on here have ever undergone a Laproscopic Ovarian Cystectomy? I had an appointment with a Hospital Consultant yesterday and she has put me forward for one and to be honest I am so scared. <BR> <BR> A little bit of my background… 21 year old from London, UK. I was diagnosed w... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:47:55 EST "Darkness cannot drive out darkness" - MLK Jr. Hi all, <BR> <BR> As you all probably know by now Robin Williams passed away yesterday from suicide. I honestly can't remember a time that I didn't suffer from anxiety. In recent years, depression has joined too. Maybe it's from PCOS, maybe it's from a family history of it. All I know is it's something I've tried to bury and hide and smile through. I have good days and bad days, but it is a burden I carry with me everyday. One that I am still trying to figure out how to cope with. <BR> <BR... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:55:15 EST Acne all up in my face Cysters I need help! <BR> <BR> I wash my face twice a day and you couldn't tell! I can't use estrogen birth control due to migraines and progesterone does not help with the acne situation. It seems like my hormones go in an up and down cycle. Sometimes my face is crystal clear and sometimes I have more break outs then I did as a teenager. <BR> <BR> Any advice on good face wash & make up to tame it? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance <em>247</em> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 15:53:05 EST Low GI diet, Mayo Clinic Diet? Hi there, <BR> <BR> I have been looking into alternative "diets". As I've posted before, I am looking for long term healthy options to lose the last 36 pounds I have to lose and have weight never be a big issue for me again. I am willing to put in the work and research but not sure which way to turn. Some of you commented on my last post and suggested the Paleo diet. After a lot of research on it, I just don't see it being a long term option for me. I am super impressed by all of you whom it... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 09:46:03 EST Hello HI everyone. <BR> I'm 34 with 2 children. I was diagnosed about 6-7 years ago with PCOS. It was only by accident that I found out. I had a friend going through a book "You on a Diet", when she came across the symptoms of PCOS. I said yes to all of them. I then and went to my doctor and told her about it and she said it was most likely that I had it. Never had an ultrasound to confirm. I get a lot of cysts on my inner upper thighs, that really hurt at times. I try taking Epson Salt b... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:30:07 EST New to this group sorry posted in error Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:53:57 EST Surprise ToM! So the metformin, diet & exercise must be working because this morning surprise TOM. :carrot: <BR> <BR> I haven't had it in almost a year. So yeah surprise. <BR> <BR> I have been cramping like hell the last few days but sometimes I do that. But this morning omg I was going to die. It is always very painful when I do. I took a midol and it seemed to help. <BR> <BR> Totally caught me off guard was not prepared product wise lol I went to the store and stocked up buying a bunch of different... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:02:41 EST TTC one year later... Long story short- after TTC with no luck for 2 years I finally found out that I have PCOS. I found a great specialist that gave me that diagnosis and after a few months of following her recommendations, BOOM I was pregnant. I had a great pregnancy. Well, here we are 14 months after he was born, and we are thinking about trying for another baby. I had a period when he was about 11 months old, but not since then (and I know I am not preggo). I am also still nursing, so I don't know if that is w... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:12:49 EST Hormone Changes Hey everyone! I just wanted to see if anyone has gone through this as well.. when I change my daily habits my PCOS symptoms rage out of control for a couple weeks before finally settling down again. I just came out of two horrible months of severe emotional eating that resulted in 18 pounds being put back on. For the last two weeks I have been working really hard to lose the 18 pounds I gained and my PCOS symptoms just went crazy. In the past I remember having similar issues and it taking a f... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:05:49 EST NEWBIE I have PCOS and have just about every symptom from it.....UGH.....One of them being weight gain. I am tired of being over weight and my self esteem is very low because of this. I have done Weight Watchers, LA Fitness, and Atkin diets just to name a few....with little to no success. It is just so difficult with this disease. Hoping to make some new friends and get some insight on how people deal with this and weight loss on a daily basis :) Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:53:12 EST Sigh Adding onto my last post - Another week has past since being off of my birth control. I have been shocked with the results. Physically, I feel better than I have in a very long time. The most noticeable has been with my stomach issues. I went from spitting up after eating almost every day to not even having to take an acid reducer anymore. So with this... I obviously got my hopes up and disillusioned myself into thinking every single problem I had after starting the medication would simply go... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:19:34 EST HAS ANYONE HAD SUCCESS WITH ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN LO? My daughter is 17 and has been diagnosed with PCOS. She has been prescribed Ortho Tri-cyclen lo by a gynecologist. He said she is not Insulin Resistant, but I have my doubts. She has always had trouble losing weight. She has recently gained 30 pounds and I am afraid the bcp will make her gain more. I am looking for any advice you can share. Thanks. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 16:54:41 EST Being free. <BR> I made the tough decision after being so connected to my birth control, to finally stop taking the pill. The research piled against it and the side effects were beginning to be too much for me. In the mean time I have purchased some Progesterone cream to balance myself as much as possible but I know with things like this - patience is a virtue. I am also slowly introducing a PCOS friendly diet to my routine as well as starting small exercise goals. I hope for the best but PCOS flares at... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:14:22 EST PCOS Medications I was wondering if Metformin is the only medication for PCOS. I am on Met ER but have really bad side effects. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:30:05 EST Mirena Caused PCOS Symptoms You might find this interesting. I had three doctors (primary, dermatologist, endocrinologist) who all agreed I was displaying PCOS symptoms, and gave me an initial diagnosis. I got my Mirena taken out, and had my blood work redone while off birth control and all my results were normal - therefore causing the one doc I've seen since then to decide I don't in fact have PCOS. They're keeping me on metformin because the Mirena screwed with my metabolism, and I'll stay on it until I can get to a ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:05:41 EST Let's talk about anger! Hi Ladies! <BR> <BR> I have huge anger issues when I get to the placebo week of my birth control. For those of you who have struggled with the same thing, how have you dealt with it? Do you meditate or take supplements? Would love to hear from you! Sat, 14 Jun 2014 21:34:38 EST Getting off of the pill Hi Cysters! <BR> <BR> Ever since I was diagnosed with PCOS I thought birth control was the holy grail of medication. After 6 years I finally had a period and gained confidence about myself I never had before. It's been a few years since my diagnosis but lately I have been in pretty deep thought about my treatment. I am finally able to see my confidence came from knowing that I was not a freak anymore, that there was a reason for my hair loss/hair growth/mood swings/etc. I realized I was a WO... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 15:22:55 EST Please help- carb lovers please reply I am at my lowest point this morning. There is a huge part of me that wants to just run away or curl into a ball cry and give up. <BR> <BR> I have PCOS & all I want in this world is to have a baby. I have tried losing weight so many times and just screw up and go back to my unhealthy ways. I am back this time for good and am trying so hard. <BR> <BR> I have been just flooded on facebook recently with tons of mom stuff. People I know expecting. Then knowing so many ppl who are just god awfu... Sat, 31 May 2014 10:17:42 EST HI! So, I'm Lizzie. I'm 19 and I was diagnosed with PCOS a few years ago. My mom and grandma also have it. Makes it very difficult for me to lose weight! Any advice welcome. Fri, 30 May 2014 11:20:31 EST Metformin and alcohol? Does anyone having any experience drinking while taking metformin? I probably shouldn't be having any drinks at all, but I did have just two beers over the weekend and I got so sick. Just a few hours after I had them I started to get a terrible headache and was very nauseous. It lasted that entire night and half of the next morning and then I felt fine again. Any ideas if this could have been related to a drug/alcohol reaction or if it was just a random happening? Mon, 19 May 2014 15:43:51 EST How long does it take for metformin to work? On average, about how long does it take for someone to notice changes brought on by taking metformin? I started it around three weeks ago and by coincidence I was visited by my monthly friend(who I hadn't seen for about six months) the day I started it, so I'm not sure if I have that again it will be a real indicator that it's working. I didn't get to talk to my doctor about it when I received the prescription because it was sent straight to my pharmacist and I moved shortly after, so I'm jus... Wed, 14 May 2014 16:23:35 EST re: oily hair hi ladies i was officially diagosned with PCOS when i was 21, i am now 41. i have irregular periods which are being regulated, because i am taking the pill. i am also on thyroid medications, and zoloft for anixety. <BR> <BR> my problem is, i seem to have to wash my hair every other day, because my hair gets oily fast, i also have very thin hair, so when my hair is oily, it makes it look worse. <BR> <BR> does anyonelse have issues and how did you fix it... ? <BR> <BR> thanks amber Sun, 4 May 2014 17:12:05 EST what do you really think of metformin? I was told, with very little to go on, back about 8 years ago, that I have pcos. <BR> I took the doctors word for it, no second opinion or further testing and I went on met and aldactone. <BR> After a few years with no changes I stopped. <BR> My doctor suggested I go back on met a few months ago and I did. <BR> With the same results, zero. <BR> During 2012, I lost 70 pounds and I wasnt take met at that time. <BR> But I have slowly regained 20 pounds and I am fed up and I dont know if going ba... Sat, 3 May 2014 09:26:39 EST lovaza??? anyone??? At my last doctor visit, we discussed lovaza. I told her I would rather wait til this visit, to have my cholesterol and other lab work done and see if its indicated I need anything for lowering my cholesterol. <BR> A friend told me she is taking lovaza, she said its only fish oil, but after doing some online research, I find it is for lowering triglercides. So, therefore to me, it is a medicine, not a supplement. <BR> One side effect is weight loss. <BR> But I am concerned it might interfere ... Sat, 3 May 2014 09:17:48 EST Has anyone out there tried Insulite Solutions I'm just wondering if anyone out there has tried the Insulite Solutions supplements. I sent for them and rec. them Friday, starting them today and wondered if anyone had had any luck with the supplements? I'll let you know how they work for me, but would also like to know your experiences if you have taken them. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:25:07 EST Mirena and PCOS I was diagnosed with PCOS this past week and now I need to decide what plan of action to take. My Dr suggested I use Mirena but researching it (I don't like anything foreign in or around my body, I don't even like taking pain relievers so the prospect of having a permanent thing inside really has me freaked out.) I found that the side effects mimic my symptoms. Including the cyst thing. Abnormal bleeding, spotting, pelvic pain, headaches, Ovarian cyst, acne, depression....all of which I ALRE... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 12:07:16 EST Just diagnosed I was literally just diagnosed with PCOS on 4/23/14. As soon as I started reading up on the subject everything clicked into place. Things I never knew were connected came together to make me realize how blind i must have been this last decade to not know anything was wrong. <BR> I was an active teen, always playing a sport or hanging out with friends and I ate no differently than my 7 siblings but I was always overweight. Overweight and high school never mix well but I never let anyone kn... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 10:33:20 EST Pcos recipes Hi ladies. I am new here. Needing to find some free PCOS recipes to get started. Any of your favorite, tried and true recipe links would be helpful. Thanks! Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:12:27 EST Holiday to Holiday Challenge The purpose of this challenge is to help each other ensure we get a minimum of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day to maintain a healthy balance in our digestive systems. <BR> <BR> The plan is to post emoticons of your 5 choices each day from the emoticon foods page. If there isn't an emoticon of what you have eaten, just post the closest picture or write the name of the item in brackets (e.g.: [parsnip]). <BR> <BR> This challenge will run from Easter through Mother's Day: <BR> <B... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:38:59 EST Soy and Fertility In all my research of dairy free for PCOS recently I have stumbled upon a great article I thought I would share.. <BR> <BR><BR>pcos-diet/ <BR> <BR> In this article though the author mentions how harmful soy can be for us PCOS women. <BR> <BR> "When I cut out dairy, I immediately turned to soy. Imagine my dismay when I found that soy has been implicated in delayed ovulation. Not enough studies have been done on the impact of soy on woman with PCOS an... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:03:04 EST Clean Eating for PCOS I have been exploring and researching lots of ways to eat for PCOS. I even started trying out different eating styles, vegetarian, Paleo, sugar free and dairy free being a few. I think after all of this I have come to the conclusion that I feel the BEST when I don't eat red meat at all or pork, when I greatly reduce my sugar and carbohydrates and when I cut out the dairy. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone else doesn't eat dairy or red meat or carbs? What are your experiences? How do you a... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:46:22 EST I created a new SparkTeam I created a new spark team called "Fighting Infertility". I invite everyone to check it out and join if you'd like! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:22:25 EST Hi Everyone :) Hi fellow cysters! I was part of sparkpeople a few years ago and have come back. Finally received the PCOS diagnosis (after ditching the family Dr. and seeing an OB/GYN) after years of knowing I had it. Looking to lose weight so I can feel better and so my husband and I can conceive again (we have tried for 8 years and our first daughter is now 13). <BR> Wanting to take care of me for a change, and looking to be supportive to all of you! Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:53:15 EST Hey! I am Brandie. I live in GA with my fiancé and my 2 babies. Wyatt is 3 months old and Bransyn is 7. <BR> Since I had my tube tied in Dec, I am done having children. I have no more excuses left. I need to lose weight and I need to get healthy again. I have not been healthy in probably 8 years. <BR> My birthday is coming up in April. I will be 27. I have this goal to be completely healthy by 30. I need help to reach that. I weigh 278lbs. Horrible I know. I am hoping to at least see 200 even by ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 22:12:58 EST Heart of a Lion March Challenge Our goal for the month of March is to accumulate a minimum of 30 minutes of Cardio per day, for a total of 930 minutes of Cardio for the month! <BR> <BR> Post your combined total each to track your progress! Let's see how many minutes we can accumulate as a team! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 09:36:00 EST March Challenge So, are we going to start having challenges? Mon, 3 Mar 2014 07:47:22 EST Incredibly painful period I woke up in the wee hours of the morning with horrible pain. I was crying and couldn't handle laying down. My period is insanely heavy and was really really bad during the night. I had lots of clots too. I am always heavy, but this was extreme. I could feel it just gushing over and over. Sorry if TMI. Should I be concerned? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:09:45 EST Losing weight with PCOS - anybody relate to this? I need some sympathy. I feel like losing weight with PCOS is like waiting patiently for a train that never comes when it's supposed to. <BR> <BR> Somehow, I managed to lose about 30 lbs since Dec. 2012, at an average rate of 2 lbs per month. It is really discouraging that everyone else in the world can lose up to 2 lbs a week and no matter what I do I can only manage to lose 2 lbs a month. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I was going along fine. October 2013 I set a goal to go to the gym or the poo... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:34:48 EST Super Light Period? Okay, I am looking for some advice (sorry if it's TMI...). I have a few normal periods on my own the past few months, with an early miscarriage in late December/early January. This month I was supposed to have my period from 2/9-2/14 (per my menstrual forecast). Those days came and went. I had brownish pink spotting on Monday and Tuesday. I have no other symptoms. I usually have cramping, sweet/salt cravings, back pain around that time. I had nothing.... Any ideas? Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:13:27 EST Hi Hi! I was diagnosed last week with PCOS. It was such a relief to know what is happening. I have been having issues with gaining weight and no matter what I have done I couldn't get the weight off. I knew soemthing was wrong with my body but the doctors kept thinking it was my thyroid but all the tests came back normal, hearing that would not have been a shock as quite a few women in my family have that issue. I finally found a doctor to really listen to me and they ran the right tests to... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:56:08 EST Metformin - To take or not to take? Monday I have a Dr appointment and she is going to prescribe me some Metformin. I have talked to several people that take it and they have told me that they had HORRIBLE side effects like vomiting and diarrhea. I was wondering if anyone else has taken this and what the side effects are. Because, honestly, if I end up with the side effects I won't take it because I see too much that Drs over medicate VERY often. Is there any medication that you take with yours to stop the side effects? Sat, 15 Feb 2014 22:53:04 EST Atkins & PCOS Has anybody else here had success with Atkins? I started it on 2/5 and on 2/9 my TOM returned after over a year. Sorry if TMI but I'm surprised it came back THAT fast. I was kinda hoping it would stay away forever lol. I am doing the induction phase and was wondering if anyone else has done it and the level of success. <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:59:15 EST Needing Input! Hi All: <BR> <BR> It has been a struggle trying to keep things interesting and focused for everyone on this team. I really need some input to make this more valuable to each of up, so please feel free to give feedback, start a new heading, or, if you would like to, volunteer to co-lead. <BR> <BR> We are each amazing people and deserve the best, so any assistance would be greatly appreciated... <BR> <BR> Kacey <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 14:14:35 EST Importance of Vitamin D A group of health-conscious friends and myself are in the process of doing a study and keeping detailed records of our findings as it pertains to nutrition. I came across this, and it is very valid and worth looking into. <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone! <BR><BR>088 Tue, 4 Feb 2014 13:37:34 EST Side Effects of Medroxypro ogesterone Hi ladies! <BR> <BR> I was finally diagnosed with PCOS last October, although I have had symptoms for about 6 years now. My doctor prescribed Medroxyprogesterone (Progestin) for me to take for 14 days each month. <BR> <BR> If you take Medroxyprogesterone what symptoms do you have? <BR> <BR> I have been noticing that I am highly emotional, spotting (and then about day 8-10 I start my period), decrease in acne (total plus!), and I struggle to stay asleep at night. <BR> <BR> I'm just curio... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 08:40:50 EST February Challenge? What's are challenge for this month? This is February and the newness of keeping resolutions sometimes wears off. I would suggest a consistency challenge that consist of any of the following: <BR> - Log food, feelings, and exercise everyday <BR> - Do at least 20 minutes of exercise daily <BR> - Get an accountability partner <BR> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 09:47:07 EST Relationships Hello <BR> <BR> i am interested to know how PCOS, has affected your relationships, especially with your partners. PCOS has really affected me in this way. i lost 2 boyfriends when i was younger due to PCOS and my symptoms were not to bad, Then i met my beloved husband David who loved me no matter what, we worked everything out and as far as fertility we would work it out, but unfortunately he was killed after 6 months after we got married. then i started dating again after a year and again i... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 05:50:58 EST Hi Friends! I was diagnosed with PCOS at 19. At that point, the true ramifications weren't apparent. It's only now that my husband and I have decided we want to start a family that I start to understand the true nature of this beast. I'm nervous for the road ahead, but I think I have found doctors that understand this condition and will be extremely helpful as we move forward. <BR> <BR> To take control of at least one aspect of this journey, I've started to put my full effort into losing weight. It's be... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:38:21 EST Baseline Sono and bloodwork tomorrow... Tomorrow I'm going back to the fertility clinic to get my ultrasound and labs done to see how "fertile" or "infertile" I am. So far, all my labs are perfectly normal, which although is good, still doesn't explain why I do not ovulate. I also found out that I am no longer pre-diabetic, which is good! Anyways, has anyone else gone through fertility treatments? What worked for you? I'm just starting this journey and I'm nervous and excited. :) Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:33:21 EST New to the team... not to PCOS Hi! :) I am 30 years old and have been married to my wonderful Husband, Chris (32), for 3 years. Since getting married we have not tried or prevented getting pregnant and June 2013 was our first cycle actively trying to conceive! :) I am worried about our journey primarily due to my PCOS, Insulin Resistance & Hypothyroidism. I'm currently on Metformin 2000mg per day & Actos 45mg per day to treat Insulin Resistance/PCOS and Levothyroxine 25mcg to treat Hypothyroidism. <BR> <BR> I'm doing ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:12:06 EST Positive pregnancy test! But low hcg Doctor called today to tell me I'm pregnant! She was originally testing progesterone to help me confirm whether I ovulated and decided to do a pregnancy test too. Hcg came back at just 11. I have to go back in the morning to make sure the level is rising. Wish me luck! Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:34:20 EST I don't understand why this is happening again.... It took me years to get a doctor that will listen to me about my weight problems. I would explain to them how hard I tried to lose weight and that I would lose 5 lbs but they would come right back even if I ate the exact same foods for two weeks straight. They all told me to just keep exercising...calories in and calories out. I finally convinced a doctor to send me to an endocrinologist. I was never so relieved to find out that I have a bad thyroid and also PCOS. Well...maybe relieved i... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:43:19 EST First Appointment with RE I have my first appointment with a Reproductive Endocrinologist. He specializes in infertility and PCOS. What should I expect? <BR> <BR> I am at my wits end with my current gynecologist as she is trying to force feed me bariatric surgery (no credit for the 85lbs I lost in 8 months in 2012, and the 300lbs between 2003-2008). She stated she would not will help me do anything until I lose 200lbs. The 2000 mg of Metformin has not helped in the past 7 years I took it. She said she would rather ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 11:02:46 EST Challenges for January 2014? Will there be any challenges posted for January? Fri, 3 Jan 2014 06:38:01 EST Saw Palmetto <BR> As I struggle with new patches of hair growth, I sit and read page after page of medical information and research about this "Holy Grail" supplement for women with PCOS. "This supplement improves hair growth, weight loss, and acne!" OR "This supplement is not intended for women, will increase estrogen levels, will cancel out the use of birth control, do not take on birth control, may cause cysts." So instead of becoming overwhelmed in the process, I decided to come here to get real revi... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:26:05 EST Starting Clomid Well, went to the doctor yesterday and she's starting me on 50mg Clomid... Nervous and excited. Hoping this works! Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:11:05 EST Letrozole stories? I tried Clomid for 3 months and no success with TTC, so now my doctor is wanting to try Letrozole. I won't lie I am a little scared since it is a cancer drug. Has anyone on here tried it, or currently taking it? I would love to hear what you have to say! <BR> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:56:33 EST Hi! Hi everyone! <BR> I am trying SparkPeople again hoping the support will help me. I am 26 and was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 21. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for a little over 4 and a half years. This year I was put on metformin and did 3 rounds of Clomid. I did not have any success with that. I was refereed to an Obstetrics & Gynecology Reproductive Endocrinology specialist. I should be starting Provera this month and starting my first round of Letrozole. I am a little s... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:46:35 EST Round 2, another BFN We got another BFN this morning. Not only am I sad, I am also shocked because I was sure that I was most likely pregnant. I had my LH surge, a very obvious positive OPK test (3-4 positives actually), my husband and I had sex (every day), I took Robitussin to help my cervical mucus and ph levels, I've been working out and eating healthy, avoiding soy products, took my clomid the same time each day....not only did I do everything right, I have been having multiple symptoms ( and that's saying... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 07:54:45 EST Inositol Just stumbled across a mention of Inositol going through a link to a link someone posted in a thread. Is anyone taking this? Has anyone tried? What sort of results did you see? <BR> <BR> My doc started me on Atkins 3 weeks ago (12 lbs down so far, woo! but a long way to go) and I'm on Wellbutrin for depression and Clomiphene to attempt to make me ovulate. We just upped my dosage of Clomiphene/Clomid to 150mg, because 100mg wasn't really working for me. I'm PRAYING that the weight loss and up... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 15:01:38 EST childless and depressed I'm new to this topic. I was diagnosed with PCOS back in 2000. I can't have children and this is a major depression for me. I've watched news stories before about parents who kill their babies by putting them in a microwave or tieing them up in garbage bags and throwing them off bridges or just simply leaving them in a garbage can. I have always questioned, why not give them to a couple who can't have children. At least make someone elses dream come true! I know I'm not alone with these tho... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 13:16:54 EST TTC and my story As I read through pages and pages of PCOS and conception stories, I become more and more overwhelmed, confused, sad, anxious, and weary of the next step to take. And as I sit here at my hospital job and watch countless, almost endless amounts of young pregnant women walk by, excited to get their first (or last) ultrasound, I feel lost, ashamed of my body, outcasted, and unfortunately jealous. I see these women smile and laugh with their husbands, excited about the joy that is about to come ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:42:38 EST New girl Hello! I am returning to Spark after a few years of starting up and stopping. I am 33 years old, married my prince charming in 2008. We were waiting for the stork to show up in 2009 and at the same time unfortunately, I was diagnosed with PCOS. Needless to say, while we've been TTC, I've been trying to "deal" with PCOS and taking Metformin. I'm at a point where, while I believe Metformin is helpful (even with the disgusting side effects) I think I need to push myself a little more and re... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 01:58:48 EST What the eff is going on??? I'm having the worst time with weight loss. Something isn't right and I'm beginning to wonder if it's just pcos that's the problem. However, I wanted to come here first to see if anyone has any insight. Also, I had a 3-month follow up appointment scheduled for November 14th that I just pushed to next Wednesday which is the soonest I could get in to see my endo. <BR> I've tried everything. Seriously. I've been a vegetarian, a vegan, I've tried low carb high protein, high carb low protein, low... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:55:33 EST Anyone Else's Feet/Ankles Swell?! My feet/ankles started swelling a couple months back, and it's so annoying! My family thinks it's because of the insulin resistance; I go to my doctor on Thursday to check. Anyone else have this issue? Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:25:52 EST Supplements Is anyone taking, or has taken any natural supplements that you have noticed works well? <BR> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:03:42 EST Is this normal? - 2cm Ovarian Cyst <BR> About two weeks ago I found myself in the emergency room with intense pain and nausea. After having the most excruciating vaginal ultrasound I have ever had in my life, I was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. Big surprise right? lol However this one is pretty different. Earlier this year I had an exploratory laproscopy which showed a polyp, lesions, and a cyst I had no idea I had. With this particular cyst I have pain in the pelvic area, nausea, breast tenderness, and depending on the day... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:49:36 EST Hello girls! Hello fellow cysters! <BR> <BR> My name is Lauren. I am a 24 year old college student dual majoring in Human Services/Social Work and Liberal Arts. I am a part time administrator on campus and an at-home caregiver to an elderly family member with dementia. Life gets pretty hectic at times but due to my new desk job and a current 2cm cyst in the left ovary that keeps me in a great deal of pain, my body has become sedentary. I was diagnosed with PCOS about 4 years ago. The usual "lets put you ... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 02:32:20 EST Abs Since being diagnosed with PCOS, I have watched and felt with disgust, my mid-section get larger and larger. I know this is one of the fun side effects of PCOS, but you must admit, it's frustrating. Due to this increasing frustration, I was wondering how I could help curb the growing mid-section. Has anyone tried Hip Hop Abs? Looks like alot of work and challenging but curious if it works. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 00:39:04 EST Metformin question I was wondering if anyone could tell me if Metformin helps lower the insulin level or if my insulin will always be high? Thu, 3 Oct 2013 19:28:13 EST Baby On The Brain Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I decided to join Spark People to lose weight, because I was told with PCOS, weight loss is my best bet for getting pregnant. Difficulty losing weight, facial hair, and all the other unpleasantness that goes along with PCOS, nothing is worse than the idea that I may never be a Mom...My endo put me on 500mg on Meformin and said to diet and exercise. I know it takes time and every body is different, but does anyone have any additional advice on how to become more fertil... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:19:37 EST Any BC Cysters? Hi! I'd love to find some ladies from BC to chat with about PCOS. I've got a long way to go and would love the support :) <BR> <BR> Courtney Wed, 25 Sep 2013 04:01:01 EST Weight Loss Success Stories *Without* Metformin? Hi everyone! I'm new to the team and VERY new to PCOS. I was just diagnosed in August. I got serious about my weight loss journey in July of 2010. Within about 2 years, I'd lost 46 pounds- Simply by diet and exercise. Well, last year (February 2012), I hit a plateau. I thought it was normal, so I kept on my routine- Eating cleanly and exercising a lot. I even worked out with a personal trainer in L.A. while vacationing, and he gave me an entire new workout (That was in August of 2012)... I no... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:48:32 EST Off Metformin and losing faster This is my third time on metformin. Every time I take met I have horrible digestive side effects, and this time has been no different. Six days after I started taking it I had my first period in over a year. I was ecstatic, so I suffered through symptoms, but I haven't had period since, in frustration I quit taking the met a week ago and I lost almost 4 pounds this week. I had thought the met was part of what was helping me lose weight, now I not sure. Anyone else experience anything lik... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:51:25 EST Hello Hello!! I just recently found out I had PCOS before I had my son. Explains A LOT!! Really looking forward to getting on track and losing weight ladies! Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:03:41 EST Metformin ER and diet changes I have heard that as long as you watch what you eat while taking Metformin ER that you can avoid the GI problems. The problem is finding out that information...Anyone have any recommendations? Tue, 17 Sep 2013 07:07:22 EST does low carb help? does low or lower carb help with pcos? does it help you lose weight? <BR> <BR> what is your guys' experience with this? Sun, 15 Sep 2013 18:08:51 EST Looking for a diet/pcos buddy! Hello PCOS weight loss peeps. <BR> I am new to the group, was diagnosed in March of this year. First thing I did was go gluten free, sugar free, preservative free, hormone free meats, and dairy free. Man, that was crazy (but I have learned a lot about nutrition I would never have known!). I have been on a multivitamin, vitex, primrose oil, vitamin D, Fenogreek, Biotin, and a probiotic. <BR> On Thursday morning I finally got into see the Endocrynologist, she seemed awesome but informed m... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 20:42:10 EST So I new!! Hi, <BR> <BR> Just diagnosed with PCOS. What do I do where can I turn?? <BR> <BR> <BR> -Kim Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:21:54 EST Maca root? Hello friends; <BR> <BR> Just asking if you think Maca root could work for hair loss, as I read it does help a lot. Maybe using anything is individual, but do you think it is safe to take for PCOs? Thanks so much! Sat, 7 Sep 2013 16:24:10 EST Metformin problems Nearly one year ago I was diagnosed with PCOS and RX'd metformin 500mg twice a day. I have tried very hard to take this medication because I know it helps with weight loss as well as other PCOS symptoms but I have such horrible symptoms. <BR> <BR> My symptoms include: <BR> Nausea <BR> Heartburn <BR> Decreased energy <BR> and worst of all is the diarrhea <BR> <BR> Sorry if that was a little TMI but I feel like a lot of us have been there, right? <BR> <BR> I really want to succeed with my ... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 22:28:57 EST Me and PCOS Hi there! I'm Nicki and I'm 21, nearly 22. A few months ago I was correctly diagnosed with PCOS after thing for nearly 6 years that I had cervical cancer. (Stupid doctor misdiagnosed) So you can imagine the bittersweet moment when my new doctor said "You don't have cancer! (YAY!) But you have PCOS (What?)" and I was told that chances are that I have had it since I was about 11 or so. lol So after I spent a lot of time researching the syndrome, I realized that it actually made sense. I decided... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 07:22:41 EST in a rut I've had pcos since I was 15. I am trying to lose weight (my pcos spiraled out of control two years after I had my twin girls 8 years ago. I am still trying to find my way down again. <BR> <BR> It feels like for at least a year or more, my body doesn't want to give up anymore weight. and I'm at around 29 pounds weightloss. <BR> <BR> it drives me crazy. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:36:00 EST Hello! Hi, my name is Kristi. I'm married and have four boys. I was diagnosed with PCOS back in 2000 when we were trying to conceive our first child without success. I got along just fine until after our fourth child was born and not only did I have trouble losing weight, but I started gaining! He's six now and I've decided that it's time to do things the healthy way once and for all. I don't want diabetes or any of the other adverse health conditions that can come with PCOS. I'm happy to be posting... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 13:56:50 EST Metformin and period I'm wondering if anyone who takes metformin has had their period cycles become normal after a few months on it. Hubby and I will be trying to start a family (not yet) but soon and I am losing weight first and I will start metformin hopefully in the next day or two. I currently do have cycles but they are all over the place, so I'm really hoping metformin helps with this and make them consistent. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:13:12 EST thin pcos Hi everyone, I am writing this about my niece who is 25 and is quite thin, but very stressed out and devastated due to hair growth, hair loss and other symptoms. She has been taking her spiro and BC pill Yasmin since May, but still has ravaging symptoms, After a lot of research I believe the answer lies in natural methods, most importantly diet, even though she is thin. I read the primal/paleo diet has cured many women from these symptoms. Please help..... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 13:30:17 EST Birth control (Levora) Has anyone tried Levora? Did you have a good or bad experience? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 15:07:12 EST good mornin I'm brandy. Diagnosed with pcos last year. I was put on metformin, and then taken off for gastro problems. Just started back on it this week. I also just started on qsynia yesterday, and am already down 1 lb YAY. I kept telling myself its ok u r big, but I was ignoring the health problems that were following. So lucky to have an understanding Dr. That understands pcos. Just wish some family members did... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:12:02 EST periods and moodiness and other related issues... So for as long as I can remember I get heavy periods (sometimes lasting more than a month at a really fast heavy flow...I'm currently anemic because of them). <BR> <BR> But also, if I recall, especially when I was a teenager, I have really bad pms...except it's not just the 'p' in "pre-." It starts like a 3 days before (the weird mood problems and discomfort) and lasts until the end... <BR> <BR> I was actually hospitalized as a teen in psychiatric hospitals and diagnosed with mood disorder... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:21:09 EST Hello Hi, I was diagnosed by my drs last week as having pcos. I had already been using spark people and am happy there's a group here I can turn to! (Though I don't wish anyone had this!!) <BR> It's nice to meet you all! Mon, 8 Jul 2013 04:36:09 EST Follistim I have recently started on Follistim injections and wondered if anyone else has been put on this medication. My hubby and I have been TTC for the past two years and the oral medications were unsuccessful. Follistim is an injection that I have to take every morning for so many days. Right now we are trying to figure out my dose, but was curious if anyone has used this medication and what your experience was with it? Excited, nervous, and scared depending on what day and time you catch me. Ugg.... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:06:17 EST Ayurvedic Treatment for PCOS Dear All, <BR> Here in India, we have Ayurvedic Treatments for PCOS/PCOD called Virechan. There is a specific diet in which the things that are above suspicion like tofu,gourd etc are totally avoided.Its accompanied by ayurvedic medications and you will definitely see positive results withing 21days. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 02:45:20 EST Dr. Oz I was browsing the Dr.Oz website and came across these articles and videos: <BR> <BR> Reset Your Hormones and Melt Belly Fat.<BR>s-beat-belly-fat?fb_xd_fragment <BR> <BR> Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox.<BR>y-detox-cleanse-one-sheet Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:55:32 EST Newly Diagnosed & I Have Some Questions! Hello ladies! <BR> <BR> Let me know if this sounds right. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with PCOS a few days ago after having a full blood panel and an ultrasound. My doctor said that the only thing that came back that's a problem are my testosterone levels--they're too high. My ovaries look fine, uterus looks fine, everything else, even my insulin levels and thyroid are fine. HOWEVER, I have the absolute hardest time losing even an ounce. I exercise 6 days a week, eat well, split my workouts ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 20:42:56 EST Frustrating Doctors Appointment So I have been feeling off for 2 weeks now. Everything was going great, I was eating healthy, exercising daily, burning those calories and losing roughly 1-2 pounds weekly. It wasn't a fast loss but it was a loss. Then suddenly out of nowhere I started feeling horrible, I gained 6 pounds within a week and I was so exhausted I suddenly couldn't manage the gym most days. It was really bad and I couldn't understand it because I was doing everything right, I was still eating healthy, and taking m... Thu, 30 May 2013 16:23:46 EST Bad blood work and depressed. Got the results of my 6 month blood work from Endocrinologist today...and yup I'm still PCOS and hormones still suck and still not able to have a baby at this point. I'm depressed and I don't know what to do, how to make my body better, I'm trying desperately to lose the weight, I even have a personal trainer now. I just feel so alone and lost right now. I'm 33 and I feel like my time to be a mom is running out. <BR> Does anyone else every feel this way? Tue, 28 May 2013 12:37:12 EST Hello Hello, <BR> <BR> I recently have been diagnosis with PCOS and I am a little overwhelm on what to do.... I am 36 and had a hysterectomy 6 years ago, at that time PCOS was not mentioned. I go to a naturalist and just had all my hormones checked, they are all out of normal range, at that point i was advised to go to my reg doctor and get a Pelvic ultrasound, That showed that the ovaries that i still have, have several cysts. My doctor and naturalist both confirmed that with that, my result... Thu, 23 May 2013 08:34:38 EST Do you tell other people about Metformin? Since my recent weight loss, I have had a number of people asking me what my "secret" is. I tell them that I am counting calories. exercising, and that I have found a wonderful website called and encourage them to check it out. All of those statements are completely true. I credit the majority of my success to the motivation and tracking tools on this site. I don't mention the fact that I am taking Metformin for my PCOS - which I'm sure is also playing a hand in my weight ... Wed, 22 May 2013 11:11:37 EST Hello and sharing how i deal with my pcos Hi All, I wanted to introduce myself after lurking a long time and share that I have had PCOS since age 18 but was diagnosed last year at age 45. Having been diagnosed diabetic last June due to the PCOS, I did alot of research both into PCOS and insulin resistance and I wanted to share what I found. <BR> <BR> Some of the things I am doing to control my PCOS issues: <BR> I have removed grains from my diet as much as possible.. these would include wheat, rice, corn and oats.. This has help... Thu, 9 May 2013 16:19:46 EST Metformin Side Effects Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm on Metformin HCL ER. My dose the first week was 500 mg. Today marks day one of week two, to be increased to 1000 mg. Next Thursday, the dose will be increased to 1500 mg. <BR> <BR> I take it mid-meal at lunch, and I will soon take it mid-meal at dinner. <BR> <BR> The side effects are killing me. You know what I'm talking about... It's really embarrassing at work! I'm afraid I may have to ask to work from home for a couple of days as I adjust to the increase in dose. <... Thu, 9 May 2013 11:51:58 EST Acupuncture Has anyone ever tried acupuncture? If yes, how was your experience? Tue, 7 May 2013 20:39:23 EST new kid on the team Hi new friends! <BR> Hope you are all well. I was so excited to find this team! excited to find others who are dealing with PCOS. It can be a lonely road... I was diagnosed at 19 (10 years ago), but always had irregular periods. I just recently went on metformin (or some variation of it) and I am feeling SO much I might have energy to go for a walk or try a new recipe. I am so blessed to have finally found a doctor who actually checked my hormones and told me the truth ab... Sun, 5 May 2013 22:43:25 EST Metformin So I have been working hard. Working out every single week, even at home and I am currently really cleaning up my diet, concentrating on low carbs. I am currently taking Metformin 250 mg and for the first time EVER I have a normal period. So excited! <BR> <BR> My question is this, has anyone been able to lose enough weight to regulate their body without Metformin? <BR> <BR> I don't want to be on it forever, so I was hoping maybe someone else had success with regulating themselves after a go... Sat, 4 May 2013 14:11:54 EST Infertility Well, <BR> My husband and I have been together for more than ten years. We haven't actively tried to have a baby, but we haven't done anything to stop it either. Now that I'm 30, my biological clock is ticking loudly. lol. Anyway, we have an appointment on the 17th of this month for a consult with a fertility dr. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else dealt with infertility as a result of PCOS? I've read it's one of the most common causes of infertility among women. If you have, what did you do? And hap... Fri, 3 May 2013 08:36:46 EST Metformin Guys, I'm super excited. <BR> <BR> I spoke to my doctor this morning. She has a weight loss clinic where she specializes in female weight management and hormonal disorders. <BR> <BR> I've been following her instructions to a T. She advocates low carb and I've been doing it 11 weeks now. It's the original Atkins plan- no artificial sugar, all natural, plenty of exercise, etc. I lost 5 pounds the first 10 days. I haven't really lost anything since. <BR> <BR> She mentioned a few things. <BR>... Thu, 2 May 2013 11:19:13 EST Diagnosis Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just curious- how were you all diagnosed? My doctor has "no doubt" that I have PCOS, but I don't have any obvious symptoms aside from: a) the inability to lose weight; and b) acne that has actually gone away since I started low carb. <BR> <BR> I have no unwanted hair. I have no balding. I don't think I have mood swings aside from what I think would be normal for a women during that time of the month. I'm not depressed. My thyroid levels are "within range" but I'm on Armour... Wed, 1 May 2013 16:31:02 EST metformin and vitamin d??? help i was recently diagnosed thru lab work with a severe vitamin d deficency, my vitamin d level in jan was at 20.4 and im told by the doctors that 80 to 100 level is considered good <BR> they want me up to around 50 at least to help with the healing of a broken metatarsal bone in my left foot, stress fracture from walking.... <BR> here is my concern and i do plan to bring this up to my doctors....metformin is designed to lower the androgens in the body, a hormone. <BR> my concern is, how does it... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:46:48 EST Metformin and Clomid I'm kinda new to taking these pills and will be taking them together. Is there anything any one can tell me about this? Anyone who may have info that may be helpful to me? I'm just nervous about this and I've taken both before but only for a short time and never at the same time.... Please advise! Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:42:38 EST Emoticon how you feel today! I thought it would be nice to post how we are doing each day in a quick, easy format. That way we can easily see who is doing well and who needs support. We have strength in numbers and support is so crucial in our shared journey! <BR> <BR> Here is my status: <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 02:28:09 EST Spring into April Challenge Lets “Spring into April”!!!! This is a two part challenge. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> First, pick out a peice of tight clothing that you have been saving, in hopes to wear again someday. Doesn’t matter what it is.. shirt, blouse, shorts, pants, dress, skirt, swim suit.. anything goes! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Second, strength train your arms 3x a week doing at least 3 sets and 20 reps of each exercise. <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> Our goal is to be able to wear our selected peice of clothi... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:04:07 EST Periods, Metform, and depression Hi everyone. I was diagnosed with PCOS a couple years ago but I have had symptoms since I was 10. Now, I also have Hypothyroidism and it's awful. I hear there is a connection between the two. Guess we will have to wait for more research. <BR> <BR> I have tried Metformin but it gives me terrible stomach issues. I don't want to spend 40 minutes to an hour in the bathroom twice a day. I know it works for a lot of people but for me it really didn't do anything. I wish there was something else. ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 08:22:57 EST hi I was recently diagnosed with PCOS and insulin resistence. All I can say is HELP! I know what I need to do however I am a very picky eater and was just told that virtually all the foods that I enjoy I can no longer eat. I work in the health care field so I understand all the logistics of whats going on with my body. I just need a lot of help finding recipes and support to reach my goals. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:56:23 EST Any fellow Paleo life-stylians out there? Since the beginning of the year I've been eating better, I cut out all the processed stuff, and started to eat whole grains instead of white breads/rice. I was feeling great, and was able to get some symptoms under control. <BR> <BR> Since the beginning of this month however, I started to eat following the Paleo guidelines, and holy cow! I've never had so much energy in my life! Also I think that the body hair is growing slower, if not at all in some places? If that sounds crazy. It may hav... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:39:02 EST Dealing w/ Facial Hair while Backpackin ng-HELP!!! I've been shaving my face since my senior yr of high school. As I get older, it gets worse and I have to shave more frequently, usually once a day. I looked into laser hair removal recently, but even with their so-called 50% off special, it would cost 5000-8000 dollars! I had a hard time recovering from sticker shock. <BR> <BR> I use depilatory creams sometimes and also pluck stray hairs in addition to shaving. But I'm preparing to go on a 5-6 month backpacking trip which will have slightly ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 23:54:35 EST Does the pain go away? I was wondering who all suffers severe pain and nausea or other symptoms with AF? As I've lost weight, and been longer on Metformin, I've become more regular. But the pain is literally debilating, and now it's month after month. With the pain comes nausea and other sever PMS symptoms, moodiness, tiredness, etc. <BR> I've lost 30 pounds since starting. I thought things were supposed to start getting easier. <BR> Is anyone else having these problems? Wed, 6 Mar 2013 19:31:51 EST New to the team! Hello, <BR> <BR> I have rejoined SparkPeople for about the third time in the last three years. I was diagnosed with PCOS in high school but because I have Polycystic Kidney Disease as well, the treatment is very complicated. I went off to college shortly after and never properly addressed the situation until now. Since I was about sixteen I consistently went up about a pants size a year. <BR> <BR> Now, I am engaged and living with my wonderful fiancee in New Jersey. We are going to be get... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 14:03:05 EST Introduce Hello, I'm Johnney! I just turned 20 in January. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 15/16. It's been a battle ever since. My periods are kinda becoming normal only because of being on birth control. I take metformin, thyroid medicine and birth control. I would like to lose around 70 pounds (by my 21st birthday). I want to have children one day and not have to worry about this consent maybe, ifs with the PCOS. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 00:05:59 EST Spironolactone Side Effects To those of you who take or have taken spironolactone, how much do you take, and do you have any side effects? I'm taking 100mg a day. Recently, I've felt very dehydrated, fatigued and have been getting itchy and red skin rashes. I didn't have any problems for a year with it, but I'm wondering if this dose is too much as I'm losing weight or that maybe I'm getting side effects as the med is building up over time. Was just curious if anyone experienced anything similar. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:10:33 EST metformin alternative does anyone have any ideas for a good metformin alternative? preferably natural? <BR> <BR> my dr. has me on 500mg metformin and I think its too low to affect me. AT ALL. <BR> <BR> ideas? Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:15:41 EST Positive Oh boy can it be so hard to be positive with PCOS. I don't know about you ladies but I hate facing the hair on my chin, the exhausted feeling all the time, obesity, anemia and struggling to find that perfect balance between what I eat, take and how much I exercise. Half of the time all I can think about is how much I wish I didn't struggle with this condition every single day. <BR> <BR> But I made a deal with myself recently, I wasn't going to let the negative and anxious thoughts drive me b... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:57:53 EST Metformin For those of you ladies that are on Metformin, do you think that it helps aid in your weight loss? After having my daughter, my doctor put me back on the metformin to help with the PCOS and he thought it would help me to lose weight too. <BR> I am not sure if I have seen any help from it at all. For those of you that take it, can you tell me if it helped or not? Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:56:22 EST Side effects from Progestin? Hi all, <BR> <BR> Very long story short, I am 31 and have been diagnosed with PCOS since the age of 19. <BR> I recently had to begin a 10-day round of progestin in order to "kick-start" a period. I had difficulties this past summer when my uterus became overgrown with tissue and I had to have a D&C. The point of the progestin was to make sure that the uterine lining did not overgrow again. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, since about day 2 of the progestin I have felt like I am going insane! Yesterd... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 13:48:01 EST February 2013 Challenge (includes mini challenge) Happy February! Lets make our own challenges and try to accomplish them by Feb. 28th. <BR> <BR> Also, make one mini challenge for yourself to accomplish by Valentine's Day. <BR> <BR> My challenges: 1. Exercise 3 days each week in the month of February. 2. Weigh 170lbs by Feb 28th. <BR> <BR> Mini challenge- Collect more clothing for the homeless and deliver to them to the OC Rescue Mission by Feb. 14th. <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 14:26:30 EST Chat Room Good morning.. the weather is beautiful here in Southern California. Its currently 78 degrees and sunny. <BR> <BR> What is everyone doing for Superbowl Sunday? I am going to my bf's brother's house. I put in on the SB Pool at work.. $100.00 if you win. I bought 10 squares. <BR> <BR> Have a good day everyone! <BR> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 14:21:18 EST Newly Diagnosed, and looking for some buddies! Hey there! My name is Kaylee, and I was recently diagnosed with PCOS. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some friends that know what I'm going through, and help keep me motivated as I go through my lifestyle changes, or just to have someone to talk to in general. My goal is to drop about 15 lbs by June, and then continue on losing down to about 120. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for spark buddies of all ages, so please add me as a friend :] Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:47:17 EST Metformin and rash I have been on Metformin since this past November. I have this rash on my legs and I was not sure what it's from. I thought I had a allergic reaction to something and would go away. But it still has not went away. I done some research and am starting to think that it may be due to the Metformin. Has this happened to anyone else? Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:36:38 EST Hello I'm Stevie 26 yes I'm a woman I have a 3 year old daughter she is my world and reason for waking up in the morning, I have been married for 4 years this past december. We both are overweight and when we got together we just became even more unhealthy because we just ate whatever we wanted im ashamed to say. My daughter loves fruits and veggies and i love vegging out with her. Since I was a very young teenager i had always had unwanted body and face hair i thought well my genes were hairy, wasnt until last week when i watc... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:42:35 EST Solution for PCOS pain and Hair Loss Hey everyone, <BR> I made a choice to try something different that was very different for me but I had to do something because my hair was falling out and I was having such bad ovarian cyst pain that I couldn't work out or do hardly anything even work. I finally found some very healthy <BR> "things" to take and in two months they have helped me lose weight, my hair is growing and pain is gone!I have pictures of these, weight gain/loss etc.. If you want more information send me ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:08:03 EST 15th to 15th Challenge Here we go! Ready for a challenge? <BR> <BR> From January 15th through February 15th your challenge is to do a minimum of 15 minutes of abdomenal work (through crunches, leg lifts, sit-ups, or whatever you are most comfortable with) at least three times per week. <BR> <BR> Report your hard work here so we can encourage each other! Tue, 15 Jan 2013 23:38:13 EST Hair Loss!!! So bad Hi All, <BR> <BR> I have had PCOS (diagnosed) for 3 years now this month. The hair loss started a couple years ago it is at the alltime high...its to the point where I cant wear my hair down (crown is almost all gone) and now the front is noticeable is sooo depressing...I dont know what to do. The doctor didnt seem to be concerned, and just said to lose weight and get my testosterone under control. <BR> <BR> But...I need solutions NOW...that will stop it and help regrow. I have... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:59:46 EST tired of trying hey guys, my name is Linda. I have been "diagnosed" with PCOS for about 5 years, but Dr's believe I have had it for about 20 years and it had been misdiagnosed. Unfortuantely, it did it's damage such as hair loss, hair growth and inability to lose weight. I also have type 2 and a kidney transplant (not caused by PCOS) It will be nice to meet people to talk with about this problem. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:20:35 EST Tired of Trying Hey everyone, my name is Linda. I have been "diagnosed" with PCOS for about 5 years but It's believed I have had if for almost 20 years and just been mis diagnosed but not before it did the damage such as hair loss, hair growth and impossible weight loss. I also have type 2 diabetes, and a kidney transplant.(not caused by PCOS) So it is nice to find others to cuss and discuss with. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:17:08 EST Introducing myself HI I'm Akilah 28 yr old Married and Childless. Married 5 years together 10. Really trying to lose weight so that DH and I can be happy where we are as well as have a better opportunity to conceive. I really want to be healthy before taking on anything else. Hope I did this right! Holler at me anytime. <em>334</em> Strength in numbers right! Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:46:29 EST Dark facial hair- HELP!!!! Hello All, <BR> <BR> I have PCOS and I have noticed the hair on my face has gotten so dark especially on my upper lip. <BR> <BR> I don't want to wax or remove the hair. I'm afraid of the hair growing back darker and thicker if I remove it and has been on other parts of my body. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Right now I'm using Sally Hansen Hair Bleach but it makes the hair very blond and I am Black so it looks weird. I tried not leaving it on too long but sometimes it's too ligh... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:00:35 EST Hello!!! Hey y'all! My name is Denise and I am from SC. I was diagnosed with PCOS 6 weeks after I got married. I have been battling weight loss and PCOS since then. My husband and I are trying to have a baby and loosing weight will only help! I lost 40 pounds between Dec 2011 and July 2012 until I had to have gallbladder surgery in September. Since then I have gained about 20 pounds back and my goal between now and June is to loose weight to get to my goal and then get pregnant. Hopefully this ... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 21:41:29 EST Wondering if this has happened to anyone else? Since March of this year my cycles have been pretty regular, I contribute this to the fact that I have lost about 30 pounds and that I am also on Metformin. I started taking the Metformin in March (I take 500 mg twice a day). Before, I started taking it my cycles were all over the place. I might have a bad cycle one month, then skip the next two. However, since I started the Metformin it seemed like it was going to become more predictable. It even got to the point where my cycles were coming ... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 00:51:20 EST Wishing You Peace Blessings I just wanted to take a minute to wish each and every one of you great Peace and Blessings in this amazing season of wonders. Whatever your path, faith, or journey, may you walk in the knowledge that you are supported and that you matter! Tue, 25 Dec 2012 00:44:41 EST Dr's Appointment Today I went back to the Dr. to have my blood drawn. I have been taking Metformin for almost 2 months now and my doctor wanted to draw my blood to re-run the tests to see if the medicine was helping. I guess I will find out the results in a couple days. Please let it be working. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 19:06:54 EST Holiday Challenge As we approach the very challenging holiday season, I am setting myself a 3 specific tasks for myself to help me stay focused on my 3 goals. They are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1. I will honor my goal to continue on my healthy food plan by building calories into days that have planned events so I can indulge in a favorite treat without going over my daily food targets. <BR> <BR> 2. I will respect my body by continuing to do physical activity that fits into my exercise plan, even if I have to do ... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 23:29:16 EST Updated Posting Guidelines and Hints FOR NEW MEMBERS: Welcome! So glad you chose to join this group and hope you benefit from what you find on this site. Here are some general guidelines: <BR> <BR> 1. Please DO NOT start a new thread to introduce yourself. Simply introduce yourself in the main thread "PCOS & Losing Weight Group Forum" under Introductions. That way, your post won't get pushed down the list of topics and everyone will get a chance to see it. We are a nice bunch and we welcome all of you to our team! <BR> <BR> 2... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 23:05:22 EST Encouraging Word! The purpose of this task is to post a POSITIVE word or two describing yourself, your skills, or your attributes to help start, add to, or end your day with a positive thought about your "self." It will also help us get to know one another better! <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 19:28:47 EST Hey everyone! Hi there everyone! I'm 25 and I have known about my PCOS for a while now. I didn't really take it seriously and watched the pounds pack on. I'm going to DisneyWorld in a couple months and wanted to trim some of it off before my trip. Also looking to get healthier. Good luck to everyone! Wed, 5 Dec 2012 01:44:01 EST Conflicting information on PCOS diets I was diagnosed with PCOS a week ago, after 6 months of trying to conceive and having no period AND no positive pregnancy tests. So of course I start researching PCOS like crazy mad. <BR> <BR> I've been a member of SparkPeople for a long time, and had managed to lose almost 40 lbs last year... Until randomly in February I just quit trying, and I've gained it all back plus a little extra cushion in the 9 months since then. I'm 27 years old, 5'4", and I weigh 235 lbs. So yes, I'm morbidly obe... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 13:55:03 EST How did you get your diagnosis? Having problems I have seen an OB/GYN who said "I fit the profile" for PCOS. I also saw a midwife who said "I fit the profile." I finally asked my Primary Care Physician (when I was seeing him for something else) What the heck does that mean?? That is not a diagnosis!! <BR> <BR> He ordered some tests. None of which sounded like they would give me a positive diagnosis or not. Course, I'm not a doctor, so maybe he did order the right ones. He said he would check my estrogen. <BR> <BR> How did you get your of... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:01:41 EST Met and Blood Pressure I thought I'd read someone on this board having problems with met jacking up their BP, but can't find it. <BR> <BR> Last year at the dr's office my BP was bang on normal and she started me back on Met. Over the past year, it seems to have gone haywire, or at least it feels that way. I was sick one day and had a very stressful morning (flat tire, car switch, completely new set of tires, had already spent the morning vomiting, trying to get to the doctor to make sure it wasn't strep, etc) and ... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 22:19:28 EST Insulin resistance and the 5-6 Small meal Myth Here's a snippet from the article: <BR> <BR> Normal human physiology is not designed for frequent small meals and remains essentially unchanged from that of our prehistoric ancestors. Neanderthal man was more accustomed to starvation and long gaps between meals than tucking into limitless dinosaur snacks by the fire. As such, humans are hardwired to be hungry and to store food away as fat. The two major hormones, insulin and leptin work together to manage fat stores. After a meal insulin ris... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 13:23:03 EST hey everyone! I'm so happy I found a PCOS Weight Loss group on SparkPeople! (Not that i'm glad any of you ladies have PCOS, of course)....But I digress. I'm a 22 year old from Chicago, IL. I'm currently a college student studying Sports Marketing. (I'm a sports junkie!!) I currently work as the Office Manager at a Marketing/Design firm in the city. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with PCOS in January, although looking back, it's obvious I've had it for years now. I've had symptoms since I was in high school. <B... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 18:02:39 EST cinammon - insulin resistance I've read cinammon is good for insulin resitance and since i'm not taking metformin anymore i need to have some. I will ask my endo when i go in a week and a half but how much cinammon is good per day for insulin resistance benefits. Tue, 9 Oct 2012 05:03:03 EST off metformin still possible to lose weight? i went off metformin about 5 weeks ago. i was losing weight slowly with it but i had stomach cramps and i decided i didn't want to be on it after 3 months on it. Now i am having a harder time losing the weight than before i went on it. I'm thinking it takes my body a while to adjust to being off it??? <BR> <BR> I am losing but at a snails pace. anyone have success with weight loss after getting off metformin?? Going to an endocrinologist soon! can't wait for my appointment! thanks. Tue, 9 Oct 2012 04:26:53 EST Hello! Hey guys! My name is Kari-Anne, and I'm a 25 year old newlywed living in the St.Louis, Missouri area. I've joined Spark People before, but I'm back again to lose this weight FOR GOOD. This time, it WILL happen. <BR> <BR> I've been married for almost five months now, and I love every second of it. I've been so blessed to find such an amazing man who is just so patient with me. I work at an elementary school which I absolutely love. Not only do I work with some awesome kids, I also have some ... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 22:52:19 EST Anyone else has breast issues? I know...probably TMI. But, with the fluctuations in my hormones I also have issues with my girls feeling tender and sometimes a big soggier than usual. Is this unique to me? Just curious. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 20:44:25 EST Frustrated.. tips? No matter how much I workout, I can't lose weight. I eat pretty healthy,but I really just can't shed the pounds. <BR> I know PCOS makes it more difficult. <BR> I've researched it to an extent.. <BR> What's worked for you? <BR> cutting dairy, cutting gluten, lower carbs? <BR> These are all things i've heard could help. Just started the lower carb thing today. <BR> Input appreciated :) Sun, 7 Oct 2012 20:58:42 EST Hello Hi All, <BR> <BR> My name is Danielle I am 26 years old. I was diagnosed with PCOS at 18 when I went to get the pill and told them about my cycles being anywhere from 10-96 days. <BR> <BR> I just want to get my weight and my hormones under control. Because I have high blood pressure when I am on the normal pill I have been switched to the mini pill which does nothing for the symptoms of PCOS. Other than that I do not take anything.Does anyone have any recommendations? Sat, 6 Oct 2012 22:50:12 EST feel kind of lost my endocrinologist left my dr's office. so i'm in the process of waiting to go to someone else. in the meantime I've been trying to lose weight and went off the metformin because i was having problems. now i have no idea what i should be eating to lose weight. I'm reading the insulin resistance diet right now but i'm relatively new to PCOS. <BR> <BR> so far since i went off the metformin my weight has stayed the same. :( i was trying the sparkpeople diet but that wasn't working fo... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 02:32:28 EST 30 Interesting facts <link><BR>ptember-is-pcos-awareness-month-30-fac<BR>ts-about-pcos.html?utm_source=PCOS+Nut<BR>rition+Tips&utm_campaign=f2707ee8ca-ap<BR>ril+newsletter&utm_medium=email </link> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 21:08:50 EST New to Team, but not Spark I've been a member of spark for a long time. I was diagnosed this last week with PCOS. I've had pain in my right side for years off and on and just finally chalked it up to being endometriosis when I was diagnosed with that last year, too, but it's not. I have a cyst that keeps growing and rupturing, growing, and rupturing. It's ridiculous how much pain I am in all of the time. My doctor put me on metformin to help out, but said it can take up to six months before I feel any results and ... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 20:15:57 EST Hi and looking for a weightloss buddy Hello all, My name is Amanda, I'm 20 years old, 5'3" and looking to get down to about 125 - 130 pounds. As of right now I'm in the low 170's/high 160's depending on the day. I certainly don't have mild PCOS but it's not that severe either; as I know many have it worse than I do. I don't just want to lose the weight, I want a healthy life style change. <BR> <BR> I've been slacking off for a long time and I just got done eating.. four slices of pizza. I'm really disappointed in myself, I was u... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 02:25:24 EST SharonL726 Hi Everyone. I haven't started yet. But I just found out I have diabetes and low thyroid. Along with many other physical ailments. I really want to lose some weight, but it is so difficult to do alone. I really need support in this matter. Thanks. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:13:13 EST Insulin Resistance Diet Has anyone read the Insulin Resistance Diet by Grossman and Hart? Have you tried the plan, how has it worked for you? Trying to find something that works, just got the book and have started to slowly read, wondering what you ladies think. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:11:46 EST pcos symptoms-- driving me crazy. I am new here and didn't see a topic on this-- so I'm sorry if there is and I didn't see it. <BR> <BR> Do you guys have the symptoms of pcos? How do you deal with them? <BR> <BR> I think the worst I have... dandruff, acne, missed periods, facial hair.. <BR> It does not matter how often or which shampoo I use its like I always have flakes. Its so frustrating. It makes me feel dirty.. <BR> <BR> And I HATE HATE HATE that I'm growing hair above my lip.. and under my chin now. I didn't want to... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 04:56:17 EST Within 15 lbs of being in "normal" weight range... I was diagnosed with PCOS (and insulin resistance) in the summer of 2009 and put on Metformin (500mg/day). Metformin helped with regulating my cycle. I continued to walk several times a week. In January of 2011, I decided to be more proactive and start to lose weight. I lost about 13 lbs between January 2011 and August 2011. Then, I started going to the gym at my university where I take some graduate courses. Between the months of August 2011 and December 2011, I lost another 6 lbs. That made... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 12:57:32 EST I'm pregnant after 7 years of ttc I just have to share my story with others because I feel it might help someone in the same situation even if your not religious. I was married 7 years ago and have been infertile all 7 years due to severe PCOS. My husband and I wanted a child so badly but it just never happened and the disappointment month to month just made things worse on my health. In June 2011 I decided to get healthy and have lost 130 pounds since and my periods became regular in September 2011 until this past June. Befo... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 19:51:54 EST Fall Into Progress Challenge (working title) The first day of Fall is September 22nd and I was thinking that would be the perfect time to start a new challenge. I'm hoping this can be more of a competition with multiple teams, if enough people sign up. <BR> <BR> The challenge: <BR> - Each week each individual will set their own 3 mini goals (get in 3 serving of fruit/veggies each day, add in 10 minutes of exercise each day, etc). They will then track their progress each week. Each goal that is accomplished will be worth so many points... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:48:34 EST Hey there! New to the group! Hello All! My name is Ariel and I also am having a hard time dealing with my new PCOS diagnosis. I have gained 20 lbs in about 6 months and had no idea what was going on. To add to the stress I am getting married next year and have been very unsuccessful in weight loss. I eat fairly well and have been exercising 3-4 times a week. For some reason I'm still gaining instead of losing! I'm really just needing some support and welcome any advice from those also dealing with this struggle. Than... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:20:29 EST PCOS friendly insurance? Does anyone know of a PCOS friendly health insurance company? I just started a new job and their probationary period for their insurance is one year. I'd like to have something in the meantime for those just in case things you never plan for like car accidents, broken bones, appendicitis, etc. and I applied to BCBS for a high deductible policy and got my denial today. I'm kind of peeved, really. I'm still eligible for the COBRA from my old job but it's about $200 more a month than I'm really ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:03:34 EST abdominal pain with metformin I was on metfetformin proabably for 3 months all summer with minimal side effects mainly diahreea. The last 2 weeks i started experiencing abdominal pain from eating fibrous foods and peanuts. So i talked to me GP and we decided to stop it. I'm now off metformin for 5 days and i'm still experiencing pain when eating fibrous foods and peanuts. Any suggestions? My endocrinologist changed companies so i no longer have him to go too so i've been going to my general practictioner but i think... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 00:23:44 EST Help with sugar/carbs and want to sleep 12+ hrs Okay, firstly, at some point in the past month I realised that I wasn't losing weight at all. I always knew I had to do low carb but I initially enforced it half-heartedly and then I finally started losing weight again after I started really watching it. However, I've just eaten a MASSIVE piece of cake and (a couple scoops too many of) ice cream which is going to throw my sugar levels up to high heaven. I can't stop craving sugar and I should be starting my period tomorrow but I don't know ho... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 17:05:01 EST Hi! I have a question :) Hi, I am new to Spark People and this team! <BR> <BR> I have a question for any and all the members: <BR> <BR> What medication (if any) do you take? I am talking to my doctor about medications and I just would like to know what works for others. <BR> <BR> Thank you so much, any answers will help me significantly :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 04:49:17 EST Birth control - the Implant versus the Mirena Coil Ladies I need some opinions/advice/experiences here <BR> <BR> I visited my dr today about possible methods of birth control and hormone type treatments. My bmi is currently too high for things like Loestrin (that I took before and was fab) and mini pills like Cerazette and Noriday cause me to gain huge amounts of weight. Think 2.5 stone over the course of about 6 months so that isn't an option <BR> <BR> My Dr recommended that I either get the mirena coil fitted, or that I get an Implant. ... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 12:29:07 EST Frustrated. My husband's work has him traveling a lot, he keeps telling me it will get better. Last summer, he didn't work for the company yet, but they spent 4 solid months out of town. This spring and summer he's traveled on average 2 weeks out of every month. <BR> <BR> We've been TTC #1 for about 15 months. The first year went by with limited cycles due to PCOS. For the last 3 months I've been on metformin. It's helping with the cycles. But my husband's job is now interfering. The timing is always o... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 00:10:27 EST Cinnamon w/ Chromium vs Metformin Here is what my story is: <BR> <BR> I started for a month on metformin back in April at 250mg, I had one tummy upset the second day on it. After that everything was fine. I lost 16lbs. I moved up to 500mg and o my, I could not pull myself out of bed on the 3rd day of it and I was constipated bad. So my thing is maybe I only need the 250mg I felt great no sugar cravings, I ate half of my food. <BR> <BR> Now I have used Cinnamon w/ Chromium I never noticed a whole lot, and maybe becuase I st... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 16:15:20 EST