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1/8/10 6:39 P

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I have copies of most of the studies which have been done on it if you want to email me at anne @ mypcos.info (take out the spaces) I can forward them on to you. There is also information on my website about it: pcosinfo.wordpress.com/treatments/na
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It's quite amazing stuff, I'm disappointed that it's so hard for women with PCOS to find out about it!

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1/8/10 10:10 A

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I have not come across d-chiro inositol before in my research.

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1/7/10 7:40 P

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Hi Nikki and Welcome! Thank you for telling us so much about your life and where you are up to now. I found it very interesting. I understand your relief at finally getting a diagnosis. I suspected I had PCOS for 3 years before I finally persuaded a Dr to run the necessary tests. I didn't 'fit the PCOS mold' back then - not overweight, and you only had to look at me the wrong way and I was pregnant. They didn't link all the miscarriages to PCOS. It's such a relief to know why this is happening to your body and start to learn about it and what you can do about it.

If you've only just been diagnosed with PCOS, there is a LOT to learn. It's a very complex disorder and once you understand the underlying factors, you have a lot more power to manage it. I've got a background in science and health and have spent a lot of time researching PCOS for myself the last couple of years and I've started putting a lot of what I've learned together in a website: www.mypcos.info

I hope you'll stop by and that some of the information there will help you.

The real problem behind PCOS is actually insulin resistance - our bodies cannot handle metabolising carbohydrates properly and from this actually stems the cascade of hormonal imbalances which cause the symptoms - acne, weight gain, hair loss, excess hair where you don't want it, irregular or absent menstrual cycle and infertility. Once you get a handle on that, things will start to work a whole lot better.

Despite having multiple advanced qualifications in nutrition, and eating well and exercising, I had been unable to lose weight and keep it off for the last 7 years. In 2009 I lost 7kg and kept off 5kg of it.

Largely I think this is due to taking d-chiro inositol - something derived from the b-vitamin inositol which normal people manufacture in their bodies, but people with PCOS, Insulin Resistance and Type II diabetes don't. It appears that there is an enzyme which converts myo-inositol into DCI and in these people it malfunctions in some way.

Because the problem is really at a cellular level the Polycystic ovaries are really only a symptom, not the actual cause, so having a hysterectomy won't actually solve the problem. It might be worth getting a 2nd opinion on that path, as I've heard quite a few horror stories from women who've gone down that road.

Well, this post is likely long enough to rival yours by now, so I'd better wind up by wishing you all the very best in your journey to manage your PCOS and have some kiddlywinks. If there's anything I can do to help you, or if there's anything you want to know, just ask. That's what we are here for.

Anne

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1/7/10 5:43 P

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I'm Nikki, 28 and FINALLY got a diagnoses of PCOS. I probably shouldn't be so relieved by it but, I've been struggling with horrible symptoms since I was 11 and, my family doctor always just blamed my weight as the culprit despite my very heavy family history.

In July of 2008 my husband's twin sons and their half brother came to live with us temporarily and custody was settled the following November. YAY! It wasn't a good situation with their mother so although it was very unexpected, it's exactly what we wanted in the long run anyway.

We were married in June of this year and, want to have a baby of our own. I know I have 3 wonderful sons but, it just doesn't feel the same as I think a child of my own would.

My main weightloss goals are fertility oriented. Basically, my symptoms are so severe that if I don't have a baby, I'll be having a hystarectomy instead. My OBGYN fully believes that given my family history, losing weight will only help me manage my symptoms but, they'll always be an issue. My mother, aunt, grandmother, 2 great aunts, and multiple cousins have all be cursed with this and having a hystarectomy was the only real help in the end. I've accepted that but, I can't accept not ever having a child.

Both my husband and I are "infertile". Thanks to PCOS I don't ovulate or cycle regularly and, finally just recieved a referral to an OBGYN who diagnosed me. She had planned on starting me on Chlomid in October as long as my husband's sperm analysis came back alright and, of course it did not. He's got a low count and there are motility issues as well. The odds are really against us and, I want to really give this my all. Not in the least because our fertility treatment alone is going to cost so much.

Aside from all that I also recently had some "abnormal" cells show up during my yearly pap. Going again in February but, given my seemingly horrible luck, it probably won't be good news. Unfortunately, treatment of these "abnormal" cells will also have an impact on my fertility.

I've never weighed less than 180lbs and, my symptoms have always been present so I don't necessarily have high hopes but, I'm emotionally dedicated to this and refuse to waste the few reproductive years I have left.

Aside from the "health" issues related to my weight, I'm vain, I have to admit. I think I'm really pretty and I've recently been put in contact with some tattoo related publications and, if it weren't for my current weight/image, there may be some published photos of me somewhere. I don't necessarily think there's anything wrong with that. Everybody wants to look and feel their best right?

I'll stop now that I've written an entire page and bored everybody. So glad I found this group!


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