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6/1/10 6:59 P

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Hi Melissa,

Please read up on the pros and cons of birth control pills soon. Whilst they mask some of the symptoms of PCOS, they aggravate the underlying cause of the condition - insulin resistance.

The most effective treatment is likely to be something which addresses this, such as metformin or d-chiro inositol, or herbs and nutrients which increase insulin sensitivity such as cinnamon, gymnema sylvestre, chromium, manganese etc.

More info on birth control pills and PCOS
mypcos.info/1/treatments/pharmaceuti
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There are also pages on Metformin and the natural options for treating PCOS.

Studies have found that the most effective way to treat PCOS, bar none, is diet and exercise. Eliminate processed carbohydrates, limit total carbs to between 20 and 30% of total caloric intake, and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, every day. This has been found to be more effective than metformin.

Good luck!

I have a website with loads of PCOS info www.mypcos.info Please stop by!

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My name is Melissa, and I was diagnosed about 14 years ago. My biggest concern at the time was infertility. I finally succeeded with Metrodin injections and had twin girls, followed by 2 surprise babies in the next 3 yrs. I considered the weight annoying but really doubted that PCOS was the cause since I'd always struggled to lose. The facial hair bothered me but I figured there really wasn't much I could do(I have had lots of electrolysis but for the most part I'm a plucker which I know is the worst option). So for years I've been basically untreated. Now, at 43, the weight and hair are driving me crazy and I am trying to learn how to eat in the best way to alleviate my PCOS as much of these issues as possible (again, not sure what to do-have conflicting info!). My Dr. put me on BC to help the symptoms, but I am not sure it is the right kind. I'd like to see a specialist but have no idea who that would be. I'm just sick of being fat and struggling...I want to feel pretty again, and enjoy the years I am blessed with. I am a single mom and work full time - trying to incorporate and learn this new eating plan and find time to work out has me overwhelmed. I would really appreciate any guidance and intend to ask a lot of questions! :)

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