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  • Posted By: stacee4
  • November 5, 2006
  • 04:52 AM

i was diagnosed with pcos (polycystic ovary syndrome) about 4 years ago, i was told to take birth control pills to help regulate my period. i hated taking the pills because they made me sick. so i stopped taking them with in a year. i havent been to the gyns. and i havent planned on going, untill i starting thinking about things that my doctor told me when i was diagnosed with pcos. i was told that if i didnt do what i was supposed to do to help treat my pcos that i could end up with worse problems. like uterus cancer. lately my periods have been coming about once or twice a year. and they last between 10-15 days. i have extreme cramps everyday, even when im not on my period. im also having a lot of discharge. if anyone can help me, and let me know if i need to ask my doctor about something that these symptoms could me please let me know. i am going to my gyns next week. thanks

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  • I feel for you because I have the same concern for myself. I received a late diagnoses of PCOS even though I've had the symptoms my whole menstrual career and complained of them to my docs through the years. My gynocologist put me on birth control pills and said I needed to stay on them until I turn 50. I got off them later (6 mo.)because they encourage everything bad in my family, cardiovascular disease, etc.( besides the fact that it raises your insulin level) She didn't let on that there are other options and I was bashful about asking her questions. My period never came back and it has been eight months. My new doc gave me options, such as metiformin. I learned through womentowomen.org that PCOS is highly sensitive to a condition called inuslin resistance (which affects half of America!) I have put myself on a serious low carb regimen. I still have not gotten my monthly cycle back, despite my serious and highly restrictive diet that I have learned to be content with for the past 4 months. When I got off the pills I started having serious symptoms of menopause. The week I started metiformin my severe hot flashes lightened up. I've only been on it for 2 weeks. I can feel the difference. I am keeping my diet and exercise in tact so that I can cooperate with the medicine to do what it is suppose to do to make me healthy. I've been told that it can take up to three months to get my cycles back.I encourage you to look up all you can about PCOS, and insulin resistance. You don't have to be overweight to be insulin resistant. And just because you have a period doesn't mean that you are ovulating, even though its good to have a cycle anyway. If I were you, I would start now trying to get it straightened out, because it may take time anyway and if you don't have children you probably will want to at some point in time.I hope I have given you some ideas to follow up on.Best wishes!
    Pioneer 13 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 02:52 PM
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  • PS. :D I forgot to add: I was having bad cramps and found out by one of my doctors, that your bowels are close to your ovaries. If you get constipated or backed up it will rub against your ovary. So I did a gentle colon cleanse (two week process) and the cramps immediately went away. I actually do not have cramps now and I try to eat a high fiber diet with the aid of ground up flaxseeds (thanks to my coffee grinder) to add to my food. I even found a dehydrator at a used store and now I even make tasty flaxseed crackers. Best Wishes!
    Pioneer 13 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 03:11 PM
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  • I feel for you because I have the same concern for myself. I received a late diagnoses of PCOS even though I've had the symptoms my whole menstrual career and complained of them to my docs through the years. My gynocologist put me on birth control pills and said I needed to stay on them until I turn 50. I got off them later (6 mo.)because they encourage everything bad in my family, cardiovascular disease, etc.( besides the fact that it raises your insulin level) She didn't let on that there are other options and I was bashful about asking her questions. My period never came back and it has been eight months. My new doc gave me options, such as metiformin. I learned through womentowomen.org that PCOS is highly sensitive to a condition called inuslin resistance (which affects half of America!) I have put myself on a serious low carb regimen. I still have not gotten my monthly cycle back, despite my serious and highly restrictive diet that I have learned to be content with for the past 4 months. When I got off the pills I started having serious symptoms of menopause. The week I started metiformin my severe hot flashes lightened up. I've only been on it for 2 weeks. I can feel the difference. I am keeping my diet and exercise in tact so that I can cooperate with the medicine to do what it is suppose to do to make me healthy. I've been told that it can take up to three months to get my cycles back. I encourage you to look up all you can about PCOS, and insulin resistance. You don't have to be overweight and be insulin resistant. And just because you have a period doesn't mean that you are ovulating, even though its good to have a cycle anyway. If I were you, I would start now trying to get it straightened out, because it may take time anyway and if you don't have children you probably will want to at some point in time. I hope I have given you some ideas to follow up on.Best wishes!
    Pioneer 13 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 03:17 PM
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  • I've always had irregular periods. I was diagnosed with pcos after having three children. I'm not overweight either. They told me nothing to worry about unless a cyst ruptures because I was told pcos mainly affects fertility. My doctors werent worried. Unfortuneately me being used to having irregular bleeding didn't send up a red flag when I was actually having symptoms of cervical cancer without realizing it. You ladies need to see your doctors every year for a pap smear no matter what. Cancer is as scary as it sounds. Don't wait, take care of your body now before they do say it's to late.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 9, 2006
    • 01:43 AM
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  • I don't mean to scare you but PCOS should be kept in check for the following reason:PCOScomplications include reproductive, cardiovascular, and metabolic complications. Reproductive complications: Infertility (74 % of all PCOS cases)Endometrial hyperplasiaIncreased incidence of miscarriage Cardiovascular complications: Coronary artery diseaseHypertensionHypercholesterolemia Metabolic complications: ObesityInsulin resistanceType 2 diabetes
    Helene99 23 Replies
    • January 6, 2009
    • 02:35 PM
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  • hi i ws too diagonsed with pcos and ws quiet irregular with my peiods but i gt pregnant the first time with help of a pill, i hve a wonderful baby who is 19 mnths ....now my issue is tht i hve missed my periods for 2 mnths taken 2 pregnancy test which cme negative in the first month of my missed cycle(this is the first time i hve missed my periods since my babys birth) ..i m still waiting for them nd i m scared to take a test but frankly i wnt to be pregnant..i hvnt yet shed off my pregnancy weight nd wonder if it could be the reason .....
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