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PCOS - Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
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Fabriane - February 25

I am a 39 year old mother of 3 who had her tubes tide 9 years ago. In April 2006 I did not get my period, and I had pregnancy symptoms. I took several tests and had both a pelvic and internal ultrasound done. The only thing my doctor could tell me was that I had not ovulated, was NOT premenapausal, and that I had a cyst on one ovary. He prescribed provera and sent me on my way. The pills worked and I did get my period. Other than that one time I have been extremely regular the past nine years with a 27 day cycle. My last period this year was 4/29. Again, I took 2 tests and both were negative. I have made an appointement with my gyno but cannot be seen for a few weeks. I have been searching the internet for possible reasons of not getting my period. I came across PCOS and have been reading up on it. I have several of the symptoms and am wondering if this is the culprit for my symptoms.


Devika - February 25

I was diagnosed with Pcos when I was 19. I had always had irregular periods (I would miss every second period and i thought it was a blessing, but what woman wouldn't). Until I found out that I had a very slim chance of ever having kids, even with treatment. Pcos does mess up your hormones (the doctor put me on Diane 35 to try to fix the hormonal imbalance.) It is also very difficult to handle because your periods are usually more painful and heavy than a average menstrual cycle. Your period can also stop for months at a time. After four months of missing my cycle and went in to the dr. I found out that I was five months pregnant. So even if any of you are worried about pcos, there is hope. I fear I am in the same situation. It's been almost three months since my last menstrual cycle. I've had 10 negative hpt test,(I had negative tests while I was five months preggo with my son) as well as one blood test so far. And I still get a negative result. I just want all of you worried about pcos to know that there is hope, because despite what the doctors say, I have a beautiful, healthy and happy 1 year old boy.


Gianne - February 25

This is new to me. I've always been regular and had no trouble getting pregnant with my 2 kids. I stopped the pill in November and have had regular periods at 35 day intervals, not 28 like it was before the pill. I was on Depo prior to the pill until I switched insurance and it was no longer covered. Now I'm 3 months late. I have cramps all the time and feel pressure. I feel pressure when I'm laying down on my back, my panties feel tight as well. I never had pregnancy symptoms with my 2 kids. But I also had positive tests from the beginning. So, I don't know what to think. I'm going to the doctor on Monday. I will know more then, but was curious nevertheless.


Hermione - February 25

What problems were you having with Metformin and what have you heard? i do know this medication is for diabetics i am lacking in insulin but not diabetic i was put on Metformin and didn't get along with it so i was put on a similar tablet called Glucophage and both tablets caused back ache for me so i'm taking no medication.The reason i was put on it was so that things don't get worse and i become diabetic but like i said i cant take.


Winona - February 25

I was diagnosed last month. I'm 21. I just recently broke up with my bf of 2+ years and now I'm with a wonderful guy. I was curious about the infertility thing and it has hit me hard. I would love to have kids someday but I guess its going to be a tough road.


Cindy - April 13

Hi there Winona, I don't want you to lose hope. I sympathize people like you cause infertility had strike me before but will all my positive thoughts and support from my husband, I got pregnant.


debra - April 13

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Weight Gain and PCOS

PCOS symptoms in clude weight gain

Medical Author: Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

A Viewer Asks: I have gained a serious amount of weight since the loss of my periods and my doctor believes I have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Do women who are treated for this condition lose the weight they gained due to PCOS?

Dr. Stöppler's Answer: It is still being debated whether the weight gain is what caused the polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) to emerge, or whether PCOS causes weight gain. It is known that obesity, sometimes even beginning early in life, is present in about half of women with PCOS.

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What is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), also known by the name Stein-Leventhal syndrome, is a hormonal problem that causes women to have a variety of symptoms. It should be noted that most women with the condition have a number of small cysts in the ovaries. However, women may have cysts in the ovaries for a number of reasons, and it is the characteristic constellation of symptoms, rather than the presence of the cysts themselves, that is important in establishing the diagnosis of PCOS.

PCOS occurs in 5% to 10% of women and is the most common cause of infertility in women. The symptoms of PCOS may begin in adolescence with menstrual irregularities, or a woman may not know she has PCOS until later in life when symptoms and/or infertility occur. Women of all ethnicities may be affected.

What are the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

The principal signs and symptoms of PCOS are related to menstrual disturbances and elevated levels of male hormones (androgens). Menstrual disturbances can include delay of normal menstruation (primary amenorrhea), the presence of fewer than normal menstrual periods (oligomenorrhea), or the absence of menstruation for more than three months (secondary amenorrhea). Menstrual cycles may not be associated with ovulation (anovulatory cycles) and may result in heavy bleeding.

Symptoms related to elevated androgen levels include acne, excess hair growth on the body (hirsutism), and male-pattern hair loss.

Other signs and symptoms of PCOS include:

* obesity and weight gain,

* elevated insulin levels and insulin resistance

* oily skin,

* dandruff,

* infertility,

* skin discolorations,

* high cholesterol levels,

* elevated blood pressure, and

* multiple, small cysts in the ovaries.


moccha baby - April 15

I just want you to be positive with everything that happens. Actually, God has special plans for all of us, and whatever his reasons from's I guess, all good and what's best. Hard to accept at first, but then later on, you will come to's definitely for you!



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