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Old 12-04-2004, 08:04 PM   #1
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Pcos?

I'm a 25 year old female who's concerned that I might have PCOS. My periods have always been extremely irregular, often skipping 3 or 4 months at a time. Also, I have an abnormal amount of hair on my chin and chest. What bothers me the most is my weight gain. I'm only 5 feet tall and just a few years ago, I was only 95 pounds. Now, I weight 128 with most of my weight centered around my stomach. This has caused me a great deal of insecurity as I am always trying to find ways to cover my stomach. Lately, I've been dieting and exercising, but it doesn't seem to be helping a great deal. I'm at the point where I'm even considering liposuction.

I would love to go see a doctor and possibly get diagnosed but at the time I don't have any health insurance. I've considered going and just paying the costs out of pocket, but I believe it's probably out of my budget. Also, during research, I've read that the best way to get diagnosed is to see an andocrinologist. Is a referral necessary, or can you just make an appointment?

I know irregular periods are a symptom of PCOS but does that also include the lenghth of periods? My period has been on for about three weeks and that also concerns me. Last month, my cycle lasted for two weeks, and before then, I didn't have one for 3 1/2 months. Could this also be attributed to PCOS?

Sorry this post is so long but I have a lot of my mind and I really don't know what to do. If anyone that has PCOS or knows a great deal about it could offer me some advice, or just give me general info, I'd greatly appreciate it.

 
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Old 12-04-2004, 10:19 PM   #2
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Re: Pcos?

Yes, it does sound like PCOS may be a possibility. I have PCOS and I have all of the same symptoms as you have. However, the duration of my periods never changed. They were always about 7-8 days long.

An Endocrinologist is your best bet because they specialize in hormonal disorders. The only time a referral is really necessary when seeing on is if you have an insurance policy that requires them for specialists. If you don't have insurance, then you shouldn't need one.

I was diagnosed 4 years ago and have done extensive research on PCOS and can pretty much answer any question you may have..........so if you want to know anything else, just ask.

 
Old 12-04-2004, 11:39 PM   #3
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Re: Pcos?

It sounds like you may be HYPOTHYROID...this can cause all the symptoms you have too...the long periods and weight gain. I agree. You need to see a good endocrinologist and a good gynocologist....

 
Old 12-07-2004, 05:04 PM   #4
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Re: Pcos?

Hi. I'm sorry I don't have a response to your question, but I have another question for all the people who know about PCOS. Let's say someone may have PCOS.... If you go a long time without being diagnosed can that cause a lot of damage? My doctor said it was a possibility that I could have it but all she did was put me on Birth Control and that was it. But... yes I have almost the same thing as you jnette97. I'm 4' 11' and I've recently been gaining a lot of weight.. I'm up to 118 which is a little big for me, though it may be because I'm on BC. I don't know... I have acne... My periods are irregular and usually last about a week, but the most was 3 weeks. I was just wondering if left untreated could it cause a lot of damage? Sorry I couldn't help jnette97. Hope you feel better.

 
Old 12-07-2004, 08:17 PM   #5
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I think PCOS is overdiagnosed. You ladies don't sound like classic cases to me. A little bit of weight gain does not signal a problem. People with PCOS are generally VERY overweight. PCOS is most likely caused by insulin resistance to begin with. You may want to have an ultrasound done to check though.

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Old 12-07-2004, 10:32 PM   #6
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Re: Pcos?

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I think PCOS is overdiagnosed. You ladies don't sound like classic cases to me. A little bit of weight gain does not signal a problem. People with PCOS are generally VERY overweight. PCOS is most likely caused by insulin resistance to begin with. You may want to have an ultrasound done to check though.
That is incorrect. Not every PCOS woman is VERY overweight. In fact, most are simply overweight! As a matter of fact, there are many PCOS women who do NOT have a weight problem. A weight problem is only 1 of the symptoms. You do NOT have to have every symptom to possibly have PCOS. Also, there is no known cause for PCOS! There is no proof of PCOS being caused by insulin resistance. There is no proof of insulin resistance causing PCOS. Not every PCOS woman has insulin resistance. So, to say that it is most likely caused by insulin resistance is inaccurate. The only way to know for sure is so see a specialist, have a complete blood work up done and an ultrasound.

 
Old 12-07-2004, 10:45 PM   #7
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Hi. I'm sorry I don't have a response to your question, but I have another question for all the people who know about PCOS. Let's say someone may have PCOS.... If you go a long time without being diagnosed can that cause a lot of damage? My doctor said it was a possibility that I could have it but all she did was put me on Birth Control and that was it. But... yes I have almost the same thing as you jnette97. I'm 4' 11' and I've recently been gaining a lot of weight.. I'm up to 118 which is a little big for me, though it may be because I'm on BC. I don't know... I have acne... My periods are irregular and usually last about a week, but the most was 3 weeks. I was just wondering if left untreated could it cause a lot of damage? Sorry I couldn't help jnette97. Hope you feel better.
I can tell you of my experience and hopefully you'll get a better picture of what is going on with me. I was diagnosed with PCOS after many years (about 6) of not getting a period at all! My endometrial lining was literally like kryptonite and was 4 times the thickness it should have been.......doc said that was a rest haven for cancer. That is one of the reasons why birth control is prescribed, so it forces your body to have a cycle each month to avoid something like that. I also had elevated cholesterol, and I am a diabetic. Having PCOS puts you in a higher risk category of developing heart disease, ovarian cancer, diabetes, as well as some other things. So, to answer your question...........yes, if PCOS is NOT treated, it can possibly lead to more problems.

Also, many doctors will prescribe BCP for PCOS. You really need to be diagnosed by an Endocrinologist. They specialize in hormonal disorders and can give you an effective treatment plan. The problem with BCP is that they mask the problem. They do nothing whatsoever to treat the problem, except for cause you to menstruate. Being on something else, such as metformin or spironolactone in conjunction with the BCP helps to regulate all of the unbalanced hormones...........which can successfully result in weight loss, conception (if experiencing infertility) among other things. So, it is very important to treat PCOS with diet, exercise and the medications.

 
Old 12-08-2004, 07:09 PM   #8
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Re: Pcos?

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I'm a 25 year old female who's concerned that I might have PCOS. My periods have always been extremely irregular, often skipping 3 or 4 months at a time. Also, I have an abnormal amount of hair on my chin and chest. What bothers me the most is my weight gain. I'm only 5 feet tall and just a few years ago, I was only 95 pounds. Now, I weight 128 with most of my weight centered around my stomach. This has caused me a great deal of insecurity as I am always trying to find ways to cover my stomach. Lately, I've been dieting and exercising, but it doesn't seem to be helping a great deal. I'm at the point where I'm even considering liposuction.

I would love to go see a doctor and possibly get diagnosed but at the time I don't have any health insurance. I've considered going and just paying the costs out of pocket, but I believe it's probably out of my budget. Also, during research, I've read that the best way to get diagnosed is to see an andocrinologist. Is a referral necessary, or can you just make an appointment?

I know irregular periods are a symptom of PCOS but does that also include the lenghth of periods? My period has been on for about three weeks and that also concerns me. Last month, my cycle lasted for two weeks, and before then, I didn't have one for 3 1/2 months. Could this also be attributed to PCOS?

Sorry this post is so long but I have a lot of my mind and I really don't know what to do. If anyone that has PCOS or knows a great deal about it could offer me some advice, or just give me general info, I'd greatly appreciate it.
It defenitly sounds like a good possiblity that you might have PCOS. I was diagnosed by my gynocologist. Although it might be pretty expensive if you try to pay the money out of pocket because I went thru 2 ultrasounds, a pelvic exam, and blood tests before I was diagnosed. Although its defenitly something that needs to be checked out. I hear alot about health clinics maybe they could check things out for you. Good luck with everything!
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Old 12-09-2004, 05:08 AM   #9
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Re: Pcos?

I am sorry if I offended anyone. When I stopped taking BCP's I never got my period back (it had been 5 or 6 months). I went to an OB/GYN at the university I was attending and she said I very well could have had PCOS. My hormone workup was normal - no insulin resistance, etc (aside from a high normal total testosterone of 67, and an LH of 8.8, FSH of 3.0- taken at some random point in the cycle). I had no hirsutism, was 124 pounds 5'4'', etc. She did not give me an ultrasound or recommend one. She scared me horribly. I wanted to get pregnant so bad and she said "here's a prescription for provera, induce a period every few months, you don't really want a baby anyway this young." I went and got a second opinion from the OB/GYN who was my OB. Yes OB b/c I WAS PREGNANT! It just took several months to begin ovulating again after stopping the pill. Before diagnosing the pregnancy, she said I definately did not have PCOS. The nurse prac told me that insulin resistance was the cause of PCOS and I did not have it. After reading several journal articles on new research I tend to agree. When I had an ultrasound to date the pregnancy, my OB showed me my ovaries and said "look, they are normal."

In conclusion, my experience has led me to believe that this disorder is overdiagnosed. Perhaps I just didn't have a good doctor to begin with. Again, I am sorry if I offended anyone.

 
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