Re: I think I have PCOS
PCOS is usually treated by meds, diet and exercise. The combination of the 3 is the best way to control the symptoms of PCOS. You are right, there is no cure, but it can definately be controlled. I recommend seeing a specialist for your diagnosis. Many people don't have luck with a Gyn, so I would go right to a Reproductive Endocrinologist if your insurance allows for that. They specialize in hormonal problems, and when you decide you are ready for children (if that is what you decide), then you would want to go that direction anyway.
PCOS is usually diagnosed by running a series of blood tests to check different levels in your body and by doing an ultrasound to look at your ovaries. Cysts don't necessarily have to be removed. I have never had to have any removed.
If you get a diagnosis, from that point on, you will need to be strict with yourself. Change your diet if needed (limit carb intake), educate yourself on the syndrome so that you know what you are up against. If PCOS is not treated, most likely your symptoms will worsen and you may even notice more symptoms popping up. One thing that is linked to PCOS is Insulin Resistance, which if left untreated can develop into Type 2 diabetes. So, it is imperative that you seek treatment so that you can avoid that at all costs. Not saying that Diabetes or even IR is a definate, but it can happen.
I will admit that at first, it is overwhelming. I have many of the symptoms, including Type 2 diabetes. I was diagnosed with that before I found out I had PCOS. I researched PCOS and learned as much as I possibly could and went from there. Get suggestions from other women with PCOS to see what their method of treatment is. Many doctors treat it differently. You will find one woman who is being treated one way and another woman who is treated another way. Education is definately the key to successfully conquering it. If you have anymore questions, don't hesitate. That is what we are all here for.