I have not been tested yet but I am concerned that I may have PCOS. I have all of the symptoms that I've read about. I've had irregular periods from the time I started my period (11) until now..I am 22 and I can go months with no period. I've experienced weight gain very quickly and my diet has not changed much. I went from 110 to 160 in less then a year. Diabetes is in my family (my mother, grandmother, and great grandmother had this). I have noticed that my face started breaking out about 6 months ago and I've tried everything to clear it up. Nothing has worked. I've also noticed facial hair on my upper lip, chin, and on the sides of my face close to my hairline. The hair is like peach fuzz and I will not wax because of how it grows back. I dont want stubbiness. I just bleach and you can't even tell that I have it. At some point I would like to check into electrolocis.
My main question is how is PCOS treated?? I've read there is no cure for it but it is treatable. I am engaged so naturally pregnancy is an issue but we both feel undesided at this point on children.
What tests need to be done to determine PCOS? If diagnosed, what do you do from that point on?? Is it just medicine that you take?? Or is there the need for constant checkups at the doctor? Also, if you have cysts then how do they go about removing them?
Sorry for all the questions but I'm very concerned and would love to hear back from someone who deals with this. Thanks so much - Catherine
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.