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Re: polycystic ovarian disease

Re: polycystic ovarian disease

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Posted by Heidi Gleason on January 09, 2000 at 11:29:06:

In Reply to: Re: polycystic ovarian disease posted by Tari on December 29, 1999 at 12:20:42:

: : Hi, I am new to this also. I just found out about a week ago that I have PCOS. I am 24 and we have been TTC for 6 months. I have had very irregular cycles and my Dr told me that it was because I was on the pill for so long. I then changed Drs and this one told me I have PCOS.

: : I am going to start my first round of Clomid this week and I am wanting to know what to expect. Also my Dr. didn't make PCOS sound like anything to worry about. After reading about it I am worried. Should he have already tested my glucose level? What should I be asking him for when I go next? I am new to this so please send me all the info you have.
: : Thanks
: : Luan

: Hi, i am 25 years old and was diagnosed with PCOS three years ago when I stopped taking the pill and did not get a period. My doctor did blood tests and found out that my androgen levels were wrong. Anyway, at that time, she put me on the pill and said not to worry about anything. Well, now I am thinking about getting pregnant, and although we haven't started trying yet, I am worried that I may not be able to concieve. Also, I have absolutely not been able to lose weight. I have tried redux, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, nothing works, and I exercise 4 times a week. Anyway, i was interested if anyone has been able to get pregnant after being diagnosed with this. Thanks, tari
*****I can not resist responding to your messages! I am 40 and was diagnosed at 21 with PCOS. I was infertile for 8 years before choosing to adopt a lovely little girl.
I remember when I was diagnosed, I felt ashamed as the physicians blamed the excess weight for the irregular periods and infertility. Years later, I discovered that the disease causes the weight. 6 yrs ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and was told by my specialist that women with PCOS are more likely to develop diabetes! It is critical that anyone with this disorder finds an ob-gyn or endocrinologist who is familiar with and willing to treat. I was put on Glucophage for several years until I developed a gastric intolerance. It was very effective for weight loss and water retention as well as controlling my blood sugar levels. Now I take Rezulin. I find it to be excellent controlling both my sugars and menstruation. My doc took me off the birth control pills when we began rezulin and my periods are regular now.
An excellent resourse is the PCOSA, a support organization. They post research done in the field. Their url is http://www.pcosupport.org/.
Another treatment method is the birth control pill and spironlactone. The latter blocks the androgens produce.
I have tried many methods of weight control and have been unsuccessful also. I exercise 4-5 x per wk and attempt to eat a low carb diet.
My advice is to be aggressive and find a medical professional who will treat you and is aware of the research being done. Keep exercising and focus on being healthy!
Heidi



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