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Old 10-02-2006, 06:15 PM   #6
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Re: Undiagnosed PCOS

If PCOS is suspected in your case, which it does sound like you have should really see an endocrinologist or a Reproductive Endocrinologist. Either one would be fine..........RE moreso if children are in your future. Reason being........these specialists specialize in hormonal disorders/syndromes such as PCOS as well as an RE specializing in infertility. With an RE, you can attempt to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Most regular doctors are not very familiar with PCOS. They may know what it is, but they don't always know the best treatment options for you. If you do decide to be treated with meds, I can tell you that birth control only masks the problems of PCOS. There are other meds out there (such as metformin) which can do wonders. Metformin helps to regulate hormones, which can lead to more regular periods, weight loss, and even conception for those who suffer from infertility.

Another important thing with PCOS is diet and exercise. Try to avoid carbs and high sugar intake. Of course you need everything to balance your meals out, just do the carbs/sugars in moderation. Fibers and proteins are great, especially if you have weight to lose.

The best thing for you to do would be to educate yourself about PCOS. There are many great books out there, as well as many things on the internet. Once you understand what is happening with your body, you will have a better understanding of what it is you need to control it.

Also, I understand that Diabetes has been ruled out, but have you been checked for Insulin Resistance? Many women with PCOS have IR, which if left untreated can lead to Diabetes, and since your mother is a diabetic, that even makes your risk higher.

If you have anymore questions, just ask. I was diagnosed with PCOS 5 years ago, and have researched it to death!!!