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    Old 01-31-2007, 02:38 AM   #1
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    Unhappy Hmmm, is it PCOS


    I just want some advice from people who know a bit about PCOS. Since I was about 14 or 15 I have developed what I would call excess hair on my stomach, lower back and thighs. I have just ignored it and my partner doesn't care about it but then more symptoms started to show. For the past year or so I have had semi irregular cycles (ranging generally between 30 and 37 days). My partner and I don't have sex during ovulation time but as my cycle isn't overly regular this isn't the easiest task so I thought I'd go and see the dr about going on the pill. As soon as I started talking to him he suggested PCOS and I've had bloodtests and waiting for an ultrasound appointment. I go back to my doctor in two weeks to discuss the bloodtests (including different hormone levels, cholesterol and blood sugar levels). I am a little overweight but this is also genetic. I have read that PCOS can be genetic and as far as I know noone in my family has had it. My partner is very supportive and equally interested in whether my symptoms do lead to PCOS. We want to start have children when we are about 25 or 26 (currently 22) but if this is PCOS then wonder if we should try sooner (is there more chance when your younger?)

    I know that being a bit hairy can be a sign of PCOS as can irregular periods and being overweight however I have had extra hair since puberty while my semi-irregular periods have only been for the last year or so which coincides with a stressful year as university. I sometimes have slight pain during ovulation times, and a bit of pain and tender breasts right before my period and into the first day or so (the joy of PMS?). My period always lasts about 6-7 days and isn't over heavy but isn't light. I have never missed a period. I don't suffer from mood swings. Possibly irrelevant but I also suffer from a type of headache similar to ice pick headaches. Up until about a year ago I was trying various medications to help this to no avail, one being sodium valporate which I have seen can cause the symptoms of PCOS to show (or something along those lines).

    Sorry this has been a large thread but I was wondering what you people think, could this be PCOS or could it just be hirsutism or perhaps excess androgens without being PCOS and my irregular periods (of which the last on over holidays was only 29 days, back to what it was before becoming irregular) be related to stress?

    Many thanks


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