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    Old 12-12-2007, 11:42 AM   #1
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    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

    Hi there. I was just wondering if anyone here has Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome disease, and what the side effects are of it. I've always had absent periods, and totally forgot I was diagnosed with this back when I was a teenager. What are the consequences if one doesn't get it checked out or fixed? Can it push you into an early menopause (I only say that because of the lack of menstrual cycles).

     
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    Old 12-12-2007, 01:04 PM   #2
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    Re: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

    Chances are you will find some one here with polycystic ovaries as this is the PCOS forum!
    I take it your new here and that your just learning the facts of PCOS. My advise to you is to have a good read through other peoples posts and you will probabully find out loads of stuff that you have never been sure of... Thats what I did, I hope you find what your looking for.
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    Old 12-12-2007, 01:11 PM   #3
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    Re: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

    PCOS is also NOT a disease, its a condition, The word 'disease' could offend people here, As this condition is quite a sensitive issue that brings with it lots and lots of heart ache before eventually getting your bundle of joy...

     
    Old 12-12-2007, 02:43 PM   #4
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    Re: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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    I take it your new here and that your just learning the facts of PCOS.
    I didn't even notice this forum. I am somewhat new, just haven't been here in a long time.
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    PCOS is also NOT a disease, its a condition, The word 'disease' could offend people here, As this condition is quite a sensitive issue that brings with it lots and lots of heart ache before eventually getting your bundle of joy...
    I was diagnosed with it back when I was a teen. I went to a doctor Monday (cost me enough) and she actually called it that. Thinking about it, it does sound a bit offensive.

     
    Old 12-12-2007, 02:54 PM   #5
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    Re: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

    Oh, just thought I'd add in the symptoms I have, that I just recently looked up...

    Lack of menstruation cycles: I always thought it was amenorrhea and made up another topic about it here a good while back. But either way, I've gone years without having periods at a time, but, every time I was on something like estrogen pills, I'd flow a very very very long time. One time, I was on for months nonstop. I'm surprised I didn't become anemic because of it. After I stopped the medication, the periods stopped, again, and, once again, years go by. Unless I take some type of medication, I don't get them.

    Dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse): I think I might have this. My boyfriend and I tried once, and he wasn't even close to entering, just a little, and it hurt terribly and I told him to stop.

    Pelvic Pain: I get this so much and so often, it's become routine. I've just come to accept it.

    Facial Hair: I always have to pluck the hair that grow on my face. I've had this problem since I was a teenager.

    I also feel that I'll probably be infertile due to how long I've gone with out having a normal menstrual cycle starting from when I first started as a kid. How does one determine if she's infertile or not?

    As for the risk factors associated with it, I have had weight gain, but that was from a young age, I now have Type II Diabetes, and now have an elevated cholesterol and still overweight (seems my body holds on to it).

     
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    What a naughty doctor you have, There are thousands of sites on the net that relate to PCOS and not one of them call this a disease, If you see the doctor again prehaps you could educate her/him. After spending some time in this forum you will definatly be in the know... If your doctor isnt living with PCOS then she/he will be working by stistics and not actual facts... specialist are the ones to take notice of ( I am not one by the way) ha ha x

     
    Old 12-12-2007, 03:07 PM   #7
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    Actually, I don't have a primary physician or a GYN anymore. I haven't had health insurance for years and have never had a job that offered it, so I could never really afford to go to one. This is just some lady that a clinic recommended to me. I personally didn't like her much, but I had to do something for my diabetes. I haven't had any medication for it in over a year because I couldn't afford to go to get a refill. That visit I did on Monday cost me $370 and because of that, I had to bum the money off my parents, especially since I'm not working (still haven't found a job).

    Either way, those types of doctors don't seem all that "concerned" with the patient, and I'm even more convinced of the "rejection of insulin" thing. They gave me an insulin shot (I take pills). Some fast-acting insulin thing just to bring it down some (it was 315 before the shot). My blood sugar level when checking it later was incredibly high with it (358). It was rather scary. I'd never seen it that high before, and I hadn't had any carbs or anything. I hadn't even had anything to eat, and it shot up, so maybe the PCOS is getting worse.

     
    Old 12-13-2007, 03:13 PM   #8
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    Re: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

    I talked to my gyno about what to do with the PCOS, if I wasn't trying to conceive. He informed me that I would be best to continue with metformin, helps with the weight gain, and also he would give me a perscription for a pill that would cause a period to come on in a matter of a couple of weeks. He told me that if women go for more than 3 months without cycling, the tissue in our uterus will get old and rotten and could lead to many more severe health problems such as ovarian cancer and the like. I can't say for sure if this is completely true but makes a lot of sense to me. I think the pill was progesterone and you take it for 10 days and within a week there after you should start a cycle.

    His gross analogy he compared it to is like a toilet, if you don't flush it down you could have harmful bacteria growing. Sorry if that was TMI!

    Best of luck!

     
    Old 12-13-2007, 04:32 PM   #9
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    Progesterone...you know, I think that's the medication that I used to be on years ago. The only problem is that after doing the 10 day thing with that, I wouldn't stop flowing. Imagine how annoying that is...having your cycle going for months at a time. One year, it started in like June (after I'd taken the medicine) and didn't end until like December, and I was heavy the entire time and had to double up. I also always had the cramping and stuff too. I was so miserable...

    Pretty screwy I was miserable with, and now I'm miserable without since I'm scared.

     
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