PCOS

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

2beemrs:  My friend has PCOS. It was harder for her to concieve her first child and had to go on clomid for a while….but it was easier to concieve her second baby (pregnant now – just found out it’s a boy last week!!). She did lose weight before and while trying to concieve…waking, elliptical, etc. and has kept most of it off before she got pregnant with the second one. It is possible though!!!!

Post # 3
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Busy bee

I was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 14, after hormone panels and glucose tolerance testing.  The endocrinologist who treated me for years told me that I had one of the worst cases (based on hormone levels and insulin production) that he had ever seen. And my periods have always been regular.  While irregular periods can be a symptom of PCOS, they are not the only symptom of PCOS, nor are they the be-all-end-all issue.  PCOS is a complicated condition with many different possible symptoms, and even the experts in the condition still are not fully sure as to the root cause; it’s not 100% clear if it is caused by insulin resistance and the ensuing over-production of insulin (though that’s one of the major theories), by androgen over-production, by leptin, etc.  It has been proven that weight loss can help relieve some of the symptoms, but weight loss is not a “cure” for the condition, which seems to negate the hypothesis that the condition is caused by obesity (though weight gain is one of the possible and common symptoms of the condition).  In addition, infertility or difficulty conceiving is not always a symptom of the condition; after I was diagnosed with PCOS, my mother was tested and found to also have it, and she has two children and had three pregnancies, all conceived without any intervention (I was a “surprise” baby, in fact).  

In short, no PCOS experience is the same.  Some PCOS experiences have things in common, others don’t, and some treatments that work for some women will not work for others.  The things that are common to all PCOS sufferers (the things that seem to be causal, rather than symptomatic) are: insulin resistance (and ensuing increased insulin production), increased free-androgen production, (usually) decreased estrogen production.

If you have PCOS (confirmed) and are trying to lose weight, look into an insulin-resistant specific diet.  Since our bodies are insulin-resistant, we have a lot of trouble with carbohydrates.  The best diet for us is a ketogenic diet.  Not Atkins or South Beach, but a true low-carb/high-fat diet, to replace the energy we would usually get from carbohydrates (which our body has a lot of trouble processing, and thus stores instead) with energy from fat.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

The previous responses have done a great job explaining this condition. PCOS can run a wide spectrum. For what it’s worth, I belonged to a forum where many posters ended up getting diagnosed with PCOS. ALL of them ended up getting pregnant before me when it turned out that PCOS was the only problem/they were put on Clomid for at least one cycle (all by the 6 – 8 month mark; I took 10). As far as I know, I have no fertility-related conditions.

The bigger issue with fertility is when the condition is not managed and you don’t seek out treatment for it (i.e., Metformin, Clomid, etc.).

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