Post # 1
I was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries (are all ladies with PCO the same as PCOS?) and was given metformin to help regulate my periods to hopefully ovulate. I had about 20 eggs in each ovary.
I am not overweight, 5’3 and 115 and need help with what I should/shouldn’t eat. My doctor didn’t give me an exact plan, just said prior to me saying I wouldn’t be able to exercise that I should cut out sugar, low carb and high protein.
When I told her I wouldn’t be able to exercise, she said then she would give me he Metformin, but didn’t say to follow a diet as well. I assumed I needed to though. Can anyone help me?
Post # 3
It’s a good idea to eat somewhat low carb on metformin, mostly because your stomach will probably go haywire if you eat a lot of sugar or carbs. A lot of folks woth PCOS see their symptoms improve when they eat lower glycemic load foods, more whole foods and fewer processed, sugary foods. I dont think you need to go full Atkins, but avoiding bread and pasta and sweets is a good place to start. Build your meals around proteins, healthy fats, lots of veggies, and some fruits and whole grains.
Can I ask why you can’t exercise? Research has shown that certain types of exercise, like walking, can really increase your body’s sensitivity to insulin and improve PCOS symptoms. It seems like it’s actually better to do things like walking than to go balls to the wall in the gym for PCOS’ers.
Post # 4
Chronic anovulation can lead to cysts on your ovaries, regardless of the reason you are not ovulating. So, having cysts on your ovaries does NOT in and of itself mean that you have PCOS. Of course you still could — but only if you had other symptoms of PCOS.
That’s all the help I can be on this one, though!
Post # 5
I have PCOS. At one point I was in the same boat. I was at 255 pounds and on the same medication. Diet is truly key to it all. I found the easiest thing to follow for a diet is Weight Watchers. I tried for 3 years to lose weight and finally tried weight watchers and within a year I was down from 205 to 135 and I have reversed 90% of my PCOS And no longer need ANY medications. I haven’t needed surgeries or anything in 2 years. It is possible just got t. Do research.
Post # 6
I have a friend who has PCOS and she is very thin as well.
Basically, it’s best to follow a low GI diet. If you google that, you’ll find lots of info. 🙂
Post # 7
@KatieBklyn: I honestly just don’t have much time, in between work and school both full time. I was honest with my doctor and said I could try to exercise but wouldn’t make any promises. I do “run around” a lot for errand and work sometimes.
thanks ladies! 🙂
Post # 7
heathuhhhhwebbbb: You’re exactly like me!! I am 5’3 and 120, so the working out thing wasn’t going to work out too well for me. I was diagnosed with PCOS 3 years ago via U/S and blood work.
I was placed on Metformin and Levothyroxine and everything has been working properly. Unfortunately, however, I also have extremely high cholesteral (300+), so I need to be placed on a statin as well.
I feel like an 80 year old woman with all these problems! I tried to lower it by working out, but between grad school, and 2 jobs, working out doesn’t really happen. For now its a “wait and see” type mentality for me until I actually start TTC