- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
Need some advice please, ladies.
I’ve been sort of shaken up about this since it happened a couple of months ago, and I’m not sure what I should do at this point. Here’s some background:
At my last yearly GYN appointment, I mentioned that my regular PCP wanted me to get tested for PCOS since I was exhibiting a lot of symptoms. GYN agreed, and we did a transvaginal ultrasound that confirmed PCOS. She referred me to a reproductive endocrinologist (RE) for a consult who she said was well versed in PCOS and could help me out further than she could. I just needed to continue my yearly visits with GYN. I had blood work done and forwarded to RE.
Enter RE appointment. She seemed very put off from the beginning, and seemed like she didn’t want to answer any of my questions, and that an appointment for PCOS was a waste of her time. Anything I asked she said “we’ll have to check your bloodwork first”. I told her that I had bloodwork taken with GYN not even a few weeks earlier and that she had the results. She said she does not accept looking at other MDs bloodwork and I’d have to re-do it at her office after this appointment. Fine. Whatever.
Moving on to the PCOS issue. I asked her to review the results in depth of my transvaginal ultrasound since GYN didn’t go over them, and said RE would be of more help. She refused, and said that obviously I have PCOS if I’m here seeing her. I still don’t know how many cysts I have, what size they are, which sides they’re on, etc… But then, the kicker, is that she told me that PCOS isn’t even my problem, it is my weight. She told me not to even think about the PCOS, because once I lost weight I would be fine, like it would magically disappear or something.
I was extremely upset over this. Now, I have a few pounds worth losing, but I am not in any way extremely overweight. I know that losing 10-15 pounds can greatly improve symptoms of PCOS, but telling a patient that their weight is the problem, not the PCOS, and not to even think about it as an issue was extremely off putting. Her exact words: “PCO is not your problem. It is your weight.”
She wouldn’t discuss anything about PCOS with me (I hadn’t done much research at this point, so I didn’t have much knowledge to come back at her with. After all, I was at this appointment to LEARN ABOUT IT!).
I even asked her what I should do in terms of TTC after our wedding in 5 months. She just told me to lose the weight. She did start me on Metformin, but that was it. I guess I can at least be thankful for that.
Obviously I need an MD to follow my condition. My question to you all is: Should I find a new RE or heed her advice, basically ignore the PCOS, and trust that everything will be fine when we TTC?