(Closed) PCOS? I don't know! Help, bees! (possible TMI)

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

Honey, calm down and get thee to a doctor. These are things that a GP or run-of-the-mill gyno/women’s health specialist can diagnose and treat.

Best of luck and try not to stress! You’ll cross each of these bridges when you come to them.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

If you are on BC you should have a gyn, and he or she should be able to answer all of these questions for you.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@CorgiTales:  Many women on BCP don’t have a gyn.  I don’t see the need to take up a specialists time for basic BCP.

 

@kayberry:  You need to make an appointment specifically about your concerns.  There often isn’t enough time at a physical to cover everything.  Are you able to get a new GP (I know it’s difficult in areas)?  A gyn might be appropriate in your case, but seeing a GP to see if they think you need a referral is the first step.

Post # 8
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Worker bee

Don’t see a FP for this problem, see an OB/GYN! Often with PCOS you will not have periods because you do not ovulate, but with the cramps and pain with sex, and irregular periods it sounds a lot like endometriosis. Worth getting checked out because  this and other problems that cause similar symptoms can lead to trouble getting pregnant, which you’d want to know as soon as possible! (Not to freak you out, just saying better to have it seen by someone who knows what they’re doing and can give you good advice on the matter!)

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Can you see a reproductive endocrinologist? My GYN referred me to my RE to diagnose and treat my PCOS, and she ran a bunch of blood panels and had me take a glucose tolerance test, along with an ultrasound of my ovaries, before making the diagnosis. Also, a good place to find info on PCOS is soulcysters.com. 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

You might be able to find a gyn you don’t need a referral for, but most gyns still require (or strongly prefer) a referral.

If your FP won’t give you one, sometimes you can go to a GP at another clinic (some walk-ins also take appointments, call one or two and find out).  The GP can then determine if a gyn or endocrinologist or other specialist is best for you.

 

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@kayberry:  PCOS is cysts on the ovaries.  Endometriosis can end up almost anywhere.  If you had it on your cervix, then the pap smear results might show up as abnormal (I would assume anyway). A pap smear isn’t a test for endometriosis or PCOS though.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

on a gyno exam they may be able to feel cysts, which both PCOS and Endo can cause (both different types of cyts though). I have endo and I know the ONLY for sure way to diagnos that is endoscopically.  The pain sounds like endo but your periods sound like PCOS.  An ultrasound can also see if there are a lot of cycts on your ovaries. Don’t worry, just go to your gyno and they will get it sorted out.  

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It is rare (but definitely not impossible) to have PCOS if you are at a healthy weight. By far though the majority of women with PCOS are considerably overweight. Basically it occurs when a woman has an imbalance of hormones, as I am sure you have probably read. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was around 19. At that point, I had never taken birth control, but after I started taking it it helped considerably, along with losing weight.

Anyways, my symptoms were somewhat different than yours- I had an extremely irregular menstrual cycle, thinning hair, and weird acne unlike anything I had experienced before being diagnosed. I can’t really comment for sure on if you have PCOS, but I agree with other bees that you need to see a specialist. If it helps, though, just know that if you are diagnosed with PCOS, there are ways of treating it.

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