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Coping with PCOS Polocystic overie syndrome, difficulty trying to concieve.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Member Name: bubbles12
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Advantages: none what a horrible disorder
Disadvantages: finding is difficult to concieve
What is polycystic ovarie syndrome, also known as pcos, well this is the question I was asking myself when I was diagnosed.
This is a very common disorder in women and generally comes to light when you are trying to conceive, Women who have already been diagnosed with PCOS may not be too surprised when they have fertility problems. However, a number of women may not even realize that they have PCOS until they start trying to conceive. While 3/4 of women with PCOS do have menstrual problems, 1/4 do not. In these women, perhaps they have always had regular periods but never realized that they were not ovulating. Others may have had the occasional irregular period, but felt that it was nothing to be too concerned about, assuming a skipped period was due to stress. Regardless of this, some women will only learn of their PCOS condition when they are investigated for infertility problems.
The common symptoms of the disorder according to experts are not related to one another, at least at first. The first tale sign is the loss or irregular periods, women with PCOS may also suffer from acne, excessive hair growth either on the face or body, loss of hair, infertility, and in my opinion the worst symptom is WEIGHT GAIN. Of course, every woman is different; while one woman with PCOS may experience all of these symptoms, another may experience just acne and irregular periods. Getting a better understanding of just what the symptoms of PCOS may be will help you recognize whether you yourself suffer from it.
Doctors are reluctant to diagnose PCOS, I have had this problem for years and it was only when I refused to go back on the pill, as I was trying to conceive. That this problem was investigated, by my gynecologist. Once I got the referral form the doctor it only took a short time for the specialist to diagnose this. I was quite mad as all it actually took was a scan which only lasted 2 minutes and that was it the problem was detected.
Once I was finally diagnosed I stated to ask the How, why, Will I, questions. I have researched this disorder extensively and I now feel I have understand the functions of PCOS.
PCOS is due to irregular or absent ovulation, it is not surprising that it is a common cause of infertility in many women. some women with PCOS will ovulate normally, some will ovulate less frequently, meaning it will be harder to conceive but still possible and women some will not ovulate at all, meaning that they will have to go through fertility treatments.
PCOS does have different severities so if you are diagnosed you will have to go thought the long process of illumination. Firstly it will depend on what you want out of life if you don't want children or you feel you are not ready for children then this disorder can be controlled with the common contraceptive pill. As this will regulate your body this is the easiest way to cope with PCOS and symptoms.
If you are one of the many women trying to conceive, you will need to make regular trips to your gynecologist for blood test ect. Firstly they will prescribe you metformin with is a drug used in diabetes for insulin resistance, when I first started this I nearly had a fit as the chemist tried not to charge me as it was a diabetic drug. I quickly came home and researched the drug. YES this does sound weird but it is proven to help with PCOS and infertility problems. Metformin does have side effects like headaches, dizziness, sickness ect but this does subside after a month of so, you will start on a small dose of metformin then it gradually increases. Weight loss is increasingly common in women on metformin as it can suppress hunger and make food taste nasty, so you don't want to eat.
If you have not conceived within a certain time frame specialist will then prescribe clomid which is taken along side metformin, to help conceive. This is as far as I have gone with the fertility side of things so I just have to wait and see.
I have heard many success stories of women with PCOS conceiving, some in early stages and some in the later stages of treatment. It could take month and it could take years but you must persevere with medications ect.
PCOS does get me down but, now that I have a better understanding of it, I am able to cope quite well, my lifestyle has changed slightly but not a great deal, I have managed to lose weight and keep it off, it was things like regular dog walks and a healthy ish diet that helped, Oh and the metformin helped with my weight loss to.
I do hope people will find this useful, and if there is anyone that needs a little more information on this subject, I will be happy to help if I can.
Summary: general understanding of the PCOS disorder. tip on how to detect and cope
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