I was officially diagnosed with PCOS about four years ago but I've always had it -- inherited from my mother (just never put it all together until my diagnosis). Never had normal periods from the beginning (about three periods a year) but back then, I had always been really small and light so doctors always chalked it up to me "being athletic". I was barely over a 100 pounds until I was about 25 and (I am convinced this was the culprit) went on birth control for the first time. Something triggered and I slowly started gaining weight every year. I completely transformed my eating and exercise habits, but nothing stopped the weight gain. My gym trainers were stumped.
After my diagnoses, my doctor advised my blood sugar wasn't high enough to be put on Metformin so he has only been doing a birth control regimin. For me, I feel like my regimin is exactly what triggered the weight gain. Sure enough, I haven't lost any weight yet and am still gaining. I've modified my diet (though I will admit I'm not as strict as I should be), but am still really struggling. I am now up to almost 180 pounds.
So does anyone have any advice on what has actually worked for them in losing weight without the assistance of Metformin?View Thread
I am 35 years old and was diagnosed with PCOS two years ago even though I have apparently had PCOS from the beginning... I've never had a regular period in my life. However, I didn't start gaining weight until I was 25 and once I started, I haven't been able to get it back off. I am lucky enough to live in Jacksonville, FL where they have a PCOS Center. I was just given a prescription today for birth control in hopes to even out my hormone levels. The doctor stated my testorone levels were at 99 (not sure what that means exactly). Has anyone already gone this route and did it help with weight loss at all? I see a lot of you are taking Metformin? What is this exactly?
Did everyone have to rely on diet alone to lose weight or did birth control or medication help? The dietition at the clinic has recommended a low glycemic diet but I haven't had the best luck trying to work a diet around a 1-year-old (I took Clomid in 2009 to have him). Any tips?
I've been lucky enough that, even with my high testorone levels, I don't have too many symptoms. My hair is thin and doesn't seem to want to grow anymore but I don't have any balding areas. I have acne but it's on my upper arms and back of my neck mostly. I have hair growth in other areas but nothing I can't shave. So weight is my biggie. My blood sugar levels are borderline so I'm not diabetic or pre-diabetic.
Any advice for a newby to the group is appreciated!View Thread