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Re: Hi, New Here...
Oct 26, 2006
Hi Steph........well it does sound like your diagnosis was correct. I will say however that you should be seeing a specialist. OB/GYN's and GP's do NOT specialize in hormonal disorders such as PCOS, which is most likely why it took you so long to get a diagnosis. I would suggest that you see a Reproductive Endocrinologist. They not only specialize in hormonal disorders like PCOS, but they also specialize in infertility.........and if children are a part of your future........the PCOS may or may not cause you to experience infertility.

There are an assortment of treatment methods out there. It really depends on what symptoms you have, and your doctor. It seems like all doctors treat it differently. The only thing that birth control pills do is regulate the period. Oftentimes, doctors prescribe birth control and nothing else. That will do absolutely nothing for you, besides regulate your period. It will not help regulate your hormones or anything. Unfortunately, there is no single med out there to treat PCOS. You may have to experiment with different meds til you find the best treatment for you. For instance, you will see docs prescribe Metformin or Spironolactone in conjunction with bcp. Often bcps are prescribed to help keep the cycles regular because some of the other meds precribed to combat your hormones may cause menstrual irregularities, which is where the bcp would come in.

For instance, Metformin is being prescribed now because they've found that it can work wonders for some PCOS women. It helps regulate the hormones and it controls Insulin Resistance, which often runs hand in hand with PCOS............and if IR is left untreated, it can lead to Diabetes! Many have had great success with Metformin.......weight loss, slowing of facial/body hair, and sometimes those suffering from infertility find themselves pregnant. So, it seems to be doing good for some people.

The best thing you can do is research PCOS so that you know what you are up against; see a specialist rather than a regular OB/GYN so that you can be sure to receive the right treatment.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I was diagnosed with PCOS 5 years ago and I have researched it to death so that I could learn to help control it. Good luck to you!!!

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