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Hi there,

I was diagnosed with PCOS about 8 years ago, when my periods (that had always been irregular) stopped altogether and I broke out in severe cystic acne. Ultrasound showed >25 cysts on each overay. I went on the birth control pill which worked wonders for my acne. I have now been on the pill for 8 years and am contemplating coming off it some time in the next year or so to try to conceive. I did come off the pill for 3 months in 2008 to see what would happen. I followed a low GI diet hoping that this would be enough to make everything normal (when this all started I was eating quite poorly). Anyhow, I got no period, developed cystic ovaries and my testosterone crept above normal levels. Fortunately my acne didn't come back in this space of time but I did notice oilier skin and perhaps it would have returned had I stayed off the pill for longer.

Anyhow, I am really not sure what I can actually do to help my chance of conceiving. I am not overweight at all. My weight has actually been very stable and in the last 8 years I wouldn't have changed more than 2kg. I am also addicted to exercise and love running and riding. I have not followed a perfect low GI diet but generally my diet is pretty good. I eat lots of fruit and vegetable and usually choose dense grainy bread. I can improve my diet a bit, but not heaps.

I was finally tested for insulin resistance this week by the GTT, however, my results came back suggesting that I was totally normal. I'm actually disappointed by this because going on Metformin seemed like one thing I could actually try to increase my chances of ovulating. But now it looks like there's nothing else I can do?

Any suggestions?

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