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What were your symptoms/signs?<br><br>
After years of primary infertility (got pg same month as a normal hsg) and now almost through year one of secondary infertility (still nursing, but induced a period back with a one month trial of the pill) we might get an answer. We did manage to get pg back in April, only to mc a few weeks later.<br><br>
I dont really fit the mold for PCOS perfectly, Im underweight, seem to be having hypoglycemic spells, have had unexplained pelvic pain that comes and goes, my periods are erratic, lately Ive been having 16 or 18 day cycles. During the mc I had several u/s that revealed several cysts, one that ruptured either during or after the mc.<br><br>
Im not totally convinced thats what it is...going for a work up (again) later this month.
 

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My main problem was very irregular periods. And then infertility. I'm also overweight. But the hypoglycemic issues could tie in, since PCOS and insulin resistance are related. A good RE should be able to tell with a basic workup, including an ultrasound of your ovaries (mine had lots of huge cysts).
 

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I was not overweight, nor did I have bad skin, although I did struggle to keep my weight down (was always dieting to stay within ideal BMI range), and struggled to keep my skin clear. Saying "irregular" doesn't even begin to explain my periods. I also had hypoglycemia, although it was informally diagnosed (told my doc about crashing after meals, she said, well, this is what it probably is, but since you're a mild case, just try these things). My ultrasound showed lots of little cysts. It took forever to get diagnosed because the first ob/gyn I went to was bad at reading bloodwork (went solely by lab's "normal" ranges and didn't know when they should have been adjusted, testosterone is one example of a hormone whose normal ranges at the labs almost always go up way too high).<br><br>
Once I was diagnosed and went on the South Beach diet for a while, all of my symptoms cleared up and I got pregnant. I still follow the principles of a diet that's good for PCOS (and for diabetics and hypoglycemics, and I would argue anyone really), which is basically not to spike your blood sugar if at all possible.<br><br>
Wouldn't the ruptured cyst after the miscarriage have been your corpus luteum for that pregnancy? You always have at least one ruptured follicle when a pregnancy happens, the egg had to come from somewhere.
 

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- Non-ovulatory periods: 6 week bleed, 2 week off<br>
- Dreadful acne<br>
- Mild hairloss<br>
- Difficulty losing weight associated with mild hypoglycemia<br>
- not too overweight at all (now am HS weight!! wooee)<br><br>
- Blood tests to confirm were quite expensive but they fixed everything, just had them redone this week and am waiting or results (sigh!)<br><br>
- treatment 1000 mg metformin for 3 months, brought about 10 # weight loss and reduction in acne and hairloss and pregnancy!!<br><br>
HTH<br><br>
Elizabeth
 

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I've had it for years - abdominal fat, skin tags, thinning hair, facial hair, midcycle spotting, acne - and ofcourse no ovulation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I tried fertility treatment - metformin, clomid, progesterone suppositories, but it didnt work. Now Im seeing a Naturopath and I must tell you that its working for me. I charted my CM and temps - I ovulated this month! So my experience is that there is hope. NOw I'm in the two week wait.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
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You do sound as though you could have it. Different people have varying symptoms. For me:<br><br>
Overweight<br>
Inability to lose weight, even when following a diet similar to South Beach<br>
Infertility<br>
Pelvic pain<br>
Very painful periods<br>
Increasingly irregular periods<br>
Facial and excess body hair<br>
Acne<br>
Fatigue<br><br>
No fun. I seem to ovulate fine (at least up until the last few months) but we are also dealing with male factor infertility. We've been TTC'ing for about 4 years.
 

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PCOS is one of those things where the symptoms vary so much from person to person that it can be really hard to get a diagnosis.<br><br>
My symptoms:<br><br>
weight gain and difficulty with weight loss<br>
very irregular periods, even on birth control<br>
extremely light/short periods, when I got them<br>
insulin resistance<br>
pelvic pain<br>
hair growth on my neck<br>
skin tags<br>
infertility<br>
hormonal imbalances<br>
multiple ovarian cysts<br><br>
I was diagnosed with PCOS after I went off BC and started TTC. I didn't have a period for nearly five months, and began having sharp pains in my abdomen. I was diagnosed based on my bloodwork results and a series of ultrasounds showing the cysts.<br><br>
If you really think you might have PCOS, I suggest seeing a reproductive endocrinologist or someone who has a lot of experience in diagnosing and treating the condition, because many other doctors just don't recognize it, or don't know how to interpret test results. Just as an example, when I got my bloodwork back, my PCP said it looked totally normal and was ready to rule out PCOS, but when the RE took a look at it, she immediately said it was typical of the syndrome. It's really important to see someone who knows PCOS well.
 

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i have pcos and have been taking metiformn for a year and only 3 times clomid and nothing has happen my the doctor said that i have to lose weight its very important the best thing to do,,,,but its hard for me i need will power and i don't have it i still have hope i need to lose about 50 pds at least i am over weight, high testostrone,lose hair facial hair under my chin so doctor said i have pcos i think they are right tostay away from sugar i am still trying .........................
 

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I am overweight and I used to go up to 10 months between periods. I have excess hair growth on my face, stomach, and toes (despite androgen levels in the normal range on my blood workup). I have cysts occasionally, though not normally more than one at a time. I also have blood sugar issues and have to watch how much I consume, because I get jittery and hyper if I have to much and shaky if I have to little. When I was on the pill, my periods were regular and normal. When I'm off it, I rarely, if ever, get one. Due to my lack of ovulation, I had difficulty conceiving DS. He was conceived during a Clomid challenge test. Thankfully, I never had any issues with milk supply because it seems my PCOS is fairly mild. DH and I haven't used birth control since DS was born and I got my first PP AF about 11 months ago. The past several months, I've had regular (if light)periods and i believe I had an early miscarriage last month, so I may be ovulating now. I'm hoping to get on Metformin or some similar medication to help control my symptoms.
 

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I am not overweight now (I lost most of it breastfeeding), but was for many years. I have high testosterone, and my estrogen<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">rogesterone and FSH:LH ratios are off, classic PCOS. My periods are now more regular, but before I had ds, I would go months without a bleed unless I was artifiically induced, either with bcps or progesterone. PCOS is a very varied condition. It's a syndrome, not a disease, which means it's just a group of symptoms with no real causative explanation (yet), and the treatment tends to focus on either hormones or insulin sensitizers, or both.
 
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