Coping with PCOS can be a challenge. From the difficulties of getting a diagnosis, dealing with symptoms, and finding a treatment plan that works for you, there are many issues to contend with. So I ask, how do you cope with PCOS? Share Your Experiences
never, never, never give up
- I was diagnosed when I was 16, I am now 25. Unwanted hair can be waxed, eating really healthy (fruits, veggies and lean protein, whole grains) help me maintain a BMI of 22, and a healthy weight. I haven't tried to have children yet, but one cannot dwell on life as half empty- you must never, never, never give up!!! You must always sing, even when there is no song in your heart. Life could always be worse- please find the silver lining in life. For those of you in high school dealing with the diagnosis- don't dwell on it yet, chin up and march. You can do it!
- —Guest guest
Maybe some hope
- I have 3 children and my story is long but also has hope. Make sure you have the ultrasound that shows you the "pearls" to confirm the PCOS otherwise the treatment can be frustrating. My first was born with the use of clomid, first try. When trying for my second clomid lead to 2 miscarriages. I then went on a low carb, low sugar PCOS diet and got pregnant with #2 in 2 months while on the diet. Then my 3rd was a complete surprise. My #2 was 10 months old, and I missed what would have been my 2nd post pregnancy period and found out I was pregnant with #3. 2 very hard to get pregnant experiences then one that was a surprise. It is possible to get pregnant and to keep your hormone levels in balance. You have to keep a strict diet though - which is hard with the sugar cravings. Learn all you can about the hormone imbalance and eat to help re-balance the hormones. Treat your eating habits like you have diabetes is the way I think about it. I hope some of you feel less frustrated!
- —Guest mshermans
Dealing with PCOS
- i was diagnosed with PCOS two years ago. i feel like my life has become jus a state of suffering for me, i hav excessive hair growth, i am obese and cannot loose the weight nomatter what i try, my acne is disgraceful, i no longer feel beautiful and free to walk down the street, i cannot concentrate in school....please i wish there could be a cure for all this because metformin and birth control are doing more bad than good for me!
- —Guest crystal
- I just turned 32 last week and am becoming more anxious about falling pregnant and was just diagnosed with PCOS a few days ago. I am married for 6 years now and not falling pregnant, is taking a toll on my marriage.My husband has now become impatient with me and I feel its all my fault for not giving him a baby.he is turning 36 soon and I do not know how to speed up the process with giving him what he so desperately wants.I feel that life is so unfair to me and people that are younger than I, are having babies that they really did not want or plan.I am on a course of medication for the next 10 days, then I have an appointment with the fertility specialist.He prescribed Clomid for the next 3 months which he will closely monitor.I am anxiously waiting for that day to arrive when I fall pregnant and give my husband the wonderful news. I pray that PCOS does not take away this joy of wanting to have a baby and my life will be a much better one here after.Anxiety is killing me.
- One who does not have it will not understand it...can totally relate to what all has been posted here. Even hard is when people close to you and even know what the problem is, blame you for not "willing" to loose weight. Feels so embarassed when i go out shopping and can't even fit into the largest size available. The whole shopping experience said to be a mood buster has become a nightmare. Close friends do not understand your irritability and you also don't want to be low all the time. To avoid loosing friends because no body will like to be around a person who is always sad, irritated and depressed; I keep on pushing myself that I don't have to be this way in front of people but from inside it is altogether a different story. U want someone to understand and support you but nobody is around you because it is only in books that looks do not matter.....Looks do matter and special people are gifted to people only who look special
- —Guest Unknown
will it get worse?
- i was just diagnosed. i don't know what to expect. i have had the worst acne in the last year and awful irregular painful periods - will hair loss come later? will facial hair and back hair get darker? who can help me or am i helpless to these things? i'm terrified. i just want to be me. and all these posts seem to me so dark and scary - is there nothing that really helps? can i ever be normal again?
- —Guest diagnosed
i wishedthe was a cure
- i was diagnoised with pcos abt 6 years ago since then me an my husben have been trying to have a baby we have found nothing thst works an with him going away all the time its really hard he is now about to be shiped off again...i feel as if there is no hope
- —Guest understanding
I dont know how to cope
- I feel that pcos have wrecked my life. I dont know how i'm meant to process it. I have been trying for children for 4 years. I went to the doctor and slowly got diagnose with pcos. I'm gutted. I have such a strong mothering insint. It stings and hurts when my friend or family get pregnant. i am happy for them i just wish it could be me sometimes. My husband doesnt seem to understand. he says he can live either with or without kids. i however cant live without them. i've now got depression. i feel all i've got is bad luck
- —Guest laura
Just got diagnosed
- A few days ago, the doctor told me that i had PCOS. I have been depressed and angry since. Even though the doctor said I can probably have kids, that will be hard to come by. I have to take metformin along with my other meds. I am 31 years old. It will take years to lose the weight and it's probably too late now for me to have kids now anyway.
deal or no
- After a year of being off the pill and at my routine check up. The docter diagnosed pcos. Since being off the pill I had my period more often than not. The Dr perscriped something which I chose not to take. I then went on and off the pill again for a year when I decided to quit smoking . Within a week of quitting I fell pregnant. I had a great pregnancy and birth but gained 30 kgs . I have still not been able to drop the 15 to 20 kgs after the initial baby weight loss of 15kg. The worst was the depression that followed. Almost 2 and a half years . Hairloss is still a major embarrassment. My acne cleared during my pregnancy but was replaced by pigmentation. I found laser has helped with the little acne that remains and to help reduce the pigmentation. I am still on anti depressants and I'm tAking something to help with weight loss which is going really slowly. Its comforting to know there are others out there who can empathize with the pAin and embarrassment.
- —Guest sun
worst news ever
- I found out today early morning I've got pcos I'm 16 and it is the news that no one wants to hear, I have weight issues an acne an hair everywhere and I get through it so can u! I've decided that I'm going to start a campaign and make as many women get tested, the earlier the better because then they can receive the help they need! Please stay strong!
No one seems to understand
- I was diagnosed last September.I have had no symptoms all my life.I have been so regular,i used to pray for my period not to come now i do the opposite,funny ha!I have no facial hair nor abnormal hair growth and nothing was wrong until i got married and started miscarrying.I had four miscarriages in a row and that sent me to a hormonal specialist who told me i had pcos.I have read on it and i realize i have gained some weight in my midsection which i originally attributed to my previous pregnancies.I cant seem to loose weight and my insulin levels are normal.Was given metformin and clomid to help me with the next pregnancy which so far is not happening.I have become depressed and cant seem to do anything anymore.I have stopped trying cos its killing me psychologically.I just want to take one day at a time and see what happens.Been avoiding baby showers and christenings cos it hurts so bad.
- My husband and I have been trying for two years with no luck. I was diagnosed with pcos after getting off the depo shot at eighteen. We are generally a bery happy couple. However the pcos is taking a toll on my marriage. I can't help but stress over not being able to conceive. I want to be a mother more than anything and I can't help but feel robbed by this condition. I am so angry and sad at times. I feel as if my husband doesn't understand the pain I am feeling he tells me not to worry. But I feel as if there is no way to stop worrying. Somebody help. The man I love is begging to get irritated with me.
- —Guest lee
Wow so many women
- I was a diagnosed with PCOS and type 2 diabetes same time at a certain hospital I was only (14 now 20)I hate the hair it bugs me beyond anything my mom doesnt have it so she just doesnt understand and I have been teased by those that dont understand. I too have gained more than sufficient weight over the years dispite frequent exercise and eating plans my worst experience was being teased by the doctors I think that this whole experience has been my toughest challenge in life it made me realise just how cruel people can be. Stay strong
- —Guest Me
Finally accepting there is NO CURE
- at 14 I thought I was just a little different since I had facial hair. Now I just shave. The worst for me is the pain that is often not considered to be part of PCOS. It has been my constant companion for about 20 years. And don't forget the irregular periods and the miscarriages. The there is the incomparable joy when you actually get to hold the baby that the doctors said you would never be able to have. Living with PCOS is a hard life that I would not wish on any one but there can be joy in the midst of the pain and struggle.
- —Guest Wendy