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    Question PCOS weight related queries.

    I am 23 and was diagnosed with PCOS in Jan 2012. I was thinking for a long time i had it as i have dark, thick hair everywhere, belly, face, full legs etc, bad acne face, back and chest, and most other symptoms. i only went to GP to look further into it when menses got longer and heavier. normally went for 7-9days now goes for upto 24 days on a 25 day cycle (sucks, alot!). i had about 4 months of continuously blood tests and have had ultasounds to confirm it.

    6 months after being diagnosed i finally have seen a gyno, and the only thing she told me is that "your too fat to be treated for PCOS" i must admit i am overweight (110kg, 139cm height) but my GP said i wouldnt have a problem and just to try and loose as much weight as i can (the more i loose the better chances i have of falling naturally). the gyno has said i need to loose a minimum 50kg before they will look at treating me for PCOS as no hospital in my city will accept me at the size i am.

    other than the PCOS i am healthy, no alergies, no other medical conditions, am reasonably active and eat well. i have always been a big girl and have always had trouble loosing weight.
    has anyone else had an experience like this or have any ideas about what i could do?
    i really want children and was absolutly devistated when told i may not be able to.

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    I'm wondering why she said that you are "too fat" to be treated?! Terrible thing for her to say as well, how insensitive

    When I was first diagnosed, I was put onto Brenda (contraceptive), as that one in particular lowers androgens, which causes most of the problems in PCOS. I am also on Metformin for the insulin resistance which is a common problem in PCOS. Were you put on either of these?

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    Default PCOS weight related queries.

    what a horrible thing for her to say!
    PCOS can cause weight gain, and prevent you from loosing weight easily..
    I would have thought they would atleast have given you some more helpful advise on how to loose weight etc.

    I have PCOS and endo.
    I did weigh 130kgs (at my heaviest)
    I now weight 65kgs.
    I'm 155cm tall.
    I only started loosing weight once dd was born.
    I went on medication in the beginning to even out my hormones to enable me to start loosing weight.

    In all honesty it has done nothing for my symptoms.
    I just had a lap done and was told it had gotten worse.
    I'm not saying don't bother loosing weight, it has helped me soo much in other areas!
    I personally think you should find another gyno, at least someone with better bedside manner.
    How horrible of her
    She can't just tell you to go away because your "large" and don't come back until you have lost 50kgs!!
    That's just unrealistic without help and support.

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    Default PCOS weight related queries.

    Forgot to add, I can relate to the long cycles!
    I bleed non stop for 7 months once, I ended up being very anemic and passed out.
    Then I didn't bleed for a few months after that..
    It's horrible
    I think most of my bleeding was from the Endo though, has anyone talked to you about Endometriosis?
    I was told PCOS and endo usually go hand in hand for most women.

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    i have already lost about 15-20kg since first finding out i had PCOS. noone has mentioned to me about endo, but when i go back to GP i will ask,
    i am looking into a dietician to help out, but no luck yet.
    the gyno put me onto 'microgynon' contraceptive to help regulate cycles and Apo-Metformin to help with hormone levels.
    i would love to a diff gyno, but as i have no private health insurance i cant pick and choose, so worried i might have same problem with next one i get.

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    Default PCOS weight related queries.

    Have you looked into seeing a private gyno who will see you though the public system?
    You might have to pay for the cost of the gyne, but all other costs will be covered by the health system.
    I just did this for my operation for endo.
    At least that way you can choose which gyno you can see.
    It might be worth taking to your GP about it.

    I'm sorry you had such a horrible experience
    Some of the "Specialists" I seem just didn't even seem to care or give me the time of day, it took a long time but I got there in the end.

    Congratulations on your weight loss!
    If you live in Brisbane I can give you the number to some bulk billing dr surgeries who have dietitians there who see you for free.
    Around my area some chemists also offer a free dietitian service, if your not in Brisbane it might still be worth checking out your local pharmacies to see of they offer something similar.

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    Well done on your weight loss.

    But to be told those things is just wrong. I think PCOS is still very misunderstood by a lot in the medical community.

    PCOS not only goes hand in hand with Endo but also Thyroid issues, which can affect weight gain!

    Being put on contraceptive pills is also not going to help if you are TTC. Contraceptive pills are a blanket for the problem not a solution to the cause.

    I found giving up sugar and high carb foods really helped. I also swim every day, not for too long about 40mins but these things really helped.

    You don't have to accept "professionals" if don't feel you are getting the best treatment, find out who is the specialist in your area ring them up for a recommendation if you can't afford private treatment.

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    I've had my thyroid checked and that came back as normal. i walk 3km to work daily which is how i have lost the weight so far, but the gyno said that wasn't enough and i would need to join a gym or get a personal trainer as i would have trouble loosing the weight on my own.
    By the sounds of what everyone has been talking about though, i will just ignore what this doc has said and go get a second opinion. I woo however carry on with loosing weight gradually *** i do feel better in myself.
    I live in Perth and am only new here, so not sure about how to go about finding a different doc. Should i go back to my normal gp and tell her what happened our try to investigate a new one myself?
    Being on this forum for a day has given me more insite into pcos then speaking with my doc. It is extremely helpful and i thank everyone for their help and advise.

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    Default PCOS weight related queries.

    That's horrible I can't believe they said that to you!

    I must admit when I saw a private gyno she told me to just lose some weight and I'd be fine. Well I wasn't fine and a year later we still haven't conceived, I gained more weight (have recently lost some) but its not easy with pcos. I'm on slow release metformin and Estelle.

    I have a script for duromine but I don't want to take it unless its necessary


 

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