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I have polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos) and will start birth control soon. Will I lose weight?

I have polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos) and will start birth control soon. Will I lose weight?

Probably not: Ocp's are an effective way to manage pcos. However, ocp's do not cause weight loss. Many women think that ocp's cause weight gain, but that is not supported in the very large studies done to evaluate weight changes on birth control pills. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Definition)

Pcos is a metabolic disorder affecting 8-10% of women that may cause irregular periods, acne or increased hair growth, infertility or subfertility, and increases the risk of diabetes. To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular or no periods 2. Acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound showing large ovaries ...Read more


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I'm 22 and was told I may have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) -- how will that effect me and is it reversible or treatable for life?

I'm 22 and was told I may have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
-- how will that effect me and is it reversible or treatable for life?

PCOS: If you have PCOS it cannot be eliminated or cured. Overweight women with PCOS can improve cycles and symptoms with weight loss, but many with PCOS are not overweight. Medicines, including but not limited to birth control pills can help, for some women there is a surgical procedure that can be used. ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Checklist)

Eliminate low-fat, high-carb foods from your diet
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Monitor your weight and review your diet daily
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Blend exercises that make sense into your daily routine
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Can polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos) be caused by lifestyle & diet ?

Can polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos) be caused by lifestyle & diet ?

HCAS.: Pcos is best described at hcas - hyperandrogenism and chronic anovulation syndrome. It is frequently the result of obesity that produces excess androgens from the subcutaneous fat deposed all over the body; that in turn inhibits monthly ovulation starting a vicious circle of hormonal imbalance that can only be stopped with weight loss and/or metformin/ocps. ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can know if I have polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos)?

Can i tell me how i can know if I have polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos)?

See a doctor: You cannot diagnose yourself, symptoms are not part of the diagnosis. If you have irregular periods (you skip periods) your doctor can check the other tests for you: ultrasound and blood work. ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
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Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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How can you test for polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos)?

How can you test for polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos)?

No single test: To test for pcos you must first "rule out" other problems causing irregular periods like thyroid or prolactin problems. Normally a woman's FSH and lh levels are about equal. In pcos lh is 2-3 times higher than fsh. The total testosterone or free testosterone level may be elevated. An ultrasound may show many small cysts in a classic "string of pearls" sign. The tests cannot be run if on pill. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's less likely to get pregnant if I have polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos)?

Please advise if it's less likely to get pregnant if I have polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos)?

Sometimes: Some women with PCOS don't ovulate every month and are less likely to get pregnant. However, if you want to prevent pregnancy, don't count on PCOS to protect you. ...Read more

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I have polycystic ovary syndrome(pcos). My weight is ok, so i think i need no exercise to reduce it(i think i am underweight).... How can i cure it?

I have polycystic ovary syndrome(pcos). My weight is ok, so i think i need no exercise to reduce it(i think i am underweight).... How can i cure it?

Control not cure: Thin patients with PCOS should focus on controlling the symptoms such as irregular periods, abnormal hair growth and acne. Usually birth control pills are prescribed. Cure may not be possible. Of course the diagnosis of PCOS should be confirmed and other problems excluded. ...Read more

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I'm a girl with polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos). How do I get rid of it?

I'm a girl with polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos). How do I get rid of it?

No cure: Pcos is treatable but not curable. Watching your carbs, keeping your weight under control and exercising may help and is always a good idea. Your doctor may be ble control the symptoms but it is a chronic condition, likely genetic, that we cannot cure. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between polycystic ovaries and polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Not really: The ovaries are polycystic and the syndrome refers to the medical issues related to polycystic ovaries such as menstrual cycle changes, hair growth patterns, weight, infertility, insulin resistance and increased risk of uterine lining overgrowth/cancers. ...Read more

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I am 27 year old. I am getting pink blood spots from vagina for18 days , i have 33mm ovaries and have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Do i get pregnancy?

I am 27 year old. I am getting pink blood spots from vagina for18 days , i have 33mm ovaries and have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Do i get pregnancy?

Not sure: 33 mm is normal for ovaries if you have PCO you need to have 4 regular periods a year to keep healthy. spotting may mean nothing, but do a preg test and if negative make sure your doc helps you have a period every few months ...Read more

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Ovary (Definition)

The usually paired female or hermaphroditic reproductive organ that produces ova and, in vertebrates, ...Read more