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I've had pcos since puberty, it has been untreated for the last 10yrs. After losing weight my periods have become regular. Will the excess hair & deep voice likely resolve themselves too? Treatments?

I've had pcos since puberty,  it has been untreated for the last 10yrs. After losing weight my periods have become regular. Will the excess hair & deep voice likely resolve themselves too? Treatments?

Maybe: Voice may change slightly; if not, make sure lab has normalized and doesn't need further treatment. Hair growth may decrease in rate of growth; male hair may be less likely to spread to other areas, but once hair follicle is masculinized by higher male hormone levels, it never changes back. Only laser or electrolysis can remove it but expensive. Metformin help further lower Insulin resistance. ...Read more

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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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With excessive weight loss will hirsutism go away?

With excessive weight loss will hirsutism go away?

No: Weight loss is not likely going to change your endocrine/hormonal status, which is what causes the excessive hair growth (hirsutism). ...Read more

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I am obese, if I loose the weight, will my periods regulate again, the excess hair go away as well as the acne, and fatigue. My voice as well?

I am obese, if I loose the weight, will my periods regulate again, the excess hair go away as well as the acne, and fatigue. My voice as well?

Weight loss: Many gynecological problems are directly attributable to obesity. You may have a condition called poly cystic ovarian syndrome which can be treated reversing many of the clinical signs you describe. Contact your ob/gyn for testing so you could live a healthier and happier lifestyle. ...Read more

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Pcos average time to conception? Specifically for a 24 year old who has always been normal weight. No hirsutism. Glucose level and insulin normal too.

Pcos average time to conception? Specifically for a 24 year old who has always been normal weight. No hirsutism. Glucose level and insulin normal too.

Ovulation ? : The problem with pcos when trying to get pregnant is the lack of ovulation. If you are having regular cycles then you are most likely ovulating and conception should be normal. Consider doing a home ovulation test available at any pharmacy. If the test shows no ovulation then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is Spironolactone a safe treatment for Hirsutism? Does it cause weight gain and harmful side effects?

Is Spironolactone a safe treatment for Hirsutism? Does it cause weight gain and harmful side effects?

Yes: This drug has some activity in blocking the male hormone receptors and is moderately effective for hirsutism. At the usual doses it has no major side effects and does not cause weight gain. If it does not help you, you could ask your doctor to try a drug called flutamide which is somewhat more potent but with a risk of liver side effects. ...Read more

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I have hirsutism and fear taking meds to lose hair growth on my head instead of my buttocks and face. Help.

I have hirsutism and fear taking meds to lose hair growth on my head instead of my buttocks and face. Help.

Don't be affraid: You should take your medication. It will regulated your hormones and reduce your body hair without causing you to lose hair from your scalp. In fact, if you don't take your meds, the hormones in your body could cause you to lose hair on your scalp. ...Read more

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I am 22 , my height is 5"3, weight is 57kg, I have pcos, periods last for 2 days only, I have hirsutism, fasting glucose is 80, what medicines shoud i take?

Metformin/estrogenOC: An estrogenic birth control pill will help with your hirsutism. It will decrease new hair. Unfortunately, the hair you already have will have to be removed with laser, plucking etc. Metformin will help with your weight, and periods should you want to become pregnant. You should make sure you are on the pill or have a period at least every3 months due to a risk of uterine cancer. If acne, pill helps. ...Read more

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Blood cortisol tests over 3 year span constantly between 25-37 ug/dL @11am. Along w/ large weight gain, acne, buffalo hump, hirsutism, etc.. cushings?

Blood cortisol tests over 3 year span constantly between 25-37 ug/dL @11am. Along w/ large weight gain, acne, buffalo hump, hirsutism, etc.. cushings?

Cortisol: These cortisol levels and signs and symptoms are consistent with cushing's syndrome which can be caused by pituitary gland tumors(true Cushing's disease), adrenal gland tumor, or other ectopic tumors which secrete pituitary gland type hormones. Your endocrinologist is best qualified to answer your question and determine what category of Cushing's syndrome you fall into by specialized testing. ...Read more

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PCOS Symptoms (hirsutism, acne & weight gain of 10 lbs) but NO cysts on any of the 2 ovaries & a dominant follicle in the left ovary, is this normal?

PCOS Symptoms (hirsutism, acne & weight gain of 10 lbs) but NO cysts on any of the 2 ovaries & a dominant follicle in the left ovary, is this normal?

Need more info: In about half of the women who have PCOS, the ovaries do not show cysts on ultrasound. While hirsutism is often a sign of excess male hormones, the hallmark of PCOS, most women also have irregular periods. You should probably consult with an endocrinologist who will want to measure some hormone levels and might recommend treatment to lower testosterone production ...Read more

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I have been told I have pcos based on the excess hair/body weight. I do have regular periods, also no issues with my hgh1c. Could it be something else?

I have been told I have pcos based on the excess hair/body weight. I do have regular periods, also no issues with my hgh1c. Could it be something else?

Sure: If your regular periods truly indicate that you're ovulating regularly, then i would evaluate the number of calories a day that you're consuming. Also excessive hair growth may be a genetic issue from the family. ...Read more

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I miss periods and have excess hair, acne, weight. I suscpeted pcos. Dr did blood test, pelvic us. Tests came back normal. What could be wrong?

I miss periods and have excess hair, acne, weight. I suscpeted pcos. Dr did blood test, pelvic us. Tests came back normal. What could be wrong?

PCOS: The diagnosis of pcos can be made based on clinical symptoms. The presence of irregular periods (every 2-3 months) combined to excess hair and acne can be sufficient for the diagnosis of pcos. Many women with pcos have :normal " hormonal tests. ...Read more

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How common is is pcos? I feel like I have all the symptoms ( irregular/missed periods, weight gain, excess hair on lower belly and neck, thin hair)

Very common: Pcos is very common. It is one of the most common conditions obgyns treat. Weight loss is key. Birth control pills can help regulate cycles. When you go for a visit ask to have your thyroid checked as well. ...Read more

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Will losing weight help my acanthosis nigricans go away?

Will losing weight help my acanthosis nigricans go away?

Maybe: Acanthosis nigricans are a sign of Insulin resistance and if you have not already been checked by a doctor for diabetes you should do that. Being overweight/obese contributes significantly to Insulin resistance and diabetes which in turn are the most common cause of acanthosis nigricans. While you may not like how they look, the bigger threats are the invisible ones resulting from extra weight. ...Read more

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Cellulite and loose skin forming while losing weight, will it go away eventually?

Cellulite and loose skin forming while losing weight, will it go away eventually?

No natural way: Cellulite is an annoying problem to millions of women. It is caused by an uneven superficial fat layer as well as tiny ligaments that hold the skin down. The only effective and fda approved treatment is called cellulaze by cynosure. It is a one time minimally invasive procedure that permanently removes cellulite. To find a provider in your area go to www.Cynosure.Com. ...Read more

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Loose skin when losing weight as a teen. Does this loose skin ever go away?

Loose skin when losing weight as a teen. Does this loose skin ever go away?

Not without help: Most loose skin will only be made tighter by gaining weight or having the skin removed. Some people may also do well with cellulaze. This is the only laser that can treat the skin from underneath and significantly tighten skin. Obviously there are limits but a trained plastic surgeon can explain it to you. I have been very impressed with the results I have seen. ...Read more

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I got stretch marks on my side from gaining weight, but now I am on a role of losing weight. So how do I make them go away?

Nothing: Stretch marks are tears in the skin cause by weight gain. They can be covered up, but not improved by creams and lotions. The only possibly effective therapy is cosmetic plastic surgery, but that's a big step for a non-health and non-life threatening problem. ...Read more

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What can I do about my belly fat? My hight is 5.06 wiehgt 169 pound i although i keep losing weight my belly fat does not go away.

What can I do about my belly fat? My hight is 5.06 wiehgt 169 pound i although i keep losing weight my belly fat does not go away.

First : First of all, congratulations! you don't mention what your weight was before you lost weight, but the fact you have continued to lose weight is will statistically help you to have a longer and more active life. You also don't mention whether you are male or female, so i will tell you generally what i tell my patients. No matter what the charts say that you should weigh, i always ask patients what weight they desire to be for the rest of their life. I then do all that i can to help the patient through diet and exercise to achieve that weight. It's at this point that if they have areas of the body where there's excessive fat or loose skin, then we normally recommend a minimally invasive procedure. By definition, any surgery that does not violate the body cavity is a minimally invasive procedure. Using local tumescent anesthesia and new techniques of sedation, patients can have a very comfortable and safe operative and post-operative experience. Normally a patient of your body habitus who was at one time significantly overweight, and currently has achieved "close to desired body weight", will want to undergo either liposuction and/or surgical skin resection. Most people who want to achieve an excellent result require both. This might require either a sliding or a reconstruction of your bellybutton in order to remove all the skin that needs to be removed, and at the same time preserve a natural location of the bellybutton. There is a new procedure which is available which allows you to have full contouring of your entire midsection, including the front the sides and the back, and at the same time remove the excessive skin giving you a long-term excellent midsection area of your body. Because of new techniques that are employed the normal time off from work after such a procedure is less than 10 days. This compares very favorably to traditional tummy tuck procedures which sometimes required 4 to 6 weeks off of work. The new newer techniques also have less complications and less discomfort, although they include a more comprehensive treatment of the midsection area. After such a treatment if you were to gain weight again you would likely gain it in a more proportional manner. Without a physical exam there is no way to determine whether you need this new combination procedure or only liposuction, or only a skin resection. Again, congratulations, and keep up the good work! gregory laurence M.D. ...Read more

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Iv gained 45 pounds in a year and now have extreme lower back pain whenever I stand or lift for to long. Should this pain go away after losing weight?

Iv gained 45 pounds in a year and now have extreme lower back pain whenever I stand or lift for to long. Should this pain go away after losing weight?

Many Issues: Many more answers are needed. This could be everything from a herniated disc to spinal stenosis to facet arthritis to episacral lipoma, Or if the pain is in a different location meralgia paresthetics or even a hernia or an intra abdominal issue. Alot can be figured out without a physical exam, but more details are needed. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an abdominal hernia, from losing weight, to go away?

Is it possible for an abdominal hernia, from losing weight, to go away?

Usually not: Because a hernia is a defect, a hole, in the abdominal wall supporting fascia. Losing weight will help to make surgery and anesthesia safer, and make your recovery easier. It will also minimize recurrence of hernia. But losing weight will not make the hole go away. ...Read more

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Excess Hair (Definition)

Hairs are strands that grow from the epidermis and are composed of Keratin. Excess hair grows in parts of the body where it would usually ...Read more