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What exactly is pcos and how is it diagnosed? What is used to help? How do you distinguish between perimenopause and pcos?

What exactly is pcos and how is it diagnosed? What is used to help? How do you distinguish between perimenopause and pcos?

Ovarian Pathology: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos). It is diagnosed with an ultrasound or ct scan. Weight loss is considered to be the most conservative method of treatment. It may cause infertility. ...Read more

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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Lately i've been having crazy mood swings. I have pcos and im taking pills. Im scared it may be perimenopause or something? Is this likely? Almost 18

Lately i've been having crazy mood swings. I have pcos and im taking pills. Im scared it may be perimenopause or something? Is this likely? Almost 18

Not peri-menopause: at age 17 going on 18. Mood swings do not diagnose menopause, pregnancy, or anything else for that matter. Mood swings are more likely due to what's going on in your life than medication or a disease condition. Good wishes. ...Read more

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Im perimenopausal and i take nothing for it. So why do my PMS symptoms last for what seems like three weeks prior to my next period? Could I have pcos

Im perimenopausal and i take nothing for it. So why do my PMS symptoms last for what seems like three weeks prior to my next period? Could I have pcos

Change (in hormones): Premenopause is associated with variation in the frequency and regularity of ovulation--and therefore of hormone release. Pcos at your age is very unlikely. Hormone supression could be helpful, if rx is needed. ...Read more

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Towards blood results, dr.Davis and dr.Livingston consider I am not perimenopausal.No pcos, no stress, ths ok, weight gain 3kgs.Than why not ovulating?

Towards blood results, dr.Davis and dr.Livingston consider I am not perimenopausal.No pcos, no stress, ths ok, weight gain 3kgs.Than why not ovulating?

Anovulation: Stress and pregnancy are the most common causes of an ovulation, even when we are not aware of it. As a single occurrence, no need for alarm. Further testing or ovulation induction is likely warranted. ...Read more

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What is perimenopause all about?

What is perimenopause all about?

Hormone balance: Basically, the ovary becomes dysfunctional past a certain age, which is why women are less fertile at 35 than they are at 25. Most hormones affect one another so that as we age, we become imbalanced. This can lead to the symptoms commonly referred to as perimenopause. They are treatable and reversible. While depression may be present, it almost never is the sole culprit of these symptoms. ...Read more

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What can I expect from perimenopause?

Perimenopause: An excellent question although probably/hopefully a bit early.

There are many articles on this topic on the Internet. Take your time reading them

You might also see if your gynecologist has a particular article you might want to read first. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for perimenopause?

Varied: Some women are lucky enough to go thru peri-menopause w/o a hitch. Others complain of hot flashes, night sweats, irregular menses, moodiness, cognitive changes, decrease in libido, vaginal dryness and/or loss of lubrication, change in weight, change in skin, & more. Loss of bone density is well documented. ...Read more

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Any tips? What should I expect from perimenopause?

Any tips? What should I expect from perimenopause?

Many: Often the first symptom of perimenopause is sleep disruption. Women wake up around 2 am and cant go back to sleep. Anxiety is often present - much like PMS but not cyclic. Irregular menses are common due to lack of ovulation. Breast tenderness is common due to estrogen dominance.Hot flashes can occur usually at night but this varies. Bloating and swelling of feet and legs is common. ...Read more

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Is neasua a sign of perimenopause?

Is neasua a sign of perimenopause?

Not generally: Perimenopause can be associated with hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, mood changes, and insomnia. If you are having persistent nausea you should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Can you have pcos with no symptoms?

Can you have pcos with no symptoms?

PCOS CAN be: asymptomatic, but it is more often associated with symptoms such as irregular periods or amenorrhea (no periods), weight gain or obesity, excessive hair or abnormal hair growth, acne and oily skin. Infertility is also associated. Hope this helps ... stay well:) ...Read more

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Having trouble losing weight with pcos ?

Having trouble losing weight with pcos ?

Weight loss: Its is common. Discuss with Gp and start on metformin. This will help loosing weight. Will need to see dietician and a trainer to help loose weight. If things don't work get hormone profile done and see a specialist ...Read more

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Can dry itchy skin be part of perimenopause?

Can dry itchy skin be part of perimenopause?

Possible: As the estrogen levels decrease with the onset of menopause, many women do notice changes in their skin. Talk to your doctor about treatment. ...Read more

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Will I never have babies because I have PCOS??

Will I never have babies because I have PCOS??

Pcos : Patients with pcos don't ovulate regularly so the chance of pregnancy is lowered. However, you can still get pregnant so plan accordingly. With treatment, the chance improves. ...Read more

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How to combat swollen ankles with perimenopause?

How to combat swollen ankles with perimenopause?

Compress : Elevate your feet and legs at heart level or above when you can and consider compression stockings. These work very well when you put them on in the morning before the feet and legs begin to swell up too much. ...Read more

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Does micronor (norethindrone) help perimenopause?

Doubtful: Micronor (norethindrone) is a Progesterone only birth control pill. As such it would not be effective at regulation the cycle. It would not offer any support for the falling estrogen levels associated with the perimenopause. ...Read more

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What to do about perimenopause brain fog, its horrible?

What to do about perimenopause brain fog, its horrible?

May not be real: There is no good data suggesting a reduction in cognitive function before or during menopause, and estrogen-progesterone therapy does not improve cognitiive function around the time of menopause. ...Read more

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What diet is best for PCOS? Keto, Paleo, or Low Glycemic

What diet is best for PCOS? Keto, Paleo, or Low Glycemic

Consistent diet: Most diets can be beneficial. The key is to find one that works for you and that you can stick with. Weight loss is the most important step for PCOS. Consider a Healthtap virtual visit with one of our doctor who specialize in nutrition for a detailed one on one session ...Read more

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What are the steps to concieving a child if you have pcos?

What are the steps to concieving a child if you have pcos?

Please see OB/gyne: Your ob/gyne would be the best resource for your question. ...Read more

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Can taking the Depo-Provera injection cause perimenopause symptoms?

Yes: Depo-provera prevents ovulation by giving you constant levels of a synthetic progesterone. Possibly not ovulating can give you some symptoms of perimenopause. ...Read more

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I have pcos.. Does that mean i never ovulate? So i can't have children?

No : You would likely ovulate less frequently, but could still conceive. Most women with pcos will conceive quicker with treatment medications such as Clomid (clomiphene) or letrozole. ...Read more

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With pcos are u born with the condittion i ahve pcos and want to know .

With pcos are u born with the condittion i ahve pcos and want to know .

No: Pcos is not congenital or hereditary. It is a condition that develops and presents after menarche. ...Read more

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Peri-menopausal women: what vitamins do you reccomend i take to combat some of the perimenopause symptoms?

Peri-menopausal women: what vitamins do you reccomend i take to combat some of the perimenopause symptoms?

Bioidentical hormone: The symptoms of perimenopause are mainly due to either Estradiol deficiency or Progesterone deficiency, or both. Taking vitamins doesn't help the production of these hormones. Look into bioidentical hormone replacement. Also, get a thorough evaluation to make sure there isn't another cause of your symptoms, for example, thyroid deficiency. ...Read more

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How much weight do i have to lose to see an improvement in PCOS and naturally regulate my cycles? 240lbs right now

10 %: A goal of 10 % weightloss has shown health improvement. No telling if it will change the PCOS and regulate your cycles. PCOS has been shown to have a genetic component. Birth control pills can regulate your cycle if you are not trying to get pregnant. A 24 pound weight loss would be a goal. ...Read more

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I am 32 years old perimenopause? Had a hysterctomy in 2007 but still have ovaries. Not sleeping waking every couple of hours.

I am 32 years old perimenopause? Had a hysterctomy in 2007 but still have ovaries. Not sleeping waking every couple of hours.

Possible: Disrupted sleep has many causes. Stress, throid imbalance, infection.
Are you having sweats or hot flashes?
A blood test to check hormone levels can help determine if this is due to early menopause.
Women who have undergone hysterectomy, even if they keep their ovaries are at a somewhat higher risk of early menopause. ...Read more

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Why is my period lasting over 2 weeks and what shouls i do? I am 47 and realize it could be perimenopause but i also have polyps

Why is my period lasting over 2 weeks and what shouls i do? I am 47 and realize it could be perimenopause but i also have polyps

See a GYN MD now: Polyps can cause prolonged bleeding and can become cancerous. See a gyn md for removal of the polyps and information about the peri-menopausal period. Two week bleeding is never normal. ...Read more

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In perimenopause, if your not having night sweats or hot flashes, does this mean estrogen is not needed? Many other symptoms exist.

In perimenopause, if your not having night sweats or hot flashes, does this mean estrogen is not needed? Many other symptoms exist.

HRT indications?: Hormone replacement therapy(hrt) is commonly advised for severe symptoms, especially hot flashes. Most other symptoms of estrogen deficiency can be managed with local applications of estrogen creams applied to the vaginal mucosa/ areas. Consult your gynecologist for further advice and proper management. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Lyons
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Perimenopause (Definition)

Period of time when your estrogen levels start to decline, your periods become irregular, symptoms such as hot flashes may begin, along with mood swings and other ...Read more