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Can you still ovulate with pcos and irregular periods?

Can you still ovulate with pcos and irregular periods?

Still possible: Irregular periods are caused when your body's signals for ovulation and menstruation get confused by hormonal imbalances that can be related to your thyroid (TSH), pituitary (LH/FSH/prolactin), ovaries (estrogen/progesterone). Many external factors can affect the hormones: malnutrition, stress, obesity, for example. Diet and exercise can get ovulation back on track. See a GYN though. ...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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Are scanty periods and hypomenorrhea dangerous?

Are scanty periods and  hypomenorrhea dangerous?

No: They're not dangerous but they're not normal eaither. You should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Periods have become irregular and spotting between periods?

Periods have become irregular and spotting between periods?

Consultation needed: We're going to need to know just a little bit more about your health history before being able to provide you with an answer as to why your periods have become irregular. Thyroid issues? Other symptoms? Pap history? Hormone use? Etc. ...Read more

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Does provera (medroxyprogesterone) oral work for teenage girls that have pcos and have irregular periods?

Does provera (medroxyprogesterone) oral work for teenage girls that have pcos and have irregular periods?

Depends: Depends on what you are trying to treat. Provera (medroxyprogesterone) will regulate menses but will not have an effect on excessive hair growth or acne. Most women who are not trying to get pregnant will be treated with oral contraceptive pills as it treats more of the pcos symptoms then Provera (medroxyprogesterone) alone. I would recommend seeing a reproductive endocrinologist to go over all the possible treatment options. ...Read more

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Can a woman have pcos and her periods are still regular?

Possibly: One of the major features of PCOS is oligomenorrhea - infrequent periods. However it is possible to have PCOS with regular periods, though uncommon. ...Read more

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I have endometriosis and adenomyosis. Periods are irregular. Is withdrawal bleeding good for my body?

I have endometriosis and adenomyosis. Periods are irregular.  Is withdrawal bleeding good for my body?

In some circumstance: Not sure exactly what you mean by "withdrawal bleeding". If you mean that having a menstrual flow by withdrawing the hormones Progesterone and estrogen - yes that is the normal menstrual cycle. A woman with endometriosis however in order to decrease her pain can stay on continuous hormones and thereby not have a withdrawal bleeding and thus avoid the cyclical pain. ...Read more

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Do I have polycystic ovary syndrome if chubby and hairy only with irregular periods?

Do I have polycystic ovary syndrome if chubby and hairy only with irregular periods?

Possibly: The original syndrome as described has been modified to include many forms including the presenting features. Also helpful to make the diagnosis would be family history and an lh/fsh of about 3/1 with sonographic evidence of polycyclic ovaries. Treatment for those not wanting to conceive include bcp's, depilatories and weight loss; for those wanting to conceive try Clomid (clomiphene) initially. ...Read more

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Ihave pcos & very IR periods. Only real sx of pcos i have are IR bleeding (brown clumpy spotting)&polycystic ovaries. Can weight loss help reverse sx?

Ihave pcos & very IR periods. Only real sx of pcos i have are IR bleeding (brown clumpy spotting)&polycystic ovaries. Can weight loss help reverse sx?

In some cases: Obese patients with PCOS can often improve with weight loss. Getting to a normal body weight can decrease the elevated Insulin levels that trigger the hormonal imbalance. Thin patients with PCOS will not improve with weight loss. Birth control is often used to provide cycle regulation in patients with PCOS. ...Read more

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When ovolution occurs with letrozole(dose5mg/day)averge cycle27, 28days, periods regular but pcos, periods remaind8days this time.Periods started30decmbr?

When ovolution occurs with letrozole(dose5mg/day)averge cycle27, 28days, periods regular but pcos, periods remaind8days this time.Periods started30decmbr?

Variable: The medicine can work differently each month. With pcos especially there an be variation. The amount of bleeding can also change from cycle to cycle. And the effect of Letrozole only lasts for the cycle it is taken. ...Read more

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I have pcos with irregular periods and produce more male hormones, should I try taking myo-inositol?

I have pcos with irregular periods and produce more male hormones, should I try taking myo-inositol?

Myoinositol: No patient should take a prescription medicine that has not been prescribed by your own doctor! With your concerns you need to see a gynecologist. ...Read more

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Can pcos cause low levels of hcg? Having regular cycles for years once I started taking metformin. Tracking ovulation with opk's.

Can pcos cause low levels of hcg? Having regular cycles for years once I started taking metformin. Tracking ovulation with opk's.

Confused: HCG is a hormone that is only present during pregnancy. Levels will normally be very low in non pregnant woman regardless of whether they have PCOS or not. OPK kits look at LH levels, not HCG. ...Read more

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Are irregular periods and high testosterone related?

Are irregular periods and high testosterone related?

Yes at times: Irregular menses causes are numerous. Elevated T levels as PCOS also cause oligomenorrhea. Rapid weight loss, prolactin, poor eating habits as well as others. ...Read more

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By loosing weight can i reverse pcos and will my periods be normal again? Had pretty normal periods before weight gain and pcos

By loosing weight can i reverse pcos and will my periods be normal again? Had pretty normal periods before weight gain and pcos

PCOS losing weight: Sometimes weight loss can reverse PCOS. PCOS is a disease which often times leads to elevated levels of Testosterone and Testosterone like hormones causing irregular menses associated with lack of ovulation. Losing weight has been shown to reduce the elevated T levels and restore normal ovulation and menstrual regularity. People are heterogeneous and losing weight may not reverse pco for everyone. ...Read more

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Can flutamide cause hormonal imbalance and missed periods? I took it for 45 days to treat hirutism and I have regular periods.

Can flutamide cause hormonal imbalance and missed periods? I took it for 45 days to treat hirutism and I have regular periods.

F is antiandrogen Rx: and mainly is used to block the action of androgens on androgen sensitive tissue cells, and is mainly used for prostate cancer. It has been shown to cause elevation of blood levels of testosterone and estradiol, and hormonal effects such as enlarged breasts can be a side effect, so it clearly has hormonal affects, and I assume, could cause missed periods. Use in women is off label. ...Read more

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Clomide,hcg,fsh+lh,induce ovulation,thus can they help in regulating pcos woman hormones,& in decreasing pcos symptoms:Hairloss,Hirsutism,Amenorrhea?

Unclear question: It is not at all clear what your question is. The birth control pill is usually first treatment to manage PCOS symptoms. Clomid (clomiphene) would only be used when trying to conceive. ...Read more