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Breast pain, nausea, headaches, dizzyness, non-stop periods while on amethia lo? Prescribed due to pcos

Common and normal : Can be very common side effects in the first 3 months. Should improve for most women after this. If not, ask you obgyn to try a different type of pill. ...Read more

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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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Can nondiabetic have erratic glucose during period? Bad periods, PMS, anxiety, breast pain, no pcos; all goes crazy 2wks before; resolves with period

Can nondiabetic have erratic glucose during period? Bad periods, PMS, anxiety, breast pain, no pcos; all goes crazy 2wks before; resolves with period

See a gynecologist o: It sounds like you are on a lot of medications. PCOS often causes mood swings surrounding menstruation. Women are sometimes placed on diabetes medications but I recommend that you try to see an endocrinologist or hormone doctor to receive optimal care. Nutrition coaches can also be very helpful in restoring mental health ...Read more

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How are hormones measured? What kind of doctor checks them? I have PCOS, one ovary left and have pressure on that side, plus breast pain. Advice?

How are hormones measured?  What kind of doctor checks them? I have PCOS, one ovary left and have pressure on that side, plus breast pain. Advice?

There are thousands: Of different hormones, but they are most commonly measured by blood (or urine) testing. This is combined with a good history, physical exam, x-rays (if indicated) and possibly other studies. Your primary care doc may be able to help you, or else find an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosis with pcos and prescribed low dose birth control for tx c major breast pain, mood changes acne-. Can metformin be a better option for me?

Recently diagnosis with pcos and prescribed low dose birth control for tx c major breast pain, mood changes acne-. Can metformin be a better option for me?

How long?: How long has it been since you started the low dose birth control? If it's less than 3-4 months, give it some more time for body to adjust. One of the risk factors with pcos is increased circulating estrogen which can cause increased risk for endometrial cancer. If you skipped periods before, your doctor is trying to protect your uterine lining and prevent cancer. Another idea would be Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. ...Read more

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36yo female, 5'6, 110lbs. I have tender breasts, newly oily skin (severe), and some facial hair that I must always pluck (chin). Could I have pcos? :(

36yo female, 5'6, 110lbs. I have tender breasts, newly oily skin (severe), and some facial hair that I must always pluck (chin). Could I have pcos? :(

Yes, unlikely: At your height/weight pcos is possible, though unlikely. As we get older, our estrogen declines and while testosterone declines as well, sometimes estrogen falls faster than testosterone which means that testosterone expresses itself more than we age. If you are having regular menstrual cycles, you don't have pcos. You could try some hormonal birth control to help with acne and unwanted hair. ...Read more

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I am having severe pain near my right ovary and just started having bad breast tenderness. I have PCOS but this is unlike any pain before?

I am having severe pain near my right ovary and just started having bad breast tenderness. I have PCOS but this is unlike any pain before?

Pain: You must see a Gynecologist!
If you have seen a Gynecologist but are not comfortable with the treatment recommended, please have a family member or friend refer you to different Gynecologist. ...Read more

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I have breast tenderness negative pregnancy test I have pcos what could cause 13 days of breast pain?

Mastodynia: Breast tenderness can be due to many factors, pregnancy being the most obvious. Fibrocystic changes of the breast may cause pain which is exaggerated by diet containing caffeinated beverages, colas, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, or smoking, and in some instances fried foods. ...Read more

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Lower abdominal pain, tender breasts, discharge, nauseous sometimes, neg urine pt have pcos but have never felt like this, what else can it be? Preg?

Prolactinoma: FIRST DOUBLE CHECK PREGNANCY TEST! Knowing how you were dx's with PCOS is very important. It is a "diagnosis of exclusion" and there are many "mimicker" conditions that need to be checked before one can be told for sure it is PCOS. The most common mimicker is something called hyperprolactinemia, easily checked and causes usually easily treated. There are others like Cushing's dz but rare. ...Read more

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Could I be preg? Neg hpt, pcos, on metformin, last period was 9 weeks ago w/ spotting 6 weeks ago. I now have nausea tender breasts tired and other sympt.

Could I be preg? Neg hpt, pcos, on metformin, last period was 9 weeks ago w/ spotting 6 weeks ago. I now have nausea tender breasts tired and other sympt.

It's possible...: Most home pregnancy tests are reliable, but not at the lowest levels of pregnancy hormone, which would require blood testing. If you have negative home testing over a 7-10d period you are, in all likelihood not pregnant. Metformin is not a "fertility drug", but a drug aimed at improving carbohydrate metabolism. Not all women with pco will benefit, and the drug can have GI side effects. ...Read more

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Have pcos (ttc), 4 days late on my period. Getting a spot of blood (once)with white discharge for 2 days. Cramping, tender breasts, neg hpt. Pls advice.?

Have pcos (ttc), 4 days late on my period. Getting a spot of blood (once)with white discharge for 2 days. Cramping, tender breasts, neg hpt.
Pls advice.?

Keep trying: There are many causes of cramping and tender breasts, but if your home pregnancy test is negative, that is a reliable indicator you are not currently pregnant. A white discharge might be a sign of a vaginal infection, so you should get that checked out. ...Read more

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Took Clomid (clomiphene) and my period is a few days late for the first time I also have pcos im feeling gassy breast tenderness took 3 pt but all were negative?

Took Clomid (clomiphene) and my period is a few days late for the first time I also have pcos im feeling gassy breast tenderness took 3 pt but all were negative?

Clomid (clomiphene) side effects: What you describe is common on clomid (clomiphene). The cycle length can vary from 28 to 26 days in length. More bloating, gas, cramps, pelvis pain, and pelvic pressure are quite common on clomid (clomiphene). ...Read more

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Cramps, no blood, breast tenderness, not sexually active...diagnosed with PCOS by blood tests and irregular menstruation but no ultrasound. Any ideas?

Help is available: Poly cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a serious disease that has significant symptoms and side effects. But those symptoms can be managed. You should see a gynecologist who has an interest in treating PCOS. ...Read more

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Hello... I havnt had a period in two months but once a month my breasts are sore and I'm experiencing an excess in white discharge no weird smell or color. I have PCOS so my periods aren't regular they are usually every 6 weeks could I be pregnant? Home te

Hello... I havnt had a period in two months but once a month my breasts are sore and I'm experiencing an excess in white discharge no weird smell or color. I have PCOS so my periods aren't regular they are usually every 6 weeks could I be pregnant? Home te

Take a test: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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I have pcos and cannot know if my period is late I took 2 tests both negative. I have nausea dizziness and sore breasts. What can this be?

Premenstrual: If you have had negative pregnancy tests then it seems more likely that the sore breasts are due to cyclic hormonal changes and as for the dizziness and nausea it is possible that these are unrelated to the breast tenderness. If the dizziness and nausea is severe or persistent you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have PCOS. TTC for 2 years. Had 4 reg periods this year. 40-50 days cycle. Have really sore breasts, nausea and cramps but 2 neg pregnant results. Preg?

I have PCOS. TTC for 2 years. Had 4 reg periods this year. 40-50 days cycle. Have really sore breasts, nausea and cramps but 2 neg pregnant results. Preg?

See a fertility Dr.: You should get a blood pregnancy test (more sensitive than a home preg. Test). If negative, as you've been TTC without success you should seek help from a fertility specialist. Long or irregular cycles mean that you're ovulating fewer times a year but you also should be checked for blocked fallopian tubes, problems with your uterus, sperm issues and low egg supply (diminished ovarian reserve). ...Read more

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Have had 1 wk of slight cramping and very sore breasts. Could this be due to pcos, changes to PMS symptoms or possible pregnancy? Period due in 3 days

Have had 1 wk of slight cramping and very sore breasts. Could this be due to pcos, changes to PMS symptoms or possible pregnancy? Period due in 3 days

All possible: If you think you may be pregnant wait until you miss your period and then start using a home pregnancy kit and test yourself. Good luck and hope you are pregnant if trying to conceive. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is breast pain called mastalgia?

Is breast pain called mastalgia?

Breast pain: Yes. Also, mammalgia or mastodynia.

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Does breast pain signal breast cancer?

Does breast pain signal breast cancer?

Not common: Breast pain although can be part of presentation of breast cancer- however, it is not a common sign of breast cancer. Many things can give breast pain including- cyclical changes (hormonal changes related to period), hormonal imbalance, fibrocystic disease of the breast, inflammation, infection/abscess, caffeine, trauma, large breast size with a poor bra support etc, all can give you breast pain. ...Read more

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Stinging breast pain sign of pregnancy?

Stinging breast pain sign of pregnancy?

Unlikely: This is not a typical sign of pregnancy, though vague fullness and discomfort of both breasts is more typical. If you think that you might be pregnant, make sure that you take a test. ...Read more

Breast Pain (Definition)

Breast pain is common. It is typically experienced during the menstrual period. Pain can range from mild tenderness, burning, dull ache, sharp or stabbing. It can be experienced in 1 or both breasts. Fibrocystic changes is the most common cause of breast pain. Hormonal medications (birth control, hormones) can cause pain as well. Infection ...Read more