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My period is regular for 7 months than becomes irregular for 3 months yearly. Is this enough to considered testing for pcos. no other symptoms?
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
Blood and ultrasound: To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular/no periods 2. Clinical signs like acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones 3. Ultrasound appearance of polycystic ovaries: high volumes or antral follicle counts. We check for other causes of irregular/no cycles including low egg supply, thyroid, prolactin, adrenal gland issues. See an OB or a rei specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your doctor.: There are medications that can induce ovulation, that is the most expedient way to overcome pcos and improve the chance for conception. If you are overweight, weight loss can improve your chances of conceiving - that can of course can take much longer. If ovulation induction doesn't work, you can cosider ivf by an infertility specialist. To start the process, see your gynecologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, it is possible: Although having polycystic ovarian syndrome makes having a child more difficult, it is not impossible to become pregnant with having this disorder. A conversation with your primary care physician or an OB/GYN after your pregnancy could lead to the diagnosis of PCOS. ...Read more
Age & how irregular?: Many women with pcos have no fertility issues, but some need infertility treatment, especially if pcos causes irregular cycles or no periods (not ovulating). In general, women with pcos respond better to fertility drugs than women without pcos, but pcos can affect egg quality - your age when you start trying is a major factor for your prego chances. See a repro endo when ttc if you're not regular. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: The answer depends on your goals. Many with PCOS struggle with weight loss. There are many PCOS diets online. Finding one that you enjoy and fits with your lifestyle will be key to success. Consider a healthtap virtual visit with one of our doctors who specializes in nutrition to go over a detailed plan individually designed for you ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have pcos. I am now finding that during the day I'm not bleeding at all but at night changing 2-3times with overnight pad.
PCOS: PCOS accompanied by heavy bleeding is usually due to the thickened lining of the uterus caused by constant stimulation for growth by estrogen. The estrogen levels are not constant, and occasionally the lining degenerates, resulting in heavy bleeding. The best treatment for PCOS is low dose oral BCP's. Ask your healthcare provider, if there are no contraindications for taking same. ...Read more