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If all hormones are within normal range and proper ratio, why irreg heavy cycles, polycystic ovaries, hirsutism, cystic acne, insomnia, hyperhidrosis?

If all hormones are within normal range and proper ratio, why irreg heavy cycles, polycystic ovaries, hirsutism, cystic acne, insomnia, hyperhidrosis?

Another problem: There are some disease that can look like pcos such as cushing's disease and congenital adrenal hyperplasia or androgen secreting tumor. D/w your doctor about testing for these if they have not already been done and consider seeing and endocrinologist for further workup. ...Read more

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I have Polycystic Ovary, what can I do, about the acne??

I have Polycystic Ovary,  what can I do, about the acne??

PCOS: There are several options. Lysine, 1000 mg twice daily actually works well for acne. It is an amino acid and available over the counter. BCPs are commonly prescribed since they not only regulate irregular periods, but can control acne and slow abnormal hair growth. Another option would be a medication called Spironolactone, depending on how bad the acne is. Talk to your physician about these. ...Read more

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Is isotretinoin is a permanent solution for acne even if polycystic ovary remains?

Is isotretinoin is a permanent solution for acne even if polycystic ovary remains?

No: It is a good treatment that will keep even severe disease at bay for many months after other modalities such as topical or systemic antibiotics, topical retinoids, the oral contraceptive pill and/or spironolactone have failed or not been usable. Acne is a chronic serious non-lifestyle related disease that eventually remits. Good luck. ...Read more

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How is it possible having polycystic cysts,yet normal blood work including testost, shbg etc, no acne, slim, ...long but still ovulatory reg.cycles?

How is it possible having polycystic cysts,yet normal blood work including testost, shbg etc, no acne, slim, ...long but still ovulatory reg.cycles?

Syndrome: As the name indicates PCOS is a syndrome. You don't have to have all the signs and symptoms to have it. From your brief description you probably dont. You may have what we call polycystic appearing ovaries. If you were given the diagnosis find out what other criteria they used besides polycystic ovaries. There are patients that are thin and have PCOS. Often referred to as thin PCO. ...Read more

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What to do if you have polycystic ovaries (looking) but no other signs of syndrome? Thin..no acne...periods slightly long cycles but still ovulate.

What to do if you have polycystic ovaries (looking) but no other signs of syndrome? Thin..no acne...periods slightly long cycles but still ovulate.

Get checked.: Sometimes there are other causes for some of the same symptoms that occur with women with PCOS. A doctor can evaluate your symptoms and do appropriate testing to see if you do have it. Women with PCOS have been shown to be at risk for developing Type II diabetes, so getting a sure diagnosis is a smart thing to do. See http://tinyurl.com/or6nyss ...Read more

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Polycystic ovaries. DO NOT have severe signs rather than cysts&long but always regular cycle. I AM thin, no acne.Does it get worse if not taking bcp?

Polycystic ovaries. DO NOT have severe signs rather than cysts&long but always regular cycle. I AM thin, no acne.Does it get worse if not taking bcp?

IDK: I'm not an OB/Gyn, but my answer is, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" You are 24, have you ever been pregnant? Plan to be any time soon? Are you on BCP now? From one woman to anotherr, forget the science, follow your body. Ultimately you are the only expert of your own body. Do what feels right to you! Other doctors may disagree, but that's my answer & I'm sticking to it! ...Read more

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I don't hav symptoms like excess hair, overwt, acne, high sugar, iregular periods.But my radiologyst told me I have overies with polycystic pattern.How ?

I don't hav symptoms like excess hair, overwt, acne, high sugar, iregular periods.But my radiologyst told me I have overies with polycystic pattern.How ?

It's common: Nobody really understands this, or how the morphology of the ovaries correlates with the hugely variable clinical picture of "polycystic ovaries". And women with classic pcos symptoms may not have the classic ovaries. A piece of the puzzle is missing. Glad you're well, and best wishes. ...Read more

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I have very irregular periods and minor acne andhave been diagnosed with polycystic ovaries, not the syndrome. What's the difference between the two?

I have very irregular periods and minor acne andhave been diagnosed with polycystic ovaries, not the syndrome. What's the difference between the two?

Possible.in 1of 4-nl: polycystic ovaries are present in 1 in 4 women with no signs of trouble. Numerous follicles over 10 in each ovary and increased AMH Antimuellarian hormone are more for diagnosis of PCOS with acne, insulin resistance and hirsutism. ...Read more

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What to do if I have polycystic ovary syndrome, are birth control pills the only way to get rid of my acne?

What to do if I have polycystic ovary syndrome, are birth control pills the only way to get rid of my acne?

Most effective: For women with pcos and acne, being on birth control pills is the simplest and usually the most effective way to deal with acne. Birth control pills also deal with the irregular periods and resolve the risk of abnormal cells of the lining of the uterus. ...Read more

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Im 19 &my period is irregular due to polycystic ovaries,& had reocattane(for acne-7months).So im taking OVA CURE& worried if it causes acne/hairloss?

Im 19 &my period is irregular due to polycystic ovaries,& had reocattane(for acne-7months).So im taking OVA CURE& worried if it causes acne/hairloss?

PCOS: What is most likely causing your acne and hair loss is the PCOS. With PCOS your androgen (male hormone) levels are too high which leads to male-pattern hair loss and acne. It sounds like your case is fairly severe. You might do better with some combination of spironolactone (blocks androgen receptor) and finasteride (blocks production of dihydrotestosterone). Need 2 forms of contraception though. ...Read more

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If you have polycystic ovaries ultrasound (but no other signs such as obesity, acne etc), will it make it worse if not taking birth control pill?

If you have polycystic ovaries ultrasound (but no other signs such as obesity, acne etc), will it make it worse if not taking birth control pill?

Not worse: Birth control pills can be used to regulate the cycles in people who have PCOS who are not cycling regularly. Not taking them will not make PCOS but the cycles will still be irregular, ...Read more

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Polycystic ovaries, but they are normal size (not enlarged)? Also normal sized uterus? Is it definitely pcos, I have acne, irreg cycle, hirsutism?

Polycystic ovaries, but they are normal size (not enlarged)? Also normal sized uterus?  Is it definitely pcos, I have acne, irreg cycle, hirsutism?

Could be, but: Every woman has cysts in their ovaries. That doesn't mean a diagnosis of pcos, which is often a clinical diagnosis. Acne, weight gain, irregular menses and hair growth are common in pcos, so you may have the disorder, but you need to check w/your doctor, not the internet for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have polycystic ovaries and high levels of shbg. I am showing signs of high testosterone (excess body hair, acne, absent periods, etc). Why is this?

I have polycystic ovaries and high levels of shbg. I am showing signs of high testosterone (excess body hair, acne, absent periods, etc). Why is this?

Part of the disease: Unfortunately it is part of the disease process , in addition most with pco will tend to be obese , irregular periods , will have fertility problems , along with associated diabetes and hypertension , do not get discouraged , now good treatments are available , now it is the time follow with your doctor closely with out missing appointments. ...Read more

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Polysistic ovaries, normal blood work, slim, no acne, long regular cycles, slightly hairy more than normal. It isnt necessarily pcos is it? Just pco ?

Polysistic ovaries, normal blood work, slim, no acne, long regular cycles, slightly hairy more than normal. It isnt necessarily pcos is it? Just pco ?

PCO: Yes, it sounds like PCO but NOT PCOS. Hair growth can be sometimes normal based on your ethnicity. If you are not trying to get pregnant, taking Oral Birth control can help make your periods more regular and help with the hair growth. If your periods are between 26-35 days, then likely you are ovulating which means you can get pregnant. Not sure what labs you had, though ...Read more

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