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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Weight Gain
Increased Estrogen: Adipose tissue (fat) causes an increase in the circulation estrogen levels by converting androgen precursors into estrone. The increased estrogen level is detected by the pituitary, causing ovulation to be inhibited. That inhibition can result in an increase in the number of small cysts on the ovary - hence polycystic ovarian syndrome. ...Read more
Low carbs and sugars: Patients with PCOS may have insuln resistance that causes weight gain. Diet changes such as low carbs and low sugars may help. Otherwise, using additional medications such as Glucophage (metformin)( nongeneric) assist in weight loss by assisting in breaking down sugars and will assist in Weight loss. Using Metformin which is generic may help but does have side effects and does not help as much as Glucophage (metformin). ...Read more
PCOS: The most reliable way to lose weight is to make sure your diet is OK and that you exercise regularly (don't overdo it at first). To get some thoughts about a diet go on-line to "NuVal" and you will learn a lot about what food and drink are good for you and what are not. The scoring is 1-100 and the higher the core for what you like the better your diet will be. ...Read more
I'm of average weight with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Is infertility an issue with slim women as well?
How do I treat polycystic ovarian syndrome besides taking medication? Is it possible to get rid of it by losing a good amount of weight?
No cure exists: But, there are ways some women do manage this condition and you've got a good instinct in thinking about significant weight loss. But find a healthy combination of diet and exercise to get the greatest benefits for your health. Here's a good bit of info: http://www.Womenshealth.Gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/polycystic-ovary-syndrome.Html. ...Read more
I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and excessive hair growth and im unable to loose weight does that mean ill never have children?
Not at all: No! 10% of all women have pcos worldwide and that should not in any way prevent you from having children. Depending on your ovulation, it might alter how you go about it. And you may require fertility treatment. But generally that is very easy to do. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
African american, difficulty losing weight, elevated BP, thinning hair with polycystic ovarian syndrome on Metformin 1 year? What now?
Difficult: You are in a difficult situation - weight loss is the key to getting better but your conditions make it very hard to do. My advice to my patients is to read a book called "Dr. A's Habits of Health" by Dr. Wayne Scott Anderson. I also recommend his program - Take Shape for Life as it is easy, safe and works well. If you don't want to do the program his book gives enough info to do it on your own ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
PCOS: Pcos is a disorder that is characterized by a combination of symptoms. These can include missed periods, abnormal hair growth (hirsutism), anovulation, and abnormal lab values like elevated testosterone. Patients usually are overweight. People with pcos are at higher risk of developing diabetes, as well as having trouble with fertility and having an increased risk of uterine cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Primary care: I always recommend seeing your primary care first to validate your concerns. If he/she truly feel that there is a problem, he/she can treat you or send you to the appropriate specialist.S: obgyn, women's health, endocrinologists... ...Read more
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