Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

This woman has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).  PCOS is a hormonal imbalance in women whose causes are not fully understood.  PCOS affects 5-10% of women in their reproductive years in the United States, though it is estimated that 50% of cases are undiagnosed.  Though some women are genetically predisposed, environmental and lifestyle factors certainly contribute to its incidence. 

Symptoms can include irregular periods, lack of ovulation (whether or not cyclical bleeding occurs), acne, weight gain, overgrowth of hair on face and body, thinning of hair on scalp, depression, and cysts on the ovaries.  It is often associated with issues with normal blood sugar regulation (insulin resistance) and diabetes.  This syndrome can affect and often decrease a woman’s fertility.

Lifestyle changes can help cure PCOS (like regular exercise, changes in diet, and weight control, blood sugar regulation, nutritional supplementation).  For more information about holistic approaches to balancing PCOS which address underlying causes and interactions between various hormones in the body, click here.

Sometimes, doctors prescribe medicines help balance hormones.

This woman is taking the drugs Metformin (which is for diabetics and can restore menstrual cycles and fertility) and Clomid (a fertility drug used to induce ovulation in women who don’t ovulate).

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15 thoughts on “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

  1. I have psoc how is the cervix differ from a normal one.

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    Marsi Reply:

    I also have PCOS, am age30, have no children, though I did miscarry a few years ago. Because i also wondered about the “how is this different?” question, when I was at my gyno’s office last week, I asked the question of how a PCOS cervix or vagina varies. She said there should be no difference. It Was, however, fun suggesting she come and visit this site. :) You should’ve seen her eyebrows raise when I said I was checking out pics of cervixes!

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    Jess Reply:

    I also have PCOS and am wondering the same. Are there any differences?

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  2. I am so happy that I found this website. It has helped me with me and also for educating my little girl who is slowly becoming a teen. I would love to see a full cycle for a women with PCOS! I think this helps so many of women/girls in knowing a more exstensive amount of information about their bodies; also how beautiful our bodies really are inside and out!… Thank you again to all the women who continue to photo graph themselves and educate so very many..Your all great teachers.

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  3. I have PCOS or so I was told for years. My last vaginal ultra sound came back as Neg. On the PCOS results. I am on insulin and now progestrone due to trying to have a baby. What else can we do to try for a baby?

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    Marissa Reply:

    Shanna, I also have PCOS, although just a mild case, it still made it hard to get pregnant. They have tried all kinds of different birth controls to try to get my hormones under control, and finally I decided to try to fix it naturally. I have a friend who is a homeopathic doctor and she also sells doTerra essential oils. She told me to use the Solace which is a bunch of different oils blended specially to balance hormones. I used it 3 times a day on my lower spine and 2 weeks later I got pregnant! You should really look into it. It’s $35 but that is a small price to pay for something you really want! Good luck I hope everything works out for you!

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    mummie Reply:

    Hi Marrisa, please , I am interested in getting the oil blends, may be it will work for me too. I have PCOS and live in Nigeria, I want a baby so badly. You can reach me on seyiabbey@engineer.com. Thank you.

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    joy Reply:

    Am joy,Pls I also stay in Nigeria and will like to have the oil too. I have been trying to conceive for 4years now but couldn’t.also diagonized with pcos. Pls reply to the above email.tnks so much.

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  4. HI I ALSO HAVE PCOS AND I AM IN THE START OF DOIN SOMETHING about it my self and my boyfriend have been tryin for a baby for 4 yrs nw but have had no joy so we jus need to get this sorted asap i am longing for a baby i get very upset wen my friends come and tell me she is havin a baby happy for her but sad for me do i sound selfish but it all we want nw

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  5. AI have severe pcos and tried for many years to have a child…thanks to clomid and metformin I currently have a beautiful 5 year old…my husband and I are ttc again for the past 2 years clomid has helped us become pregnant but it resulted in an etopic pregnancy…now 5 months later back on the clomid again…I know its hard and hurts so bad when your ttc and get that negative test every month..but just have faith it will happen for you…I was told I could never have children and I have now been pregnant a total of 5 times with only one sucessful birth but even through all the dissapointments it was worth it to be able to look into my daughters eyes! Keep your head up and don’t every stop trying…it will happen you!

    s with only one sucessful birth

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  6. i was diagnosed with PCOS at age 20. after many gyno visits and being told its all in my head, i finally found one who found out why i was in so much pain and why my periods were so irregular.
    i fell pregnant with my 1st child at 22.
    i am now 33 and in a stable relationship with a new partner. took us 6 months to get pregnant.
    we are now trying for another one. so far my period is 3 days late and counting.
    at the moment my cervix is really high and soft. normally around this time it sits very low and is quite firm.
    i check my cervix every day to see where its at, and note down the position etcetc on my Iphone app. it helps heaps when it comes to trying to concieve.

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    Angela Reply:

    Maggie, which iphone app do you use to track the position of you cervix?

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  7. I have PCOS also. I had one child who is now almost 6 years old. I got pregnant with him very easily but then shortly after he was born I was diagnosed with PCOS (doctor said it is probably because of the tremendous weight gain.) I gained 45 pounds when pregnant and have had trouble with losing the weight. I have even put on more since then. I recently started going to the gym and eating better. When I started the gym about a month ago, I had about a week long period (seemingly normal but hard to tell) and now it is about time to start again but I don’t know if I should expect it or not. I am on day 29 in my cycle. I took a pregnancy test earlier this week but it may be too early to tell. I have all the symptoms of pregnancy so I’m hoping. But if at this point I am not, I am interested in the oils that Marissa was talking about. If anyone knows how to get in touch with her please leave me a comment under this one. I will be notified of all comments after mine. Thanks and keep your fingers crossed for me I will be taking another pregnancy test on March 17th if I don’t start a period before then. :)

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  8. am suffering from pcod from 4 yrs….i got diagnosed before two and half years but there is no use…i have excess acne and facial hair….no menstrual cycle…i will get periods only when i take tablets….from the last 6 months am trying to lose weight…and am maintaining good diet…but there is no reductin in my weight…even 1 kg also…am get frustrated because of my PCOD…now am taking homeopathy treatment….is it good for me?tell me how to lose my weight?

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  9. I’m 24 with PCOS I don’t try to get pregnant but have been put on birth control to regulate periods and offset some of the symptoms but every time I end up on antibiotics during birth control I end up with an addition to my family two successful unplanned pregnancys

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