Patient Comments: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) - Treatments

What was the treatment for your polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Published: July 14

I have been diagnosed with PCOS. I was diagnosed less than a year ago. My insulin was extremely high and so was my testosterone level. I went to several doctors until I found one that could help. I was on my third month straight of having a period. When the birth control I was prescribed didn't work, I knew something else had to be done. That is when I found a doctor who started me on metformin. My period stopped, and I am now 53 pounds lighter. I no longer need the metformin because my insulin is back to normal and so are my periods. I also must add that I cut back on the sugar in my diet and started eating mostly organic food. I hope this gives someone hope and encouragement. I am no longer on meds and doing fine. The only thing I have to do now is stick to my diet. I feel I need to mention that metformin helped bring down my food cravings. I know what you are going through. It is a hard battle not many understand. My advice is to keep shopping for a doctor until you find one that can help.

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Published: July 14

I have been recently diagnosed with PCOS. I am 38 years old and have always had irregular periods. Sometimes I would go five or six months without a period, and when I had one, it would last two to three weeks! I went to many doctors, and not a one of them could help me. I finally found a genius of a doctor. He ran some lab work and found out that I am insulin-resistant. I'm supposed to be at 4 and I'm at 37. My doctor prescribed glucophage, and the past two months my period started and ended on the same day each month! This has never happened before, and I am thrilled because I am on my way to getting pregnant!

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Published: July 10

I am 26 years old. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 24. I have never had irregular periods. I do however have PMS symptoms all month. I have been put on metformin, Lexapro (for PMS mood swings) and Xanax for breakthrough anxiety (again for PMS symptoms). I have been heavy all of my life, however about 2 years ago I lost 60 lbs. In the past year I have gained back 46 of those lbs. it was quite rapid and now no matter what I do I cannot lose any weight. I see a personal trainer 2-3x weekly and also work out on my own. I cheat in my diet once in a while, and I do mean once in a while but the way I look, it seems like I eat cheeseburgers all day. It is so frustrating. I have tried every OTC diet pill on the market and even tried phentermine prescription which only rose by blood pressure. I have the staining of the skin, excessive facial hair, mild acne and the "stereotypical" PCOS body type - my weight is all around my hips. If anyone knows of any herbal or OTC medications that aid in weight loss please put it on the site. I am so frustrated, and so down on myself because of my weight. I was even considering surgery at one point.

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Published: July 08

I was diagnosed with PCOS about six years ago when my husband and I were struggling to get pregnant. I took Clomid and Actos, but nothing helped me to become pregnant. After about three years (not taking any medicine) I lost about 10 kg and after two months I was pregnant. So losing the weight definitely helped me. But my daughter is now 3, and we are struggling again to become pregnant.

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Published: July 08

I just found out I have PCOS today. My doctor wasn't too willing to share any info about this syndrome. My husband and I are trying to have a baby, and I had irregular periods before I went on birth control pills when I was 18. I'm 28 now and probably have always had PCOS. I have been off birth control for about eight months. My doctor put me on Clomid, Provera, and Metformin along with prenatal visits.

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Published: July 02

I was reading the comment on this page that states all women who have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome will have irregular or abnormal periods. That is not necessarily true. I have been diagnosed with this and have all symptoms listed above with the exception of abnormal periods. My diagnosis took several months and all other possibilities were looked at and excluded including thyroid.

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Published: July 01

I was diagnosed with PCOS about 4 years ago and if you look it up in a medical dictionary you will see a picture of me. I have all the textbook symptoms, except hair loss. That would be nice to have if it applied to all the hair on my face. I have struggled with my weight all my life and had horrible periods. Either periods lasting a month or a total absence of periods for months. I am a nurse and basically researched and diagnosed myself, took the info to my Gyno and he made it official with a ultrasound and some lab tests. I was on birth control for 12 years and that helped with the regularity of my periods, but not with the cramps and heavy flow. I recently stopped the birth control and am attempting to become pregnant with no results as of yet. I have discussed Clomid therapy with a number of physicians, but have not found anyone to prescribe it yet. My husband and I are praying and hoping for the best. If you are living this condition, keep a positive attitude and hope for the best.

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