4.18.2006

Clomid + Metformin

A study from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA. Click on the title of this post to read the full study.

4.13.2006

PCOS & Migraines

Is there any relation? I have both and I have a friend who has a friend who has both so I know there are at least 2 of us out there. Not much of a study ;)

4.12.2006

Two left feet

My friend Margaret told me dieting without exercising is like hopping around on one foot. The same for exercising without dieting. (When I say "diet" I mean what you eat, not the starving yourself kind.) She said in order to walk straight ahead you need to use both feet, your diet foot and your exercise foot.

4.07.2006

Note to Ob./Gyns.

Just because a patient doesn't have "unsightly facial hair" does not mean they do not have PCOS.

If you have an overweight patient with infertility, please refer them to a reproductive endocrinologist as soon as possible so they can receive proper care.

Numbers, etc.

• Only 50% of women with PCOS show symptoms

• 80% of overweight women are effected by PCOS.

• PCOS effects 1 in 5 women.

• 1/2 of women with PCOS are overweight and eventually become diabetic.

• At least 30% of women with PCOS are insulin resistant.

• There is a 50% chance that sisters and daughters of women with PCOS also have PCOS.

• Just because you have PCOS doesn't mean you have polycystic ovaries, and just because you have polycystic ovaries doesn't mean you have PCOS.

Eating

• I buy organic when possible.

• I eat the 100% whole wheat version when possible.

• I eat organic whole wheat bread. I don't eat white bread of any kind.

• I avoid Aspartame (including Nutrasweet).

• I try to eat more fruits, vegetables and fibers.

• I eat lean red meat maybe once a month.

• I eat a lot of protein.

• I try to have a handful of nuts a day + or -.

• The only "fast food" I eat is Subway, no mayo and maybe once a month if that.

• I don't drink coffee or alcohol. I was a diet coke junkie and I don't drink soda anymore.

• I drink a lot of water and green tea sweetned with honey.

• I don't eat deli meats, hot-dogs, cured meats, or anything with nitrates.

I have been amazed at how much better I feel since changing my eating habits. I never realized what I ate had such a huge impact on how I felt.

Colette Harris

I personally recommend all books by author Colette Harris that relate to PCOS.

My PCOS Story

Ok, here's my story, in brief. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for over 5 years. Before November 2005, we'd seen 2 ob/gyns, and 2 infertility specialists, and had every possible test between us. I'd heard of PCOS and asked each doctor if there was any chance that was my problem. All 4 said no chance.

After an office visit in November 2005, my nurse practioner called me to say she'd been looking over my records and noticed a few things: I have high cholesterol, trouble loosing weight, acne, 2 miscarriages and infertility. She wondered if I had Metabolic Syndrome or PCOS. She'd discussed it with the doctors in her office and had even called a Reproductive Endocrinologist. He said he'd like to see me.

After 5 minutes with the RE, I was diagnosed with PCOS and Insulin Resistance. I have been taking Metform. I've lost 15 pounds since January 1, 2006 and my acne has cleared up considerably.

story in progress...