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I have been dreaming for a while now about cutting off all of my hair...like straight up buzz or shaved head.

Any ladies have any advice for a girl who wants to take the plunge? Like what do I tell my family, coworkers, etc? Should I buy a wig as well if I don’t like it?

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So, this is probably a really stupid question, because admittedly I don't understand a whole lot about electrolyte imbalance, but my boyfriend bought a case of Smartwater, which contains electrolytes and I'm not sure I should drink it...? It says it contains pottasium bicarbonate and I'm drinking a ton of water to avoid potassium build up from Spironolactone.

Seems like drinking water that is fortified with electrolytes is bad if you are on Spiro? Am I being crazy? I'm on 150mg and am trying my best to limit the side effects.

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Hola ladies I literally just posted yesterday about how I was happy I got my insurance back was going to see a Infertility specialist and then I saw him. I did wait like 2 hours to see him but he was a nice man. He went over my detailed history then I mentioned I had a HSG test(dye in the ovaries) he saw the results and then he told me if the report is true only way I’m going to be able to have a baby is through IVF. He said my tubes are swollen and blocked. I literally almost lost it right there. Now he’s sending me for more bloodwork for everything and also to see how fertile I am and stuff. Also sending me to get a MRI of my thyroid because he said I may have a tumor on it. I’m just so heart broken. My husband and I want nothing more then to have a baby and I may not be able to give that to him. I feel like a failure of a woman. I’ve been crying since I left the office. My husband has been as supportive as he can but I can tell he’s upset, if I need to do IVF I won’t be able to do it anytime soon.

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Hi everyone, I’ve been lurking here for a few months but I have never had the courage to post.

I’m 21 and my GYNO diagnosed me with PCOS about 2 months ago. The only huge symptoms I have are infertility and weight gain and I feel soo hopeless. I don’t even know where to start with losing weight. My doc put me on Metformin right off the bat to help me ovulate and lose weight but the side effects are really terrible so I haven’t been consistent with it. My periods have always been regular, I have a 27-28 day cycle in month. I’ve noticed that the first 2 weeks of my cycle I do so great with diet and exercise, I lose about 10lbs and I feel so good about myself but as soon as I hit that second 2 week mark before my period it becomes a nightmare. I binge eat like crazy, like I’ve been starved for weeks and weeks. I bloat and gain 10-15lbs, I’m never able to fit into my clothes and it really takes a toll on my mental health. I become extremely depressed (usually suicidal) and my anxiety is through the roof, it’s hard to leave my house if it’s not for work. But then once I get my period it’s like all those symptoms go away and I’m ME again. It’s so frustrating to talk about because I feel like nobody ever understands me and it makes me feel like I’m going crazy. I don’t know what to do and when I told my GYNO about it she just said it was another symptom of PCOS. So I guess I’m asking if there is anyone else that struggles with this and can give me advice? I know this is really long and probably not very well written but I’m to a point of defeat.

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Obviously it isn't a magical cure all, but it has been known to reduce insulin resistance, sugar cravings and promotes weight loss as well. Just wondering if anyone has noticed any benefits, I've been drinking a tablespoon before breakfast and after dinner.

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Hello fellow PCOS sufferers,

I've had PCOS for several years now. I'm struggling with the entire gamut of symptoms associated with PCOS and I would appreciate any advice from all you wonderful people out here.

Background:

  1. I really struggle with weight gain thanks to insulin resistance. I seem to be better at that when I'm on strict keto but I put the weight back on if I relax the 20 gms / day restriction on carbs :( It feels like I put on weight if I so much as dream about carbs lol
  2. My testosterone levels are at an all time high and suffer from hirutism. Has anybody had any luck reducing the growth of coarse hair around the chin area?
  3. I workout 6 days a week - swimming, HIIT, bodypump but even with that I tend to put on weight as soon as I incorporate a little bit of carbs (grains, whole wheat bread, etc) into my diet. I don't even like / eat fast food - may be once or twice a year.
  4. I've gone up two sizes since May, when I started incorporating more carbs into my diet, with most of the fat accumulating around my hips and abdomen.

My questions :

  1. Has metformin helped manage some of the symptoms ? I don't mind starting it but I don't want to depend on it . I'd rather manage my symptoms through diet and exercise.
  2. What kind of exercises help in PCOS related weight gain ?
  3. What have people done to combat insulin resistance ?

I feel lost and frustrated because the struggle is real. Would really appreciate any advice.

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And constant weight loss for that matter...fighting bad PCOS and an eating disorder is absolutely horrible, and it just wears on me. All the weight loss and TTC talk.

I appreciate any feedback!

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Sorry for the spam posts, took a break from the dramatic FB groups and you guys are so responsive - so thank you all.

I started my Letrozole yesterday (day 3) and I was wondering if I need to switch up my exercise routine at all. I’m in the gym at least every weekday morning for about 40-45 minutes, maybe a weekend day here or there. I was reading that “moderate exercise” is okay but what is considered moderate? I’ve lost a lot of weight this year and I don’t want to change my routine buttttt I’m not sure if what I’m reading is true at all. Lol! Anyone’s doctor tell them anything about exercising while TTC?

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I’m doing some research because I want to switch birth control, and I came across this study showing how birth control containing Drospirenone can have some of the same effects as spironolactone. Over their study, testosterone levels decreased and hirsutism improved. Interested to see if you all have any success stories from one of these pills and if it’s worth trying. I know there are increased risks of clots with this type of progestin, but it might be worth it.

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Reddit - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome by /u/chronicallyillcat - 8h ago

Hello, all. I've been lurking for the past week or so because my gynecologist and PCP both suspected that I have PCOS at my last appointments. Today it's official: I have PCOS.

I have issues with hirsutism, high testosterone, weight gain/trouble losing weight, irregular periods, ovaries that look holier than Swiss cheese on ultrasound, the works. I've been prescribed Metformin ER 500mg per day to start off with. I denied birth control because my husband and I have decided that, with potential trouble conceiving and carrying in addition to a past loss, we will not be trying for pregnancy, but we won't be preventing.

I take a daily prenatal and Levothyroxine 50mcg every morning for hypothyroidism. In the next two weeks, I will be starting the Metformin ER, a daily probiotic, Vitamin D 5000IU, and Thorne Stress B Complex. I have recently changed my diet to keto/low carb and am noticing some change and help with weight loss.

Is there anything else I can do to manage symptoms or help my body? I can't do cardio or high intensity workouts because of fibromyalgia, so if exercise is a suggestion, please keep that in mind. It's also extremely hot where I live, and the heat causes my fibro to flare, so I can't be outside for too long. All of my labs are very current. Thanks in advance.

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