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TOPIC: A Pic of a PCOS Ovary

A Pic of a PCOS Ovary 28 Jan 2008 17:44 #779

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Have you ever wondered what a polycystic ovary looks like?



Notice the outline of cysts completely surrounding the ovary.
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A Pic of a PCOS Ovary 29 Jan 2008 02:14 #780

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Oh that's really cool, thanks for posting the ultrasound Debra.

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ok---I had an ovarian cyst removed about 5 years ago.  When the doc was in there he said I had lots of little cysts on my ovaries...he NEVER mentioned the possibility of PCOS?!?!?

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Solstice,

Well, you can have cystic ovaries without the syndrome, but they should have checked your hormones to make sure.

Do you understand what the syndrome is? Here are a few symptoms of PCOS.

High testosterone levels, very low progesterone levels

Irregular periods due to non-ovulation

Extra hair...especially on the face

Acne is quite common, with dark skin tags

Sometime these women develop male patterned baldness or thinning hair 

Weight gain around the middle section (apple)

Prone to type 2 diabetes

You'll want to have yourself tested for PCOS by an endocrinologist who understands the syndrome.

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[user=2]Debra[/user] wrote:

High testosterone levels, very low progesterone levels
--I always claimed I had a lot of testosterone!  I tend to have more of a sex drive than my husband...is that weird?

Irregular periods due to non-ovulation
--not really...pretty regular

Extra hair...especially on the face
--I definitely have to pluck hair and have darker hairs on my face

Acne is quite common, with dark skin tags
--bad acne as a kid, some skin tags.  My acne is really under control these days though

Sometime these women develop male patterned baldness or thinning hair 
--not really

Weight gain around the middle section (apple)
--I tend to gain in my hips and thighs

Prone to type 2 diabetes
---it's in my family

You'll want to have yourself tested for PCOS by an endocrinologist who understands the syndrome.

I'd love to see an endocrinologist...but none are near..I['ll look into this

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Hi Solstice,

There is a connection between low levels of vitamin D, and ovarian cysts.... you may want to read this research article . Many gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive women develop ovarian cysts but once they're gluten free reduce the chances of forming more cysts.  It's also not uncommon to see two or three autoimmune conditions in the same individual such as PCOS and gluten sensitivity or PCOS and Celiac Disease. Both conditions can cause infertility. 

 

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luckily I'm done having kids...I have two little boys and really had no issue getting pregnant...so I'm lucky there. I do think I have some multiple autoimmune issues though. I see this holistic doc tomorrow and hope I can go to her with all of these new thoughts! I also hope to see improvement with increased calcium and D that i've been taking RELIGIOUSLY!

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Excellent...be sure and write down all your thoughts before you go see your new doctor. And we look forward to hearing how your appointment goes.

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Hello again! stopping back in cause I have been having non-ovulatory cycles. I've determined it is every other month. Due to not ovulating, I am not producing progesterone those months and feeling out of control in my luteal phase.

Just this cycle I have started using a bioidentical progesterone oil--only for the luteal phase. This is "supposed" to be a bad month for me--but so far things are great...sleeping great (huge bonus) and even-keeled temperment. I'm still hesitant as initial improvements do not always point to long-term success with a treatment.

I remembered you said you use a progesterone cream...has it continued to provide you with support in your cycle?

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Hi Sol,

No not using it at the momement but thinking about having hormones tested again soon.
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