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    I think I may have PCOS as I have a few of the symptoms associated with it, and I would just like to go and have it either confirmed or ruled out for my own peace of mind. However, I don't want my doctor to think I'm a hypochondriac or anything, moaning just because I have bad skin and lots of excess hair, or have read too many magazines etc. I do have bad skin despite cleansing religiously, and I have long dark hairs along my jawline, neck and chin and also on my breasts and chest. My periods are about five/six weeks apart so can hardly be described as irregular in my opinion. But I would just like to know either way. So what do I say to my doctor so they don't think I'm an attention-seeker/hypochondriac etc? Thanks in advance for any helpful replies. xx
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I think I may have PCOS as I have a few of the symptoms associated with it, and I would just like to go and have it either confirmed or ruled out for my own peace of mind. However, I don't want my doctor to think I'm a hypochondriac or anything, moaning just because I have bad skin and lots of excess hair, or have read too many magazines etc. I do have bad skin despite cleansing religiously, and I have long dark hairs along my jawline, neck and chin and also on my breasts and chest. My periods are about five/six weeks apart so can hardly be described as irregular in my opinion. But I would just like to know either way. So what do I say to my doctor so they don't think I'm an attention-seeker/hypochondriac etc? Thanks in advance for any helpful replies. xx
    No GP would feel that was an inappropriate reason to attend and would not think you were a hypochondriac.

    I hope you don't have PCOS - but as you say some of your symptoms are suggestive of the condition so its worth having some investigations.
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    why would your doctor think that?

    i think if your worried about it go see your gp.... your obviously concerned enough to post about it here.

    if you feel you dont want to speak to your own GP why not try the family planning clinic which often runs clinics for things other than contraception.
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    I doubt your doctor would think your were a hyperchondriac just being concerned, its better to know one way or the other than to constsantly worry about it, I'd go see your doctor and find out.
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    I'm sorry, but what is PCOS?
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    (Original post by Roger Kirk)
    I'm sorry, but what is PCOS?
    :ditto:
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    (Original post by Roger Kirk)
    I'm sorry, but what is PCOS?
    I was thinking the same thing.
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    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, i am getting tests for it just now.

    i think it is worth going to the doctors. you dont need to say the word PCOS just say your symptoms and if he is clever he will figure out what it is, you will get a blood test on the 5th day of your period and all will be revealed. this is quite weird you posted because i get my results tomorrow!

    go to your docs, that's what he is paid for is to see people ith medical problems.

    xxx

    EDIT; i forgot to say that there are a few symptoms for PCOS and you don't need them all, I don't habe the hairiness at all but I am still getting the tests.
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    Polysistic Ovarian Sydrome. Its basically a condition that some women get and anyone can get one out of several symtoms, some unlucky people get all the symtoms, some fo the symtoms are facial hair, obesity, acne and the main one is very irregular and usually very heavy and long periods. For example, not getting a period for six months and then getting six months worth of period over the space of about 2 months. Very scary, trust me, its not pretty.
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    Polycystic ovarian syndrome


    Ooops - beaten to it.
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    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    Definately go and speak to your Doctor, they will deal with sort of query all the time. I have just been tested, it involved a blood test for hormone levels, internal examination and an ultra sound scan....

    My sister has it and fortunatly it appears I don't have it but apparently I have "polycystic tendencies" meaning I may well develop it later in life. I do not feel I have wasted anyones time and the Dr has been very helpful and understanding, so please go and get checked out
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    (Original post by hello_its_me_)
    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, i am getting tests for it just now.

    i think it is worth going to the doctors. you dont need to say the word PCOS just say your symptoms and if he is clever he will figure out what it is, you will get a blood test on the 5th day of your period and all will be revealed. this is quite weird you posted because i get my results tomorrow!

    go to your docs, that's what he is paid for is to see people ith medical problems.

    xxx

    EDIT; i forgot to say that there are a few symptoms for PCOS and you don't need them all, I don't habe the hairiness at all but I am still getting the tests.
    What kinda of tests did you have for PCOS cos the only symptom i had was the scary periods and i had a couple of bloodtests that came back with no problems apart from being slightly anaemic unsurprisingly due the amount of blood i'd lost and was packed off for an ultrasound.
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    (Original post by Dhesi)
    I was thinking the same thing.
    I was always told to ask more questions when at school because there would probably always be other people thinking the same thing as me.

    Thanks to those who answered us.

    I hope all of you are seeing the symptoms at the moment are actually OK again soon.
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    (Original post by The_Crow)
    What kinda of tests did you have for PCOS cos the only symptom i had was the scary periods and i had a couple of bloodtests that came back with no problems apart from being slightly anaemic unsurprisingly due the amount of blood i'd lost and was packed off for an ultrasound.
    i am at the blood tests stage, and like you, my only symptom is the really erratic period. although, i used to be stick thin and i've gained a few pound but i wouldn't say i was obese. the doctors are keen for people with erratic periods to go on the pill, but i have heard it can make you infertile long after you stopped taking it and that it makes you put weight on so I am not too keen!

    what came from your ultrasound? my doctors are dreadful, you practically have to die in front of them before they take you seriously.
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    (Original post by hello_its_me_)
    i am at the blood tests stage, and like you, my only symptom is the really erratic period. although, i used to be stick thin and i've gained a few pound but i wouldn't say i was obese. the doctors are keen for people with erratic periods to go on the pill, but i have heard it can make you infertile long after you stopped taking it and that it makes you put weight on so I am not too keen!

    what came from your ultrasound? my doctors are dreadful, you practically have to die in front of them before they take you seriously.
    I was diagnosed when I was 19, I only have 2 of the signs/symptoms (very irregular peridos, as in none! and being slightly overweight). I had the blood test first where they look at your hormone levels etc and tht showed PCOS. I also had an ultrasound which showed PCOS definitely on one ovary and possibly on he other. I was then referred to my local hospital when I cme home from uni and had a range of other blood tests and another ultrasound which all showed PCOS in both ovaries.................i was put on the combined contraceptive pill but it gave me migraines so I'm now on the progesterone only pill. Still having no periods as thats a common hing with the POP but my uterus lining etc is maintained so its nothing to worry about.

    The other test they may send you for if you're positive for PCOS is a DEXA scan to check your bone density as irregular or no periods can affect strength of your bones.

    My first hospital also tried me on a course of Metformin for 18 months which is actually a diabetic drug, but high insulin levels is linked to PCOS. It didn't really agree with me, making me feel very hungry or very sick and if I was really unlucky both at the same time so I came off, but LOTS of women have had very positive results with taking it.

    To the poster who said she was quite thin - that doesn't mean anything. Mos women who have it are overwegiht but not everyone. Victoria Beckham has PCOS and look how skinny she is!

    So basically - to the OP - see your doctor and just say you're concerned. No doctor will turn you away. Its much better to be tested and find nothing than it is to notbe tested and end up having something. The msot common treatment is to go on the pill but if you have rservations about this there are other options.

    Until then (and afterwards) you shoudl watch your diet - don't eat too many carbs or sugar, eat more veg, exercise etc
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    (Original post by hello_its_me_)
    what came from your ultrasound? my doctors are dreadful, you practically have to die in front of them before they take you seriously.
    you should as your doctor to refer you to a gnaecologist or an endocrinologist who deals with PCOS - I'm under a endocrinologist
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    That is what the doctor is there for! To help with you any of your concerns. It is always better to be safe than sorry. I went to my doctor, as I had researched and I thought I had it. My periods were non - existent and it really worried me, I thought I was in the stages of them trying to get regular..:mad: Anyway he sent me to the hospital for an ultrasound scan and then I was diagnosed with it. This has been going on for a while, I've had blood tests and still need more. The professor dude called me in for a consultation and I am in the process of being put on Duphaston. My other doctor has gone on holiday so it is taking ages.

    I noticed I had put on a bit of weight, I used to have not one ounce of fat (well exaggeration), my skin isn't the best either and very irregular/none at all periods meant I knew I had to get checked out. Even the gynaecologist said it is a good job it is getting sorted now, rather than being 26 and wanting to have children realising your body is in a bit of a pickle! I'm still scared about the whole infertility thing.. But yes, get yourself checked out, it's quite common and they will know what you are hinting at!
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    (Original post by DaintyDuck!)
    That is what the doctor is there for! To help with you any of your concerns. It is always better to be safe than sorry. I went to my doctor, as I had researched and I thought I had it. My periods were non - existent and it really worried me, I thought I was in the stages of them trying to get regular..:mad: Anyway he sent me to the hospital for an ultrasound scan and then I was diagnosed with it. This has been going on for a while, I've had blood tests and still need more. The professor dude called me in for a consultation and I am in the process of being put on Duphaston. My other doctor has gone on holiday so it is taking ages.

    I noticed I had put on a bit of weight, I used to have not one ounce of fat (well exaggeration), my skin isn't the best either and very irregular/none at all periods meant I knew I had to get checked out. Even the gynaecologist said it is a good job it is getting sorted now, rather than being 26 and wanting to have children realising your body is in a bit of a pickle! I'm still scared about the whole infertility thing.. But yes, get yourself checked out, it's quite common and they will know what you are hinting at!
    peronally I don't think of the infertility thing. Two of my close friends have had PCOS and now they have 3 children between them..................when you want to have babies there are options, its not an all or nothing situation. One of those friends got pregnant the first time because they gave her a hormone injection and she got pregnant on her first attempt.

    I'm not saying that you should forget about it completely, but don't lt it tke over your life and scare you too much. You might find you have babies quite naturally without any help. Everyone with PCOS is slghtly different
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    (Original post by JackieS)
    you should as your doctor to refer you to a gnaecologist or an endocrinologist who deals with PCOS - I'm under a endocrinologist
    well i called today for the results and the receptionist said my results were in but i would be better talking to a doctor to discuss them, grr! so i am to phone tomorow.

    i was also thinking, i have gained weight, in june last year i weighed 46kg and now i weigh 49kg.

    what on earth is a endocrinologist!?!?
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    doctors get pissed off you ask them a hundred unrelated questions in one sitting, not because they dont want to help, but because there are other patients waiting. If you have a worry, then if all they do is remove that worry, then they will be happy to help.
 
 
 
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