Posted by: Sophia | 2009-08-31

Polycystic Ovaries and

Dear Dr C

After being on the pill for 15 years, I have recently come off and have now been diagnosed with Polycystic ovaries. I have all the common associated symptoms of this including insulin resistance, overweight, skin problems and male pattern hair growth.
I have taken this news very seriously (we want to start a family) and have embarked on a low GI diet and introduced exercise to my lifestyle. How long do you think is reasonable to expect to see improvements?

Thanks so much,

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Anon is right that it can be a long road. You would have to lose 5-10% of your weight before expecting to see an improvement.

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Posted by: Anon | 2009-08-31

I also have the same problem - I was put on Glucophage for the insulin resistance, medication for the underactive thyroid and also followed the low GI diet. Nothing happened for a about six months, and I only managed to loose about 3kg' s. I then went on to Clomid to help me ovulate in order to fall pregnant, because ovulation didn' t happen naturally. Another year passed, and I didn' t fall pregnant. I decided to go for the ovarian drilling, and only managed to fall pregnant more than a year later. This is just to explain that you should be patient, and not expect a miracle cure. Unfortunately this sometimes is quite a long road. I would suggest working with a qualified nutritionist. Your doctor/gynea can refer you. Good luck.

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