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Help for PCOS.

Hello everyone, I am 21 years old. For the past 7 years am suffering from PCOS. I have taken various Contraceptive pills as per my doctors' advice. But they all created my periods artificially. I could get only temporary relief. I have done lots of researches over this. And finally i stopped taking contraceptives 3 months back and i din get my periods yet. I am helpless and confused. My weight is normal. Its 50kg. But i have lots of pimples in my face. All are telling if i follow proper diet i can reduce this. I don't know what diet chart to follow. Somebody please help me.
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You should see about taking Metformin for your pcos. Bcp should regulate your cycles. Since you stopped taking it your cycles will become irregular again. Maybe speaking to a nutritionist will help you understand what diet to follow or you could try looking it up online.
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Again taking metformin is also a temporary solution onl. How long should i live with these kind of tablets?. I am exhausted.
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There isn't really anything you can do besides diet, Metformin or something similar and Bcp. It's a life long battle unfortunately you can only minimize your symptoms. I've had it for many years and have seen several specialists. Good luck to you
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I wish I had a good answer for you.

I was diagnosed with PCOS around your age.  Now, I'm closing in on 50.

Right up until around age 40, the only PCOS symptom I experienced was irregular periods (1-3 times per year).  I was happy with that, in that I didn't enjoy periods, and had no use for them, since I didn't want children.  

At one point, maybe in my late 20s or early 30s, I took a low-dose birth control pill, at my GP's recommendation.  I lasted 2 months before giving up.  It made me sick; made my skin break out; and I just generally felt awful.  When I stopped taking them, even my neighbours noticed, and complimented me on "getting better".  (They apparently thought I'd been ill, not knowing I was just taking a low-dose birth control pill to regulate my hormones.)

I can't say if it's just age, or diet or what have you, but I looked and felt great for many years, once I started to take nutrition seriously, then even more when I became vegetarian, and even more when I became vegan.  I've been vegan now for well-over a decade, and am in excellent physical condition.  I exercise daily, as well.  However, I became (more) insulin resistant (IR is part of PCOS) around age 40 and started putting on weight.  (My periods also became regular.)  It took some time to realize this is what was causing my sudden weight gain.  But once I started treating the IR with a daily cinnamon supplement (3g/day), I started losing weight.  Now I have a lot more control over my weight and am continuing to lose steadily.

I am experiencing a health issue right now, which I wonder if it may be related to PCOS and/or perimenopause.  The good news is, every doctor I've seen and every test I've had done has basically come back saying I'm normal (healthy in that way), or better than normal.  My new GP can't stop talking about how healthy I am and how young I look (I get mistaken for being in my 20s all the time), and is baffled as to the cause of my current illness.  (may be hormonal?)

I get these compliments on my overall good health, and I point out that I work really hard at it.  I am always learning more about nutrition, and I eat almost purely for nutrition.  (Who do you know who eats collard greens, kale, cucumber, bok choy, spirulina, berries, pineapple, papaya, apples, nuts, oatmeal, pumpkin seeds, etc., for breakfast?)  I exercise at least 6 days per week, as well.  I don't take any mediations or drink alcohol.  I have never smoked or tried any illegal drugs.  Despite having very oily (PCOS) acne-prone skin with large pores, I am often told my skin is "flawless".  But I certainly have gone through brief acne periods, right up to this day.  

I can't say if my general good health, clear skin, and apparently youthful appearance is due to being vegan, or just eating a healthy diet in general, plus regular exercise, or even genetics.  But I don't think anyone can go wrong with eating a healthier diet and doing a bit more exercise.

Best of luck!  :-)
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Hi love,
I'm 20 yrs old and have had pcos for 7 years!
The pill has helped me and makes me feel better because not having a regular cycle increases the risks of get cancer of the uterus!
I never used to get my period! And now if I missed one I have to go to the doctors and everything cause apparently its a high risk! I'm on Yasmin, which it good for the hair and acne I'm pretty sure as well!
As far as what diets, I have these really good books about special diet for pcos! Now I don't know about you but for me, I was told yeah pcos and whatever but I never really new why weight management and diet were such a big deal! All doctors ever told me was to watch my weight!
Now with
These books they explained why weight and diet affect it and this is my take on it;

So you have increased levels of testosterone, which then effects you insulin levels and how your body produces insulin, this causes our metabolisms to run 3 times slower than someone without pcos!
The books recommend pretty much a diabetics diet, cause that's to do with the insulin aswell! And to eat smaller meals but more frequently! This keeps your metabolism going so it starts to work better! Also foods like chilli and Cajun pepper and a few others speed up your metabolism aswel! So these are good to add into your diet as well! And of course exercise!

Hope this helps! And also please note that gaining weight, whilst easy to do with pcos, will make your symptoms worse, and in turn make it really really hard to shift the weight! -personal exp.
So best to stay at a healthy weight :) and maintain diet I mean you can have treats and all that cause your not a diabetic, but not excessively!

Hope this helps! And best of luck!
It's hard but not the worst thing in the world!
Chin up! Let me
Know how you go!
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Also as far as taking your period to come back, when I went off the pill couple years ago took 7 months before I got it again!
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Hi. I have followed a low gl diet with protein at almost every meal and have done brilliantly with this. I eat lots of veg and never buy rubbish but allow myself to eat cake etc outside the house. I take omega 3 fish oils and vitamins daily. I also count calories.

Initially you need a book (small ones are easy to get) showing you the gl effect of each food. To count calories you can use the same book and weigh and measure the first time that you prepare a meal. Or you can look some up on the internet.

I also eat some cinnamon every day to help with insulin resistance.

Washing my face with oils helps my skin more than anything else. I get a few spots around my period but mostly have clear great skin.

I hope that this works for you.
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