Unfortunately PCOS is hard to diagnosis. If the right hormones are not checked, then a doctor will never know if you have PCOS...this is why so many women do not know what is going on with their bodies. I was a lucky one. I found the right doctor, he tested me for the right hormones and bam, there it was. Because PCOS, has so many different symptoms (from being overweight, or thin, too having cysts and not having cysts, too no ovulation with normal periods, or too no ovulation and irregular periods), it takes time to figure it out. I went for a dozen ultrasounds (internal and external), both ovaries and uterus are normal, no cysts and not endo. I only have PCOS due to the fact my hormone levels were out of balance and irregular bleeding. My treatment is working for me also. I have (with the help of my great GYN) lost 50+lbs and been off my birth control for now 4 months and have had 3 normal pill free periods (currently waiting on the next cycle). I take Metformin 500mg 2x, but am looking to increase that dose in 2010 with doctor approval.
This site is great for those who think they might have PCOS, or in fact do have PCOS. We all need to stick together, because even though we are all struggling in our own ways (either with weight loss or trying for a baby) we all in the end still have PCOS. And unfortunately, PCOS just doesn't go away. Even though your symptoms may get better, or be at the stage or almost gone it will always be in your body. Which is why we need to listen to doctors, and have the right doctor listen to us.
Never ever let your doctor brush you off. If you suspect something might be wrong with your body, make them listen or find a new doctor. It took me 3 doctors, a trip to the ER and serveal (no reason) blood work, and ultrasounds to figure out my "unxplained bleeding". I thank god everyday for my doctor, because he listened to me. And if it weren't for him, I'd probably still be bleeding too much.