Bre - posted on 01/10/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )
I was diagnosed with PCOS while in high school (about 15 years ago). Luckily I was an extremely active high schooler and college student so I didn't see many of the effects of PCOS other than irregular periods and some very mild abnormal hair growth. It wasn't until I got married did I really start to gain weight. I gained 70 pounds in 6 years. Wow. I went from a size 10 to a size 18 and I was shocked. I went in to my doctor and he told me that I basically needed to starve myself (his words EXACTLY) and that I needed to consume 1200 calories or less per day. He was clearly disgusted with me and made me feel as though I were a couch potato that dined on Doritos and soda. Not the case! Needless to say, I fired him as my doctor. I am still on the look for that perfect doctor that knows everything under the sun about PCOS but for now I am satisfied with my NP who helped me conceive our daughter. I only needed one round of Clomid thankfully but now we are on the prowl for baby #2 and we are in our second round of Clomid. Not sure if it will work this time but I will try to stay positive.
My PCOS has gotten so bad that I cannot seem to lose a pound. A recent discussion with an endocrinologist has really put me in the dumps. He said that the only thing he knew that helped with weight loss with someone with PCOS is to consume 1200 calories/day (that bone head doctor was right on that one) and have rigorous exercise for 90 minutes every single day. If I chose walking as my only form of exercise, I would need to walk for 2.5 hours each day. Oh kill me now. How fair is that??
I haven been looking into the lap band after I have another baby (if that happens of course) and have read that it is a good option for PCOS patients because we have to be on a really restricted calorie intake. I am the type of person who eats well and enjoys exercising (not 90 min 24/7 though!) and am reaching a breaking point.