PCOS

Frances - posted on 09/19/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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HAS ANYONE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH PCOS AFTER THEY GOT THE MIRENA IUD? I WENT TO THE DR TO GET MY IUD TAKEN OUT AND THEY SAID I HAD PCOS. ALSO THEY STILL HAVENT TAKEN OUT MY IUD, THEY SAID THEY WOULD TAKE IT OUT ON NOVEMBER 1ST.

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Nicole - posted on 10/05/2012

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I am 24 and I have never had a problem with getting pregnant, I have 2 kids, 6 weeks after giving birth to my son i got the iud, 4 months later i had to get it removed because i started gaining weight and having really bad pelvic pain, finally i convinced my doctor to do an ultra sound and thats when he said that i had developed pcos, i have no family history of pcos, so Yes i believe that the iud can be linked to pcos, i mean thats just crazy that after having a child and loosing all my baby weight and then once i get the iud i develope pcos, doesnt add up to me.....

Danielle - posted on 09/19/2009

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I was told I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome when I was 19 years old. I have never had IUD. It is a major hormone disorder. I had to use fertility treatments to have my son. Read as much as you can about it and get a second opinion from a specialist. Good Luck!

Jennifer - posted on 09/19/2009

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I've had PCOS practically since I was a teenager. I was first diagnosed in my mid-twenties when my husband and I started having problems conceiving. My doctors told me that the reason the PCOS went undiagnosed for so long was because I was on birth control. The BC horomones actually keep your own body's horomones in check- giving you the right amounts of the horomones your body lacks (mostly the female ones that usually bring on your periods). While I never had an IUD, I seriously doubt it would cause your PCOS. If you'd still like to know for sure, ask your doctor about it. Most women who have PCOS do not get their periods without some sort of help- either through BC, provera (synthetic progesterone), or for those women who are trying to get pregnant, you can take Metformin to control the insulin resistance that most PCOS patients have as well (diabetes like symptoms, but not a diabetes diagnosis). For those with PCOS who are trying to have children- it IS possible. After really hard work on controlling my weight and blood sugar- my horomones naturally balanced themselves and I got pregnant with my daughter. We're also expecting twins now as well, so believe me- PCOS doesn't mean you're never going to have children. It just means we have to work harder at it than most women do. One downfall is that while pregnant, you have a HUGE chance of getting gestational diabetes- but even then, you can control it through diet and in some cases a person may need glyburide (pill) or insulin (injection) to help keep the blood sugar under control. In most cases, the gestational diabetes does go away after you give birth and you're just left having the PCOS. Unfortunately, nothing is known to cure PCOS- once you have it, you have it your whole life... but you can CONTROL it. There's a book called "The insulin resistance diet" by Hart, Grossman that really breaks down what types of foods work for our bodies- it'll really help keep your weight under control or if you're already overweight- it'll help you shed those few pesky pounds. I live by that book and out of all the diets out there, this one is the easiest one to follow. For more information on PCOS, try looking at these sites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycystic_... and http://www.womenshealth.gov/faq/polycyst... . IF you or anyone else out there with PCOS has any questions, feel free to ask away. I'll be happy to share what I know. Hope things work out for you. Good luck!

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Frances - posted on 09/19/2009

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ok i went to tha dr friday and she said i most likely had pcos. tha only thing is ive always had regular periods. but she showed me some signs of pcos that i have. being over weight, discoloration on tha back of my neck, tha "buffalo hump" lol, incresed hair growth on my arms, side burns and a longer hair line. i really hope i dont have this pcos.

Chrystal - posted on 09/19/2009

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I haven't read all the comments below and didn't know if this was already addressed. Anyway, PCOS has a lot to do with being overweight. I was diagnosed in 2006 and had to take Metformin twice everyday. That medication is also used for diabetes....which i don't have but was told is borderline. In '08 i lost a significant amount of weight, as a result, my period became regular, and no longer had issues with the PCOS. i was told by a doctor that there was no cure but it could go away on its own if i lost a ton of weight. Well after i lost weight, i became pregnant (because my period and ovulation regulated),,,,well after i had my baby I gained practically all my weight back and am now dealing with the PCOS again. I am looking get the Mirena and was actually told by my doctor that it would help my PCOS because of the hormones. It seems as though everyone has similar yet different stories with their experiences of PCOS. If yours isn't hereditary, then most likely it has to do with weight and losing weight is the only way to fix it.

Diana -n Craig - posted on 09/19/2009

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I've never heard of an IUD causing PCOS. I was diagnosed officially at 24. They put me on Metformin and I still take it 2 years later. I needed Clomid to get pregnant with my daughter, and probably will with future pregnancies. Not all PCOS'ers get cysts. I don't have any problems with them. But, the follicles in my ovaries don't completely form on egg on their own so I never have a period or ovulate without medication.

They usually do a vaginal ultrasound to see if you have PCOS, as well as lab work to check your insulin levels. Hopefully you don't have it, it's a big pain and makes losing weight super hard.

Renee - posted on 09/19/2009

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I hadn't heard about the androgen.,but makes snse.I have PCOS.It sucks.I liove with pelvic pain and lots of cysts that rupture at least monthly.I take 1000mg of metformin to make my body use the insulin which I over produce.I got up to 210lbs before the metformin.I'm 4'10.I'm not a size 8 and thanks to the medicine had a daughter 22 months ago.

Nikaley - posted on 09/19/2009

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I just got my mirena put in last month...did they say that the Mirena caused it?!

Ashley - posted on 09/19/2009

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PCOS is not always genetic though. I am the only woman in my family to have PCOS, ever. It can be linked to the Mirena IUD and is more common in women with the IUD. It has caused a few problems with me, including blood sugar problems. I suggest to watch your blood sugar... I typically don't eat breakfast but since being diagnosed and my blood sugar change, I have been having to force myself to eat because my blood sugar bottoms out in a matter of minutes if I don't watch and pay close attention. PCOS can also cause rapid weight gain and I have gained 15 lbs since June. I suggest watching what you eat and trying to stay away from fried foods and cheeses. They contain large amounts of saturated fats. I hope this helps!

Amy - posted on 09/19/2009

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IUD had nothing to do with PCOS i have been diagnosed with PCOS after bad signs many women have PCOS me as one.

i have never been fitted with an IUD PCOS is a hormonal inbalance and is also erediatary it can be passed down from mother to daughter...........

Just think your not the only one out there hun TC

Amy x

Christi - posted on 09/19/2009

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i had it before but the iuds can cause it. i have one and it aggrivates the pcos but not a big problem

Jennifer - posted on 09/19/2009

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I've never had an IUD, but I do have PCOS. Most birth control methods do cause cysts, just due to the nature of the hormones in them. Those types of cysts are supposed to go away some time after you stop the birth control. So I would wait in your case for a bit after you get it taken out. PCOS is a hormonal imbalance over multiple systems, the main symptom of which is very infrequent periods. The symptoms vary per person though. 1 in 10 women have it according to studies. I hope you don't have it, but if they decide you do, there are things you can do about it. Good Luck!

Jaimie - posted on 09/19/2009

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I've had PCOS for 4 years Never had and IUD but after my son was born I had 1 depo shot and did'nt have a period for 2 years!! went into the dr and he said I have PCOS. So i don't know about some of these birth control.

Jennifer - posted on 09/19/2009

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Poly cystic ovary syndrome. I was diagnosed at 12. There is alot they can do for you now a days. It does not automatically mean you won't be able to have any more children. It's not fun. I get facial hair, I haven't been able to have children of my own(we have full custody of my stepdaughter which I consider my own), if I'm not on birth control or some type of hormone I don't have a period, at all. My sister has it also and I was told it was genetic. I didn't think you could get it from an IUD. Talk to you doctor, it's not horrible, you just have to do things to better manage it and may need a stronger dose of birth control.

Kathi - posted on 09/19/2009

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PCOS is polycystic overian syndrome. Basically it can cause your menstral cycle to completely stop and is the leading cause of infertility. This is the information that they gave me when they thought that my 15 year old daughter had the signs of PCOS. I hope that this helps. Good Luck. ~~The ovaries of women with PCOS frequently contain a number of small cysts, hence the name poly (many) cystic ovarian syndrome. A similar number of cysts may occur in women without PCOS. Therefore, the cysts themselves do not seem to be the cause of the problem. A malfunction of the body's blood sugar control system (insulin system) is frequent in women with PCOS, and researchers believe that these abnormalities may be related to the development of PCOS. It is known that the ovaries of women with PCOS produce excess amounts of male hormone known as androgen. This excessive production of male hormones may be a result of the abnormalities in insulin production. ~~~

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