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Leni
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*sigh*

I kept on skipping my period at the end of last year, and at the beginning of this one, it just didn't improve, so I had an ultrasound done in March, and it turns out I have polycystic ovaries... [Frown] on top of everything else... that.

So now it's annoying. I never know when I'll get my period (I'm already 5 days late from the last time I got it), I get cramps for days and days when my period is supposed to come, but I don't get it, and my chest hurts horribly too. The GP said she could put me on the pill, but all that would do is tell me when I'd get my period, but if I'm not currently sexually active, it wouldn't make sense.

I'd like to know, does anyone else with POS get bad cramps and breast pain?

Thanks!

Love,
Leni

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Что может быть даже похожей на меня не отыскать

That maybe even one similar to me cannot be found
-Origa, "Hana no Chiru Toki"

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I've been diagonsed with PCOS for a couple years now....I actually am one of the very, very lucky ones who cramps only mildly. I do sometimes get some mild cramping at around the time when my period is "supposed" to come...but cramps when my period actually does show up are very very mild anyway.

While I was still on insurance I was on the pill....and as soon as I get income steady enough to go back on I will. Without being on the pill I will sometimes go as long as 4 months without a period...which isn't exactly healthy (you don't want to go more than 90 days without bleeding to keep everything working right, that is part of what adds into the cancer risks that PCOS entails). As a virgin I understand the "not sexually active so it doesn't make sense" sentiment as those were my exact thoughts when I was put on it the first time though. However, now that I am off and regretting it I would greatly recommend that you try them. When I started them I lost a lot of the weight I'd gained from the hormonal imbalance the condition can carry, and the small amount of cramping that I do occasionally get virtually went completely away. They really do seem to help balance out the hormonal mis-match that PCOS can wreck on your body.

Depending on your level of symptoms, you may also want to contact an endochronologist. I have been put on metformin, which is an antidiabetic drug, to help with the way my body handles insulin (which can get really screwed up with PCOS). I am not diabetic, but PCOS does put you at greater risk for the condition and keeping tabs on your bloodwork is probably a good idea. Also, make sure you keep up with GYN appointments as it puts you at higher risk for cervical cancer and uterine cancer...so annual pap smears are very important.

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kitka
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I have PCOS as well and went on the pill for it, before I'd ever had sex. Before I was diagnosed, I would have awful cramps, very tender breasts, heavy flow for over a week.

Because I'm naturally slightly underweight, my GYN put me on a very low-dose pill, and it's worked out fine. I don't like having to pay $30 a month for pills when I'm not having sex... but it does fix the problem.

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greenapp1es
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I got the pills through insurance even though contraception isn't usually included...I needed to have my GYN write a letter saying that the pill was being used to treat a medical condition and we then got the pill mail order 3 months at a time. Perhaps you could ask if something like this can be worked out?
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Leni
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Thank you for your replies [Smile]

I shall ask the GP more about it, because the pain this past week (and my period finally arrived) was especially uncomfortable.

Love,
Leni

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Что может быть даже похожей на меня не отыскать

That maybe even one similar to me cannot be found
-Origa, "Hana no Chiru Toki"

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