Anyone else not taking medication for PCOS?

Anyone else not taking medication for PCOS?

I am 26 and last year was diagnosed with PCOS. My doctor suggested birth control but thats all the information she suggested. She asked me if I planned on having babies soon and I said that not yet but ever since I married in 2016 I decided to not use birth control just because I’m a person that prefers staying away from medication and doing things naturally. Now that I know about my PCOS I am trying to manage it naturally. I hate the facial hair..the 20 lbs I gained… read more

A myPCOSteam Member said:

I personally was on birth control and metformin but i felt that the birth control messed up my system more then it helped and the metformin did nothing right now i am working on different supplements to help and changing my diet. www.sepalika.com/pcos/home-remedies-pcos/ This page has given me some ideas on how i can treat my pcos and hopefully get pregnant.

posted over 1 year ago
A myPCOSteam Member said:

No meds. Completely natural. Plants and herbs , natural foods and remedies, specific yoga, and I’m feeling human again. @A myPCOSteam Member

posted over 1 year ago
A myPCOSteam Member said:

When I found out about my PCOS the Dr put me on metformin. I took ot for about a yr and didnt notice any change. I stopped taking it. About 10 yrs after that, i went to a fertility specialist to help me with having more kids, since i had my son at 19. He was the one who told me that i have one ovary that works and one doesn't. Ive since had a baby and am trying for more with the help of clomid. As for the hair and weight gain... it sucks. I've learned to accept me as I am. I've fluctuated 69 lbs gain and loss over the many yrs. Cut out soda and sweets and limit carbs and you can lose it.. along with exercising. With the excessive hair growth, I shave once a week so I don't get razor burn. I'm looking into lazer hair removal.

posted over 1 year ago
A myPCOSteam Member said:

I have been off medications for awhile now and I am the best I have ever been. This is not to say that some women out there don't need them. I just happened to not. I was originally on metformin and birth control. I was put on metformin because I was in the prediabetic range of the spectrum. However, it wasn't doing anything for me and I finally decided to focus on my nutrition instead. Well I was able to get off metformin and now my fasting glucose levels are on the lower end of normal range so I was able to do that simply by fixing my nutrition. I will stress that I had doctors involved every step of the way though and I still got regular blood tests and check ups just to make sure I didn't have any weird things going on. You never know if your body has some unknown quirk so you should still always involve doctors in case you are that rare case!

Anyways, absolute best thing you can is to cut out refined sugar in all forms. This screws up hormones immensely and for women with PCOS we just can't process it. Once you get that out I would recommend also looking into anti-inflammatory foods. Focusing on these foods is great for women with a disorder where chronic low-grade inflammation is common! I would also recommend the book "8 Steps to Reversing PCOS." It explains the disorder and offers nutrition tips in a more detailed way than I can do here. Lastly, in regards to nutrition I would like to point out that the pretty good diet that you follow is better than the perfect diet that you don't. We all have our weaknesses and once in awhile we are going to make mistakes or give in to a craving. It's a reality. However, if you can follow your plan MOST of the time and plan ahead for a little cheat so you don't overdo it with a full out binge, then you will be much better off than trying to be perfect and then falling off the wagon.

In terms of exercise, more researchers are focusing on this in regards to PCOS. So far, HIIT workouts are found to be the best for PCOS. They cause a bunch of hormonal and internal changes that are beneficial to women with PCOS so focus on those. Then next, incorporate resistance training. Having more muscle helps you burn more fat. One benefit of PCOS is women with it can generally build muscle easier. Focusing on legs and butt is a great place to start because you can build more muscle in those areas and maintain a womanly figure.

posted about 1 year ago
A myPCOSteam Member said:

I have been trying more natural organic foods, even incorporated apple vinegar cider in a morning cup of lemon water, which helped for a while but like everything I try my body fights back. I ended up getting really constipated. I have cut almost all processed foods I used to cook and now eat mostly chicken breast, tuna, and fish along with veges. Most weeks I have 2 sodas tops and 3 coffees. I have also cut snacking, and buy more nuts and dried fruits. I do take metformin and even though there is no real physical difference, there is when I stop taking it. I start to gain weight within days and my neck gets dark, which is related to insulin levels. I have not found anything that works for excessive hair. I also take spironolactone which helps with acne. I wish and still search online for things I can do that might help me manage without the help of prescriptions but have had little success. I work out a few nights a week, I eat way more healthy than I ever have in my life. Like salads, fruit infused water with cucumbers or lemon, ginger, and mint. I have seen a little difference in inches but my weight has plateaued. My next step is to cut out meat, I am not sure what more I can do and still not see any result before I go crazy. I am 4 months into my way of life change and my sugar and caffeine cravings are almost gone. I just wish I saw more weight loss.

posted over 1 year ago
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