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    YogiGirl
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    Hey everyone! I’m currently going through blood tests and scans to diagnose potential polycystic ovaries. I’ve been getting irregular periods since coming off the pill 6 months ago but the worst bit is that my skin has been covered in ache and i’ve had increased body hair growth. Both are leaving me feeling super unattractive and at a bit of a loss.

    I’ve got a face wash to try and combat the outbreaks but just wondering if anyone else out there has the same, or has any advice to manage symptoms? I’m trying to live an active lifestyle and eat healthily wherever possible plus lots of exercise…which you might have guessed from my name!


    @nurse_nettie
    do you have any advice?

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    #128874
    Nurse_NettieNurse_Nettie
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    Hi @yogigirl I’m sorry to hear that you’re struggling with these symptoms. Irregular periods, acne, and increased body and facial hair are common signs of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) so it’s great that you’re getting tested. PCOS is a really common condition that effects your hormones.

    If it turns out you have PCOS, your doctor will give you advice about the best management for you. For some, a change in diet and exercise can make a big difference. It sounds like you’re already on top of that though which is great πŸ™‚ The Pill is often prescribed to improve symptoms like acne and increased hair growth, but you can find more detailed information about how PCOS is managed here.

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    #128878
    curiousss
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    Hi @yogigirl also sorry to hear you’re going through this and are feeling this way
    πŸ™ I also was diagnosed with PCOS a few years ago and it is hard! My biggest recommendation is to make sure you look after your mental health, my body image and depression took a big hit with the weight gain I experienced from PCOS. Mental health is so important especially with PCOS it needs to be a priority πŸ™‚ Also would recommend talking to your GP about your skin and they might be about to give you some recommendations or advice!

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    #128907
    YogiGirl
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    Thanks @nurse_nettie and @curiousss. So to update i’ve have been fully diagnosed πŸ™ Luckily I have the most supportive doctor who has given me some great tips to manage the symptoms and a gel to use before bed to help with my acne, which i’m pleased to say is working already! It’s a real blow to your confidence when you see the changes happening but i’m feeling positive about there being some easy changes I can make. It’ a good excuse to eat well and exercise!

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    curiousss
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    Hi @yogigirl, thank you for the update! Glad to hear you have a great doctor that’s so important! And yes, a very good excuse o eat well and exercise. I definitely found myself learning so much more about nutrition and exercise after my diagnosis. For more information about PCOS I would also suggest checking out the Jean
    Hailes website – I found it really helpful πŸ™‚ They are Australian based and have great information and resources about women’s health including PCOS.

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    #128914
    curiousss
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    Hi @yogigirl, thank you for the update! Glad to hear you have a great doctor that’s so important! And yes, a very good excuse o eat well and exercise. I definitely found myself learning so much more about nutrition and exercise after my diagnosis. For more information about PCOS I would also suggest checking out the Jean
    Hailes website – I found it really helpful πŸ™‚ They are Australian based and have great information and resources about women’s health including PCOS.

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    #128916
    curiousss
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    I just realised that Jean Hailes Link was the exact same one @nurse_nettie shared – must be good then!! πŸ˜€

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    #128919
    YogiGirl
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    Amazing, thanks @curiousss! I will definitely check out the Jean Hailes website now it comes so well recommended πŸ˜€

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    Nurse_NettieNurse_Nettie
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    Thanks for updating us, @yogigirl. It’s empowering to know what was causing your symptoms. It means you can make informed choices about your health now.
    And @curiousss, I’m so glad to know that you found the Jean Hailes resources helpful too.

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    #128950
    Aunt_FloAunt_Flo
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    I’m glad you’ve got the support you need @yogigirl!

    I haven’t been properly diagnosed, but I have a polycystic ovary and irregular periods, so it’s highly likely that I do. I second what @curiousss said about taking care of your mental health. I found that agnonising whether my weight gain, or bout of hair loss I was experiencing was because of PCOS or something else was really unhelpful!

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