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Aug. 12th, 2009

DaiseeChain/Blue Daisy


Anxiety and insomnia?

Hello all.

New to the group as I was recently diagnosed as 'possibly' having PCOS but most definitely having insulin resistance.

I'm wondering if anyone else here has problems with anxiety/panic attacks?

I've been suffering from them increasingly for the last decade and am getting desperate to get it under control. I've been avoiding drugs so far as I have idiosyncratic reactions to many drugs, but have tried exercise, lavender sprays, calming exercises, hypnotherapy... All of which seem to only work to a certain extent.

The exciting new wrinkle in all this is since being put on Metformin I've developed bouts of insomnia. They're possibly linked to having too many carbs too late at night, although I'm not certain about this. But the insomnia and anxiety are feeding into each other; the harder it is for me to get to sleep the more anxious I become about not being able to meet commitments the next day, which then makes the insomnia worse. It's had me in tears on several occasions, the worst being the day I couldn't attend a friend's birthday celebration as I was crashing just before it was due to start. I'm due to travel to Oz in a few months and am concerned about the effect the anxiety and insomnia will have on my ability to cope.

Has anyone found any particular therapies/drugs to be of any use in dealing with anxiety?

Aug. 19th, 2008


Agnus Castus.

* Also posted on PCOS*

I've just started taking Agnus Castus (1600mg a day) and Evening Primrose oil (500mg). I've heard a lot of conflicting evidence about A.C but wanted to know if anyone here has taken it and more importantly, if its worked for them?

I've been told it's a herbal version of Clomid (or has similar effects), helps regulate periods and bring about ovulation. I'm taking quite a large dose, as recommended by the guidelines on the bottle. So really, it's over to you ladies...

Aug. 11th, 2008

Kim Pine


(no subject)

Hey everyone I wondered if I could get your advice regarding Dianette.

I was diagonosed with PCOS quite recently and was prescribed Dianette mainly for my Acne symptoms. I've only been taking Dianette for 2 weeks now but already I have noticed that my mood is different and have also experience strange pains and aches in my lower legs.

I konw that Dianette can cause problems with blood clots in the legs and can also affect depression. I'm really not sure whether 2 weeks is long enough for the pill to be responsible for these two side effects however as I have had depression on and off before and so that might just be that coming back for a brief period again which I'm used to. However I've only noticed my aching legs since taking Dianette. Am I being totally paranoid about this, is 2 weeks really long enough for Dianette to affect me like that, I'm worried I'm just being a hypochondriac!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, cheers!

Aug. 7th, 2008

The Kiss


Frustrating article in the Guardian tonight.


I know that in the article they specify that they are recommending against certain fertility treatments for couples with unexplained infertility, but there are so many women with PCOS who are undiagnosed or incorrectly diagnosed who would lose options if they try to opt out of Clomid and jump straight for IVF. It's pretty frustrating.

Aug. 8th, 2008



[Mod] Layouts

I'm trying to make this journal pretty... because I like to make journals pretty... so please be aware that the place may look odd over the next few days. Also, if you'd like to pop over and tell me what you think of the design so far that would be appreciated. :D

Aug. 7th, 2008



Omega 3 and 6

I remember reading somewhere that Omega 3 is good for people with PCOS and Omega 6 is bad for people with PCOS... but I can't remember where or why. So I thought I would ask if anyone here knows either where I may have read this (it was a PCOS self help book but I've read so many now) or why Omega 3 is good and Omega 6 is bad.

Any help greatly appreciated.

I'm crossposting this to pcosupport, pcos and pcos_uk. Sorry for spamming your friends pages.

Jul. 31st, 2008


laser hair removal.

I've put a picture diary of before and after pics after my first laser treatment session. If anyone's interested I kan post it here.  But its available at the below link...

Jul. 18th, 2008



Hi Ladies.

Just a quick update on the laser treatment appointment which I had today. The dermatologist told me that my case had been to the individual treatment funding tribunal (can't quite remember the exact name but it does that essentially) which had been assessed in May. I've been given full funding for a course of laser hair removal on the NHS which my PCT (East Kent) will pay for and my first appointment and patch test is next friday with his wife who's also a consultant dermatologist. He told me if he had known the agreement to funding letter had been in my file earlier he would have cancelled the appointment at the hospital and had me go directly to the clinic for a patch test. He was also shocked to see what a week's growth on my chin looks like. (lets just say i am the bearded lady with a curly reddish beard) asked me where else the hair grew (everywhere but my back) and noted my thinning scalp and huge sideburns.

I came out of the room wanting to scream and cry with happiness all at the same time. It just shows it can be done.  

Jul. 16th, 2008

umberella-ella-ella-a-a-a-a-a etc


(no subject)

Hello Ladies

Well, i'v been battling my rubbish GP for a year - when i was first diagnosed, asked about treatment and was told it wasnt neccesary and that it was dependent on if i felt i could 'cope with' the symptoms myself, was told to loose weight and that all would get better. Doh. I just had to attend an occupational health meeting at bupa - swanky, i dare say i shall never get to go in *there* again! - and was told that i had to demand to see a gynea, demand to have a glucose fasting test and demand to be out on metphormine, lest i am prepared to run the risky race of potential diabetes! Yay! I am on dianette at the mo, all seems to be okay, but i only go that because i was suffering so with furry face, and my doc made me feel like the vainest strumpet in the world for caring. FFS. :( Tell me how did y'all talk to your doctors to get taken seriously? I know if i go and ask for these things he'll roll his eyes - bah xx

Jul. 15th, 2008

tatty teddy working


Slightly depressing into (sorry!)

Hi *waves*

I was lurking in the PCOS communities when I saw this community mentioned and decided to join.

I am 34, was diagnosed 4 years ago, and have lots of fun symptoms such as acne, hairs in places I don’t want, losing hair from the one place I want it and a figure which bears more than a passing resemblance to a whale!

When I was first diagnosed (which took a year, thanks NHS) I was put on Dianette and Cyproterone Acetate. After the 6 hellish months it took for things to settle down everything was great for a couple of years. Even after the doctor decided to take me off the Cyproterone Acetate things were pretty good.

Then the doctor decided I should come off the pill too. All hell broke loose in a hormonal kind of way.

So I’ve been back on the pill since just before Christmas and things still haven’t really settled down, especially with my periods - I've had everything from 3 periods in the space of a month, periods lasting 11 days, a month of cramps with no period...

I briefly tried Metformin but the only noticeable affect was to make me iller than I had ever felt in my life! Since I'm not insulin resistant I'm not sure that it would have made much difference anyway.

So here I am, pretty much where I started – the heaviest weight I have ever been, spotty, and pondering whether it is impolite to ask family members to pluck the hair under my chin for me!

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