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Not a Beginner but need help

Posted by Shweta on January 16, 2019 at 4:56am 0 Comments

I have had PCOS from the very beginning of my puberty. I never had normal periods. I had myself checked at around age 13 when I had to be admitted because I bled straight for 17 days and had lost lots of blood. I had talked progesterone and estrogen pills and the pills for 21 days every month but it dint help. Instead it caused me to have no periods at all.i am 23 years old now and It's been 8 months since I last had my periods. It's really frustrating because I don't want to take pills . I… Continue

New Diagnosis

Posted by Kasey on January 14, 2019 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

I've had trouble with weight, acne, and extra body hair for as long as I can remember. So when my GYN diagnosed me with PCOS last week, my emotions were sort of a mixed bag.

My periods have always been few and far between, and in the six years since first getting my period the idea that my period could just show up inconsistently at anytime had just become something I've had to deal with. My mother and grandmother (my zen advisers for everything 'womanhood') had been adamant…



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Welcome to PCOS Challenge

PCOS — Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects up to 15% of women, yet most people are uninformed about the condition. PCOS is a genetic, hormonal, metabolic and reproductive disorder that can lead to obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, infertility and endometrial cancer. PCOS is the leading cause of infertility and the most common endocrine disorder in younger women. There is no cure for PCOS; therefore it is a life-long condition, and people need to be informed about managing PCOS and all the symptoms associated with it.

The best way to manage PCOS is to mentally prepare ourselves for life-long behavioral changes and adjust our lives so that we are living the healthiest way possible. That is what the PCOS Challenge will do for us. The PCOS Challenge is a program that brings women with PCOS together to support each other in the difficult journey to turning our lives around and trying to reverse PCOS.


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PCOS Challenge, Inc. is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization advancing the cause for women and girls with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, serving over 50,000 members. We touch the lives of women with PCOS and their supporters each year through cable television and radio programming, online and offline support groups, and education and awareness initiatives. Since our programs began in 2009, we've helped many women find answers that have helped them overcome their struggles with infertility, weight gain, anxiety and depression and reduce their risk for life-threatening related conditions.


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Fitness with PCOS

This is a group to exchange exercise and fitness tips. What do you do to lose weight? What works and what doesn't?
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Shweta replied to Su Charnock's discussion PCOS Facial Hair growth getting me down
"I am suffering from the same issue of facial hair and other symptoms of PCOS. I haven't had any pills from so long and that did increase the hair on my face. I heard about the anti androgen foods and flaxseeds/oil along with spearmint tea is…"
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Started by Chelsea McClean in Hair and Skin Issues with PCOS. Last reply by Jess Smith Apr 7, 2018. 50 Replies

I have been diagnosed with PCOS a few months back, it came to my attention because I have a lot of dark facial hair and also hair everywhere else! This is so embarrassing and has got me really down,…Continue

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Femara success stories?

Started by Samantha Drabner in Medications for PCOS. Last reply by Ariel Luna Dec 26, 2018. 9 Replies

On second month of Femara. My blood test for the first month showed I ovulated. So hopefully I can get pregnant.


Started by Kara Robertson in Introductions. Last reply by Anna Bella Jan 3. 8 Replies

Hello, my name is Kara and i was diagnosed with PCOS about 3 months ago. I have struggled with this diagnosis and still now i have not accepting it. It was along process before i was diagnosed and…Continue

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New to this whole thing...literally.

Started by Kirstie Hunt in Motivation. Last reply by Lauren A Morris Feb 6, 2017. 7 Replies

I started taking anti depressants about 3 years ago, and then was finally diagnosed with pcos a year ago after being told over and over by my doctor it wasn't that on top of everything else. Well,…Continue


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