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Can PCOS get better?

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catrin Thu 02-Jul-09 14:08:19

Went for scan yesterday - lady said my ovaries were only borderline polycystic, whereas my last scan 18 months ago, it looked like a pearl necklace round the inside of each ovary there were so many cysts. I didn't know PCOS improved - can it? And if so, why am I still so damned hairy???

She also said I definitely ovulated this month from my left ovary - do you only ovulate from one at a time normally?

Any takers?

TarkaLiotta Thu 02-Jul-09 15:34:48

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catrin Thu 02-Jul-09 18:07:52

Thank you! Had never questioned it before, but when she said it I realised I really had no idea!

Tigresswoods Thu 02-Jul-09 18:16:46

Have a look on the Verity website. Reading your posts I am in the same boat as you, frustrating isn't it?! I was recommended the Low GI diet and while it did nothing for the hair and I was an ideal weight anyway it did seem to calm my spots down.

Who knows what it did to my ovaries though?

Did 3 rounds of Clomid and just had a BFP shock this week so there is hope.

MummyDragon Thu 02-Jul-09 18:20:05

All I know is, Jools Oliver and Victoria Beckham have both talked at length about having PCOS - and they each have 3 children smile ... so I guess the answer to your first question is a big, fat, baby-bumped shaped YES!

AttilaTheMeerkat Thu 02-Jul-09 19:15:53


The cystic follicles associated with PCOS do disappear - only to be replaced by further cystic follicles.

It is very important that you try and remain within the correct weight range for your height as excess pounds can exacerbate symptoms. Some PCOSers find following a low GI/GL eating plan helpful. No one therapy or treatment though will eradicate the cystic follicles and the underlying causes of PCOS are still not fully understood.

Ovulation from the ovaries is a completely random process. Its certainly not sequential.

Verity's website is helpful:-

cloudydaze Thu 02-Jul-09 20:26:01

I have PCOS & was originally told I would need assistance to conceive but have ended up conceiving without any assistance. I believe it can come & go & I have found since having my 2nd DC my cycles are within the average range. And I too had that happen with scans - first one showed both ovaries absolutely covered in cysts but then another scan about 6 months later showed much less number of cysts. Verity, as mentioned above, is v helpful & you can buy a diet book (again as mentioned by attila) to help too.
And regarding ovulation it usually alternates each month between left & right ovary.

skihorse Thu 02-Jul-09 20:42:07

I saw a dietician a few weeks ago as I was assigned there by the fertility clinic.

Whilst I do not have PCOS myself, the dietician who specialises in pregnant women and those TTC advocates a low-carb diet for people suffering PCOS (a Syndrome X disease). The diet she recommends is more like a "South beach" style, lots of fruit & veg but obviously no bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, etc.

catrin Fri 03-Jul-09 20:06:11

Thank you for all you replies. And congratulations Tigress woods on your BFP!!

I have a dd conceived naturally (3 cycles of Clomid didn't work for me!) who is now 4, but I have been having very odd periods which was why I had the scan.

Attila - agree weight is probably an issue - have just lost 3 stone (clearly not 'just'), so am now at ideal BMI, so thought that may have helped it improve - didn't realise they would grow back!!

Thanks anyway for the feedback - guess I am not cured after all!

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