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polycystic ovaries?

(7 Posts)
bananaandcustard Wed 10-Jun-15 20:17:39

Dd 16 has had increasing longer periods and so we went to GP and she is having a blood test as doctor suspects polycystic ovaries.
I dont know much about this has anyone had this problem?

JennyOnAPlate Wed 10-Jun-15 21:53:34

Yes I have polycystic ovaries. My periods were horrendous as a teenager (I went on the pill at 14 because of heavy bleeding and pain)

Did you have any specific questions? I'm not being very helpful but didn't want your post to go unanswered!

Ihatecobwebs Wed 10-Jun-15 22:00:29

I have them. What would you like to know?

bananaandcustard Thu 11-Jun-15 19:15:04

am wondering about her fertility?
and her last period was 6 weeks long with a one week break before starting again, will the pill stop all that hassle and cut back on the pain as well?

does it have more chance of getting worse and leading to other gyne problems?

I have had endometriosis and cysts which started after I had the children, does having this mean she could get these problems early?

Ihatecobwebs Thu 11-Jun-15 21:57:35

Fertility may be decreased. Mine was - fertility treatment didn't work for me, but ds arrived of his own accord a while later.

My periods were few and far between for years before I went on the pill, but then were standard. Less painful too, before were horrendous, and I would be sent home from school several times a year.

The right pill should help sort out any other related problems as well. My skin improved. Other people see a positive difference to their hirsuteness.

One unexpected side-effect of the Dianette was yhat, it changed my figure, bust size and hip size increased. When I mentioned this to my consultant, she said that was quite normal.

I was told that once I was on Dianette it would stop the ovaries getting any worse. Don't know of it leading to other problems, entero etc.

For the future, one thing I was told by my consultant was to stay on the Dianette the until I wanted children, then to go back to her, and she would start me on fertility treatment without the standard wait. As it was I had moved by then, but went to my doctor, came off the pill and she started us in the fertility system.

Hope this helps.

AttilaTheMeerkat Fri 12-Jun-15 07:14:56


The pill will simply mask the symptoms of her underlying gynaecological problems although it will cut back on her menses pain.

Any young woman that presents with heavy bleeding and cyclical pain should be investigated further by a gynae to see if endometriosis is present.

Pills like Dianette have anti androgenic qualities so hirsuitism and skin problems can lessen.

I think that if her periods are very painful as well then endometriosis is a distinct possibility (also I note that you have endo as well and though the causes are still not known it can pass down the female line). The two (endometriosis and PCO) can indeed co-exist but one does not lead to the other.

Your DD may need some medical assistance in order to conceive.

bananaandcustard Fri 12-Jun-15 19:45:10

thank you for your posts.
suspect I am going to have to do a lot of hand holding with my daughter as we wait for results of her blood tests and her ultra sound scan.

Then I am going to come here for a bit more hand holding for me a I support her!

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