Normally I would avoid posting about myself somewhere so public, but as all PCOS girls know, everyone else doesn't truly understand the struggles of losing weight with PCOS, and after lurking for awhile I realized that getting involved on here might bring me more accountability and support. (My BFF is 110 sopping wet and bless her heart she is my biggest cheerleader, but it would be nice to talk to people who can relate a little better!!!).
I am 26, and was diagnosed with PCOS at 19. I have never, ever liked that diagnoses or thought it was really accurate. I have spent 7 years fighting it. I don't even tell new drs (I move a LOT) that I have it, because I refuse to believe it... I still think there is something else going on. PCOS is way too broad of a diagnosis. I have never had a cyst. I am insulin resistant and overweight. In college my periods went from being every 28 days on the dot to 28-35 days. I thought that was SOOOO irregular, my dr said PCOS and put me on birth control. I don't remember the first pill I was on, but I ended up crying constantly after a couple of months and got another dr to switch me to Yaz. I was on that for about 2 years... and then I got lazy and stopped taking it. I had graduated at that point and wasn't around 100s of other females in the dorms, and my periods went right back to normal (28-32 days ish, depending on stress). I was also on metformin for a year in college, had TERRIBLE side effects, and gained a ton of weight. I took myself off of it and never looked back.
Prior to being diagnosed I gained about 25lbs in a year, and have gained about 45 more in the 6 years after that. I decided when I tipped 220 that it was time for a change. Weirdly... the lbs have been melting off at this point. I'm pretty sure that will stop any day now and I don't want to get discouraged and quit when that happens, so that is why I am here.
In the last month I have started back on Yaz, mainly because I am sick of my face looking like I was 16 (I had PERFECT skin in HS with no work, go figure). I have also started trying to take my Vitamin D more religiously. After reading some of the boards, I have realized what a huge link there is between vitamin D deficiency and those diagnosed with PCOS. At most I am willing to admit I have a non-traditional form of PCOS that maybe belongs in other classes of issues, since I don't have reproductive issues at all (that I know of).
Has anyone else noticed changes from taking Yaz (I was terrified I would gain weight like I did before when I was on BC) or upping their vitamin D? I'm hoping this combo will help me get down enough that I'm encouraged not to quit this time. I want to be HS skinny (or close) by the time my 10 year reunion comes around.. which gives me about a year and a half.