Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

I'm 19 and was dx with diabetes in Dec. 2009.  Today I was diagnosed with PCOS.  I was just wondering does anyone else have this?  How do you treat it? 

I had never heard of it before, and my endo said it was surprising that I have it because I am not overweight and I do not have insulin resistance (I am actually very very sensitive to insulin).  She said I will just have to go on an oral contraceptive.  If you have anything information you could share, please do.

Thanks, Courtney

Hi Courtney,

I also have PCOS and was just recently diagnosed.  I did a lot of research on PCOS after I was diagnosed with it, and here is what I found.  A lot of research is suggesting that PCOS is also an autoimmune disease like T1.  There is also a MUCH higher incidence of PCOS in Type 1 Diabetic women.  This is because, as T1's, we frequently use higher doses of insulin than a non-T1 person would use (for example, to bring down a high blood sugar.)  Having large amounts of insulin in the body messes with our sex-hormones and can cause higher-than-normal levels of testosterone, which can cause PCOS.  I suspect that a lot more T1 have PCOS and don't even know it.  I also think I've had it for years, because I was diagnosed with ovarian cysts in the past, and I've always had unpredictable and very painful periods.

Treatment-wise, I've heard of several different options.  There aren't any PCOS-specific drugs out there, but the birth control should help to bring your hormones back where they should be.

Anyway, hope that helped.


What are the symptoms of PCOS?

I am not exactly sure.  I rarely have had my period (I had it for the first time 6 years ago, and only get it every 3-6 months), so my endocrinologist did some blood tests and I said because of my hormone levels it is very likely that I have it...  I was just put on oral contraceptive.

So, would it be a good idea to ask my gynecologist to test me for it???  Are there any other symptoms??? 


To me it seems like many women with it only experience irregular periods.  If you are concerned, then I would definitely just bring it up to your endocrinologist or gynecologist.  I read somewhere that 5-10% of women 12-45 have PCOS, so it's certainly not uncommon.