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Graciemeow

Member Since 16 Nov 2011
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Information For Pcos/suspected Pcos

03 August 2014 - 04:17 PM

Hello Everyone!

 

So most of you will be aware that the diagnosis for Polycystic Ovaries can be confusing and depends on a lot of symptoms (which may not all be present) and factors (such as which Doctor you see) etc. For example, I was diagnosed over a year ago because my blood tests showed that my testosterone levels were too high and my periods were very irregular (and I suffer with acne which was my biggest/main concern) however when I had my ultrasound there was only one small cyst which they deemed 'not clinically significant'. Apparantly many women have cysts present on thier ovaries from time to time but these come and go. I don't have a problem with my weight or hirtuism. I know a lot of you out there suspect you may have PCOS but Doctors may not diagnose you with it, or maybe you are in the same situation as me where you have been diagnosed but do not display all of the classic PCOS symptoms. Anyway, I've been doing a lot of research and I recently came across this site:

 

http://www.sensible-...varian-syndrome

 

Which discusses that there are actually two type of PCOS.

Type 1 was mainly focused on insulin resistance, which is believed to be the main underlying cause of PCOS. However the one which interested me the most was 'Type 2' PCOS which is described as non-insulin reistant PCOS and is thought to be caused by the following:

 

  • Elevated LH from Post-pill syndrome (see above)
  • (I am going to do more research on this and also try and find out how long this can last for because I am convinced that going on the contraceptive pill made all my hormonal issues worse)
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Iodine deficiency
  • Hormone-disruping toxins such as BPA
  • Adrenal stress which disrupts ovulation (see Stress article, Low Blood Pressure article, and Sleep article)
  • Thyroid disease
  • Insufficient of dietary fat.
  • Leptin deficiency. (Leptin is a hormone secreted by fat, and can be deficient, especially if there is a history of an eating disorder.)

The suggested treatments for these are as follows:

  • Do not take the birth control pill
  • Iodine and vitamin D to promote normal ovulation.
  • Detoxify to remove hormone disrupting chemicals. 
  • Avoid cow's milkto reduce inflammation and clear acne
  • Magnesium and zinc to block testosterone.
  • Peony & Licorice herbal formula to lower testosterone, bring on the periods, and alleviate acne and facial hair.
  • The herbal medine Vitex (Chaste tree) should NOT be used, especially if LH is elevated. It will worsen symptoms.

Although vitex is described on many sites as 'hormone balancing', this could explain why some people's acne worses on Vitex. I am also going to do more research on this as my blood tests stated that my LH was elevated, yet chaste tree seems to work well for me.

 

  • Tribulus herbal medicine.
  • Indole-3-carbinol to assist with oestrogen metabolism and clearance

Which explains why a lot of people have success with DIM

 

PCOS is as complicated to treat as it is to diagnose. A lot of medications that doctors prescribe only deal with type one PCOS which is mainly concerned with insulin resistance - or they just prescribe a birth control pill hoping that that will mask all symptoms. However, it is clear that these medications do not always work as the complexity of PCOS is not taken into consideration, or they are not a long-term option. I hope this helps! Still doing a lot of research on the topic myself but I thought I would share x


Who Did You Used To Be Before Acne

29 July 2014 - 12:49 PM

I had two weeks on holiday which i just returned from on Sunday and despite having a great time it wa really good for me to get time away and step back from obsessing about my skin, my regime, my supplements, and falling into the pit of anxiety and depression i was heading into.

 

It also made me remember who I was/still am underneath all the anxiety and worry caused by my acne.

 

I used to paint!! All the time. I used to blog and take a lot of photographs and research photographers and read about art! I used to play guitar ! Acne made me forget about all those things because instead of being productive and creative all I wanted to do was clear my skin, research supplements instead of artists, buy supplements instead of camera film and canvases, exercise instead of play guitar.

 

What were/are you like without acne? DON'T FORGET THE PERSON YOU ARE!!


Seeing A Herbal Medicalist/naturopath

10 July 2014 - 03:00 PM

Last week I went to see a herbal medicalist and discussed everything I've been through/on for my skin and where I have had success etc. He seemed quite keen on focusing on the emotional aspects of things and seeing where my 'drive' was and how acne has stopped me in the past, which is good i guess. I know having a positive strong mindset is good for clear skin...but i won't have that until i HAVE clear skin so. I can't see much change on that yet. He gave me more liquid agnus castus and then a seperate 'herbal mix' - I don't know what is in it but i have to take it twice a day and it smells and tastes like butt. He didn't tell me and I didn't openly ask what was in this second mix as I got the feeling he wanted to keep that under wraps?

What are everyone elses experiences of herbal medicalists/naturopath visits? I'm not sure how I feel. I havn't been on anything long enough to see effects although I think Agnus Castus is starting to have an effect again but this is slow acting and i gotta give it time. To be honest I give this shit one more month for improvement then I'm going back on roaccutane, my self confidence is really taking a tough battering and I just want my life back


Diane 35/ Dianette Birth Control Pill

16 June 2014 - 12:34 PM

This is more a general curiosity than a call for advice really. A lot of hormonal acne sufferers have found relief and clear skin from using the birth co trol pill diane 35 (which im pretty aure here in the u.k. we call dianette). This was the first thing my doctor gave me when i went to him about my skin....however it made my acne TEN times worse. Cystic and painful and like ive never seen before. I was 16. I stayed on it for six months before switching to yaz which also didnt help but wasnt as bad as dianette. I tried dianette one more time when i was 21 and the same thing happened. I jus wondered if any body knows why this could be seeing as my testosterone levels are elevated and it makes sense that it should have improved my acne?

Diane 35/ Dianette Birth Control Pill

16 June 2014 - 12:32 PM

This is more a general curiosity than a call for advice really. A lot of hormonal acne sufferers have found relief and clear skin from using the birth co trol pill diane 35 (which im pretty aure here in the u.k. we call dianette). This was the first thing my doctor gave me when i went to him about my skin....however it made my acne TEN times worse. Cystic and painful and like ive never seen before. I was 16. I stayed on it for six months before switching to yaz which also didnt help but wasnt as bad as dianette. I tried dianette one more time when i was 21 and the same thing happened. I jus wondered if any body knows why this could be seeing as my testosterone levels are elevated and it makes sense that it should have improved my acne?