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    Hello,

    I still have awhile before I go through menopause, but I want to be informed prior to it happening.

    What should I expect as it relates to PCOS? Does it get better or worse or stay the same?

    Regards,
    Christy

    #16510

    drheather
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    @christy 416 wrote:

    Hello,

    I still have awhile before I go through menopause, but I want to be informed prior to it happening.

    What should I expect as it relates to PCOS? Does it get better or worse or stay the same?

    Regards,
    Christy

    Hi Christy,

    Thanks for writing in. Well, this is a great question. I hope that I can provide a helpful answer.

    For women with PCOS, many of their symptoms like excess hair growth, hair loss, and weight gain continue even when they have entered menopause. For other women, some of their PCOS symptoms improve post-menopausally.

    What is certain is that the complications of PCOS become more prevalent after menopause. In other words, diabetes and cardiovascular disorders are of more concern with the post-menopausal PCOS population.

    So, either way it is still important to be aware of the risks and the effect on your body. I certainly hope that all things change for the better, however the symptoms related to your cycle, ovulation and the cysts that are sometimes associated with PCOS are all symptoms that can result from insulin resistance. So, even after your cycles stop, other symptoms can continue if the problem is not addressed.

    Menopause is not a cure for PCOS.

    A low carb diet and exercise will still be crucial to your short and long term health.

    Christy, I hope that this helps and if you need additional support for your experience with PCOS, please consider the Insulite PCOS System.

    Please let me know if I can help further or if you have any other questions or concerns.

    #16514

    sdickeys
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    I am way past menopause and so far have held by blood sugar under control and have no problems with my cardio system, but with every 10 pounds I’ve put on over the last few year–taken off–and put on again, my blood sugar has crept up. I know if I don’t get my weight under control it is only a matter of time. My family has a history of diabetes.

    I was diagnosed with PCOS in my 20’s. I am now in my late 60s. I had a complete hysterectomy in my 40s. Weight has been a struggle for me my whole life. I am really excited to finally find someone who is treating this condition holistically! Doctors just seem to think everything is fine–despite the fact that I am 25 pounds over weight and my blood sugar is creeping up, even though it is not over the edge yet!
    sdickeys

    #16515

    onegreekgirl
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    I had a total hysterectomy at the age of 25 (I am now 35) and went into complete menopause (whew…that was an experience 😮 ) I have found that within the past few years, the level of depression and weight gain has gotten worse. My weight has fluctuated so much up & down and now I feel stuck…I have pretty much diagnosed myself with insulin resistance as i have almost all of the symptoms and unfortunately physicians have not given me the correct test :mad:(I have seen several doctors and they will only give me a fasting glucose test)

    I have recently started the Insulite program and am hoping that it helps with not only the symptoms of insulin resistance but with depression (and facial hair) as well.

    #16511

    drheather
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    @onegreekgirl 2319 wrote:

    I had a total hysterectomy at the age of 25 (I am now 35) and went into complete menopause (whew…that was an experience 😮 ) I have found that within the past few years, the level of depression and weight gain has gotten worse. My weight has fluctuated so much up & down and now I feel stuck…I have pretty much diagnosed myself with insulin resistance as i have almost all of the symptoms and unfortunately physicians have not given me the correct test :mad:(I have seen several doctors and they will only give me a fasting glucose test)

    I have recently started the Insulite program and am hoping that it helps with not only the symptoms of insulin resistance but with depression (and facial hair) as well.

    Hello,

    Thanks for writing in to the forum. I am glad to hear that you have started the PCOS System. I am excited for you to start feeling better.

    As you know, hysterectomy is not a cure for PCOS. I am not sure if this was the primary reason for the hysterectomy but it can help with some symptoms. It can certainly affect hormone status and how you feel, as you well know.

    Some women still struggle with weight gain and other symptoms that often affect women with PCOS, as you are currently.

    Please let us know how you are doing and how we can help to support you. Also, the women on the forum are very supportive and you will likely find some that have had similar experiences that will able to pass along words of encouragement. We look forward to hearing from you.

    #16516

    Rogi
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    Hello,

    I’m new to the forum, and I have a similar situation as I went through menopause at age 37; I am now 48. My doctor told me that I was to young to be going through menopause, but the tests proved otherwise.

    When I was just 10 yrs old, I had exploratory surgery and found that my ovaries were cystic and rupturing the size of a half a dollar. All the doctor could do was wipe it off and close me up.

    My hormones have given me problems up till this day. I have excess facial hair and weight problems all my life. I am 4’9 and weigh 238 lbs. Owning a petstylist buisness can be very stressful; in fact, I have had to cut down on the number of animals and the size to just 30 lbs because of my back problems.

    Having purchased the insulite program, I was very successful the first month, but fell off the bandwagon eventually. My parents both have diabetes 2 on each side; and my mother just found out she could go blind in a few months for not taking care of her diabetes.

    I am determined to get well, because I don’t want to end up like my mother. My autoship was never discontinued and I have started the insulte program all over again.

    When I followed the program the first time, my ovaries felt like they were coming alive. Is this common or should I be on another program giving my age of 48?

    #16512

    drheather
    Participant

    @Rogi 3013 wrote:

    Hello,

    I’m new to the forum, and I have a similar situation as I went through menopause at age 37; I am now 48. My doctor told me that I was to young to be going through menopause, but the tests proved otherwise.

    When I was just 10 yrs old, I had exploratory surgery and found that my ovaries were cystic and rupturing the size of a half a dollar. All the doctor could do was wipe it off and close me up.

    My hormones have given me problems up till this day. I have excess facial hair and weight problems all my life. I am 4’9 and weigh 238 lbs. Owning a petstylist buisness can be very stressful; in fact, I have had to cut down on the number of animals and the size to just 30 lbs because of my back problems.

    Having purchased the insulite program, I was very successful the first month, but fell off the bandwagon eventually. My parents both have diabetes 2 on each side; and my mother just found out she could go blind in a few months for not taking care of her diabetes.

    I am determined to get well, because I don’t want to end up like my mother. My autoship was never discontinued and I have started the insulte program all over again.

    When I followed the program the first time, my ovaries felt like they were coming alive. Is this common or should I be on another program giving my age of 48?

    Hello and thanks for writing into the forum! I am glad that you have restarted the PCOS System. I understand your determination and we are here to support you.

    If you are still experiencing excess facial hair, I do think that the PCOS System is still appropriate. Because it is designed to affect hormone levels it can support progesterone levels, and help to decrease testosterone.

    Please keep us posted and let me know how I can help.

    #16517

    Bobbi
    Participant

    I’m 59 and I think I’m finished with menopause. I’m not entirely sure as I also had a hysterectomy when I was 30 (for cancer). I still have my ovaries, lots of cysts on them, and I, for one, can attest to menopause being no cure for PCOS. Indeed, I found Insulite while searching for hair inhibitors. If anything, my “male hair pattern” hairiness has just gotten worse with age. My friends without PCOS have stopped shaving. The only thing I no longer have to shave are my armpits; very strange if you ask me. But I’ve added my face and chin and arms to my legs and thighs. I went up to 225 lbs from diabetes and hypothyroidism, got down to 140 with diet and medicine. I was doing so well that my doctor reduced both my thyroid medicine AND my diabetes medicine. Now, my weight has gone back up to 175; he says “lose weight”, I say “put me back on my higher dosages”, he says “you don’t need them”, I say “you do the math!” I’m hoping Insulite will help me get back down to a normal weight and end this conflict with my doctor. Putting an end to these symptoms I’ve coped with all of my life would be a great bonus as well.

    As a side note, it makes me very sad that this was not available 30-40 years ago when my doctor told me that I could never have children. It’s nice to know that there need not be any more women like myself and my sister who have to suffer with infertility because of PCOS.

    On the plus side, I don’t have to worry about my kids putting me in a nursing home because the PCOS is making me cranky!!

    #16513

    drheather
    Participant

    @Bobbi 4232 wrote:

    I’m 59 and I think I’m finished with menopause. I’m not entirely sure as I also had a hysterectomy when I was 30 (for cancer). I still have my ovaries, lots of cysts on them, and I, for one, can attest to menopause being no cure for PCOS. Indeed, I found Insulite while searching for hair inhibitors. If anything, my “male hair pattern” hairiness has just gotten worse with age. My friends without PCOS have stopped shaving. The only thing I no longer have to shave are my armpits; very strange if you ask me. But I’ve added my face and chin and arms to my legs and thighs. I went up to 225 lbs from diabetes and hypothyroidism, got down to 140 with diet and medicine. I was doing so well that my doctor reduced both my thyroid medicine AND my diabetes medicine. Now, my weight has gone back up to 175; he says “lose weight”, I say “put me back on my higher dosages”, he says “you don’t need them”, I say “you do the math!” I’m hoping Insulite will help me get back down to a normal weight and end this conflict with my doctor. Putting an end to these symptoms I’ve coped with all of my life would be a great bonus as well.

    As a side note, it makes me very sad that this was not available 30-40 years ago when my doctor told me that I could never have children. It’s nice to know that there need not be any more women like myself and my sister who have to suffer with infertility because of PCOS.

    On the plus side, I don’t have to worry about my kids putting me in a nursing home because the PCOS is making me cranky!!

    Dear Bobbi,

    Thank you for writing into the PCOS forum. I hope you are finding it useful and supportive.

    I agree, it would have been great to have this available to women. Even though there are treatments for PCOS, many are not interested in using pharmaceuticals or have not had the results they had hoped.

    Regarding the excess hair that you continued to have, this is not uncommon for women after menopause or with the lower estrogen and progesterone levels. Testosterone does change but the lowering of the others can cause a relative increase in testosterone and lead to these changes and since you already have a tendency to have more testosterone, this can cause excess facial/body hair and hair thinning after menopause.

    Bobbi, with your past weight loss, did your glucose levels stabilize or do you still have elevated glucose? The reason I ask is that, if you do still have a fasting glucose of over 100, I may recommend a change in one of the supplements to a stronger glucose lowering formula. If this is the case, please contact me at DrHDeLuca@InsuliteLabs.com.

    I know that you are just beginning and we are here to support you. So, please let us know how you are doing and how we can help.

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