Pcos and diabetes

By sexyswamprat Latest Reply 2008-09-24 09:14:53 -0500
Started 2008-09-24 08:03:30 -0500

As many of you know and for those who don't my diabetes was brought on by my pcos (polycistic ovarian syndrome). Many women with pcos are insulin resistant. I would love to hear from other women who have gotton diabetes from pcos and how having both has impacted or not impacted their lives.

For me pcos was a very hard diagnoses to hear. Coming from a family of 7 children, 1 with 1 kid, 2 with 2 kids, one with 4 kids , and 2 that have yet to have kids having children was very important to me. Pcos took that away from me. Then doctors started telling that I was pre-diabetic, then borderline diabetic, which I didn't know at the time was just another term for diabetic, then diabetic. All of these diagnoses's came within a 5 to 6 month period. Including the pcos. My depression worsened and I began to sleep all the time. Pcos and diabetes is very hard to manage without insurance. I drove myself crazy wondering how am I going to control my diabetes ontop of everything else I can't afford. Fortunately all my laying in bed and praying for a answer can. My husbands work was finally offering him health insurance. I only had to wait till the beginning of this year for it to go effect. Then everything changed. I was able to find a endocrinoligist to manage my pcos(there is no cure), I am able to afford my diabetes meds, test strips, bp and chol meds, and thank god, my depression meds, without breaking the bank. I thought pcos and diabetes was going to be a death sentence for me but with the help good old meds, and 2 fabulous websites(one for pcos and this one) I am on the road to having control over my life again. It is still very difficult for me to deal with on daily basis that I will never have kids. But I now know it's not the end of the world.

Again I would love to hear form other women who's lives have been impacted by pcos and diabetes.

2 replies

kdroberts 2008-09-24 08:30:54 -0500 Report

Well, I'm no woman but PCOS indirectly effects men almost as much as it effects the woman.

PCOS shouldn't take your ability to have children away, many women have children and PCOS. A lot of doctors don't know much about it and give the standard line of not being able to have kids. The ones that know about it are usually infertility specialists and can setup treatment plans that actually help. I know from experience. Over the last 15 years or so my wife had been told by multiple doctors that the pill was the only treatment and she wouldn't have kids. A few years ago she went to a fertility specialist who specialized in PCOS. They tested her and then treated her. She got put on metformin and a modified diet, not dissimilar to a diabetic diet. We didn't plan on having kids at that point but she is now 6 months pregnant with what appears to be a very healthy boy. Neither of us could believe how easy it was for her to get pregnant based on what her previous doctors had told her.

This maybe the board you mentioned but if not, try soulcysters.com.

sexyswamprat 2008-09-24 09:14:53 -0500 Report

I have been a member of soulcysters for over a year now. It is true that having pcos doesn't mean that you will NEVER have children. Some women with pcos are not infertil. Pcos is the leading cause of infertility in women but pcos is a endocrine problem. Your hormones are out of wack, causing infertility. All women respond differently to different meds. And of course different doctors use different treatments. For me, right now, I am more concerned about keeping my hormone levels in range and hoping to clear up some of these nasty side effects. But as far as my endocrinologist is concerned she has done wonders to control my hormone levels. Once I have had them maintained for a period of time then we plan on seeing a fertility doctor about getting pregnant.

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