Today is Part 2 of Questions you should ask!
Of course, I need to preface that I am NOT a doctor, dietitian or nutritionist. Information shared on this page is done so from my own research. If you have any questions on what you see on this page, please discuss with your health professional team. These questions are generic questions that should be brought up with your healthcare professional or team to make sure that you are being provided with the best possible care.
Your doctor or healthcare professional/team should know the answers to, or be willing to find the answers. Keeping in mind that not all healthcare professionals are trained on every diagnosis, that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be willing to learn when they have a patient present with that diagnosis. Please remember, these are generalized questions that you can ask your medical professional team regarding your care with your PCOS. Again, this will be a blog post on the website, and a list similar to all these questions are linked in the app by a comprehensive PDF provided by Monash University. Their PDF list can also be found HERE.
I have read that there are 4 types of PCOS, how do I know which type I have?
Is PCOS inherited (run in families)?
Can PCOS be cured?
Does PCOS differ between women?
Is PCOS different in women of different ethnic backgrounds?
Is PCOS different for women of different ages?
I’m not overweight, can I still have PCOS?
I’m an adolescent or teenager, how is PCOS likely to affect me now?
I’m going through menopause or have finished menopause, how is PCOS likely to affect me?
How often do women usually get their period?
What do the ovaries do?
What is ovulation?
What do missed periods or irregular periods mean is happening in my body?
How often should I have my period and what are the signs that something is wrong?
Are irregular periods bad for me?
What is the best treatment for my irregular periods?
What does the oral contraceptive pill do and why is it used for PCOS?
Is there an oral contraceptive pill that is best for PCOS?
Do missed or irregular periods affect my chances of getting pregnant?
Does PCOS make it more difficult or impossible to get pregnant?
How is infertility treated in PCOS?
What do I need to do to increase my chances of getting pregnant?
Will I need fertility treatment to get pregnant?
What should I tell my partner about fertility and PCOS?
How long should I try to get pregnant before seeing a fertility doctor?
Do I need to try to get pregnant now or can I wait until I am ready?
What is the best treatment for my infertility?
Are there tests to see if I’m fertile and who should I see about them?
Is PCOS linked to diabetes in pregnancy (gestational diabetes)?
Do I need any special health care in pregnancy because I have PCOS?
Is PCOS linked to any problems for me or my baby during pregnancy?
Is PCOS linked to miscarriage?
Is PCOS linked to any problems for me or my baby during the birth?
How should my PCOS be managed during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
Is surgery a treatment option for managing my PCOS?
What is ovarian surgery and when is it used for PCOS?
How does surgery affect fertility?
How does surgery affect other symptoms of PCOS?
What medications are there for PCOS?
What are insulin-sensitizing medications (e.g. metformin) and why are they used for PCOS?
What are anti-androgens medications (e.g. spironolactone, cyproterone acetate) and why are they used for PCOS?
Is medication a better option for my PCOS than lifestyle management?
What medication is best for my PCOS?
Why is this medication a good option or not a good option for me?
What are the side effects of this medication?
Are there over-the-counter products available for PCOS?
Do complementary or alternative therapies (such as naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, herbal remedies or acupuncture) help PCOS?
Are complementary or alternative therapies safe?
Should I take a vitamin pill or supplement of some kind such as Ovasitol?
The one thing that bothers me most about PCOS is…. What is the best way to treat that?
My main goal related to PCOS is…. What is the best way to achieve that?
Can you help me set myself a goal related to PCOS?
Is there anything else you think I should focus on to manage PCOS?
What can happen if I don’t manage my PCOS?
Will I have PCOS forever?
What can I do to prevent long-term complications?
Again, it's okay if your doctor or team doesn't have the answers right away to all these questions, as long as they are willing to research and get back to you with the answers. It's impossible for a doctor to know everything about every condition, so don't be surprised if your doctor can't answer all these questions. Again, as long as the doctor is willing to do the research and learn and follow up with you on the answers, you are in good hands. If not, please consider, if possible, finding a new doctor or team.
DISCLAIMER: We are NOT doctors. everyPCOSbody, and all whom run and contribute to anything that has the everyPCOSbody name do not make any medical claims. We are expressing our opinions based on extensive research, knowledge and being highly involved within the PCOS community. As always, with any medical condition, please speak with a medical professional regarding diagnosis and any treatment or treatment changes.
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