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I am a 40 year old female; in 2003 I had a hysterectomy due to uterine fibroids, in 2002 I had multiple ovarian cysts removed.
Since 2003 - I have steadily gained weight - even though I am a religious exerciser with a solid handle on proper diet - I have gained 20 unwanted pounds - meetings with doctors and nutritionists - test - test - test has revealed that I have all the symptoms of POS without the menstrual issues (because I had a hysterectomy). I would rather not take medication and want to control this syndrome with nutrition and holistic measures - suggestions?

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replied January 14th, 2010
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Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. For PCOS, you need to have control of your diet which you are already doing. Exercising is also important. Unfortunately, there is no general or lifestyle treatment other than this and the treatment may include hormonal therapy consisting of birth control pills, anti-androgen medications, and other special hormone-regulating drugs. Metformin (Glucophage) is a medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. This drug affects the action of insulin and is useful in reducing the symptoms of PCOS.

Finally, a surgical procedure known as ovarian drilling can also be used in severe cases. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For an exact diagnosis, you are advised to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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