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Thursday, March 21, 2013

PCOS Periods VS. Normal Period

So I am going to break things down for those with PCOS the difference between a normal period and a period for those with PCOS.  If you have these symptoms you are not alone.  There are many who have the same issues, although they may not talk about it online in an open blog. 

Normal period symptoms

Breast swelling or tenderness
Slight bloating or water retention around 5 lbs
Changes in bowel movements
Food cravings such as salty or sweet food
Changes in sleep patterns
Lack of energy
Change in sexual desire
Cramps in the lower abdomen or lower back
Headaches, migraines,

These symptoms can last around a week before the period starts all though most common is two to three days before.  Bleeding equals about only a few tablespoons during the entire period.

PCOS Period Symptoms

Breast swelling or tenderness to the point of pain
Bloating or water retention up to 15 lbs
Changes in bowel movements
Acne not only on the face, but also on the back, butt, and chest areas (depends on the person)
Extreme changes in sleep patterns
Change in Sexual desire
Cramping in the lower abdomen and the lower back sometimes extending into the right leg
Headaches and Migraines

Symptoms can start two weeks before the period is due.  Bleeding can range from a few teaspoons to more than a cup depending on the period. 

The reasons for the changes are that those with PCOS have very different hormones than what is normal in a woman.  When they do align enough to have a period there has generally been a varying length of time between periods.  In one time I went three years without a period before seeking help.  This was done without the use of pills or any form of birth control.  When my period was triggered I was stuck at home for three days with debilitating cramps.

Ways to normalize these symptoms are by taking progesterone based birth control or by taking progesterone supplements.  That will equalize out your periods so that they not as extreme and not something to be feared. 

It has also been suggested by a reader that I try D-chiro inositol, I have read up on it and am interested in giving it a shot but can currently offer no opinion.  If anyone has tried D-chiro inositol please let me know how well it worked for you. 

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