I have had irregular periods my entire life. Got sick two years ago. Thought for sure PCOS was involved. My period cycle radically changed. I moved to a different clinic and a different OB/GYN, who worked wonders! She discovered that I had (non-cancerous) hyperplasia of about 11 cm and suggested that I have the NovaSure Ablation done. While I was in and out for that I also had her go in and do a laposcopy because I wanted to know once and for all if I had PCOS. All of my female organs were fine, no cysts, no fibroids, no bad stuff. Whew!
For me, the surger(ies) went absolutely well and I barely had any pain whatsoever. I had it done June 2008; pretty much haven't had a period since, not even spotting.
I have also been doing alternative medicine for two years now. I have switched my family over to an entirely organic diet. We pretty much only see an Integration or Naturopathic doctor. We use herbals and nutritional supplements to keep ourselves healthy and our immune systems strong; none of us has had a cold or flu in the past two years. We discovered that we have (had) severe heavy metal toxicity, severe nutritional deficiencies (most of them caused by the pharma drugs we were on), dairy allergy, gluten and soy intolerances, other food intolerances, and I found out I have moderate adrenal fatigue. I went from being on 12 pharma drugs at the age of 40 (for high blood pressure, asthma, severe acne/Roscea, allergies, depression) to only 1 drug at the age of 42 (for my high blood pressure), which I hope to be off of shortly.
I used to lose gobs of hair; that pretty much has stopped, now that my nutritional deficiencies have been found and are being cured. Being dehydrated/not drinking enough water can have a lot of harmful effects on the body. Once you rid your body of all of the bad stuff (processed foods, processed sugar and white flour, chemicals/additives/dyes/excitotoxins, high fructose corn syrup, GMOs, junk food, any food allergies/intolerances) it's amazing how much healing power your body has all on its own, when you give it the RIGHT type of nutrition/food to nourish it.
Most of the "symptoms" I had that felt like PCOS have disappeared now that I'm working on making my body healthy. There is no magic pill; it's all about reeducating yourself on what it good/not good for your body. And that includes not only what goes into the body, but what goes on the outside of the body as well. I was even told that I was beginning what's called Metabolic Syndrome and that there was NO WAY TO STOP IT. Still chuckling over that one, because I HAVE stopped it. And I will keep on stopping it because I refuse to be a guinea pig for pharma any more.
I also want to mention that a lot of the symptoms people experience with PCOS can also be found with food allergies and food intolerances. Many people (me being one of them), when they discover which foods are not good for their body and they cease consuming them, find out that many, if not all, of their symptoms disappear.
My hormonal issues (and arthritis and PMS symptoms and shakes and cold fingers/toes and dizzy spells and foggy brain and extreme tiredness and gut aches and constipation and hair loss and acne/Roscea and asthma/allergies and high blood pressure and high cholesterol and black spot/eye floaters) have been taken care of by finding out my nutritional deficiencies, my food allergy/intolerances, my adrenal fatigue, etc., and taking specific nutritional supplements to reregulate my system/body.
I have spent every available moment of the past two years learning about my body, nutrition, and everything I need to know to keep myself healthy and let my body take care of itself outside of Big Pharma drugs. There is a ton to learn, but if you're dedicated enough, it will be the best amount of time you will ever spend. It will also leave you totally disillusioned as to how duped we have been by the medical establishment. I never knew they (more people than you can ever think of) were profiting/getting wealthy off of our suffering. As they'll say, Just pop another pill (it makes us billions of dollars).
Um, no thank you.