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Forum Name: Gynecology

Question: Polycystic ovarian syndrome, birth control pills and weight


 caroline 999 - Fri Sep 05, 2008 10:42 am

Hi, I have a complex situation and am rather worried.
My doctor suspects I have Polycystic ovarian syndrome as I have always had very irreguale periods and recently havent had one for the last 5 months. I also am experiencing excessive hair on my neck and thinning hair on my head!
As a result I have been advised to take birth control pills, Diane to be particular.

I also have hypothyroidism which has recently become hyperthyroidism and so my eltroxin intake has been reduced from 1.0 to .5.

I am a model by trade and am worried I will experience weight gain as a result of lowered eltroxina and with the introduction of birth control. Is this a ligitimate fear? Is it okay if I maintain my eltroxin intake at 1.0? just until my body adjusts to birth control? I fear these two changers at the same time will have adverse effects!

Please help, thanks.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:05 pm

User avatar Hello,
It has been shown that any weight gain resulting from birth control pills is minimal and your symptoms of PCOS are much more bothersome than that I would think. As for your thyroid condition, you should follow your prescription exactly to maintain a normal thyroid level. I understand your concern about your appearance and body image but your health is more important and thyroid should not be adjusted for weight purposes.

Good luck with this.

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