Endometriosis UK
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I'm Jordan and I'm 23 and suffer from both PCOS and Endometriosis. I was diagnosed with PCOS at about 16/17 and officially diagnosed with endometriosis in march of last year. I've had 2 laparoscopys to date, including what feels like hundreds of thousands of internal and external scans, and recently a cystoscopy.

As I've got older my symptoms have got so much worse. Especially in the past 6 months. It completely dominates my life.

In less than a year I've put on over 2 stone- which is ridiculous considering I don't even eat unhealthily and do moderate exercise and walking.

All I seem to do is put weight on constantly- to the point where I cant even wear any jeans at all. The bloating makes everything worse so I'm living in elasticated waist trousers.

I went to my gp and asked for some help or advice as I feel like even with calorie counting and exercise it's not making any difference and asked about metaformin but nothing materialised from it. I'm so unhappy. I'm due to see my gynecologist on Tuesday in regard's to considering another surgery and am going to obviously ask for some help and advice too but is there anything any of you have tried that has made any difference?

It feels like a vicious circle of being ill all the time, putting on weight, aggravating symptoms and such. I'm on anti-depressants which take the edge of feeling so hopeless but I just really want to try to make a difference as my confidence is dropping. I've gone from being slim with only a little chubby belly to having full on rolls of fat and people around me including family have started to make comments.

What on earth can I do?

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks :(



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I'm so sorry you're going through this and I completely understand how you feel. I have the same issues you have and am so frustrated by the medical community's lack of insight into fixing this problem. Instead they prescribe pill after pill covering symptoms, never fixing the underlying issue. Underground Wellness is one of my favorite podcasts. So many great interviews with experts on everything from pcos to infertility to perfect digestion. I linked two of the podcast below that talk about pcos. I hope they give you hope and a plan of action. Best of luck!



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Have you tried changing your diet? Have a look at the endo diet. I've just started it this week after my 2nd lap for endo. It's certainly not easy but maybe have a look? Good luck!

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Hi Jordon

I can't really help much with PCOS but have a look at the NHS Choices section on it that will at least tell you if you are being treated appropriately for it. Click on all the tabs.


It must be so hard to keep the weight off, especially when you probably feel fatigued with the endo, but it really can help as fat tissue produces oestrogen that can make endo worse x.

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Diets for PCOS and Endo are quite similar but as someone else has said, can take some changing to your lifestyle. Mainly cutting out sugar, wheat, caffeine, red meat and alcohol. And eating non processed food. It made a real difference for me.

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