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Newly Diagnosed PCOS

I am 23 and have just been diagnosed with PCOS. I am a tall slim girl with a healthy diet. I am also on the minipill.

I suffer with constant heavy periods, aches and pains in my abdomen and legs, acne and fatigue.

I take ibuprofen to help my pain and have erythromycin lotion for my skin.

I have also been referred for a hysteroscopy - does anybody have any previous experience of this that could tell me what the procedure is like??

Does any body have any tips that can help at all ?

Willing to try anything 🙂 xx

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I had a Hysteroscopy under General Anaesthetic. It was all over rather quickly. I was home by lunchtime. It was a straight forward procedure for me (nothing found). Gynaecologist thought I might have had polyps.

Have you ever had blood tests to rule out Hypothyroidism? Thyroid Antibodies TPO and Tg? Also Free T3, FreeT4, TSH, T3 & T4?

You have some symptoms of Hashimoto's Autoimmune Thyroiditis. The Thyroid Antibodies blood tests would eliminate or confirm this. More reliable than the other Thyroid Function Tests.

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That’s good that the scan doesn’t take all day then. I’ve not been referred for 1 specific symptom just that some of my general symptoms don’t correlate with my PCOS such as fatigue and bleeding after intercourse.

I have just had normal Thyroid Function Tests which came back unremarkable but this is something I will definitely research!

Thanks for replying 🤗

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Hi. Hysteroscopy is not a scan. It's more a thorough internal.

Found a couple of definitions on Google.

Wikipedia : " Hysteroscopy is the inspection of the uterine cavity by endoscopy with access through the cervix."


" Hysteroscopy is a proceure that allows your doctor to look inside your uterus in order to diagnose and treat causes of abnormal bleeding. Hysteroscopy is done using a Hysteroscope, a thin, lighted tube that is inserted into the vagina to examine the cervix and inside of the uterus.

I would have thought your Gynaey would have sent you for an Internal / Transvaginal Ultrasound scan first.



I have already had a transvaginal ultrasound which is how I got diagnosed with PCOS but some symptoms are anomalies so hes wanting me to have a hysteroscopy to look for other causes of these x

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With Hashimoto's, Thyroid function bloods fluctuate. So the reliable tests are the Antibodies - TPO (Thyroid Peroxidase ) and Tg (Thyroglobulin ). So do ask for these. If antibodies are raised then you have Hashimoto's. It's also a good idea to ask for blood tests to check nutrients levels of Vitamin D, B12, Folate and Ferritin. Google NHS choices - symptoms of the deficiencies of . . . (each nutrient). List any you have.

I was left undiagnosed and untreated for many years. I had Hypothyroid Blood results in 2008 but didn't know as no one told me. A Rheumatologist noticed them on the computer in 2010, I was feeling much better by then though. He retested, they came back Euthyroid ie within 'Normal ' range. So he said Thyroid's OK and diagnosed Fibromyalgia !!! But I was told I had Fibrositis decades earlier!

I eventually applied for a copy of my hospital records, didn't pay the fee because I applied within 40 days of last being seen. I found that the bloods reported by the lab as Euthyroid were actually only just in range. The T4 was low in range, the TSH high.

I asked my GP for an Ultrasound scan of my Thyroid, he referred me to an Endocrinologist when he got the results. Endo posted blood form out for me to have tests 7 days before appointment. He tested TPO and T3 (which hadn't been done before) amongst others. He also arranged urgent test to check my adrenals first before I started my Thyroid medication (Levothyroxine, the synthetic Thyroxine hormone).

You may wish to consider askig about having adrenals checked out also.




I don't understand why , but I had notifications showing you liked and responed but not getting your reply on here. I'll try again in the morning.

I forgot to mention that I have learned from Thyroid forum that an Underactive Thyroid can cause PCOS.

So worth checking it out.



Hi there. I am worried for you. I must say, You are too young for this. I wish all your problems vanish away. Please consult with atleast 3 doctors then decide something. Take care of your diet and health. Take care.

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There are a lot of treatments available for females having PCOS. If you have PCOS and are trying to get pregnant, the following fertility drug treatments may be helpful. Metformin (Glucophage). To reduce high insulin levels and stabilize your hormones, your doctor may prescribe a medication called metformin. After taking metformin, your ovulation cycles may become more regular and the chances of getting pregnant will definitely increase.


Hi not trying to get pregnant just looking to manage my symptoms :)


I can feel your pain. I have been with the same feeling a few years back. I was ttc but then came to know about PCOS. I felt these changes after my marriage. Well, you should first go for the treatment. I got the treatment and now blessed with two sons. So stay positive because everything happens for a reason.


Hi all, I have recently been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), my condition right now is, feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, hopeless and confused. Being diagnosed with any illness or disease can be scary, but with PCO’s it can feel devastating. I have no words to explain my condition right now. One of my biggest fears after being diagnosed with PCO’s is infertility. Other minor problems that I am going through are acne, hair loss or excess hair, weight gain and depression. I really need help and support.


hey, i went through the same thing, and i can totally uderstand. i was willing to try pretty much anything too. you should be glad that they reffered you for the procedure so early on because i suffered quite a lot before i was reffered for mine. im really happy that i went ahead with it, the process wasnt that bad,and the results have been pretty good. i have a significant reduction in the pain at least. and im really grateful for that. i would suggest that you go ahead with it. i think it will prove to be beneficial for you. best wishes!


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