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Old 08-06-2008, 08:40 PM   #11
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Cool Hi all

I've been in the group for some time but haven't been active for almost a year now. I decided to "check in" because things are going WELL for me. I was happy to see this new "Lavender" forum!! I'm lesbian. Never heard about PCOS being more prevalent in lesbian/bi women. Hum.

I'm 36 and probably have had PCOS since I was very young. I started growing breasts when I was in the 3rd/4th grade. I was always thin and active before then. Crazy how long this took to figure out. I remember thinking "gee, it would be great if I actually had a thyroid problem to blame this weight thing on". Yeah. Then the period started getting very funky and then the facial hair...I had no idea that they were connected until I happened to see a blurb about PCOS on a local news show. It was like..."wow...that's me!" I went to the Dr and she ran tests and sent me to a specialist, and now just about 2 years later I've lost 68 lbs. on the metformin (uh...I know I'm unusually lucky--no side effects on the Met. AND I've basically not changed my diet at all, though I have more energy and feel more like exercising). Spironolactone has helped decrease the facial hair and YAZ has normalized my periods (and my moods, I think).

Anyways...that's me, I'm glad to be back. Oh, and the really good news: 4 days ago I bought the smallest size jeans that they carry in the "fat girls' store"!!!
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Old 08-16-2008, 10:16 PM   #12
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PERFECT!

Heellooooo, name's SpicedSugar. Got my little intro in the "Teens" section.
Doesn't hurt to chit chat more though

I am bisexual. Known for... quite a while. lol
My doc and I aren't sure if I have PCOS, even though I tested "positive" for it. (mostly confusion regarding symptoms, etc...)

wwwweeellll, i'm glad that there are some parents willing to accept their son/daughter is homo or bi.. makes me feel good. My parents personally don't, but then again... it's interesting. my mom simply doesn't believe me and adds "even if you were, that's GROSS!" and my father is a homophobe so i didn't tell him at all

ah well. Life goes on. look forward to talkin' to more of you
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:25 PM   #13
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It's great to see this forum. I've been wanting to ask if there were other gay women around here, but wasn't sure how!

I was diagnosed with PCOS about a year ago when my wife pushed me to ask the doctor if there might be any explanation/cure for my excessive body and facial hair. He tested my hormone levels and diagnosed me based on high testerone and DHEA levels and also the LH/FSH ratio. It was weird because I have always associated my masculine traits with being gay even though there are many very feminine women who are gay. But once I was diagnosed, it completely changed that. I realized that my masculinity doesn't make me "butch" it just means I have a hormone disorder. That sounds weird, doesn't it? What I mean is, I like jewelry and feminine clothes, but I have an inherently masculine appearance - and that's OK!

I resisted a lesbian identity as a teenager because I felt like it was what everyone expected of me because of my appearance, and I hate to do what is expected of me! But when I fell in love at 18 that was it, I had to be gay. We've been together for over thirteen years now.

That's great that they created this forum for us, I look forward to checking back in.
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Old 03-17-2009, 01:21 AM   #14
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Hi Emily, and welcome!

Many women with excess androgens struggle with their identity - straight or not. I know I've always been a bit of a tom-boy, but I still like to dress up and look pretty every now and then! lol As I tell others - just because you have a medical issue which gives you more masculine symptoms, you are still a woman. Perhaps a physically stronger, maybe a bit more aggressive woman, but still a woman. That means that you have a heart and soul just like the rest of us. I'm glad that you were able to push aside other people's expectations and decide what is right for you.

There is supposed to be something about lesbian/bi women being more likely to have androgen disorders (like PCOS) - something about hormone levels while in the womb, I believe. I think it is a real study, not just something cooked up to "explain butch women", but I can't find the study now. If I find it, I'll post it for everyone.

Anyways, welcome! Take care!
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:07 PM   #15
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Hi I'm Jacqueline from Ontario Canada. I'll be 25 this coming sept.
I just found out that i have PCOS (minus the ovarian cyst) i actually knew I had this for about 6years i had been asking my doc to check it out for me which he always told me " just lose weight, and when you find a husband and want to have babies worry about it" mind you I told him that would never happen i'm a lesbian and happy with that fact. anyways my gf finally got fed up and took me to the womens clinic and my new doc who is an awesome woman who is very accepting she ran all the test and came out that i was right. but now not only do i have pcos that went untreated for so long i've developed a Fatty liver, and onset type 2 diabetes. i found this all out friday and i'm still trying to deal with it all. it was alot for me to take in.

either way i'm here, and i'm queer and i have pcos and looking for women who can identify with my problem, i just need that support you know?
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Old 03-31-2009, 08:40 AM   #16
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Hi Jacqueline,

I am originally from Toronto (now in New Brunswick), so, welcome neighbour!

There's a TON of information about PCOS and how to manage it on the General Discussion board. The good news is that treating your T2Diabetes will also help treat your PCOS, especially the lifestyle changes (I'm talking diet and exercise, here, NOT husband-hunting!!! I can't believe he said that - well, actually I can! )

Take care, and feel free to post on the other boards, too - discrimination in general is not tolerated here! There are other queer and bi women who have posted - you can even find them in the Fertility board as they TTC with donated sperm!

Anyways, welcome, and I hope you find all the answers and support that you need!
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:55 AM   #17
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Hi ladies,
I'm Hannah. I'm 25 and I was diagnosed with "a form" of PCOS about a year and a half ago (I don't have weight symptoms but I've got everything else). My doc put me on birth control, and I was on it up until this month when I went rogue and decided to try the natural route. I have insurance that would only cover me if I got in a horrible accident, so paying $40 for monthly meds isn't my bag. It's also the reason I haven't talked with my doctor or a naturopath, even though I would like to.
I'm bisexual, and I also figured that this is a good place for someone who's not trying to get pregnant at the moment. I want to treat all my symptoms, not just have my "cured" litmus test be having a baby. I haven't been in a relationship with anyone since way before my diagnosis was confirmed, and I've got a lot of anxiety about it because I'm afraid no one will want to get close to me with scarred skin and facial hair, but I'm looking forward to my body functioning as it should.
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:03 AM   #18
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Hi Dusty,

Welcome to the boards!

There are many women here who aren't looking to conceive for many reasons, so don't be afraid to post in the General Discussion, Lifestyle, or other areas, too!

You're absolutely right in that PCOS is a lot more than "just" a fertility issue - it's really a metabolic issue that happens to have gyno symptoms. Left untreated, PCOS is connected to high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and a higher risk of developing diabetes.

If you haven't already, make sure you read the FAQ's at the top of this board, or at the top of the General Discussion board. It has a TON of information!

Take care, and welcome once again!
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:07 PM   #19
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Hi everyone!
I'm 21 y.o. and bisexual (and have known since I was 17), and am also glad this section of the forum exists. Even though I know its not just a fertility issue, I didn't feel I had much to add on most of the site since I never planned to have kids.
But ya, I've only been diagnosed for about a week, so I've just started on the pill and I'm trying to work out some diet stuff, and that's where I am right now.
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:19 PM   #20
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Well, my name is Camilla, I am 18, and I happen to be bi and have PCOS for about a year and a half. I had gained a lot of extra weight, about 30 pounds over 6 months, and my acne got worse. I'm not sure if I actually have cysts on my ovaries, but I certainly wouldn't doubt it with my medical luck.
Either way, I am happy that this group was created because I actually just came out to my parents about a week ago (about being bi). Thankfully, they are very supportive and want to meet my girlfriend.
I think that my girlfriend also has PCOS but I'm not exactly sure how to bring it up without hurting her feelings. She has a lot of the same symptoms as me, minus the acne.
Thank you for being a very valuable and helpful resource, I'm sure I will be posting more, just wanted to say hello.

-Camilla

P.S. I am not sure I believe that being bi/lesbian is part of PCOS. I think that the elevated hormone levels may aid in certain feelings, but I believe that it is always inherently there. Also, gay men are shown to have higher levels of testosterone then straight men...
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