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Some of you may remember my story where I was a vegetarian for a year and had weird symptoms such as loss of my period and was told by my parents (I'm almost 17) and my chiropractor to start eating meat again. This sounds extreme, but all of these issues started when I went veg. I did start eating meat for a few months and nothing changed. I am eating somewhat vegetarian again, as I decided that meat probably doesn't have a connection with these issues. I think that I have PCOS as I have the abnormal menstrual cycles, excess body hair, and while I am not overweight, I have put on about 15 lbs this year and my metabolism has slowed considerably. I went to a gynocologist who told me that I had this syndrome and wanted to put me on the pill, but I told them that I really didn't want to (even though they were really pushing it) . I feel this way because I have heard that it can further hinder fertility, it can cause mood problems and weight gain, and it is expensive to buy every month- I feel that it is unnessasary. I'd rather work on these issues in a natural manner. Many people feel that women with PCOS need to be on a lower carb diet. A vegetarian diet is naturally higher in carbohydrates. Do you think that a vegetarian diet is appropriate for people with PCOS? Right now I am a little chicken or fish once in a while because it is easier on my family and it is hard for me to eat fully veg while trying to eat lower carbs and also one doctor thinks that I have celiac disease, so I have to avoid gluten. Also, I have struggled on and off with food and eating issues and restricting my animal products too much seems to trigger this. I would like to eventually be fully vegetarian again but I want to make sure that this won't harm my health. Are any of you veg women also women with PCOS? Do you have to modify your diet so that you don't spike your blood sugar or gain unnessesary weight? Do you think that a vegetarian diet could possibly even help women with PCOS? Thank you so much!
 

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There's a website that some folks on the teacher board I visit like...<a href="http://www.soulcysters.com" target="_blank">www.soulcysters.com</a> I know vegetarianism/diet is an often discussed subject there.
 

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I second Jens post, soulcysters.com is great there are a few veggies on the boards. There is a whole section about natural treatment as well.<br><br><br><br>
I have PCOS as well, didn't find out I had it until last year when we were going through fertility treatments(I'm 33 BTW) I started a vegetarian diet last year, and during the holiday it was hard and I faltered, I am back again.<br><br>
Being PCOS also puts your insulin levels, & testosterone level to go haywire. Hence the excess hair, and weight gain. I just wanted to let you know there are people doing veggie lifestyles that have PCOS.<br><br><br><br>
I am glad you were able to find out early enough. Hope to see you on the cyster boards....I'm NtenseBlue over there!<br><br><br><br>
BTW, we stopped treatment fertility-wise, and are adopting from Vietnam! Too many children in the world need parents... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Thank you so much... I will definately go to that site. That's great by the way Butterfly, that you are adopting from Vietnam! If I cannot conceive I will probably adopt because I am pretty sure that I want to be a mom someday. Even if I have some of my own kids I may adopt.
 
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