PCOS and Birth Control – Advice Needed!

I haven’t had much luck getting responses when I post about PCOS here, probably because my blog is usually reserved for crafts and food. But here we go, anyway.

I’ve been doing a lot of research on PCOS and how taking birth control may not be the best thing, especially if you have bad insulin resistance like I do. Most articles I’ve come across say that BC only MASKS the hormonal symptoms while making other symptoms worse. I’ve also read articles suggesting that women who had no symptoms but were taking BC then stopped, developed PCOS, and I believe that’s what happened to me.

I started taking the pill when I was 22 because I was in a serious relationship, but didn’t want to worry about baby scares. I was on it for a little over a year, and after a lot of weight gain and reading up on some of the dangers of taking BC, I decided to stop, and that’s when all hell broke loose. I gained MORE weight, had constant spotting, and generally felt like crap all the time. After about 8 months of this, I decided to see a gyno about it, and subsequent tests proved I had PCOS. The solution? I was put back on the pill, and nearly three years later, I’m still on it.

Recently, I’ve started taking my disease more seriously, doing research, reading articles, and talking with other women who share my plight.

And all that has lead up to this: my decision to stop taking the pill (Yaz) and try to control my PCOS with diet, exercise and natural remedies.

So, advice on this? Women with PCOS, do you take the pill or not? And what are you experiences with or without it?