Mary asks…

I have PCOS and my doctor gave me diane35 for 6months.Can anyone tell me something more abot PCOS or DIane 35?

Helen answers:

Well I too have PCOS and my friend told me about this site. It has a little of everything from diet information to a forum that helps you. Especially if you have FAQ.


Acne, seborrhoea (oily skin), facial hair growth and androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness and hair loss in women) are caused by excessive male hormone activity. Approximately 10-20 % of women are affected by disorders related to hyperandrogenism. These symptoms are not merely cosmetic, but are often linked with menstrual disorders, metabolic abnormalities and ovarian cyst formation (Polycstic ovary syndrome [PCOS]). Women with PCOS are at increased risk of sterility, diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases. The timely therapy of hyperandrogenism therefore plays an important preventive role.

CPA inhibits the influence of androgens. The anti-androgenic activity of CPA reduces the excessive secretion of sebum by the sebaceous glands. This improves acne and hair and skin greasiness. The loss of hair which frequently accompanies seborrhoea diminishes. Diane-35 ® is also effective in mild forms of hirsutism.

Apart from the described anti-androgenic effect, cyproterone acetate has also a pronounced progestational action. Therefore, ovulation does not take place during treatment with Diane-35 ® and the additional use of hormonal or other contraceptives is unnecessary. The combination of CPA with ethinylestradiol ensures excellent cycle control.

Although the pecise causes of hair loss in women is not fully understood, Diane-35 is one of the few medications which has been shown under clinical evaluation to help prevent hair loss and promote hair growth in women.

WARNING: Diane-35 is intended FOR WOMEN ONLY. Although most women do not experience side effects when they start taking the Pill, some do experience symptoms such as spotting between periods, nausea, breast tenderness or headaches. However, these symptoms subside as the body is adjusting to the new hormone level.
In case any of these symptoms continue to occur, consult your doctor. For further information regarding side effects, please refer to your package insert leaflet.

Hope that helps.

Mark asks…

I take Linessa 28 birth control pills? Just wondering if anyone has experienced a brown spotting?

this brown spotting is NOT blood; it seems to occur like a week or two before my period starts. I then have my usual weekly cycle then it goes away; it’s now been about 12-14 days since my last cycle and it is occuring again! I had just changed BC pills here around christmas..and this is the first time i have experienced this. thanks. HW

Helen answers:

It says here if ur spotting u need to tell ur DR. IMMEDIATELY!! Good luck!

It is important to disclose your medical history, including any pre-existing conditions. You should not take this drug if you are allergic to estrogen or progestin, or any other medications.

Tell your doctor if you may be pregnant or have or have ever had jaundice during pregnancy or while you were using another type of birth control and if you have recently had surgery or have been unable to move around for any reason.

Also tell your doctor if you have or have ever had problems with your breasts such as lumps or an abnormal mammogram or:

high blood pressure
high blood cholesterol
stroke or mini stroke
blood clots in your legs, lungs, or eyes
thrombophilia (a condition in which the blood clots easily)
toxemia (high blood pressure during pregnancy)
heart attack
chest pain
coronary artery disease
migraine headaches
liver disease
heart disease
kidney disease
adrenal insufficiency
jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
unexplained vaginal bleeding
excessive weight gain
fluid retention during the menstrual cycle
What about possible side effects?
Tell your doctor of any and all side effects that you experience while taking this drug, including:

upset stomach
stomach cramps or bloating
increased or decreased appetite
weight gain or weight loss
brown or black skin patches
hair growth in unusual places
bleeding or spotting between menstrual periods
changes in menstrual flow
painful or missed periods
breast tenderness, enlargement, or discharge
difficulty wearing contact lenses
swelling, redness, irritation, burning, or itching of the vagina
white vaginal discharge
Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of these more serious side effects :

severe headache
severe vomiting
speech problems
dizziness or faintness
weakness or numbness of an arm or leg
crushing chest pain or chest heaviness
coughing up blood
shortness of breath
pain, warmth, or heaviness in the back of the lower leg
partial or complete loss of vision
double vision
bulging eyes
severe stomach pain
yellowing of the skin or eyes
loss of appetite
extreme tiredness, weakness, or lack of energy
dark-coloured urine
light-coloured stool
swelling of the hands, feet, ankles or lower legs
depression, especially if you also have trouble sleeping, tiredness, loss of energy, or other mood changes
unusual bleeding
This drug may cause other side effects. Talk to your doctor if you have any unusual symptoms while taking this medicine.

Sharon asks…

i would like to know there is any link between diabetic and hair loss ,dandruff and oily skin please reply?

i woluld like to know there is any related between daibetic and hair loss,dandruff and oily skin ,beacuse i have been suffering dandruff and oily skin ,before i was not having this proplem especially i am too much oily production in nights when wake up in the morning i all hair like become oily massage hair because this i am getting dandruff then dandruff getting dry then my hair coming out from root , from roote i can see white like dandruff ,because i have got this oily skin after when i got daibetic only so please give me reasons of these proplems and how i can control hair lose and dandruff

Helen answers:

Hair loss can be caused by diabetes. When I had gestational diabetes my hair started to fall out …

Dandruff .. Well … If you’re getting dehydrated as a result of your diabetes, then dandruf might follow. But some people just get dandruff for no reason.

I don’t know about the oily skin.


Sue: I had hair loss as a side effect of my gestational diabetes. I was never on diabetes medication of any kind, so that wasn’t it. I have seen hair loss listed as a side effect of diabetes.

Linda asks…

methylprednisolone side effects??? Help!?

I was prescribed methylprednisolone after a dental proceedure. The pack is the one where you take 6 pills at 4mg each for the first day and then taper it down each day for the next 6 days. I have taken my first days worth of the pills and feel EXTREME anxiety. Also, I do have slight muscle aches in my legs, not too bad. I’m wondering if this will get better as the dosage lessens or should I call my doctor about these side effects? Should I keep taking them through the weekend? I guess I wondering if this is normal and I’m worrying for nothing. Thanks
Thanks for the answers, I feel better now about the anxiety.
I’m real flushed and slightly red in the face too.
Do you think the muscle aches or the flushing are anything to worry about?

Helen answers:

SIDE EFFECTS: Methylprednisolone side effects depend on the dose and the duration and the frequency of administration. Short courses of methylprednisolone usually are well-tolerated with few and mild side effects. Long term, high doses of methylprednisolone usually will produce predictable and potentially serious side effects. Whenever possible, the lowest effective doses of methylprednisolone should be used for the shortest length of time to minimize side effects. Alternate day dosing also can help reduce side effects.

Side effects of methylprednisolone and other corticosteroids range from mild annoyances to serious irreversible bodily damage. Side effects include fluid retention, weight gain, high blood pressure, potassium loss, headache, muscle weakness, puffiness of the face, hair growth on the face, thinning and easy bruising of the skin, glaucoma, cataracts, peptic ulceration, worsening of diabetes, irregular menses, growth retardation in children, convulsions, and psychic disturbances. Psychic disturbances may include depression, euphoria, insomnia, mood swings, personality changes, and even psychotic behavior.

Prolonged use of methylprednisolone can depress the ability of the body’s adrenal glands to produce corticosteroids. Abruptly stopping methylprednisolone in these individuals can cause symptoms of corticosteroid insufficiency, with accompanying nausea, vomiting, and even shock. Therefore, withdrawal of methylprednisolone usually is accomplished by gradual tapering the dose. Gradually tapering methylprednisolone not only minimizes the symptoms of corticosteroid insufficiency, it also reduces the risk of an abrupt flare of the disease being treated.

Call your Doctor if you are even slightly concerned to be on the safe side

Helen asks…

I’ve been feeling very lightheaded lately?

I feel this way right now, sort of like I’m on the verge of dizziness. I’ve been eating normally with no changes to my diet, getting enough sleep this week was tough, but I got plenty last night (12 hours last night). I’ve been exercising, taking a B12 vitamin etc. So I don’t think anything should be wrong.

I’ve also noticed that the sides of my abdomen have been hurting when I laugh, like how it might hurt after a tough ab workout, but I haven’t done one to feel that way. I’m sort of worried about feeling this way, I just don’t know what could be causing it.
I don’t sleep 12 hours every night, I just slept for 12 last night because from Mon-Thurs I got a total of about 20 hours of sleep and was exhausted by the end of it.

Helen answers:

97% of people are vitamin D deficient – you may be also. I suggest having vitD levels tested. I was in severe chronic pain for 10 years & no doctor ever mentioned vitD deficiency.

Symptoms of acute vitD deficiency can include –

Hair Loss
Weakness, Sadness, Listlessness, Tiredness, Muscle-Pain,
Circulation problems,
Twitching, (Eyelid, Arm, or Legs)
fingernails have small white spots,
Standing causes back, hip, groin, and/or leg pain.

83% of people with low back pain were vitamin D deficient
95% of people with chronic pain had the pain go away with vitamin D

My theory is that since vitD is a mucolytic agent, it keeps lymph fluid thin & flowing. When the lymph fluids get thick &the fluids pool around nerves putting pressure on the nerves & triggering pain. Lymph fluids have no “pump” like the heart & works on gravity & movement to flow & fluids drain away relieving pressure on the nerves.

Vitamin D3 deficiency has become an epidemic, probably because people are washing daily. If you wash skin exposed to the sun within 48 hours, you wash off the oils where the vitamin D production starts. In northern latitudes (above that of Atlanta, Georgia) the sun is at too low an angle for half the year to provide sufficient UV radiation. If even available, UVB rays are only accessible while the sun is directly overhead. Most people need to take vitamin D, especially seniors, as the ability to synthesize vitamin D in the skin declines with age.

With exposure to sunlight in the summer, the body can generate up to 20,000iu of vitamin D per hour with no ill effects. In addition, no adverse effects have been seen with supplemental vitamin D intakes up to 10,000 IU daily.

Vitamin D3 is not a vitamin at all but a necessary hormone that effects the immune system, bones & nearly every aspect of health. Having low Vitamin D levels greatly increases risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, MS & being deficient can create or greatly exacerbate health problems. Many researchers claim that optimized vitamin D levels are more effective than a flu shot in preventing viral infections.

Always take your vitamin D with a fat-containing meal to ensure absorption.


Some prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol – vitamin D2). As warned by the National Institute of Health –

Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) over the counter and the upper limits are extremely high. U.S. RDA are much too low. Current recommendations from researchers are for 35iu per pound – a 143# person needs minimum of 5000iu per day (which is for minimal needs and does not replenish depleted stores) & the rda is 600iu.

Research published by Grassroots Health from the D*Action study shows that 97.5% of the adult population needs to take 9,600 IU’s of vitamin D per day in order to elevate their levels above 40ng/ml, which they believe is the absolute minimum for disease prevention. Need 14,100 IU/d to get 97.5% of the population above 50 ng/ml Universal intake of up to 40,000 IU vitamin D per day is unlikely to result in vitamin D toxicity.

I also highly recommend a low carb way of eating for optimal health.


Your vitamin D level should never be below 32 ng/ml, and any levels below 20 ng/ml are considered serious deficiency states, increasing your risk of as many as 16 different cancers and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, just to name a few.

They found that the body does not reliably begin storing cholecalciferol in fat and muscle tissue until 25(OH)D levels get above 50 ng/ml (125 nmol/L). That is, at levels below 50 ng/ml (125 nmol/L), the body uses up vitamin D as fast as you can make it, or take it, indicating chronic substrate starvation—not a good thing. 25(OH)D levels should be between 50–80 ng/ml (125–200 nmol/L), year-round.


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