I've probably had it my whole life. My mom has it and so does my older sister... I dunno...I just thought I'd somehow managed to escape it. I never really showed any concrete signs. Sure, I'd missed periods and had irregular periods my whole life, but it never seemed like that big a deal. And the women in my family are notoriously heavy set. Not really in a bad way though. I'm almost six foot. And though I've always been curvy, I've never been "fat". Then when I was 20 I was having HORRENDOUS pain I just associated with PMS. I went to my Dr to see if he could prescribe some sort of pain relief but instead he wanted to do ultra sounds. ??? This confused me. But what they found made sense. My right ovary was completely eat up with cysts. Even then though, we didn't really think it was PCOS. So many of the other symptoms I didn't think I had. Well, after my daughter was born weight loss became impossible. I changed my eating habits DRAMATICALLY...and nothin'. I stayed as active as possible...nothin'. And on top of this...I went 8 months without a period. I wasn't even ovulating. And now, a year since my daughter was born I weigh 260 pounds. (100 lbs more than I weighed when I got pregnant with her and 50 lbs more than I was when I had her) I couldn't take it anymore, so last winter I broke down and started doing research on PCOS. And man...I was surprised at how many of the symptoms I had. I really hadn't thought any thing about the eczema on my breasts (I've had eczema my whole life). I was exhausted sure, but I attributed it to being a new mom. And the missing periods...well, I'd always been that way...not a big deal right? So so wrong. Well, I went to the Dr and she said I could be a poster child for PCOS. GREAT. Just great. In some ways, I'm relieved. At least I know what's wrong so I can start to fix it ya know? I guess I'm just wondering if anyone else out there is dealing with this too. We haven't discussed or started any treatments yet. This is all still very new. But, I'm scared. Hopeful, but scared.