I've been absent from the paleohacks community for a little while, but this is something that I haven't been able to wrap my head around and wanted to throw it out there to you guys.
Some background: I am 22, 5'9" and 135lbs. I have been eating a low-carb paleo for 6 months (with butter, and cream in my coffee). For a couple of years prior, I was following a loosely low-carb diet. I have never had ovulation pain, or bad menstrual cramps in my entire life. My periods have always been very regular, varying at most 27-31 days. I usually work out 2-3x/week.
About a week after my last period, I started having intense lower abdominal pain near my ovaries. Sometimes unilaterally, sometimes bilaterally, but it never went away. After 5 days I started getting shooting pains and feeling dizzy and very nauseous. Upon going to my gyno, the ultrasound he performed showed that I had multiple ovarian cysts. He said it wasn't enough to be PCOS just yet, but told me that I should go on birth control immediately to prevent the condition from getting worse, so I wouldn't develop the symptoms of PCOS, so I'd be able to have kids more easily in the future, etc.
And here is where my question lies: I've read tons of info online and elsewhere about low-carb helping women with PCOS get off of birth control and hormones, help them lose weight and help leptin sensitivity, etc. I do Not, not not want to start taking exogenous hormones, and I'm wondering if anyone has had experience with a condition like this While they were already eating a paleo/low-carb diet? If so, did your condition improve as you continued to eat this way? Should I continue to eat low-carb/low-sugar and see if it helps improve the condition? If I've had this condition for a long time, why would it be rearing its ugly head Now after I have been eating so cleanly? Did you or did you not start taking hormones, and what was the result? Any information you guys could give me would be appreciated :)