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    So ladies-I'm in college and we have to write a persuasive research paper. Any topic. I chose (big surprise) PCOS! I'm trying to write and re-write my thesis statement. It needs to be persuasive/argumentative. Help! Any ideas??? I'm stuck on this part since I found out it needed to be more of an argument. grrr

    Also, at some point in the very near future I will be asking for a few volunteers for "life experience" interviews...any takers? I'll be asking about treatment for infertility mainly and your diagnosis.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you ladies!
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    What is the point you are trying to persuade people on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Legally_Michelle View Post
    What is the point you are trying to persuade people on?
    Yeah, that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Legally_Michelle View Post
    What is the point you are trying to persuade people on?
    Ditto

    Let me know, I may be willing to let you interview me. I am in college myself I know what a pain thesis based papers can be. I'm never good at coming up with thesis statements. My focus is creative writing though, so I don't have to write many actual essays anymore.

    You could say something about the misinterpretations people have with it, or how it seems like an innocent enough disease... until you see the darker side, lol. Or something about people's reactions, hurtful while trying to be helpful. Or the way it is a common syndrome, yet it does not receive the coverage other less common diseases do. Or how society interprets us, versus how it really is. Just some random thoughts... I don't know exactly which way you could go with them, or how you would turn them into hard arguments... but they're food for thought.

    Good luck with your paper
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    Maybe you could write a persuasive paper about how insurance should cover fertility treatment. It's a spin off PCOS.

    I'm game for an interview. I've written my fair share of papers. I'm just finishing my masters.
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    Hmm not sure what you could do it about but, if you need people interview I'm game.
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    My thesis is basically about women needing to take charge of their own health and demand proper care since there are so many women who go undiagnosed and/or untreated for years b/c of uneducated doctors and the controversy surrounding diagnostic criteria and treatment options.

    So for those willing to be in my paper-how have you had to take charge in your PCOS journey? How long did it take you to be diagnosed etc?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnotherDreamer View Post
    Ditto


    You could say something about the misinterpretations people have with it, or how it seems like an innocent enough disease... until you see the darker side, lol. Or something about people's reactions, hurtful while trying to be helpful. Or the way it is a common syndrome, yet it does not receive the coverage other less common diseases do. Or how society interprets us, versus how it really is. Just some random thoughts... I don't know exactly which way you could go with them, or how you would turn them into hard arguments... but they're food for thought.

    Good luck with your paper
    Great ideas! thank you!!
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    My mom took charge for me when I was a teen. After a year of no periods she dragged me to the doctor. I was diagnosed right away. I was put on the pill and left there for years.

    My real journey started when we were ready to TTC. I asked my OBGYN (whom I love) about it and she said to have at it for 3-6 months and if it didn't work she'd call in clomid. Since I found this website, I wasn't satisfied with that. I started monitoring my cycle and did a bunch of research. Then I called an RE. She basically re-diagnosed me. I've been through more tests than I knew existed. She determined what my hormone issues were and that I didn't have issues with uterine shape, polyps, or blocked tubes. She also checked DH to make sure we weren't fighting my battles in vain.

    I think my journey was "smoother" than others.
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    ok I changed my thesis statement (again) to: PCOS may sound like an innocent enough disease, and many people have probably never even heard of it, yet it is the leading cause of infertility in the United States, it has no cure, and can affect all aspects of a women's health for the rest of her life.

    Question-how has PCOS affected your health and/or your daily life?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ange23 View Post
    ok I changed my thesis statement (again) to: PCOS may sound like an innocent enough disease, and many people have probably never even heard of it, yet it is the leading cause of infertility in the United States, it has no cure, and can affect all aspects of a women's health for the rest of her life.

    Question-how has PCOS affected your health and/or your daily life?
    Hmmm, okay. Here I go:

    PCOS has made my life hell, to be honest. Weight gain, high testosterone, facial hair; the list goes on. Of course, the most horrible way it has affected me is through infertility. You grow up thinking you can have children, I mean everyone else does... right? That's what we're raised believing. And then, at 21, I found out that I may not ever be able to have children. I decided to fight against that. Now, two years, six rounds of fertility treatments, and two miscarriages later, I am really starting to believe that I won't ever have children. This has in turn taken a toll on my emotional health. I feel like a failure as a woman, as a wife, and as a mother. Everyday is a struggle as I try to find a new way of living. I'm constantly trying to figure out how I can still have the future I want despite infertility. Then society labels me as being obsessed, because I have an incurable medical condition and I want to find a way to beat it. Because I want to do the most basic thing, what a woman is meant to do; I want to bear children. So, I am "obsessed" because it doesn't come easy for me and I'm willing to fight for it. It hardly seems fair. The whole situation isn't fair. There are so many obstacles woman with PCOS have to fight on a daily basis, why should society's ignorance be added to the list? It's a common disease, yet it's one hardly anyone knows about.

    Hope that helps I think it turned into a little rant, but you can take whatever you need from it, so hopefully there is something useful in there.
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    Well, besides not being able to conceive and seeing preggos every time I leave the house, I have to remember to take my pills twice a day (very hard for me to do).
    I have to keep a much closer eye on my fertility signs than a non-PCOSer would because I don't know if/when I will ovulate. The expense of doctor visits gets up there too. There is always that fear that we'll have to do IVF (talk about expense!)

    I think the most frustrating thing about it is that there really isn't much I can do about it. I'm a control freak and the fact that I can't control something as personal and important as my body just makes me want to cry. I'm a healthy weight, vegetarian, don't drink, smoke, or do drugs, already eat a low GI diet, and exercise 4 days a week....what else is there?

    I really wish I had known about this BEFORE TTC! I had never heard of it, but had had irregular cycles since puberty. Maybe if my mother and I were more open about things like this I wouldn't be fighting it as hard today? I think early detection and treatment may have helped. I guess most people don't know they have it until they start TTC (read that somewhere, I think).


    I don't know if that's what you're looking for, but those are the things I hate most about PCOS: medication, lack of control, and having a hard time TTC
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    Another Dreamer-Your rant is exactly what I'm looking for! My purpose for this paper is not to just get another grade to pass another class. I want my paper to be read by everyone and for it to be an eye opener for people. Thank you very much for sharing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ange23 View Post
    Another Dreamer-Your rant is exactly what I'm looking for! My purpose for this paper is not to just get another grade to pass another class. I want my paper to be read by everyone and for it to be an eye opener for people. Thank you very much for sharing!
    No problem. Good luck with your paper, I hope it turns out the way you want it to
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