I have a question for cysters in the united states. Have any of you have had to use FMLA for pcos. I'll give you some background on the question. In the past year I've had 3 instances where I needed to go to the emergency room do to pain from cysts in my ovaries. Thank god there hasn't been any damage to my ovaries but when this occurs as many of you know it's excruciating pain. Inalso have extremely heavy menstrual cycles especially when they are extremely late. So bad that I've soaked through clothing at work and have had to go home. At my employer we accrue 1.80 hrs ever pay period of sick time. Which every pay period is every 2 weeks. This works out to be about 3hr a month. So 1 whole sick day it takes about 3 months to accumalate. Now when I've had to go to the emergency room/doctors office (depending if it was business hours or non business hours) for treatment, they suggest I bedrest with my legs elevated give me strong pain medication that make me sleepy. Normally it's 2 days i'm out of work for the cysts and for my menstruation (my menstruation is not every month, more like every other month) I've gotten doctors excuses for my absences and my job still wrote me up for taking what they call personal time. Personal time is when you don't have any sick time available but you won't make it in to work you don't get paid. Now after asking different co-workers i found out I may be eligible for FMLA (Family medical leave act). ost women take this when they go on maternity leave,but i found out it's not just for maternity leave. You can take FMLA whenever you have medical conditon that requires time off from work due to your condition. I'm really worried because everything on my yearly review was great except for this area. I really can't afford o lose my job. Any extra info on this or if any of you have used FMLA for PCOS? Also how did you approach your doctor? The doctor has to fill out some paper work in order for my job to approve the FMLA. Any input is GREATLY appreciated.