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June 30th, 2003


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02:27 pm
that's just plain weird.
lesbians have higher rate of certain fertility problem than hetero women

I'm trying to come up with something social/behavorial instead of physical that would cause this, but I don't know enough about fertility issues. heh.

interesting implications for the gay/straight nature/nurture issue either way.
mood: contemplativecontemplative

(4 bits of drivel | babble incoherently)

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From:margolia
Date:June 30th, 2003 12:17 pm (UTC)
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I have PCOS. I'm bi. Go figure.

That article, and the name of the syndrome, are both misleading. (actually, that article was pretty bad... :fumes: ) PCOS is only a "fertility" issue by association, because it fucks with women's hormone levels. But, many women who have PCOS don't have cysts on their ovaries, and many are fertile without the aid of drugs.

PCOS is caused by an excess of insulin in the blood stream, which throws all hormone levels out of wack and cause PCOS women to gain weight and makes it next to impossible for them to lose weight. The reason for the elevated insulin levels is not yet known. I'm not totally clear on the link between insulin and hormone levels (I had it figured out once, but have since forgotten). But, the link between elevated insulin and weight gain is a clear one: when your body begins to metabolize simple carbs (white flour, sugar), the first thing the insluin in your body does is lay away any other nutrients in your blood stream as fat. Hence, more insulin = more fat. And it is really hard to lose it. Basically you have to treat the insulin problem and the weight problem at the same time.

Now, relate this to the sexuality issue. Ok, I'm sticking my neck out here, but this opinion is based on both personal experience and observation. Almost all PCOS women are overweight. Almost all have problems with hirsutism (excess hair in all the wrong places for women in our society). Being that it is almost an accepted fact that women are more easily bisexual than men, whether by biology or cultural assimilation, I don't know (don't bite my head off, go read the studies and consider the evidence)... does it follow that many (conciously, unconciously, whatever) would gravitate towards other women? In our society? Where a hair on your chin and a extra pounds can be death in the eyes of a potential male love-interest? (at least in the mind of the women)

I am, of course, not talking for all lesbians, or all women with PCOS. I am not trying to undermine the queer movement or anything like that. But, for some people it is a choice, regardless of whether it was made conciously or not, whether a woman felt she was forced into it by our culture or happily chose it. :/disclaimer:

Reposted. Accidentally used the angry face, sorry!
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From:inahandbasket
Date:June 30th, 2003 12:20 pm (UTC)
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you can use whatever face you want darling.
;o)

I hope my entry didn't seem to espouse one point of view or the other, was trying to keep it as neutral as I am on the issue. heh.

Thanks for all the info!
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From:margolia
Date:June 30th, 2003 12:26 pm (UTC)
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:grins: Thanks, I think I will...

No, no, you were impressively neutral in your post, this is just something I've had to deal with for a long time and if you even hint about giving me a soapbox for just a minute... right, well you saw.

Yeah. While that article was rather impressively incorrect about a lot of things, at least the syndrome is getting press. Because three years ago even my OB/GYN didn't know what it was. O_o Hopefully this will help the push for further research into it... medical research into women's health issues is pitifully behind and the field needs any push it can get.
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From:miyyu
Date:July 1st, 2003 08:33 am (UTC)
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I think you make an excellent point. I think that it's not that there aren't just as many bi men out there as bi women but rather in our culture it is much more difficult for men to express/act upon any "deviant" sexuality than it is for women. I was talking to Martin about this and he made an interesting comment: In the eyes of the homophobic straight male majority, there are no bisexual men, there are only homosexual men. With all that implies as a threat to "manliness" blah blah blah.

If you are ever looking for PCOS resources (which I am sure you have found many of by now) I know that vaginapagina has some in the memories and on their website. Much love for vagpag, that community has completely sucked me in :)
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