Hi ladies! I've been a member of the Women's Hair Loss Project Network since last August, and every single person on there has been amazingly supportive and friendly. I even have a blog entry about how grateful I am for y'all Because I've been stressing majorly about the weight loss, I put a post up on a different website, in a forum specifically about weight loss. Well, let me tell you what--I have even more appreciation for the ladies in this network now! I posted basically the same thing as I have posted below, and I was instantly ATTACKED. I was called anorexic, psychotic, told I needed to be checked into a psych ward, told that I am starving myself, told that I was "stupid for eating organically", told that I was stupid for not knowing how to gain weight...within one day, there were a couple dozen replies on my thread, every one attacking me and telling me I'm a horrible person for being so thin. It was so bad that I started crying at work, and I got even more upset when I realized there was no way for me to delete my post...I had to email the site admin and have her delete it for me. Talk about humiliating and awful. So now I am here, where I should have been in the first place, posting my story once again, and humbly asking for advice, or just comfort, from women who have been in the same situation as me! Sooo my story! I was diagnosed with PCOS about 5 years ago, but I know I've been struggling with it for much longer than that. I was put on birth control pills to manage the PCOS, and that did seem to help. But the birth control was a whole new, terrible nightmare. I had every side effect in the book, including, you guessed it, major hair loss. I went off the pill going on a year ago, but I'm still struggling with the hair loss--instead of getting better, it has gotten worse. Also, since I went off the pill, I've lost around 15lbs. For someone my height and size (5'10 and now 115lbs), this has been really crappy! The backstory on my weight is: I've always been under-weight, was very tiny when I was a kid, and in my teenage years I was around 100lbs for a few years. When I was in my early 20s, I miraculously got up to 130lbs, which was amazing--I bought new clothes & bras...I LOVED IT! But now that I've lost the weight, I can't seem to get it back on, no matter what I do. I eat organically (have been for a while), I have protein shakes every morning, eat a lot of small things during the day, I'm not vegetarian, I take supplements once a day...I don't know what to do. All my pants are literally falling off--I went from a 3 or a 5 to a 0 or 1 now. My bras don't fit anymore, etc. I've always bruised very easily, but now it's even worse--and no, I'm not anemic, and yes I take an iron supplement once a day. I feel fragile now, and I'm only 27. When I was at my best weight, I was working out 3 times a week--very light cardio, mostly weight training. I wish I could get back to that, but I'm an over-full time student, (getting a degree in dietetics!) with two jobs and a 30 minute commute every day. I just have zero time to go to a gym, and no money for the membership. I never had "curves", but now I feel like a stick figure. I've been to a doctor several times about this and the hair loss. We've started blood tests, but the first two rounds (7 different tests, which included a two different thyroid tests) have come back normal. Normal is good news, but not good at helping me figure out what is wrong with me. My doctor and I are working on this, but he has no ideas so far other than increasing calorie consumption. I already pack as many calories into my daily diet as possible: morning protein shake like I said, lots of whole wheat bread/peanut butter sandwiches (so much peanut butter I'm totally sick of it), cheeses, crackers, veggies, fruits, meats, granola bars, whole wheat high-protein pastas, pizza, eggs, etc. I live alone and spend at least $80 a week on groceries just for myself, if that helps give an idea of how much I eat. I eat two to four whole meals a day, and snack all through the day, as much as possible. I am lactose intolerant, so I don't get as much dairy as I would like. I can eat cheese and yogurt, but not fresh milk or ice cream. Because of health issues, I've also cut a lot of sugar out of my diet in the past year--I limit it to fruits, organic granola bars, and honey. I never eat any refined white sugar, HFCS, or artificial sweeteners. Again, the PCOS may be playing a part in all of this, as well as stress, but there has to be something more. I'm open to any and all suggestions about weight gain, PCOS, and hair loss, and hope some people have had similar experiences that could shed some light on this. THANKS LADIES!!!