Hi ladies, I don't have a diagnosis of PCOS, but I do have a cyst on my left ovary that was discovered a couple of months before my hair loss began. They did an ultrasound and said it wasn't anything dangerous, but to keep an eye on it. Anyway, that was about 9 months ago, and for the past few months I've been having pain in my lower left abdomen (near the ovary) off and on. Sometimes it's just a dull ache that lasts a few hours, sometimes it's a stabbing pain that comes on quickly and then goes away. It hurt almost all day yesterday, and I ate a bunch of sugar yesterday, as well (treated myself to some Sunday donuts). I know that with PCOS, insulin issues arise (and would likely explain pain after eating lots of sugar)? But I'm curious if that's true for non-PCOS cysts as well? And, for anyone who's feeling extremely generous--where is the line between just "having cysts on your ovaries" vs being PCOS? Just curious how a doctor determines the difference. Sorry for invading your board, but I figured you would be the most knowledgeable ladies to ask. Thanks!