I was put on it a couple of years ago before I was diagnosed to help with acne. It actually isn't soley recommended for help with hair growth, but instead with the acne. With that being said..I found it to work great, and it did even help me with the hair growth (it slowed it down...not stop it) My best results were of course with the acne. It now makes sense why it worked so well! However, everyone is a bit different...so this may or may not be your result.
However, please remember this is a diurectic originally designed as a blood pressure med...so be careful if you are on it...and monitor yourself closely.
Sakenberger, if you have been diagnosed with an adrenal issue, that is not PCOS. PCOS is a diagnosis that can only really be made when other conditions that might have caused your symptoms have been ruled out. Now, that does NOT mean that your symptoms are any less! Just that it's not PCOS (and you can still have the multiple cysts on your ovaries without it being PCOS). Unfortunately, there is no surgical cure for PCOS.
Be careful about having your adrenal gland removed - they are a very important gland that cannot be replaced. If they can remove only the part that is giving you trouble, then GREAT! But, I would do your research and find a VERY good surgeon! Once the surgery is done, though, if it's done well, you have a very good chance of never having any other issues again!!!
Good luck, and I hope you find an excellent surgeon!!!
Keep in mind that quite often with PCOS, your Sex Hormone Binding Globulin can be low. SHBG binds with androgens, making them less "powerful". The technically "normal" range is HUGE, so it may not be picked up, except by a good endo. Mine, for example, was technically "normal", but was still about 1/2 of what my endo would normally expect for a woman my age.
If your SHBG is low, you can have "normal" testosterone levels, but still have symptoms of high testosterone, and taking an anti-androgen like Spiro might not work.
I actually have PCOS from my adrenal gland. There is a small growth causing my testosterone to soar. I have to call Dr in the aM since I just had the circus in town 2 weeks ago! I just want them to remove it. My thyroid is also showing sign of weakening. But my cholesterol and blood sugar is great! So that's one good thing.
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I don't have an Endo but my gyn did my blood work not too long ago. All my numbers were normal, I mean perfectly normal. She was hesitant to put me on aldactone. I did laser years ago and it didn't work well for me, I would still like to try it but now that everything else is in check I might try the laser again since the cost has gone down and my Free testosterone isn't through the roof.
I'm taking that now.. Started taking it about 2 months ago. Helped with hair growth in that it has slowed down. I know it'll never go away, but its nice to not need a wax every 4 days. Only thing is I keep getting my period every 2 weeks. Makes me so worn out. I was good the past 2 months and now its back to its old tricks. I have constant PMS cramps, cranky, tired, headaches, bloated and very hungry. UGH!
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Thanks for the responses so far. I had a lot of blood work done about 2 years ago to make sure that what I had was PCOS. My dr. didn't out right tell me this but I have a degree in Medical biology and have done enough research on the condition to know what they test for when they think it might be something else. I plan on asking my new Dr. to do blood work again to make sure that nothing has changed. I'm hoping that considerable weight loss will also help the symptoms, since I have heard that losing weight may help with the hair growth. I'm lucky to not have the insulin resistance or any other complications. I don't plan on having kids soon so I hope that I can get to a healthy weight before then and that I won't have trouble conceiving, funny my my Dr. first mentioned possible fertility problems when I was 18 I thought he was crazy for bringing it up, now that I'm almost 23 I worry about and I don't plan to have kids until I'm close to 30.
I took Aldactone for almost a year. I did not see a big difference. It seemed that the hair growth slowed down a little. But, I was expecting more. Everyone is different so it may work better for other people.
Be aware that once a hair "turns" from a thin, short, light vellus hair ("peach fuzz") to a terminal hair (darker, thicker, longer), it will never turn back - although with hormone re-balancing it CAN get lighter and thinner to some extent and you can slow down it's growth speed. When your hormones are re-balanced, you can also prevent new hairs from "turning", too - which is why laser and electrolysis doesn't seem to work. It does kill off the hairs that have already "turned", but new ones are "turning" to replace them.
Spiro will reduce your androgens - which is elevated in most of us. There are some Cysters, though, who's issue is more low estrogen than high androgens, so make sure you get your hormone levels checked out, first (estrogen balances out androgens). It's worth it to get a full evaluation by a good endo, regardless, as there are some conditions that mimic PCOS (or, rather, PCOS mimics them!) If you do have something else, it's best to be properly diagnosed, as you want to make sure you have a proper treatment plan.
The good news about Spiro is that it's also a blood pressure medication, and most of us Cysters also have high blood pressure, so you can tackle two things at once! lol
I recently went on the Spironolactone and I haven't seen much result yet, but my doctor also recomended Zocor as this can help as well. I did alot of research on it and it seems to help too!! So right now I'm on both of these and maybe together they will work? I'm not sure, but I figured it's worth a shot. Do some research for Zocor as well and talk to you doctor about it!!
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I'm going to be going to a new doc in the next few weeks. I'm already on birth control and that has not cut down on the hair growth at all. I've dealt with this for years and I think I want to try Spironolactone. It was recommended for me by an Endo about 6 years about at the time (I was still a minor) my mom did not want me on it. I was wondering if anyone here had any experience with taking it or any advice on other options. (I've done laser and electrolysis and vaniqa)
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