I strongly recommend going to see a really good endocrinologist.
Some things to discuss with the endo or even your primary doc would be:
What you can do besides medication. Regular exercise and healthy eating habits. Can you get access to a dietician, because that can really help. You might want to get tested for insulin resistance/diabetes as well as find out what your hormone levels, thyroid function and metabolic panel is. That can be revealing as to what is going on and how to treat it.
And then as far as medications go, besides birth control, metformin (a diabetes med) can really help even if you don't have insulin resistance or diabetes because it helps to balance hormones. Also, while the hair growth is unlikely to reverse, spironolactone helps some people with and it prevents new hair growth. You might also want to talk to the doctor about other options such as vaniqa cream and laser. From what I've heard, both of these may or may not work, so its up to you if you decide to try them. Personally, vaniqa works quite well for me, and I have never tried laser.
Hope this helped and best of luck to you!!!
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I've asked my doctor on a few occasions and she said the only thing I can do is take my birth control pills. I moved recently though.. so I'll be looking for a new doctor anyway. Maybe they will be more help.
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unfortunately these are common symptoms, I too have the acne and unwanted hair. I wax regularly but unfortunately it does come back. The excess hair comes from the high testosterone levels you are currently experiencing. If they can regulate that, then the hair won't be as bad. Have you talked to your doctor about your symptoms to see if they recommend anything for you?
I am new here and didn't see a topic on this-- so I'm sorry if there is and I didn't see it.
Do you guys have the symptoms of pcos? How do you deal with them?
I think the worst I have... dandruff, acne, missed periods, facial hair.. It does not matter how often or which shampoo I use its like I always have flakes. Its so frustrating. It makes me feel dirty..
And I HATE HATE HATE that I'm growing hair above my lip.. and under my chin now. I didn't want to shave and make it grow in rough- so I used wax because I couldn't stand it anymore.. and it seems to grow back like 2 days later.
I'm going freaking crazy. Anyone have a "cure" or fix to this?????
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