I was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 19. I am now 39 and finally have health coverage after 10 years. Doctors all throughout the past 20 years have just tried to put on "the Band-Aid" of birth control...one tried metformin only to regulate my periods. They have been on a normal schedule now. Thyroid is normal and supposedly the levels of whatever they tested are at normal levels although my testosterone is at the higher level of normal.I still feel like I have not been helped and am in the same place I was in 20 years ago. I can see if to go and see an endocrinologist if that's what I even need to do? But where do I begin? What tests should I start with? I would really appreciate your advice. My number one problem is hirsutism, taking over my face and is emotionally devastating. Laser did not help at all and I was told to try electrolysis but that I would need to do it for 6 month or longer. Who has that kind of money laying around? Affecting my daily life horribly. Also been having severe pain for over 10 years but ObGyn I just saw today said I probably have a cyst and that the birth control pills would fix it. Seems like no one truly wants to find a solution...I'm about to demand an ultrasound.Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for those newsletters.
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