Have PCOS and Hirsutism - Where Do I Begin?
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.