I am new to this board/forum, but very grateful that it exists and am hoping someone can help, as I am reading myself into paranoia
I went to the Derm a week ago for a "bump" under my chin and also for him to take a look at some annoying-to-me little bumps that I seem to have developed on my skin (cheek/jaw) that don't clear up topically or with monthly facials. They are covered generally by make-up and aren't that noticeable, but I notice them. The "bump" is a cyst that is coming out next week in an in-office procedure and for the rest he said it was hormonal and would put me on 100mg/day of Spiro and it would all go away. The only "warnings" he told me about it were that it may take several months for me to notice a difference and that it may affect my periods. I normally don't experience side effects from medications, so I didn't think much of it. Had the prescription filled that day and started taking it right away.
Cut to the past week where I have been driving myself nuts reading everyone's experiences - IB/No IB, crazy period/no problem/no period at all, bigger boobs/same boobs, dry skin/awesome skin, etc. I am so confused now and paranoid, as it seems like everyone gets side effects. Then of course, my rational friend said that generally people who have issues post about them and people who don't have anything, don't say anything (as they aren't looking to see if others are in the same boat).
I was due for my period 2 days ago and have nothing yet - can it mess with your period that quick (keep in mind, my cycle is anywhere from 27-32 days, so being 2 days late isn't unusual, but I am over-thinking it, of course)? Does it make it go away or come out like crazy and more than 1x per month? I can not take BCP due to family medical history, but my Derm never even asked if I was on it (I see lots that use a combo regimen). How common are the "irregular periods" side effects? How long does it last?
I am almost thinking that the side effects are not even worth risking as my situation is really not bad at all, but it would be nice to have clear skin - I almost 41 years old for crying out loud! It is hard to tell if I am having an IB right now, as it is also when I normally break out for my period + I just had a facial over the weekend and sometimes I break out a few days after that. Nothing a little make-up can't handle.
Is there anyone out there who had no side effects and saw results? Without taking BCP as well?
Any advice, thoughts, etc., are more than welcome. I have just been reading through so many comments where people seem to also take BCP and would love to hear from some women who have taken Spiro without BCP.