No problem at all! I've just started taking birth control pills myself (1 month ago) because I'm sure my acne is caused by my hormones being out of balance. I don't really know what happens when you stop taking them but for me it was the only thing left for my severe acne other than Accutane so I was willing to try them. Given your situation, I think that birth control pills are very likely to work for both of your problems. You don't have to live with acne and excessive hair growth and you don't have to be miserable because of it! If you went to a doctor about your problems I'm sure they would also prescribe a birth control pill for you. I think for you it's just a case of getting the right one. You might also be able to speed up the process by using a topical and/or antibiotics for your acne alongside the birth control (this is what I am doing). What treatments have you tried so far?
thank you so much again for your reply..my dermatolgist said that i should start taking birth control pills this september..are there any side effects? for my face when i went to the dermatolgist back in the may of 2012 i used these creams and gels; dicarbex (really good detergent) duac (i really like this gel) aknicare(i didnt really liked this one) epiduo (it didnt really worked for me) and now my dermatolgist prescribed me skinoren (that i started using yesterday) i also used this integrator called peracnil..
>I also think you have PCOS. I know some women get testd for PCOS and the test has come back negative, later other get tested again and it's positive. Also if you have cysts on your overies the can come and go they aren't present at all times. Instead of seeing a dermatologist for your issues, I would recommend seeing a endocrinologist they are much more knowledgeable with hormones. Hormones are their jobs.r you!
Also you could give spironolactone a go for your breakouts and excess hair growth. Spiro mutes androgens so your acne wont have much of a chance to form and the medication also helps with excess hair growth. It should work great fo
thank you for your reply, i actually have thought about going to one..but since my parents are spending so many money for me i don't want to go..i don't know..i will try to talk about this with my mom, thank you for your reply again.
Birth control pills sound like a really good idea for you Personally I've not really had any side effects from them at all. I felt a bit sick after the first tablet but it only lasted half a day. I know some people find they affect your moods a bit but that hasn't happened to me. Hopefully if you find the right one for you then you won't really have any side effects either. It sounds like your dermatologist knows what they're doing with the topicals so hopefully the combination of that and birth control pills should work really well for you in the long run!
thank you so much my dermatolgist talked with me about that i could have mood swings other than that she said to drink a lot of water (i already do haha) eat clean and doing some workout, thank you so much again
Hey Irma, even if your blood tests didn't show anything "abnormal" about your hormones it is still possible that they are out of balance. Mine are completely out of balance but my recent blood tests also came back "normal". I believe there is a range that is considered within "normal" but it sounds to me like you have too much androgen activity or your system is more sensitive to androgen activity (either of which might cause acne and excessive hair growth).
I completely agree with this. I had the same thing. My results came back "normal", but I take two issues with that: (1) I was on birth control which can distort actual results and (2) My ratio of LH to FSH was off. That is what you want to look at as well. If you have your results look at that ratio. It should be 1:1, but my LH is higher than my FSH. It's not extraordinarily higher, but it IS higher.
Any doctor who makes a diagnosis typically has to have the patient meet strict criteria to officially have the "disease." In the case of PCOS, the patient has to present 2 of 3 symptoms (1) irregular periods, (2) Acne, excessive hair growth, and (3) ovarian cysts. This is stupid, imo, because patients can still present some symptoms but not meet all.
I know Wikipedia isn't considered The New England Journal of Medicine, but there's lots of information here.
As others have said, birth control and spironolactone may help, but also look into antibiotics. They can help in the short term until the hormonal treaments kick in.
You are not alone in this and do not give up hope! I know it's difficult. I'm struggling with it too.
ugh i'm stuck i don't know what to think is there a possibilty that i have a lot of body hair because was just made like that? i remember when i was little i never had these kind of problems..they all came when i hit puberty..(i was 9 years old) right now i'm taking antibiotics for 10 days because i got a really big pimple under my armpit.. but i see nothing i keep getting them..thank you so much, stay strong
Irma, are you in Europe? European doctors use ultrasound to diagnose PCOS, whereas in the US they diagnose it based on blood testing and, more often, just by going over your symptoms. Both diagnoses have their flaws, and you really do need to look at the various ratios (e.g., LH to FSH as MaskedOne mentioned, estrogen to progesterone, testosterone/ free testosterone to estrogen, etc). The rations need to be balanced. The issue with birth control and spironolactone is that they come in standardized doses. With birth control, you not only get the hormone you need, you will most likely get other hormones too - for instance, if you are deficient in progesterone, you will most likely be prescribed birth control with both estrogen and progesterone. If you want to customize the type and amount of hormones you get, you will need to see a doctor specializing in bioidentical hormone therapy, which is expensive but it will give you the right amount of hormones for your body and you will be monitored monthly to adjust the dose.
Other things you can do to manage your PCOS: avoid dairy, follow a low carb & low sugar diet, get regular exercise, minimize your stress, get some sun/ vitamin D and a good multivitamin. You can keep it under control with a healthy diet. As for the body/facial hair, I used to get electrolysis, which works but it's slow, and I also tried laser hair removal but it can trigger dormant hair and eventually make the problem worse (this only happened on my face, the other areas I treated responded really well to laser).
yes i'm from Italy, i did the blood test 2 times the 1st one wasn't good..but i did one just now..in june and everything is normal.. i'm thinking about going to a endocrinologist in september. i always try to eat clean, i lost tons of weight in the last years because i thought that it caused my acne.. thank you so much