@lifesnotfair I'm sorry to hear you are struggling.
AND...this may not be what you want to hear, but I wouldn't recommend spiro.
I was on it for almost exactly 1 year, & while it cleared my hormonal breakouts, coming off of it has been pretty miserable.
I just don't want to see another young woman like myself being elated by the results, with the potential for very serious side effects (staring or discontinuing spiro)
My prescribed dose was 50mg x2 daily, but usually, I only took the 50mg in the morning, only ever used 100mg if I was feeling extra breaky-outy. Like, if I had eaten dairy or sugar or a butt load of refined carbs/alcohol or something.
But, when I actually took the time to look into what exactly this was doing to my body, and the possibility of some nasty side effects, I decided I'd see how my body was going to do without it. Start back at square one so to speak. Like, really square one. No benzoyl peroxide as the side effects scared me away from that too.
Sooo, stopped taking it at the end of June.. I had forgotten to take it a few times in a span of maybe two weeks (and had already been thinking about quitting) So I weaned myself off in maybe 3 weeks time. Truthfully, I should have taken a longer time to wean myself off of it, as I've read a lot about it being REALLY hard on the body if it's done quickly. Didn't know that before hand..
Either way, the first 1.5-2 months off were totally peachy, aside from my period being 1 day early (been on BC for 6 years with success, as I started taking it for painful periods and it helped loads. My period is always like clockwork). I was pretty shocked, as I had been off of benzoyl as well for probably 3-4 months at this point as well, and figured my skin would have freaked out by then..
But, UHG, in the middle of August I got my period a week early along with the largest cyst I have ever had on my chin. I knew this was going to be the beginning of a freakin' battle with my body.
Started looking for other woman who had any sort of a similar experience and found more than I thought i would:
Just gnarly side effects.
Since then I've been sing a naturopath and doing hours of my own research online concerning hormonal imbalances, causes, you name it.
Asked my naturopath what she advised for these types of hormonal breakouts, and she recommended B6, 200mg during my luteal phase (or about 2 weeks before menstruation). Sort of tentative about taking 200mg of any B vitamin, personally.
So I wanted to do a little of my own research and looked and looked for any studies or anecdotes praising B6 as any sort of hormonal cure, and didn't find much. But I stumbled upon information about zinc, and quite a few ladies saying that it helped immensely. Especially Optizinc (30mg Zinc, 20mg of B6)
Bought some yesterday, will let you know how it turns out.
Sorry for THE LONGEST POST EVER, I just wanted to inform you of my experience with spiro and my potential plan for help with my poor, angry, hormonal face.