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CalypsoStorm

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  1. are you back on diane? when were you diagnosed with pcos? Unfortunately, I am not back on Diane. The reason I stopped taking it was because of a huge price increase($50+ for one pack of pills). If the price of it did not change, I'd still be on them. As for PCOS, I was diagnosed in 2008. PCOS is something that is genetic and begins when you start puberty and that's when my acne problem began. have you considered generic brands.. now i think about it, ive never actually taken diane...just th
  2. are you back on diane? when were you diagnosed with pcos? Unfortunately, I am not back on Diane. The reason I stopped taking it was because of a huge price increase($50+ for one pack of pills). If the price of it did not change, I'd still be on them. As for PCOS, I was diagnosed in 2008. PCOS is something that is genetic and begins when you start puberty and that's when my acne problem began.
  3. Amanda - 31 yrs old, 21 years. I was 10 when I first started getting acne. The only time I was actually free of acne was when I was on Diane 35. That was a good 6-7 years of no acne! Granted, my acne is no where near as bad as it use to be and I do get moments when I actually have clear skin but it doesn't last for long before I get a breakout of some sort again. PCOS sucks!
  4. I don't have Follicultis but I do have an iron deficiency. I had blood tests to find out how low I am. Personally, if you are planning on taking iron because you think you may have a deficiency then I'd strongly recommend that you get blood work done first. If everything is fine and you start taking iron supplements then you could easily overdose. Even if you are taking it in the hopes of it clearing up your Follicultis then still, I'd strongly recommend getting blood tests done. Just look u
  5. You shouldn't take Spiro while pregnant because it can cause birth defects in the baby because of the androgen blockers. I'm sure the same would apply if you are trying to get pregnant. My Endo stated that to me that if I were deciding to become pregnant to immediately stop taking Spiro because it can cause more harm then good to the baby.
  6. No need to apologize. I'm notorious for making long posts and this will probably be yet another one! LOL My decision to stop wasn't one I wanted to make. :( The price of the pills jumped a good $10 or more making them around $50, give or take, for one pack! Many women stopped taking them because of that. There is a generic version now of it but it's just not the same. Many women, including myself all complained of the water retention you get from the generic pills. I put on ten pounds of
  7. I certainly have. I'm on it now. I was suppose to take 50mg a day but I tried 25mg a day just to see how it would work because some people said that if you have mild acne(which is what mine is now after almost two decades!) then 25 is often enough. So far, it's been working for me so my Endo told me to stick with it and if I had to up it to 50mg later on then it would be okay to do so. I do get the odd breakout here and there but it's nothing like it use to be. The causes for my breakouts a
  8. You sound a lot like me. When I found out that PCOS can cause infertility in women I was bouncing off the walls because to me, it was good news! LOL Anyway, about the BC pills. If your doctor is refusing to put you on them for your skin then you may want to look into going to another doctor. My dermatologist was the one who got me on Diane 35 because of my breakouts so there really is no reason for a doctor to say you cannot go onto them. Do you have irregular periods? If you do then that
  9. I know this was directed to the OP but I had to respond. I also have thin PCOS and while I was officially diagnosed with it back in 2008, I always knew that something wasn't right with me because I had acne since I was 10 and I still struggled with it as an adult whereas it cleared up for others once they past the teen years. That and BC pills that contained anti-androgens were the only BC pills that actually helped my skin whereas the others made it worse. I had it all that time yet I only f
  10. I guess I'm a veteran too! I've also had acne since I was 10 and it wasn't just mild and I'm 31 now. I will admit that I did have a few years with clear skin but it was only because of Diane 35. While I'm no longer on it(not by choice), my skin is okayish now but I do still get breakouts from time to time.
  11. I only read the first few posts because my computer is being slow today but I do have some suggestions for you if they haven't been brought up yet. I've been living with hormonal acne(I have PCOS) since I was 10 so I can sympathize with you. Did you actually get your hormones tested preferably from someone like an Endocrinologist who would know exactly which hormones to test for or are you just assuming it's hormonal? Also, just because you may have "hormonal" acne it doesn't always mean ther
  12. when did u notice any type of change in ur skin? like dryness etc clearing...? I was on the pills for about three months before I started to notice a change in my skin. I did notice that my skin was becoming more dryer probably around the fifth month but the acne definitely started to lessen at three months.
  13. Exactly! Health Canada has been going on about Diane for many years now saying that people should use caution when taking these pills yet they are still on the market. What a lot of people don't seem to understand is that BC pills like Diane and Yasmin/Yaz are more for women who have hormone irregularities like PCOS as well as those who suffer from bad cases of PMS. Doctors need to stop prescribing these BC pills to just anyone. These pills should only be used for those who actually have h
  14. I've gotten very dry skin with Spiro and I'm only on 25mg a day! You might have to drop your dosage down if your skin is drying out that much. You can drink all the water you want and your skin will still be dry so you might want to be careful to not drink too much water. Water toxicity can happen when you drink too much water.
  15. I was suppose to start off with 50mg a day but I tried 25mg and I've been on it ever since. I still get a few pimples here and there and I know that upping the amount of Spiro to 50mg would definitely clear it up but I'm getting very dry skin from the 25mg that I'm on now so I'd hate to see how my skin would look on 50mg!
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