I've suspected that I have PCOS for several years now, and this has been agreed with by several RNs that I know. But please don't get me wrong, I don't claim to have it, I wouldn't do that unless I was professionally diagnosed.
In short, I've always had male-pattern hair growth on my face since a few years after hitting puberty (I'm 22 now). I have the thinning hair, darkened skin, skin tags, along with other things as well. I also have always
suffered from irregular periods, sometimes going several months without one. But after I lost my first 50lbs or so, I started having extremely regular periods (I usually know down to the hour when it's going to start). Along with the regular periods, though, came horrible pains around the time I suppose I'm ovulating. Not just a small discomfort, I'm talking major, I'm going to die pain in my lower right side. (pelvic area?)
Around the time the horrible pains started, I began having extreme difficulty losing weight. I know there are tons of things that can affect that, so I'm not even going to try to pinpoint the cause.
Last year, I went to an OB/GYN for the first time to ask about PCOS and try to find out if I have it. The doctor wouldn't even consider that I had cysts, she said since I had probably never ovulated before from being so overweight, that it was just normal pain I was feeling. I left with birth control (the kind that I later found out would make my hair problem worse
) and nothing else. I quit the BC after several months of either missing or very, very long periods. I haven't went back after the doctor wouldn't even bother to call me back after multiple voicemail messages.
My question is this: Do I need
to see an OB/GYN first, or do I go directly to an endocrinologist? I can try to find another OB/GYN if necessary, I'm just not really sure what to do at the moment.