New to this. Need to talk to people who have gone through this
So for as long as I can remember I have had a lot of male hair growth patterns. Thick black hair on my back stomach butt sideburns mustache chin and neck. Pretty much everywhere we don't want hair as women. I always had super heavy painful periods. They weren't super consistened but never went months without one. I recently started looking up reasons why I have all this and came across pcos. I have struggled with anxiety and depression my whole life and currently on meds, I have acne and dark armpits and way extra weight around my stomach. Every symton of pcos, I have. I went to the doctor and got blood taken and all my doctor really told me was I am prediabetic, and said all the hormones she looked at looked fine and just deal with it pretty much. I'm going for a second opinion next week. My questions are, what hormones should they test for? And even if some are normal can I still have pcos and is this why I'm prediabetic? I'm only 19 and I don't drink pop or alcohol and I have recently lost 30 lbs and eat right. It just doesn't sounds right that I am prediabetic and I am told not to worry about pcos unless I want to have kids. I do have a daughter so I know I can get pregnant but I went 2 years or more without BC without getting pregnant. So I am currently on mirena( which I'm not sure I like) for 2 years and the doctor I seen wants me to take BC pills on top of having mirena. Anyways anyone have any input or answers for my questions? I feel like no body understands what I'm going through. Thank you all in advance
Yes, you can be pre-diabetic and have PCOS. I'm one of those! Or, rather, was, before I started losing weight and removing the foods in my life that were causing the pre-diabetes.
You can go to a second doctor if you want, but the same diet that helps pre-diabetes will also help PCOS. I would work on getting yourself back to a "normal" state instead of prediabetes and then you can work on the other stuff.
For the male stuff -- they should test your androgens and your testosterone levels compared to your female hormones. They may be out of balance. Does anyone else in your family have similar traints?
Another diagnostic tool usually used for detecting pcos would be via ultrasound. My hormone panel was relatively 'normal', but my ultrasound was a textbook photo for the condition. You can have this procedure done through your ob/gyn. If you can, I would recommend seeing an endocrinologist. They will be more knowledgeable of the best way to manage your symptoms.
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