Here’s how it happened to me, the best I can remember.
I turned 12, and my metabolism slowed WAY down. I went from a size 0 (I was a scrawny kid) to a size 7 in a year. That was in 8th grade. I thought at that time, I was just devloping into a woman, with curves and all that. I also started getting pimples a lot, and I think part of that was genetics and the fact that I wasn’t in the habit of washing my face every day. I got in that habit fast!
I got AF when I was 13, and I noticed that it always fell around the last quarter of the moon. It was a regular 30-31 days. I thought it was cool that it went with the phases of the moon. Then, one day when I was a sophomore in HS, I was waiting for my mom to pick me up, and was putting on powder outside.
I noticed two little black hairs on my chin. I was horrified, and plucked them as soon as I got home. Over the next few weeks, I kept finding more and more. Over time, I also got hair on my upper lip, and a trail on my tummy. I’ve always had “hairy man legs”, and Nad’s has helped that a lil.
Really, I’m lucky there, it could be so much worse. Well, I also had been gaining weight, and it averaged to about 10lbs/year. In HS, I also had deoderant problems. I would and still do have dry flaky skin under my arms and on the sides of my boobs.
It also turned a light brown color. When I lay down to sleep, it itches, cause it’s so dry. Last year, I noticed a couple of skin tags under my arm when I went to shave. They don’t bother me, so I leave them alone. I also gained about 20 lbs last year without changing my lifestyle. That was my biggest tip off that something is wrong.
Also, my periods went from a happy 30 day cycle to screwed up! They would be 5 weeks long, and then went to 3 weeks long! I’m supposed to have started yesterday, but I haven’t yet… should be either today or tomorrow or next week. If it doesn’t happen then, I’m going to be worried! I was dxed about a month ago, and I’m going to start Atkins next week after my blood work. I also want to try Vitex and Saw Palmetto if diet and exercise doesn’t work. I have about 50 lbs to lose to be healthy. I think diet and exercise will work though.
Want to connect with me? My name is Eponine on the SoulCysters Message Board.