Where to start…

Well, I was on birth control from about 5 mins after I started menstruating in 1990 until June 21, 2008.

In April 2008 I started getting migraines, and with those migraines came a visual ‘aura’ or disturbance that prompted my doctor to take me off combined hormone birth control to alleviate the elevated risk of stroke.

This was all fine and dandy until August 8th, 2008 when I started to have a painful breakout just under my mouth on the left side. I had breakouts like this and the odd cyst type acne issue so I figured it would just go away. I waited a week, then two, then a month and it was so painful – both physically and mentally. I couldn’t open my mouth wide enough to eat a sandwich, and worse yet, the acne started crawling up my face beside my nose and under my eye.

After the 6th week, it seemed to be clearing up and my doctor had left her practice, so I went to a dermotologist while waiting for the replacement doctor to start. In the time between it clearing up, and my new doctor starting, the same serious acne flared up on the right side in the same places. Only now, it was also making a home on my jaw line and turning into cysts that I feared would explode whilst I was in the midst of chairing a meeting at work.

My youngest sister was diagnosed with PCOS years ago when trying to get pregnant and when I finally confided in her, she helped me understand that PCOS could be causing this acne.

Aside from the acne, I noticed I was gaining weight without having changed my eating habits. I gained about 15 pounds in 2 months. I also noticed that what used to be the odd whisker on my chin or my lip turned into 5, 10, 15 whiskers…

I now have a wonderful doctor, who diagnosed me in October 2008 after blood work, vaginal ultrasound and my medical history/family history.

I have actually been on Spiro since Sept 12th, just had an IUD (Mirena) implanted on Oct 31st and am desperate to see my old self in the mirror again.

I ordered a book online about PCOS and am on week 3 of my new diet to counter the insulin resistance.

I am not, and don’t plan to TTC, and I’m so glad to have found this site where I can connect with a community of women who know what I am going through.

Sometimes I just cry and it takes a lot for me to feel human.

I have a great and supportive husband, who reads up on PCOS and offers me tips and just knows how important it is for him to love me and be there for me. He even supports trying the Urine Therapy!

Thanks for listening

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