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Just wanted to post my own personal experiences with Hirsutism--I'm not sure if I have it, but I do have lots of hair on my arms, fingers, toes, and a little around my naval. (It's all very blonde, so it's not so bad, except my face--I remove that hair around once per week). I have had acne for at least ten years (I'm a 24 year old female), and my derm. had perscribed LOTS of antibiotics and creams over the years. After reading about spiro several years ago, I decided to request it. My derm gave it to me (100mgs per day) but I am unable to take that much because it REALLY dries out my contacts, and I can't see very well. After two years, the hair growth on my face lessened and gotten thinner. I haven't noticed a change in growth anywhere else. I also still have to take an antibiotic everyday so I don't get acne. I do have an irregular menstrual cycle, but I don't have a pear shape, and I am quite thin. In my case, I've never been diagnosed, but I believe the signs are pointing to hirsutism. So for any of you out there, you might want to ask your derm for it. Mine never suggested it even though I told him I had too much hair growing everywhere.
[QUOTE=SaabGirl]Just wanted to post my own personal experiences with Hirsutism--I'm not sure if I have it, but I do have lots of hair on my arms, fingers, toes, and a little around my naval. (It's all very blonde, so it's not so bad, except my face--I remove that hair around once per week). I have had acne for at least ten years (I'm a 24 year old female), and my derm. had perscribed LOTS of antibiotics and creams over the years. After reading about spiro several years ago, I decided to request it. My derm gave it to me (100mgs per day) but I am unable to take that much because it REALLY dries out my contacts, and I can't see very well. After two years, the hair growth on my face lessened and gotten thinner. I haven't noticed a change in growth anywhere else. I also still have to take an antibiotic everyday so I don't get acne. I do have an irregular menstrual cycle, but I don't have a pear shape, and I am quite thin. In my case, I've never been diagnosed, but I believe the signs are pointing to hirsutism. So for any of you out there, you might want to ask your derm for it. Mine never suggested it even though I told him I had too much hair growing everywhere.[/QUOTE]

Some call it hirsutism, but when you've got irregular menstrual cycles I'd call it something along the lines of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). BC wasn't effective enough, Spiro wasn't either right? For you own sake, you can not stay on antibiotics because in no way are they helping you deal with your other issues, not to mention they are probably making your acne and perhaps one day your immune & digestive systems worse.

Look up Insulin Resistance, PCOS, Syndrome O, etc. I consider myself to have the HAIR-AN variant (Hyperandrogenisim, Insulin Resistant, Acanothosis Nigricans) of PCOS or [B]Type A Insulin Resistance [/B] in which case the signs are "atypical" where usually the women are thin, hyperandrogenic, hirsute, acneic and also have androgenic alopecia. I have most of those signs, but not the "typical or classical" signs of Insulin Resistance, PCOS, or Type II Diabetes because I am NOT a diabetic (but type II runs in my family) nor do I experience any signs of menstrual irregularity, high cholesterol, etc.

Nonetheless, Type A IR can happen to younger women, such as ourselves (I'm nearing 25 but have had acne since I was 10). Say, did you start showing signs of puberty around the age of 8? This is known as precocious puberty and men and women that begin at such an early age are usually more at risk for developing metabolic disorders such as these. Eitherway, a dermatolgist is not the person to see about a pending hormonal imbalance. You should see an [B]Endocrinologist[/B], especially if you hope to have children one day because if you do have PCOS, it may prevent you from having children until you treat the cause of your problem. Some women wait until they find they can' have children and then visit an infertility doctor, but this is really more of a metabolic problem that an Endocrinologist (or a Reproductive Endocrinologist) can help you with. Of course there are other medications out there if you do have PCOS or IR, but you may also find success in exercising and changing your diet appropriately.

Best wishes!





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