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Yes, I can see where both of you are coming from. I too am a fighter and have never given up on finding an answer to my "hormonal" acne. She does NOT have to accept it. Furthermore, if you both believe that her irregular cycles and acne are connected then most definately she needs to see a doctor.

Have you both had children? Are trying to have children? I ask because there are hormonal disorders that mess with a women's cycle and her skin, as well as other areas of the body. Considering she obviously has at least 2 symptoms of a hormonal disorder that could actually have a NAME, you should really try and take her to see an Endocrinologist. This isn't just about her skin, but her possible health as well as any children you have or hope to have.

I don't know enough about her hormonal problems to give you exact disorders, but there are lots of them out there that have many of the same symptoms. She could have:

-Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
-Late-onset Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (LOCCAH, NCCAH, or CAH)
-Hyper or hypothyroidism
-Cushings

Honestly there's just too many possibilities. Infact my Endocrinologist diagnosed me as PCOS/Insulin Resistant and now I may be that OR LOCCAH (waiting on test results). These two have very similar symptoms and can be misdiagnosed as the one or the other. What's helped me has been Spironolactone (over 4 years now) and a Gluten Free Diet (diet matters more than you could ever know...especially depending on what her dx is). I've also taken Birth Control (for 3 years) and Avandia (for 1 year, stopped a few months ago) and these both produced near similar results to what I've got now (95% clear now). Although, Avandia (4mg of this ELIMINATED menstrual cramps for me) was much more effective than the BC. Thats just my personal case, but if you have any further questions, don't hesitate to ask or have her do it ;-)





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