- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2010
I’m going to try and make this as short as possible, but it may still be long!
About six years ago, I decided to go off the pill (just didn’t like the idea of it). I was off the pill for a couple years and started to experience terrible acne and some facial hair growth (mostly on my chin and upper lip – lovely). I was concerned about PCOS or another type of hormonal imbalance, so I went through a battery of tests (including hormonal blood work and an ultrasound to check my ovaries). Everything came back normal. My doctor at the time concluded I just had some heightened androgenic activity and that I should go back on the pill. I did (Yasmin) and everything was hunky dory, aside from the fact that I was once again back on the pill.
I came off the pill in late February of this year and all was going well until recently. I still had perfect, clear skin until about a month ago when I once again started getting the nasty hormonal acne of my chin and it has come back with a vengeance again this month (I have named my current pimple Epic Pimple), as has the facial hair (*sigh*). I’ve been feeling quite down about both of these facts in terms of (a) what they could mean for our TTC efforts (note: my cycles are regular, but I have a short LP with spotting a few days before AF), and (b) the blow they’ve dealt to my self-esteem (seriously, this pimple is so large it could have its own zip code).
I was unhappy with conventional medicine’s response to these problems the last time they occurred (pharmaceuticals) and obviously BCP isn’t an option anyway now that we’re TTC.
So, I’m currently weighing the option of going to see either a Naturopathic Doctor or an Acupuncturist/TCM specialist. I can’t decide which one I should see (and I can’t afford to see both). My first instinct was to go for acupucture, but I then came across a ND in my community who has a background in addressing hormonal imbalances.
I would love to hear any Bees’ opinions/experiences with either or both of these treatment options. Thanks in advance!