- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
I’ve had PCOS symptoms since I was a teenager – excessive hair, acne, slightly overweight, and very irregular periods. I was too ashamed to tell even my doctor about my symptoms, especially the full on beard I had developed and just kept it to myself until I was about 21. When I was 21 my doctor asked about my symptoms and did a vaginal ultrasound and confirmed that there were cysts on my ovaries and officially diagnosed me with PCOS. She said the best treatment for me would be Birth Control Pills and prescribed Yaz. I’ve done fine on Yaz for 6+ years now and have gone through a few doctors since initially being prescribed. I’m now 27 years old and want to start TTC in a few months. At my ob-gyn appointment, I let my (new) dr know that I was diagnosed with PCOS in the past and that I wanted to stop taking BCP so we could start TTC soon. I told her I was under the impression that once I stopped taking BCP, my PCOS would need to be treated through another type of medication. She said “we all get cysts on our ovaries from time to time. you don’t need to go on any medication unless the cysts get very large or rupture.” She told me to just stop taking my BCP.. no prescription for anything else. No tests.. nothing.
I left the office feeling a little bit like she didn’t care or listen to what I was saying. Like she just wanted to get onto the next appointment. Should she have done some tests or something? Prescribed anything? Follow up visit? Or is it standard practice to just quit BCP, not prescribe anything and see what happens?? I’ve had laser hair removal to get rid of a lot of facial hair and I don’t want it to come back. Is that possible? I’ve been on BCP for so long now, that my biggest fear is that I’m going to turn into a large, pimply, hairy beast of a woman again.