Hello. I’m a 16 year old girl and I’ve been dealing with unwanted hair since I was about 10. As I’m sure most of you know, it makes me incredibly insecure and depressed. I spend hours obsessively waxing, plucking, epilating and shaving. I brought up PCOS with my former doctor but she brushed it off, calling my hair growth hereditary. I’m adopted, so there’s no way for me to know if she’s right at the moment. We switched doctors this year for another reason and I have yet to ask my new doctor about it. But yeah. Here’s what makes me believe I could have PCOS:
-I have thick dark hair on my arms, hands, fingers (the absolute worst), feet & toes, breasts, lower back and butt. I have a bit of chin fuzz with the occasional dark hair I pluck out, sideburns and upper lip hair which I epilate.
-My periods are sometimes regular and sometimes come every few months.
-I occasionally get horrible cramps during my periods.
-I am about 20 pounds overweight and have been unsuccessful in trying to lose this weight. My diet and exercise routine aren’t perfect at the moment, but there was a time when I ate a very healthy diet of under 1700 calories a day and did 30 minutes on the elliptical 5 days a week and still didn’t lose weight.
-I have oily skin and suffer from the occasional breakout, though these aren’t really huge issues for me.
What do you think?