If you're over 18 then they should be exploring the possibility of PCOS. You should be given a blood test (to check hormone levels) and a scan of your pelvis (to check for string of pearl cysts). If your doctor didn't do this, go and get a second opinion from a different doctor.
I have PCOS, diagnosed from symptoms, mainly acne in my case, and the cysts on the ovaries. My blood tests came back normal, but there is obviously a hormonal issue that was not detected because my acne cleared up with an antiandrogen medication. I take Spironolactone which blocks testosterone, and a herb called Vitex Agnus Castus which regulates periods and seems to make the Spironolactone work better. This has an effect on body hair too, making it grow back more slowly and not so thick or dark. If you are young you might be given a birth control pill which would have a similar effect, but it's your choice whether you take it or not. In my experience, the pill (Dianette) worked while I was on it but when I stopped taking it the symptoms came back a thousand times worse, and from what I've read this is not unusual. If you have the money and prefer a natural approach, a medical herbalist might be your best bet. But this is assuming you have a hormonal imbalance. Maybe you don't. Maybe your body hair is normal for you.
· 5 years ago