I am a 22 year old Caucasian female living in Canada.I had perfect, glowing skin and amazing thick hair, all throughout puberty, until the summer I turned 18. I had my first boyfriend, who wasn't the best boyfriend to say the least, and caused an unimaginable amount of stress in my life. On top of that, because I was dealing with him, I failed out of first year University. While this was happening, my skin was still perfect. It wasn't until about 6 months of this continuously going on that my skin broke out...horribly. I didn't notice it at the time, but my hair was also thinning, considerably. By the age of 19, about 1.5 yrs later, I had lost 50% of it, and noticed a visible increase in body hair. I now have probably 35% left of my original thickness on my head, with little tiny colorless vellus hairs growing in instead of thick,long black hair. My acne is still horrid - cystic, everywhere, and plus last year, I had started growing facial hair - just a few strands on my cheeks and neck, but still!
I've been to countless doctor after doctor telling me it's "genetic", but why were these genes not activated when I started puberty, with my first period, at age 13? I really do not think that it is genetic, because no one in my family has had these problems, including my two sisters. I've had blood tests done saying that I do have low progesterone, I am hypothyroid, and my testosterone is through the roof. It's been suggested that I take oral progesterone, spiro to lower testosterone, and accutane for the acne - I want to one day have children, so I'd prefer not to poison myself, especially after years of taking antibiotics to kill the acne - which have worked, until the acne comes back in full force.
What a nightmare! I have been checked by three doctors with blood tests/ultrasounds for PCOS, all have come back negative. I've even been to one of the best MD-Ph.D researchers on PCOS who has concluded that I DO NOT have PCOS.
What is going on? What can I do?
Any help would be very much appreciated!
*I should mention I have a BMI of 18, so I am nowhere near overweight - just barely at normal weight*