On bc for 10 years, symptoms of hormone imbalance
I am a 25 year old female, trying to understand why my body doesn't feel like my own anymore. I can only guess my symptoms are down to long term use of bc (10yrs). I'm pretty sure it is this that has caused me to experience hormone imbalance symptoms.
I never used to have acne, oily skin, thinning head hair, excess facial and body hair which I hate and now have to remove even if it is blonde it is very noticable (lanugo hair, according to doctor, through being underweight?!) My doctor agrees I could well have a hormone imbalance but believes my symptoms are due to being 'underweight' after calculating my bmi. Although I am aware this is a possibility, I still believe the cause is due to long term bc use so for my own piece of mind I have asked for my progesterone, estrone, testosterone, dhea, and cortisol (insulin resistance?) to be checked. After a lot of research on my part, I believe it could be adrenal/excess androgens causing my problems. I would have prefered a saliva test over a blood test as I believe it to be more accurate but I think the doctor said they don't do saliva tests. Until I get my next cycle, (and 21 days after) I will have to wait for the results.
Getting back to my weight, I admit, I probably could do with putting on a few pounds at 6st 9 I am petite and only 5ft tall. I am very active and still have normal, regular cycles. I eat like a horse (probably the wrong things, carbs are my biggest downfall) but I have recently cut back alot on these despite the doctor telling me I should be eating more to gain weight! I disagree as I know how much I eat and never seem full so I know I am eating the wrong kind of foods which I am trying to change... surely it can't be normal to eat pasta, rice and potato in one go and still not feel satisfied?! (Before I get called a pig, I don't eat all of that in one sitting anymore!).
I am desperate to feel normal again but worried that natural progesterone cream might make my hair and acne problem worse (told by doctor) as for every good thing I have read about this cream, it seems it also has the ability to not only help eliminate these symptoms but could also cause estrogen dominance symptoms and convert into testosterone? If I do have low progesterone, I know it is very important to use the right amount of cream. I can only hope this will work for me and get through the next couple of months until I get my results... wish me luck.