January 18, 2012
6 Months on Spiro with Diane-35
I was able to report to her that I am quite happy with the current treatment, so neither of us feel the need to change my meds. The Diane keeps my periods regular with no mid-cycle spotting, and though I think it makes my stomach sour sometimes, it is very very tolerable. And I think the little bit of cyproterone in the bcp might help... either that or being on Spiro longer is allowing me to see even more effects. I'm not shaving my chest anymore, and the hair on my stomach is light enough that I would only trim it if I were going to wear a bikini for some reason. The hair on my thighs is lighter and even on my face there is definitely a bit of thinning out. The endo said she rarely sees the facial hair disappear altogether on medication, and indeed it is the most stubborn part of a hirsute woman's body. She again mentioned that I might be happy with the result of laser hair removal now, and I am still seriously considering it.
From here, my family doctor (if we ever decide on one) can continue to prescribe the medications, and there will be no need to keep going back to the endo. Admittedly, I was a little sad about that. She was the one who finally helped me find answers. Also from this point, we can even begin to start tapering off the medications and see how low we can get them before I start to notice the hair returning. Though she says there is no cumulative risk for being on these medications and any serious side effects are rare, especially in my age, there are always risks, and it's up to each individual whether or not they feel the results are worth putting these chemicals in their bodies.
For me, right now, it's worth it. I'm trying to stay fit and do my monthly breast exams. Even if the prescriptions won't help me far enough to achieve my dream of one day waking up and not having a beard to shave, they are making life easier by reducing the hair, the acne, and the shine. I know it's a temporary solution, but aren't crutches designed to support you until you can walk on your own? I like having the little extra help now.
So, since I hope these are helpful (they help me prepare for my endo appointments)... photographic evidence, such as I can accomplish:
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Again, my stomach, as this is an area of dramatic change. Would anyone benefit from seeing other areas, if I can figure out how to post those body parts modestly?
From left to right: Before any medication; 6 months on Spiro (100mg); 4 months on Spiro (200mg); 2.5 months on Finasteride; 6 months on Alesse and Spiro (200mg); 6 months on Diane and Spiro (200mg).