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Polycystic ovaries and high prolactin, what to do?

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  • Polycystic ovaries and high prolactin, what to do?

    I'm a 21 female, normal weight, usually super healthy.

    I originally saw the doctor for severe and persistent abdominal bloating/distention,
    after many tests and ultrasounds I have found out that I have polycystic cysts on both ovaries...
    However I am very healthy and normal in all other respects, the only imbalance in my blood tests was for high prolactin.
    Therefore I believe I do not have polycystic ovarian syndrome (testosterone and other hormone levels are normal)

    I am currently on a contraceptive pill to solve my consistently irregular cycle, this is one of many pills that I have tried due to horrible side effects (fainting, migraine with aura, irregular cycles). I have been on this particular pill 'Noriday' for just under 3 months (and 9 months prior to this was on a different brand of same thing) and both stopped me from having periods all together.... aka I haven't had my period for at least a year.

    Could my symptoms be due to this pill and should I go off it?
    if so what alternatives will help?
    Or should I wait longer to see if my symptoms reside with Noriday...

    My doctor has seen me so many times and doesn't answer many of my questions... he is always in a hurry.
    I am very confused and just want to be normal and healthy again....

  • First and foremost, find a new doctor. Women's health issues ARE important and if he can't take the time to be interested in your health, then he doesn't need to have you as a patient. There are many good doctors out there. Ask around to other women and find someone others recommend.

    I did not have good luck on birth control. I was on it for nearly 10 years and switched pills often. Quite simply, my body just didn't like it. I was irritable for 3 weeks out of every month, bloated, spotty at times, sometimes no period at all, lost a lot of hair, bad complexion, no sex drive, etc. When I was on a pill that stopped my periods, I was bloated ALL the time and constantly felt like I "might" start my period, but never did.

    I read "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" and decided to go off the pill and begin charting my cycles as the book teaches. 6-7 years later, I have not been on the pill since. My periods are more "normal" than they've ever been. Yes, I have cramping when I first start. Yes, my day 1 and 2 are sometimes very heavy. But that's NORMAL. It's things like the pill that give us a false perception of what our bodies should do. Going off the pill made me feel better than I could've even imagined.

    BUT, it does require diligence and extra precautions to avoid pregnancy.
    "Be what you're looking for."

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