I have a beard

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Registered: 02-28-2013
I have a beard
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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 10:29am

I know you all may think this is some kind of joke but I am a 23 year old woman with a beard and mustache. I don't have regular periods and am overweight and a friend of mine suggested I could have PCOS. I looked it up and I think I could have it. Does it sound like pcos to you? I'm not sure if I should find a doctor or what. Please help.

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Registered: 03-13-2001
Wed, 03-06-2013 - 3:44am

Welcome!  Yeah, it sure does sound like PCOS.  There are a few other things it could be, but PCOS is the most common.  As far as what kind of doc, that can be difficult.  There is no one kind of doc that is knowledgable.  What I would do is call around to family docs, obgyn's and ask what they do for treatment.  If they say diet and possibly a insulin sensitizing med, then go and and see how you like them, they probably know about PCOS.  If they say anything else like bcp, they probably don't know too much.  Generally, younger docs know more cause frankly they are just out of school and are up on the latest info.  A endocrinoligist is probably the most reliable, but they often take a referral. 

Hang in there.  There is lots of good news.  You are getting help now and with the right treatment, your body can return to at least almost normal. 

a lady with a beard....Laura

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Registered: 01-16-2013
Wed, 03-06-2013 - 8:16am

There are probably far more bearded ladies out there than you realize. I too have a beard. I would suggest you make an appointment with an OB/GYN who will probably run some tests. I take a hormone supplement and also have a regular stylist who waxes my chin and upper lip on a regular basis.

Good luck!