I'm looking for some help for my girlfriend's (serious relationship) hormonal problems, I know KSman is knowledgeable on these matters. I love her very much, and I would like her hormones to be operating optimally. I would appreciate some advice from any possible experts on this board or another board that could help.
My girlfriend is 21 years old. She is overweight, probably about 5'3"-5'6" and 190-200 lbs. She has had facial acne for a few years now, and has recently been getting black hairs on her chin, with darker hairs also becoming visible on her upper lip and side burns. Her periods have been irregular for the last year, and she hasn't been on birth control pills for at least a year. She has a few long black hairs growing around her nipples and chest, and has hair growing under her belly button. The backs of her legs/butt have noticable darker hairs growing. I've noticed recently that the hair at the sides of her hairline on her forehead is looking a little thinner, much like how mine does (MPB).
All of this has me concerned, and I haven't brought up that I've noticed this things and suspected she has high androgens because I don't want to make her feel bad. She has been experiencing pains her sides that I have wanted her to get checked out for a while, so she went to the obgyn doctor last week.
The doctor commented on the dark hairs on her chin and abdomen during the initial examination, and brought up the possibility of her ovaries producing too much androgen. The doctor did an ultrasound of her ovaries and uterus and found no abnormal shape, position, or cysts present on the ovaries.
However, PCOS can still be present with normal looking ovaries. She wasn't officially diagnosed with PCOS, and probably doesn't even know what it is. The doctor also said that the lining of her uterus was a little on the thicker side. I was not present at the appointment, but my girlfriend told me this. The doctor prescribed her birth control pills (lo loestrin I think) for this.
She is naturally a bigger framed girl, probably would be healthy and curvy at 130-145 pounds. She has naturally very feminine hips, they are one of my favorite features about her. However, recently she seems to be losing some of her feminine shape, and I know these hormonal problems are to blame.
I love my girlfriend very much, and I do not want her to have these problems. She is very self conscious about this, and its hard to talk about these things with her without her feeling embarrassed and sometimes crying. I know weight loss is helpful for women with PCOS, and she has lost 7 pounds in the last 2 weeks from eating better. I am looking for any advice for how to deal with PCOS, and maybe some advice for me on how to talk to her about these ideas.