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I was just about to post "Spirolactone?" on my own.

My doctor suggests it for hirsutism. From Dr. Google, it looks like it doesn't worsen mood (and can improve it) and isn't linked with weight gain, two major health concerns of mine - although it also looks as though is doesn't work ALL that well (some improvement in some patients.)

So, am interested to see what the OP/other women here have to say about it.

Confirm what others say - PCOS can exist with no real symptoms, beyond changes to hormone levels and possibly hirsutism. Mostly one reads about cases with pain, strange cycles, infertility, etc which can absolutely be effects, but not always.

OP, does your bloodwork confirm too much testosterone, or just hormone imbalances? There are a range of androgens that can cause problems for women at inappropriately high levels, and T is only one of them - excesses of others can have more benign explanations. If you are perimenopausal, hormones can particularly go out of whack. I had to deal with the Canadian healthcare system in the past, and the waits were a nightmare - I could have had the ovarian ultrasound the same day as my consult in France, to look for signs of PCOS, but was mid-heavy-period and asked to delay for my own comfort. So don't think worst-case scenarios (I don't mean that to sound condescending, it's just hard not to wonder about the worst while waiting) because one thing I DID notice in Canada is that if your doctor is worried, they'll pull strings for fast screening. If your doctor is ok with you being on a waitlist for so long, she's probably not super worried.

Another option, once the border opens up in November and depending on your location and resources, might be going to a women's clinic in the US. They often serve un/underinsured, and you should be able to get something as fairly simple as an ovarian scan without paying too much or waiting.

[–] swamphag [OP] 2 points Edited

My doctor suggests it for hirsutism. From Dr. Google, it looks like it doesn't worsen mood (and can improve it) and isn't linked with weight gain, two major health concerns of mine - although it also looks as though is doesn't work ALL that well (some improvement in some patients.)

Mine told me it would help lower my testosterone but might not reduce the hair I've already grown, but I'm not too concerned about the hair anyway, just worried about health risks from having weird hormones.

Confirm what others say - PCOS can exist with no real symptoms, beyond changes to hormone levels and possibly hirsutism. Mostly one reads about cases with pain, strange cycles, infertility, etc which can absolutely be effects, but not always.

This is comforting, thank you! My sister and several aunts have PCOS so I was really hoping for it to be that.

OP, does your bloodwork confirm too much testosterone, or just hormone imbalances?

My testosterone is at 2.17 nmol/L and my DHEAS is at 15.71 nmol/L, both over the upper limit, but everything else is normal.