Since I finally got spironolactone in my possession, my journey to a true treatment plan for my hirsutism can start!
I am so excited!!! I have battling this for most of my life. It has caused a great deal of silent depression and self loathe for soooooooooo long! So I am really hoping this works for me! As well as YOU!
So right now my regimen has been my birth control (Lo Loestrin Fe) and natural supplements wild yam, saw palmetto, vitex (aka chasteberry), inositol, and fenugreek seed.
I only started this regimen for a month now and I was not terribly disciplined with it, as in taking it everyday so I cannot say if it works or not. But I do know those supplements I listed either have anti-androgen effects or supply extra estrogen. And being that I was trying to find the most natural means to controlling my hirsutism, I still believe these supplements could be helpful.
I am going to continue my Inositol and Chasteberry regimen but not everything else. Here is a good resource for a break down of potentiall effective natural supplements for hirsutism. Fenugreek and Wild Yam is more for strictly estrogen production and Saw Palmetto can increase bleeding and may make birth control use ineffective. It also may reduce estrogen count in the body for women which, with hirsutism, you want the opposite to occur. Here is that information.
So here is my new daily regimen:
1. Spironolactone @100mg
2. Lo Loestrin Fe @ 10mg
3. Vitex/Chasteberry @ 400mg
4. Inositol @ 650mg
5. Fenugreek @ 610 mg
6. Generic Vaniqa cream for my face
7. Spearmint Tea @2-3 cups a day
Fenugreek is known to provide estrogen-like supplements to the body. Chasetberry is know to have anti-androgen properties. These two will be my natural supplements amongst the other ingredients.
I will also continue my routine hair removing techniques which will including tweezing, sugar waxing, and, if I can afford it, laser hair removal.
You need some type of method of hair removal to see any real difference in the medications you take. How else will you know how lighter the hair is, or thicker or not growing at all?
And of course, I will attend all my routine medical appointments and will let my doctors know of the supplements and medications I am taking to tame my hirsutism. And absolutely I will document all my symptoms, if any, and when, and if, I proceed to the doctors office for those.
I am not going into this blindly, for those of you who are concerned about that!
And yes I will providing photos of my hairs progression. This might be a 3-6 month project, maybe even a year! Here is what my worse areas look like as of today, August 19, 2012.
Here is my navel and bikini line. I waxed both about 5 days ago prior to this pic.
These is my neck after epilating and tweezing the hair. Yes, I have alot of scars from years of tweezing. Think I’m going to wax from now on!
Here is a photo of my sideburn also after a fresh epilation and tweeze done on August 16th, 2012.
Wish me luck and thanks for reading!