You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor. He or she might refer you to a doctor who specializes in hormone disorders (endocrinologist) or skin problems (dermatologist).
What you can do
When you make your appointment, ask if you should avoid removing your unwanted hair, so the doctor can better evaluate your condition. You may also want to:
- Write down key personal information. Let your doctor know if there have been any changes in your menstrual cycle or if your sex drive has noticeably increased.
- List all your medications and supplements. Include the specific name and dose of these medications and how long you've been taking them.
- Take a family member or friend along. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember all the information provided to you during an appointment. Someone who accompanies you may remember something you missed or forgot.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor. You might want to ask about potential diagnostic tests or specific treatments your doctor might recommend.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
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- When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
- Has your menstrual cycle changed, or have you stopped having your period?
- Have you gained weight?
- Have you developed new acne?
- Has the size of your breasts changed?
- Have others commented that your voice has changed?
- Are you planning to become pregnant soon?
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