Hi, we need a high protein diet if we are pcos, I see you are a vegetarian and that makes it tough. Try supplementing with a protein drink regimen and cut back on carbs, if necessary only have brown carbs in the morning, you will burn them off early in the day, then have vegetables and protein drinks for the rest of the day. The dark skin around your neck is called Linea Nigricans, it is a known symptom of pcos. It is caused by insulin resistance, so starting some protein, vitamins and supplements could really work well for you, as long as you increase your protein. The insulin resistance is what kicks up the male hormone testosterone in your system, causing the hair growth. after you have added protein, decide how you want to treat it, with diet and supplements, or may be just diet alone, you cam also get medications, but please remember if you choose that route you are treating symptoms, not trying to cure the reasons for them. When you are doing really well, then start to tackle the hair issues, either by electrolysis or lasers, or both. It takes time and commitment, but its worth it, Every 10% of weight loss improves pcos, if you are overweight. Good luck! I have been there when we had hardly any access to information on pcos. It has come a long way.
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Christine, I’m so sorry you are going through this experience. We always and only recommend physiological dosing of hormones and we always start with progesterone. Since you have had a hysterectomy, you will also need estrogen, and down the road, maybe testosterone. But we always check hormone levels (not using blood serum) to determine exactly what hormones and what dosing your body needs. Pellets take at least 3 months to wear off, before getting levels checked. Why don’t you go to my website, click on “Begin Your Journey,” scroll down to the bottom where it says “type in your zip code here.” Up wil pop a list of drs who work with bhrt in your area. You will need to call those dr offices and ask if that dr works with compounding labs on personalized bhrt for his patients. When you find a dr, email me at lyn@ and I can direct your next step. When you find a dr, we can work with you over the phone to guide your next steps. Hope this info helps! Hang in there!