Monday, March 14, 2011

Endocrinologist Visit

About three months ago, my therapist referred me to an endocrinologist. After only one visit, I was able to acquire an anti-androgen called spironolactone. I was actually shocked at how easy it was. There were no embarrassing examinations or a long wait. I went in, answered a few questions, and within the hour I was picking up my prescription from the local pharmacy!

I had to go back for a checkup a few days ago and things are going well so far! Although the medication has lowered my blood pressure significantly, and it does make me feel a little sick sometimes, it seems to be serving its purpose. I will get my hormone levels back from a lab in a few weeks, so I will be able to see how significantly they have been affected. Even if my dosage needs to be raised slightly, I'm certain that it's not far off the mark.While I feel that the pros outweigh the cons, I feel that someone going into this should know every possible side affect, so I've listed both the positives and negatives:
            Positive
  • Clearer skin
  • Less hair growth
  • Overall more feminine appearance
          Negative  
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Less energy
  • dizziness


6 comments:

  1. I am sure there are many who will want to read this. Just a technical suggestion Lauren. I had trouble seeing those positives (the good stuff) as green print against the green background.

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  2. Thanks Halle! I fixed the text so it's easier to read! :)

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  3. Please be careful that your blood pressure doesn't get too low. That aspect was a plus for me, since my blood pressure was high to begin with. Spironolactone serves two functions for me. ;)

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