I apologize if this belongs more in the Gynecology section, but I was redirected to here by the site.
I'll try to keep this somewhat brief. I'm 23 and have never had a period on my own. At age 19 I started taking medroxyprogesterone every 4 months, so every 4 months up until February 2007 I had a period. I never had any problems until the end of 2006; the last 3 times I took the pills, I would have chest pain, leg pain, racing heart, and extreme fatigue. This would usually last the first 2-3 days of taking it, then the rest of the 10 day medication cycle those symptoms would fade away for the most part. Doctors have asked why don't I take BC pills, but if I had such a bad reaction to the progesterone, wouldn't be just as dangerous to take BC?
I've seen a OB/GYN, my primary doctor, and an endocrinologist. My hormones have been checked, my thyroid has been checked 3 times, and I've been tested for Cushings. All have come back normal. Doctors have suggested PCOS (I am very heavy and can't get control of my weight, no cycle, some extra hair growth) but nothing has been a set diagnosis. The endrocrinologist wants me to start taking Metformin not for diabetes but for treatment of the period/weight issues.
I'm just so frustrated. I don't know what's wrong with me and I'm scared. I'm scared that I'll never be able to get my weight under control, I'll never be able to take BC, and that these medicines that are prescribed are going to hurt me in some way.
Do you think it is PCOS or are there other conditions I should be checked for?
Is Metformin a good option for me? It seems like it would be so much easier to take BC to regulate my cycle, but I just think it is too dangerous.
I would also like to mention that my mother, maternal grandmother, and maternal great-grandmother all had cycle issues that somehow magically fixed themselves after they got pregnant. They would go several months without having a cycle, so they were never as bad as me who doesn't have a cycle at all.
Thank you for your time.