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Ovarian Cysts, people always think I'm a boy...

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Hi ladies.
New to this but don't have anyone to talk to about it.
I am 26 and have had hormonal problems for years. Since puberty. My periods have never been regular, I have excess body hair on my chest, stomach, back, arms and face. My breasts grew but have recently been shrinking again. I have had a lot of pain in my lower abdomen for years but a couple of weeks ago it hurt so much I collapsed. I budgeted to go to the doctor. After spending more money than I had on invasive tests and ultrasounds they told me I have one cyst on my left ovary and multiple cysts on the right. One has ruptured and leaked into my body cavity, Fallopian tubes and uterus. They said there is so much scarring from precious cysts that had ruptured and healed over time that they are essentially screwed. I have never wanted kids to begin with so the prospect of infertility isn't what bothers me... But what is going to happen to me? Everything I've read just fills me with more panic. Am I going to completely lose everything that makes me a woman? My breasts are already tiny, my voice as deep as a mans and my body has more hair than my brothers if I let it grow unchecked. I wont even start on my mood swings.. people almost always think I am a boy or gay. I have never enjoyed sex as it often hurts and have never orgasmed during sex. I feel like I should just give up on being a woman. Just as I was growing comfortable with being a woman and my femininity, my body is turning me into a boy. I just don't know what to do or what to feel.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I feel so lost.
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replied September 4th, 2013
Welcome to ehealthforum,
The symptoms that you describe suggest hormonal abnormalities and excess of male hormones or androgens in your body. Do not ignore your symptoms. Visit your doctor/gynecologist and go ahead with thorough evaluation including complete hormonal analysis to look for the exact underlying cause. Get started on treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and evaluation results) to help you control the symptoms and regulate our periods. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.

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