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I was diagnosed with PCOS in December of last year, and I started taking Yaz in January. I've been on the pill for nearly seven months now, and it seems that my body still hasn't adjusted to the hormones. My period never, ever comes when it's supposed to and lasts a couple of days after I start taking active pills again. Yaz has four inactive pills per blister pack. Say I'm supposed to take the first inactive pill on Saturday. In a typical month, I would actually start my period on Monday and the spotting wouldn't end completely until Friday. This month, however, was a total reversal of my abnormal norm; I started my period six days before I took the first inactive pill. My mother said it might have been due to stress, since I was scheduled to have all four of my wisdom teeth removed the next week. However, I was under the impression that stress eliminated periods, not started them early! My mom is a nurse, so I generally trust her medical advice, but she said it's not something to worry about and I can't see my gyno again until I get my first pelvic exam, which I think I'm ready for, but she doesn't. (I know, it's abnormal that they would diagnose PCOS without a pelvic exam, but I had an ultrasound)

I'm nearly sixteen, and I don't feel like this is the right way my body should be reacting. Any advice to reassure or encourage me in the meantime until I can see my doctor again? I just want to know what's going on with my body!

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I do not claim to know much about PCOS, but from my experience on the boards, many women report it interfering with their menstrual cycles, either causing periods to be extremely irregular or virtually nonexistent. Stress can do all kinds of things to periods, and it isn't limited to eliminating them.

I have to say, the bit about not being able to see your GYN until your first pelvic is a bunch of bollocks. Especially if you have diagnosed PCOS, regular pelvis exams and reproductive care is pretty darn important even if you aren't sexually active.

So, if you have the ability, make the appointment yourself. Or, at the very least, make a call and ask them nurse/receptionist to have your GYN call you so you can at least ask her these questions.

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The gyno rule is my mom's based on the way our insurance works, I think, because we had to pay out-of-pocket for the diagnostic visit.

The point of the birth control was to regulate my period. I had six periods between September 2005 (my first) and December 2008 (the gyno visit). I don't know how long it's supposed to be until it totally regulates my cycle. Seven months seems like a long time :/

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Well, what's your mom's reason for saying you're not ready for a pelvic exam? If you're still having problems and want to get checked out, there's absolutely no reason for you not to have one.
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My mom has taken my growing up really hard, ever since I got the first hints of breasts in third grade. She makes sure I'm taken care of now, with bras and tampons and things like that, but in the beginning it was so hard to get her to see that I was growing up and these were things I needed. I think a pelvic exam is something SHE'S not ready for me to get, and she's projecting that onto to me. I know it's unfair of her, especially since this is my health we're talking about, but the issue will take some more working at before she's ready to let me do this.
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