By Laura NathanDoubting your diagnosis? Read on to find out what you might really
Sometimes even the best doctors miss the mark: About 40 percent of all
mistakes that M.D.s make are misdiagnoses, says the National Patient Safety
Foundation. That's because many ailments have similar symptoms or can be
detected only with tests that your physician might consider unnecessary if he's
confident in his verdict. If you're in the know about often-confused
conditions, though, you can ask the right...
If weight loss
alone doesn't start ovulation (or if you don't need to lose weight), your
doctor may have you try a medicine such as
clomiphene to help you start to ovulate.
If you aren't planning a pregnancy, you can
also use hormone therapy to help control your ovary hormones. To correct
menstrual cycle problems, birth control hormones keep your
endometrial lining from building up for too long. This
Hormone therapy also can help with
male-type hair growth and acne. Birth control pills,
patches, or vaginal rings are prescribed for hormone therapy. Androgen-lowering
spironolactone (Aldactone) is often used with
combined hormonal birth control. This helps with hair loss, acne, and
male-pattern hair growth on the face and body (hirsutism).
You can use other methods to treat acne and remove excess hair. For more information, see Home Treatment.
Taking hormones doesn't help with heart, blood
pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes risks. This is why exercise and a healthy
diet are key parts of your treatment.