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Hi, I have missed my last 4 periods and have done a blood pregnancy test which came back negative. I have bad acne for someone who is 23 and have in my opinion extensive facial hair for a woman. I also have a itchy/scaly scalp which I have had now for over a year with no improvement. Don't no if that is connected though. Thanks Rachel

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Dear Rachel,

We thank you for your question.  We are unable to provide a diagnosis for your symptoms and therefore you should consult your General Practitioner to obtain an accurate diagnosis for these symptoms.

Some of your symptoms might be associated with polycystic ovary syndrome.  Polycystic ovary syndrome is a medical condition in which the ovaries in females are not working correctly.  In this condition, harmless cysts develop on the ovaries and the ovaries do not regularly ovulate (release eggs from the ovaries).  Also there are a lot of male androgens being produced (hormones) and these are circulating in your body, this may account for the extensive facial hair that you have commented upon.  The main symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome are as follows: irregular periods, infertility, hair growth, acne, hair loss and weight gain.

Home pregnancy tests are considered to be accurate, but we would suggest repeating the home pregnancy test one more time.  If this second test is inconclusive, then we would suggest making an appointment with your General Practitioner who can perform a blood test and send this to a laboratory for greater diagnostic accuracy to confirm pregnancy.

Typically an itchy scalp is caused by dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis.  These conditions speed up new skin development and might be the result of a fungal infection.  These conditions are easy to treat with the relevant shampoos.

Please contact your General who can order the relevant diagnostic tests for polycystic ovary syndrome and pregnancy hormones, which will establish an accurate diagnosis for your symptoms and don’t forget to mention the itchy scalp.  We hope that the following information is helpful.

 

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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