Was diagnosed 13 yrs ago, and had been treated with birth control pills all these yrs. The difference the pill made was amazing. Was young enough that many symptoms had not had time to develope or worsen. Now, I am done having kids, had a procedure to sterilize myself, so do not need the pill for birth control. My BP went way up all of a sudden, and my OB/GYN took me off of the pill, refusing to put me back on until my BP is under control. So now I am on a med for high BP. My MD just won’t talk to me about other options for treating PCOS. Diet and excercise is a given, but not being on the pill for nearly 2 mos now, I don’t feel I can handle it any longer. I have become very depressed, very moody and emotional, my skin is very oily, I’m noticing hair growth where I don’t want it., etc…it just seems like PCOS has unleashed chaos in my body. I’m looking for a good counselor to treat depression, when 2 mos ago I was a normal, balanced person. 2 mos ago I wasn’t dealing with oily, acne skin, or weight gain. PCOS also contributes to high BP and high cholesterol, and so many other things. I feel that by not treating PCOS, I am going to need more and more treatment for all of the side effects. Wouldn’t it make more sense to treat the one cause of all the conditions instead of only treating the conditions caused by a single source? I just don’t get it. If I can’t be on the pill, and diet and excercise is not enough, what other options do I have? I’m afraid of taking over the counter estrogen, the pill uses estrogen and progestin together, and that combo offsets androgen. I’m not comfortable experimenting on my own, but my OB/GYN won’t talk about it (why?) and my PCP is not familiar enough with PCOS to give me answers yet. I’m sooo frustrated. Is there anything I can do right now???