Hi, I have just been contemplating something lately. I am wondering if I have some hormone imbalance or thyroid problem or something. My periods have always been irregular since I was 13, I am 22 now. They would go from 48 days to 24 days month to month and there was no regularity at all. They were also very painful and heavy. I went to a gynecologist when I was 18 when I'd had enough finally, and expected to get my hormones or something tested, however she just put me on HBC (Yaz to be precise) and diagnosed me with PMDD as well. (Which, I do not disagree with). Yaz seemed to make my periods much lighter and less painful, my PMS was a lot better and my period was like clockwork as long as I took my pills on time.
Last year, I changed doctors because I moved and my doctor refused to prescribe me Yaz because I get migraines with aura. (My previous doctor was aware of this but prescribed it to me anyway, she was not worried about it. This was before all the lawsuits occured). So he prescribed me the minipill (Noriday to be precise) and my periods have been random like they used to since. I've only had 3, but they are not regular at all and are more painful and heavy again. My PMS is definitely worse than it was when I was on Yaz. I am basically unhappy with the minipill for these reasons, but I don't know what other options I have, if there are any options that could help the same symptoms Yaz did.
So I have always wondered if I do have some thyroid problem that was never tested and I would kind of like to get tested. Is it possible to go get a blood test without a doctors referral? I know the test is going to be expensive and a doctor appointment on top of that will not help…anyone have advice or thoughts?
Edited to addd: In recent years, I have been experiencing a pain on my inner hip or upper groin that feels like a joint pain to me. Its gotten noticeably worse over the last year/being in enough pain to wake me up in the middle of the night. It hurts much worse after I have to sit still for long stretches of time, and I'm wondering if this could be related at all?