More masculine facial features - contraceptives or hormonal disorder?

Patient

Q: I took contraceptive pills for acne/irregular periods when I was 21. The following year, when I was 22, I noticed that the shape of my face had changed. I thought it looked more 'masculine.' I always had a prominent brow but it now looked heavier and my eyebrows were thicker; my jaw was longer and my nose seemed a bit bigger.

6 years later, I have some of the symptoms of PCOS (facial hair, jaw acne, head hair loss, doctor said high DHEA levels).

My question is, did taking birth control pills actually cause the bones in my face to grow? Did they bring on some of the other symptoms, like the facial hair and loss of head hair? Or would these things have happened without taking the pill? I have always wondered about my face in particular. Is it actually possible for the bones of the face to grow after age 21/22?

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