New stretch marks – what could be causing these??

Dear Dr I, I am in quite a state with anxiety about stretch marks. I have many over my body that cause me embarrassment and distress. I have just come off long term use of the contraceptive pill (most recently Valette) in the past two months, and I have just noticed new stretch marks developing a very visible area on my calves. I have not gained weight or muscle. Is it possible that the hormonal changes are contributing? What should I do? Go back on the pill? Or would this be worse? I desperately don't want more stretch marks, but I have no idea what I should do! Please help! Thank you.

Please, please, please get on that phone and make an appointment with an endocrinologist and possibly then a dermatologist!!   If you have an unusual number of stretch marks not associated with pregnancy or a sudden growth spurt, you may have “Cushings” disease which is a disorder of the adrenal gland.   Also, there is a moderately rare genetic skin disease called Ehlers Danlos syndrome which can cause defects in collagen production and stretch marks.  This is a situation where you really need a doctor to help you get an accurate diagnosis. 

Good luck to you,  Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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