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PCOS Hair Growth

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is very common affecting an estimated 7% of women, although experts believe that the real number may be higher due to lack of diagnosis.

It is a hormonal disorder characterised by enlarged ovaries that contain numerous small and painless cysts.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome can cause infertility as women may not ovulate regularly and in some cases not at all, as well as period problems. Women with PCOS may also have acne, trouble losing weight and diabetes

There are also visible consequences of PCOS and the most common is unwanted hair growth.

Excess Hair Growth

Excess hair growth (hirsutism) occurs in over half of women with PCOS. This can occur both on the face and body, commonly:

  • facial hair
  • lower abdomen
  • chest

While PCOS may be considered an internal health problem, this external symptom can cause huge embarrassment for the patient.

Treatment for PCOS may improve this. Polycystic ovary treatment can include may also include hormones and/or fertility medication. In extreme cases, surgery may be an option.

However, many doctors concentrate firstly on weight loss and lifestyle changes in addition to treating the individual symptoms.

Treating Unwanted Hair

Laser hair removal has become the gold-standard option, giving favourable long term results for the patient.

Suitable for use on the face or body, laser targets the dark color (melanin) in the hairs and destroys the follicles, preventing regrowth. This area suits small or large areas and can be used on the face or body.

Laser Hair Removal Bristol

Bristol-based Quinn Clinics is run by practising GP Dr John Quinn, so patients can be assured that they are receiving utmost care and understanding of their condition.

Laser hair removal courses are available in the Clifton clinic, which is fully registered with the CQC for peace of mind.

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