PCOS Symptoms and Treatment
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age.
Because the symptoms of PCOS are seemingly unrelated to one another, the condition is often overlooked and undiagnosed. One of those symptoms is an excess or unwanted body or facial hair growth.
It’s a known fact that women with polycystic ovaries end up frustrated after trying every form of temporary hair removals such as waxing, plucking, shaving and even laser treatments that can make your unwanted hair problem worse than it was, to begin with. If you have unwanted hair related to PCOS, we can help.
Electrolysis is permanent hair removal and is effective for all types and colors of skin and hair.
What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?
PCOS is a hormonal disorder characterized by:
- Irregular periods.
- Signs of high blood level of male hormones, such as heavy hair growth, hair thinning, cystic acne, excess sweating.
- Weight gain.
- Infertility (PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility).
- Multiple small cysts on the ovaries.
- Insulin resistance
However, not all women have all symptoms.
Complications of PCOS
The common PCOS symptoms are difficult enough for most women, but some will experience further complications, including:
- Diabetes, elevated insulin levels or insulin resistance
- Heart and blood vessel problems
- Uterine cancer
- Sleep apnea
Each of these problems can be life-threatening, which is why treatment for PCOS is so important.
- Good nutrition
- Physical activity
- Birth control pills to regulate menstruation
- Insulin-sensitizing medications
- Ovulation induction to treat infertility
- Androgen-blocking medications
- Other excess hair treatments
- Treatments for hair loss
- Acne treatments
- Removal of other skin problems
Additionally, some women have had success with acupuncture.
Lifestyle and Prevention
One of the best treatments for PCOS is a healthy lifestyle. A healthy diet low in refined carbohydrates is important, as this can help regulate blood sugar levels. Exercise can also help the body regulate insulin and keep excess weight off. Losing weight is challenging with PCOS, but doing so can help reduce the male hormone levels in the body, and some women will begin to ovulate naturally. With a proper diagnosis, lifestyle changes and PCOS treatment, women can get relief from this condition and the overwhelming health problems it can cause.
We will work with you to achieve your goals in treating hirsutism – excessive growth of body and facial hair including the chest, stomach, and back – and other problems due to high levels of male hormones.
Since hirsutism can be a symptom, we can refer you to local endocrinologists and they can help you with PCOS issue.