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Overcoming P.C.O.S Understanding and Managing Excess Hair Growth.

Updated: Sep 4, 2023



Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition affecting one in ten women of childbearing age. It's marked by hormonal imbalances, irregular periods, and, quite commonly, excess hair growth, medically termed hirsutism. In the fight against PCOS, managing these physical symptoms can often feel like a battle. Yet, permanent hair removal techniques present a beacon of hope for many. Let's dive into the subject to better understand and manage this aspect of PCOS.



Understanding PCOS and Hirsutism:

PCOS results from an imbalance in a woman's reproductive hormones, creating problems in the ovaries. This can lead to irregularity with periods, infertility, and a plethora of other symptoms, one of which is hirsutism. The increased production of male hormones (androgens) often accompanying PCOS can stimulate hair growth in areas typically reserved for men, such as the face, back, and chest. This can be distressing for many women, impacting self-esteem and body image.


Permanent Hair Removal Solutions:

Thanks to advancements in cosmetic technology, several permanent hair removal methods are available today, two of which are particularly effective: laser hair removal and Electrolysis.


Laser Hair Removal:

Laser hair removal employs light energy to target the melanin in the bulb of the hair. Laser is also helpful on large areas with thousands of hair strands that can be treated in a session. Most women experience losing a good percentage of their hair. Laser hair removal doesn't guarantee total hair removal. When the hair regrows, it's usually finer and appears lighter. If complete removal is desired, Electrolysis can now be performed to get the remaining hair.


Electrolysis:

Electrolysis works by inserting a tiny probe within each individual hair follicle and delivering a small electrical current; the current destroys the papilla, producing the hair. Electrolysis is the most effective as a percentage but is a hair-by-hair process.


While both methods have proven effective, they also have potential side effects; therefore, it's essential to have a detailed consultation with a professional to discuss your personal needs and possible risks. It is also important to remember that while these treatments address the symptom of excess hair growth, they do not treat the underlying cause, PCOS. Combining permanent hair removal procedures with appropriate medical management of PCOS is vital to overall well-being.


PCOS is a multifaceted condition that requires comprehensive care. For those battling hirsutism due to PCOS, permanent hair removal methods can offer relief and bolster confidence. However, the journey with PCOS extends beyond managing physical symptoms. It's about embracing oneself, focusing on self-care, and building a supportive network.

Most important about PCOS, whether you're exploring laser hair removal, Electrolysis, or other means to manage your symptoms, remember you're not alone. Reach out, share your experiences, and keep pushing with a positive look at your journey to health and self-acceptance.

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