Hello Dear readers, Complements of the season.I am sorry for the long silence. As I mentioned before, I am undergoing a Master’s program in Public Health at the moment, so it’s been time-consuming. I missed writing on here and hope to make it up to You, fingers crossed. Today, I am going to talk about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (commonly known as PCOS) and the skin signs that come along with it.
In a very simple context, the primary male sex hormone, that is Testosterone is at a higher level in women than normal. This leads to multiple cysts in the ovaries. These cysts look like fluid-filled capsules.
PCOS is the most common cause of this disorder. There is an excessive growth of hair in places normally seen in males. For example, the chest, beards, mustache, etc.
10 times more women with PCOS have Type 2 Diabetes than those without the condition. This is due to insulin resistance from tissues. Therefore, the insulin is present or even in high level, but the tissues do not respond to it, thereby resulting in high Blood sugar level.
When a woman comes to the Healthcare Professional complaining about Hirsutism, further examinations are done to check for polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The reason is it is very common in PCOS
Shaving, waxing, use of depilatory creams, laser hair removal. Laser hair removal is expensive and requires several sessions, but it is highly effective. The best, price-wise and in terms of effectiveness is waxing. Furthermore, with regular appointments, the rate of hair growth slows.
Medications such as Oral Contraceptives (containing estrogen) may be given.
The medicines above are used for a long time before a good result (decreased hair growth in abnormal places) is seen. Therefore, One has to be dedicated. If the therapy is stopped on the way, the hirsutism may reoccur.