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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (often referred to as PCOS) is a condition that causes issues with the ovaries, affecting millions of women in the UK. The condition is characterised by cysts that develop in the ovaries, lack of regular ovulation and having high levels of androgens (male hormones) within the body. Patients will typically be diagnosed with PCOS if they have two or three of these characteristics.

What Causes PCOS?

The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, although it is thought to be hereditary. PCOS is often associated with abnormal hormone levels within the body, with insulin in particular thought to play a part. Many women with PCOS have high levels of insulin (the hormone that controls sugar levels), which is in turn thought to contribute to an increase in the production and activity of male hormones, such as testosterone. Being overweight tends to increase the amount of insulin present in the body, which could increase your risk of polycystic ovary syndrome.

Symptoms of PCOS

Polycystic ovaries contain a number of cysts of up to 8mm in size. They’re completely harmless by themselves, but the symptoms that occur alongside PCOS can cause a number of problems. The cysts are actually under-developed
sacs where eggs develop. In polycystic ovary syndrome, these sacs are often unable to release eggs, which is why ovulation can be patchy or infrequent at best.

Symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Irregular periods or cessation of periods.
  • Problems getting pregnant, due to irregular ovulation.
  • Hirsutism (excessive hair growth), on the face, neck, chest, back and buttocks.
  • Weight gain.
  • Thinning hair.
  • Acne.

Treating PCOS

There is no “cure” for PCOS. Instead, sufferers are advised to adjust their lifestyle to ease symptoms and to use medications, if necessary. For example, weight loss can greatly help PCOS sufferers. Other symptoms can be controlled with a range of treatments. At Hilton Skin Clinics, we use laser hair removal to help treat and control the excess hair growth associated with PCOS.

Laser Hair Removal

During treatment, the laser hair removal device uses targeted, focussed light to penetrate the epidermis. The pigment within the hair absorbs the light, effectively destroying the hair follicle. This removes hair and helps to hinder further hair growth, leaving skin smooth and hair-free. A course of treatments is usually recommended so that hair in all stages of the growth cycle can be targeted. Treatment is relatively painless and takes between ten and forty minutes, depending on the area being treated.

For more information about laser hair removal for PCOS and our PCOS discount, please contact Hilton Skin Clinics today.

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