Polycystic ovary syndrome (often referred to as PCOS) is a condition that has an effect on how a woman’s ovaries work. Although exact numbers are unknown, it is thought to be very common and affect 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.
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.
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. The symptoms of PCOS normally start to show when a woman reaches later teens or early twenties.
Symptoms of PCOS include:
There is no “cure” for PCOS. Instead, sufferers are advised to adjust their lifestyle to ease symptoms and to use medications, if necessary for fertility concerns. For example, weight loss and eating a healthy, balanced diet can greatly help PCOS sufferers. Our in-house nutritionist can advise on diet and lifestyle changes which may reduce the severity of PCOS symptoms. 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.
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.
The clinic is always spotless and has a warm inviting atmosphere. Staff members are extremely knowledgeable about all of their treatments, and they even took the time to speak to me over the phone relating to questions about my treatment before I even booked a consultation. 5 star clinic and would highly recommend to anyoneBarbara Sopata
I have had 4 treatments here for laser hair removal. The staff are extremely friendly and the product knowledge is excellent. The Treatment itself, well what can I say except… Pain FREE and after the first patch test, I noticed a significant reduction of hair.S. Iqbal
The Soprano Laser Hair removal is a virtually pain-free treatment and I am very impressed with the results so far and I am only half way through my course. Looking forward to the final results!Rizwana Ali
The staff are friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. When I arrived everything was explained to me and it was better than I had originally expected. I can’t wait for the next session of microdermabrasion!! I would now recommend them to my friends too.Kate Monterian
The clinic really give you good advice in how to look after your skin and didn’t seem too pushy when selling what I needed. I ended having the EDS Dermaroller for my face and neck. I was so worried it would be so painful but surprisingly it's not that bad at all but I did have some anaesthetic cream applied before hand.Jul K
* Results and patient experience may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors such as age, medical history and lifestyle.