Why Do women Grow Beard: The first thing people notice when they meet you is your face. In an ideal world every woman wants a face free of  pimples, acne, Eczema, irregular pigmentation, facial hair and more.

The presence of excess body hair can lead to feelings of self-consciousness. women’s facial hair is not dangerous.

Lets check out what Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is. This term may seem daunting at first and for many women is a frustrating condition with an emotional burden. Hopefully after reading this article one will have some knowledge or idea as what PCOS is, the causes and when to seek help from your doctor.

 

PCOS is a syndrome characterised by polycystic ovaries. This results in disturbances in a woman’s reproductive, metabolic and psychological health. The condition can be distressing for women who experience these symptoms.

 

The main features of PCOS are:

  1. Infertility
  2. Amenorrhea (missing 3 menstrual periods in a row or not having periods for at least 6 months)
  3. Excessive androgens: male hormones such as testosterone resulting in Hirsutism (excessive hair growth in a male pattern e.g. face, chest and back)

It is important to be aware that both males and females produces androgens but at different levels.

Statistics

33% of women of reproductive age have polycystic ovaries. But most women with polycystic ovaries do not have symptoms and therefore do not need medical treatment. PCOS affects 5-15% of women of reproductive age.

 

Cause

The cause of PCOS is unclear. It is believed there are various factors that contribute to the syndrome including, excessive production of androgens (hormone that plays a role in male traits and reproduction), LH and oestrogens (female sex hormones).

PCOS can run in families (genetic cause).

Symptoms

  • Irregular periods
  • Infertility or Subfertility
  • Acne
  • Hirsutism
  • Alopecia
  • Obesity or difficulty losing weight
  • Mood swings, depression and/or anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Sleep apnoea

 

Treatment

There is currently no cure for PCOS but there are treatments that will help reduce or alleviate symptoms. These treatments can also help increase the likelihood of having a baby if the woman wishes to.

 

Some women use epilation

”One of our team members’ friend had similar issues, she used Electrolysis method to remove hers, it was mainly around her chin. She hinted is a process and not an instant treatment.”

 

PCOS and infertility?

 

 

Normally, ovaries store and release eggs as well as produce sex hormones. Every month an egg is released ready to be fertilised. Before the egg is released it develops in a fluid filled sac known as a follicle. Several follicles develop at once but only one matured into an egg. In polycystic ovary, none of the follicles develop into a mature egg and therefore cannot be fertilised. Therefore, the follicles become cysts in the ovaries.

 

When to seek help?

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and are concerned it is important to seek medical advice.

 

Additional information:

NHS-PCOS

How does PCOS affect your mental health?

PCOS explained-YouTube

 

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