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PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) is a hormonal condition that can be associated with unwanted hair on the face and body. People becoming hairier than they’d like to be, or in some cases developing hair where they really don’t want it to grow.

Hirsutism is the official term for this condition, and it is a symptom of excess hormones called androgens. Men have far higher levels of biologically active androgens which in turn means they tend to have more hair and courser hair too. Female androgens are produced by the ovaries and the adrenal glands, and so when it comes to PCOS, the body will be producing more androgens due to the excess hormone levels present in the ovaries.

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Polycystic ovary syndrome can cause hair to become courser and darker, especially if you are a darker haired person to begin with. PCOS can also cause hair to grow in unwanted places such as the face, upper lip, breast, chest, abdomen, back, upper arms and the top part of your legs.

While hair in these areas can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness, it is in fact incredibly common. Polycystic ovary syndrome is actually one of the most common gynaecological conditions seen in women.

People with PCOS don’t always present with excess hair but the ones we see in the clinic, do suffer with this. We have been treating clients with PCOS for many years with excellent, long-term results. As with everything, this is a slow and steady process which takes patience and commitment.

Due to the hormonal nature of the condition, medical professionals prescribe hormonal treatments for PCOS, but this isn’t always appropriate, and won’t actually remove hair that has already grown.

Laser Therapy and Electrolysis

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Laser Therapy and Electrolysis are two of the main treatments we use to target excess hair growth in PCOS clients effectively. Laser Treatment is excellent on larger areas and darker hair growth. It can treat the chest, arms, legs and face and is a long-term method of hair removal which requires maintenance as new hair grows.

Electrolysis is an excellent treatment for smaller areas of the body and for people with a lighter hair colour. Grey, white, blonde, and ginger hair can all be treated using electrolysis. A mild electric current is sent through the needle, destroying the hair follicle’s ability to produce hair over a course of electrolysis treatment. It may take a number of sessions to remove the hair, but once it is removed that follicle will no longer e hair.

If you are suffering with PCOS and excess hair, please don’t suffer in silence. There are effective measures you can take to reduce the hair that is growing, and we are highly experienced in guiding and supporting our clients.

Tej and Co is a specialist skin and hair removal clinic. We have been established for over 20 years and are passionate about the positive benefits that can be achieved through effective hair removal techniques.

If you would like to speak to us in confidence or book a consultation with our expert team, please email info@tejandco.co.uk

This article was written by skincare specialist Tej of Tej & Co. Tej & Co are experts in skincare and hair removal clinic, West Midlands. Offering safe and results-driven non-surgical skin treatments including Endymed Skin Tightening.