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    PCOS and facial hair

    i have dusty facial hair growth in my face. when i consulted dr she said its due to PCOS. is there is any permanent cure for facial growth. did any of you know any home remedies for facial hair growth?

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    Re: PCOS and facial hair

    Dear Vickky, please go through the following article and your doubts may get cleared regarding facial hair growth and PCOS.

    Excess facial hair is often more serious than just a cosmetic problem. You may have a PCOS symptom called hirsutism, which can also cause excess body hair and baldness in women.

    One of the most distressing side effects of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is known as hirsutism. Pronounced her-soo-tizm, this condition can cause extreme facial and body hair in women, often leading to low self esteem. Many of us with PCOS do not realize the devastation that imbalanced hormones can cause in our lives. That's why Insulite wants to share with you the natural solutions that can minimize excess hair growth on your face and body, as well as female baldness.
    If you or someone you know suffers from excess facial hair, for example, there's a strong chance it's a sign of PCOS, according to a new report. As many as 15 percent of women and teenage females have excess facial hair and PCOS is the cause in 70 to 80 percent of cases. The same is true of excess body hair as well as hair loss known as male pattern baldness.

    Women of all ages worried about excessive facial or body hair should consult their doctor to be tested for PCOS, say researchers.


    Estimates of how many females are affected by hirsutism are likely to be underestimated because some are reluctant to seek help because of embarrassment, adds Dr. Swingler.

    In addition to PCOS, rarer causes of excessive facial hair can include certain tumors, thyroid dysfunction, and the use of some drugs.


    Many women with PCOS can suffer from excess hair growth on their faces or other parts of their bodies as a result of a condition called hirsutism. Alternatively, women with PCOS may experience hair loss known as male pattern baldness.



    • A small amount of testosterone is normal in women. But excess testosterone can often result from a disorder called Insulin Resistance, which prevents your body from responding to normal insulin levels. Insulin Resistance often underlies PCOS, causing an imbalance in your hormones which stimulates the ovaries to produce increased levels of male hormones (androgens), especially testosterone. Until testosterone levels are reduced, excess hair growth and male pattern baldness can continue to be a problem.
    • Insulin Resistance can be a factor in many other health disorders like cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
    • It's possible to reverse insulin resistance in a safe way with the Insulite PCOS System.

    Many women with PCOS suffer from hirsutism - excess hair growth on the face or other parts of our bodies. Some with PCOS experience hair loss called male pattern baldness.

    For many PCOS-linked hirsutism sufferers, hair in the mustache and beard areas becomes heavier and darker. With hirsutism, masculine hair on the arms and legs is also possible, as well as hair on the abdomen, chest, or back together with extra growth in the pubic area. High levels of male hormones (androgens), notably testosterone, can cause this condition via a hormonal imbalance sparked by PCOS.

    Just as heavier hair growth is possible, the hair thinning that many men experience (male pattern baldness) is possible in women with PCOS. Small amounts of the male hormone testosterone is normal; but, the high levels of excess insulin sparked by PCOS can stimulate ovaries to produce large amounts of testosterone resulting in hirsutism and hair loss among other symptoms.

    Symptoms
    Hirsutism is excess hair noticeable around the mouth and on the chin and neck of women with PCOS. Coarse and pigmented body hair can appear on the body where women don't commonly have hair - primarily the face, chest, and back. Other signs may develop over time. This process is called virilization

    Signs of virilization can include:

    • Deepening voice
    • Balding
    • Acne
    • Decreased breast size
    • Enlargement of the clitoris
    • Increased muscle mass



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    Re: PCOS and facial hair

    When to seek medical advice
    Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider when you notice any of the following:


    • Rapidly growing, unwanted hair on places such as your upper lip, cheeks, chin, neck, midchest, inner thighs, or lower back.
    • Unwanted hair growth associated with irregular menstrual periods.
    • Male features, such as a deepening voice, balding, increased muscle mass, and decreased breast size.
    • Unwanted hair growth that appears to be worsened by medication.

    Women approaching menopause or in the early years of menopause can develop coarse chin or other unwanted facial hair, yet this isn't considered hirsutism. Your doctor can help you distinguish between stray hairs that commonly develop at the time of menopause and the unwanted excess hair resulting from another disorder like PCOS.
    Causes
    Until puberty, your body is covered with fine, colorless hairs called vellus hairs. When you begin to sexually mature, male sex hormones called androgens help vellus hairs on certain areas of your body to become dark, curlier, and coarser. These are called terminal hairs. Unwanted terminal hair growth in women can result from excess androgens or from an increased sensitivity of hair follicles to androgens.
    About half the women with mild hirsutism have high androgen levels. Conditions that can cause high androgen levels include:

    • PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). This disorder is caused by an imbalance of hormones that can result in irregular periods, obesity, infertility, and sometimes multiple cysts on your ovaries. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is the most common identifiable cause of hirsutism. A small amount of testosterone is normal in women; but, excess testosterone often results from a condition called insulin resistance, which prevents your body from responding to normal insulin levels. Insulin resistance often underlies PCOS, causing an imbalance in hormones which stimulate ovaries to produce increased levels of male hormones (androgens), especially testosterone. Until testosterone levels are reduced, excess hair growth and male pattern baldness can continue to be a problem.
    • Cushing's syndrome. Cushing's syndrome is a disorder that occurs when your body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol - a steroid hormone involved in your body's response to stress. It can develop when adrenal glands - the small hormone-secreting glands located just above your kidneys - make too much cortisol. It can also occur from taking cortisol-like medications over a long period. Increased cortisol levels disrupt the balance of sex hormones in your body, which can result in hirsutism.
    • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia. This inherited condition is characterized by abnormal production of steroid hormones, including cortisol and androgen, by your adrenal glands.
    • Tumors. In rare cases, an androgen-secreting tumor in the ovaries or adrenal glands can cause hirsutism.



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    Re: PCOS and facial hair

    Hypothyroidism. A number of women with PCOS may also have an underactive thyroid gland, called hypothyroidism, which can lead to a reduction of sex hormone-binding globulin, and an increase in free testosterone. Free testosterone is one of the factors contributing to PCOS: excess facial and body hair can result. Women with hypothyroidism also are more likely to have velvety, hyperpigmented skin folds called acanthosis nigrans. The thyroid gland is located at the base of your neck in front of your windpipe. It makes, stores, and releases two hormones - T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine). Thyroid hormones control your metabolic rate, namely the rate at which every part of your body works. If there is not enough thyroid hormone in your bloodstream, your metabolism slows down. This is called hypothyroidism. Symptoms of hypothyroidism can include: fatigue or weakness, weight gain, menstrual problems, lower body temperature, cold extremities, inability to focus, constipation, depression, muscle aches, brittle nails, dry skin, and hair loss. A common cause is Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland. Other possible causes are: thyroid surgery or radiation, some drugs, hormone therapy, dietary deficiencies, and exposure to toxic environmental chemicals and metals.

    How is Hypothyroidism Diagnosed?

    Thyroid disease is diagnosed by your symptoms, an exam and lab tests. Physicians usually screen thyroid function by measuring TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). TSH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland, which "reads" the blood passing through it for proper amounts of thyroid hormone. If thyroid hormone levels are low, the pituitary sends out a TSH signal to the thyroid to produce more thyroid hormone. As thyroid hormone production drops, TSH usually increases. Therefore a higher than normal TSH level indicates a hypothyroid condition.

    Unfortunately, TSH doesn't always respond correctly to low thyroid hormone levels. If symptoms persist, and the TSH is in the normal range, the thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) should also be checked. In some cases, a diagnosis of hypothyroidism can be missed if TSH is the only hormone measured.

    There is a growing awareness in the medical community that the current reference range for determining what is a "normal" TSH is too wide. Based on new data, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommends that the normal reference range for the TSH blood test be reduced by nearly half, down to 0.50-2.50 from the current 0.50-5.00. Other sources suggest the new upper range should be 3.33. (The higher the number, the more hypothyroid you are.) Until all physicians and labs can agree on a new range for TSH, many women will continue to be frustrated by inaccurate diagnosis.

    You may have undiagnosed mild hypothyroidism which is complicating your PCOS - especially if you have a weight problem in spite of consistent dieting and exercise. Remember, thyroid hormones set your metabolic "thermostat". If your metabolic thermostat is set on "low", it can be very difficult to lose weight and avoid cellular sluggishness.

    Mild hypothyroidism can be difficult to diagnose and is often overlooked. Proper diagnosis may require: lab tests more extensive than the typical TSH test, a body temperature assessment over a period of time, and a careful assessment of symptoms and medical history. Licensed naturopathic physicians are well qualified to identify subtle hypothyroidism. If you discover that you have an underactive thyroid, and you get it back to optimal function, some of your PCOS symptoms can diminish.

    Medications. Some medications can cause hirsutism. One such drug is danazol, which is used to treat women with endometriosis, a disorder of the uterus.


    Sometimes, there is no identifiable cause
    Excessive hair growth in women with normal androgen levels, regular menstrual periods, and no other underlying conditions is called idiopathic hirsutism - meaning there's no identifiable cause for the disorder. This occurs more frequently in certain ethnic populations, such as women of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and South Asian ancestry.
    Risk factors
    Several factors can influence the likelihood of developing hirsutism. These include:

    • Family history. Several conditions that cause hirsutism, including congenital adrenal hyperplasia and polycystic ovary syndrome, run in families.
    • Ethnicity. Women of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and South Asian ancestry are more likely to develop hirsutism with no identifiable cause than are women of other ethnicities.

    Complications
    Hirsutism can be emotionally distressing. Teenage females and mature women often feel self-conscious about having unwanted body hair, especially on the face. Although hirsutism doesn't create physical complications, the underlying cause of a hormonal imbalance can.


    Fighting back with a doctor's appointment
    Many females start to combat hirsutism by seeing a family doctor. However, you may soon be referred to another doctor who specializes in endocrine disorders (endocrinologist) or to a dermatologist. Here's some information to help you prepare for your appointment.
    What you can do:

    • Be aware of pre-appointment restrictions. When you make your appointment, ask if there's anything you need to do to prepare.
    • Write down your symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment. For example, if you've been feeling depressed or fatigued lately, tell your doctor. Also tell your doctor about any other changes in your appearance, such as weight gain or loss, changes in breast size or muscle mass, new acne, or patches of dark velvety skin.
    • Write down key personal information, including any changes in your menstrual cycle and in your sex life.
    • Make a list of all medications, as well as any creams or supplements you're taking or have used in the past. Include the specific name and dose of these medications and how long you've been taking them.
    • Take a family member or friend along, if possible. Sometimes it can be difficult to soak up all the information provided to you during an appointment. Someone who accompanies you can remember something you missed or forgot.
    • Write down questions to ask your doctor. Preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For hirsutism, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:


    • What is likely causing my symptoms or condition?
    • What are other possible causes?
    • What kinds of diagnostic tests do I need?
    • What are my treatment options?
    • If the first treatment I try isn't effective, what can I try next?
    • How much will treatment improve my physical signs and symptoms?
    • Will I need to be treated long term?
    • What are the possible side effects of the medications you're recommending?
    • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing?
    • Will the medications you're recommending affect my ability to have children?
    • How will you monitor my response to treatment over time?
    • Are there alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
    • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
    • Are there any restrictions I need to follow?
    • Should I see a specialist?
    • Are there brochures or other printed material I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend?

    Don't hesitate to ask your doctor any other questions you have about your condition.
    What to expect from your doctor
    Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

    • When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
    • Have your symptoms worsened?
    • Has your menstrual cycle changed, or have you stopped having your period?
    • Have you gained weight and where on your body?
    • Do you feel fatigued or weaker than usual?
    • Have you developed new acne?
    • Have you noticed dark, velvety patches of skin, especially on your neck, armpits, inner thighs, or under your breasts?
    • Has the size of your breasts changed?
    • Have you noticed a change in your muscle mass?
    • Have others commented that your voice has changed?
    • Have you noticed any changes in interest in sex?
    • Have you been diagnosed with other medical conditions?
    • Has anyone in your family been treated for a condition that causes excess, unwanted hair?
    • Are you planning to become pregnant soon?

    What you can do in the meantime If you've scheduled an appointment with your doctor to talk about excessive hair growth, you may already have tried and been disappointed with at-home treatments such as shaving and drugstore wax kits. Because your doctor will want to see your hair growth pattern, it's best to avoid trying new at-home treatments in the days leading up to your appointment. It's natural to feel distressed by the effect the unwanted hair has on your appearance. But in most cases, your doctor will be able to help you find a treatment plan that improves your symptoms.
    Tests and diagnosis
    Making a diagnosis of hirsutism begins with discussing your medical history. Your doctor may ask you about your menstrual cycles, the time of onset of your symptoms, whether you're taking any medications and whether you have a family history of certain conditions.

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    Re: PCOS and facial hair

    Your doctor is likely to:

    • Perform a physical exam. Your doctor may check your face, neck, chest, breasts, back, abdomen, and pelvis for hair growth. He or she may also examine you for other signs of androgen excess and for conditions that can result in a hormonal imbalance.
    • Order blood tests. Tests that measure the amount of certain hormones in your blood, including testosterone, may help determine whether your hirsutism is caused by elevated androgen levels.

    Further testing
    The extent of further testing you'll undergo depends on the severity of your hirsutism and any other associated symptoms. If androgen levels in your blood are elevated, you may undergo imaging tests. These can include:

    • Ultrasound. This imaging test uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of your body's internal structures. An ultrasound of the ovaries or adrenal glands may be performed to check for tumors or cysts.
    • Computerized tomography (CT) scan. A CT scan is a type of X-ray test that provides cross-sectional images of your internal organs. A CT scan of your body may be used to evaluate the adrenal glands.

    Lifestyle and home remedies
    Self-care methods to remove unwanted body hair include:

    • Plucking. Using a tweezers is a way to remove a few stray hairs but is not useful for removing a large area of hair.
    • Shaving. Shaving is quick and inexpensive but it needs to be repeated regularly since it removes the hair only down to the surface of your skin. It also encourages hair to grow more strongly.
    • Waxing. Waxing involves applying warm wax on your skin where the unwanted hair grows. Once the wax hardens, it's pulled back from your skin against the direction of hair growth, removing hair. Waxing removes hair from a large area quickly. But it may sting temporarily and sometimes causes skin irritation and redness. Hot wax can also burn your skin.
    • Chemical depilatories work by breaking down the protein structure of the hair shaft and are generally available as gels, lotions,or creams you spread on your skin. Some people are allergic to the chemicals used in depilatories.
    • Bleaching. Instead of removing unwanted body hair, some women use bleaching to remove hair color, making hair less visible. Bleaching may cause skin irritation, so test this method on a small area first.

    Prevention
    Hirsutism generally isn't preventable though a balanced nutritious diet. Regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight level however can mitigate the onset of PCOS and its multiple symptoms including hirsutism. If you have polycystic ovary syndrome, controlling obesity and preventing insulin resistance ( a condition in which your body doesn't respond to normal insulin levels) can result in lower androgen levels, including testosterone, and reduce hirsutism. Lean women and females of a healthy weight can also suffer from PCOS, by the way.



    Excess insulin is caused by Insulin Resistance. This condition lies at the center of PCOS by preventing the efficient conversion of food into energy because cell membranes have become insensitive to insulin. As a result, glucose and insulin levels in your bloodstream become unbalanced, and increased free-floating glucose is sent to your liver and converted to excess body fat. Weight gain, and obesity can lead to PCOS and other health problems like Cardiovascular Disease and Type 2 Diabetes.

    Because symptoms vary widely and not all sufferers display all symptoms, doctors often misdiagnose PCOS. In fact, 8 out of every 10 women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome could have insulin resistance. The end result is that a PCOS sufferer may stop ovulating, gain weight, and develop excess hair and skin conditions like acne and brown patches, as well as suffer from decreased sex drive, high cholesterol levels, exhaustion or lack of mental alertness, depression, and anxiety. Other symptoms include sleep apnea (problems with breathing during sleeping) and thyroid trouble.

    Because there is no single solution that reverses Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or Insulin Resistance, we have developed through our research the most comprehensive and effective system available. We believe you need to rely on a multi-faceted approach to improving or reversing these conditions. What is required is a complete system, including nutraceuticals: (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and botanicals) a realistic exercise program, nutritional guidance, and a support network that can help you change unhealthy lifestyle choices and address the issues presented by these conditions
    Symptoms of insulin resistance-related polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are targeted by the Insulite PCOS System, which includes an exclusive formula called Ploy Plus, that can help to decrease circulating Testosterone levels in order to minimalize unwanted hair growth.

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    Re: PCOS and facial hair

    Very informative thread...!!!

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    useful info. Thanks

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    very useful info,,, Thanks for teh very very detailed explanation,,,

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    Re: PCOS and facial hair

    Quote Originally Posted by vickky View Post
    i have dusty facial hair growth in my face. when i consulted dr she said its due to PCOS. is there is any permanent cure for facial growth. did any of you know any home remedies for facial hair growth?
    Hi,
    Facial hair is one of the major problem with PCOS. Its because of elevated testosterone. Try doing kapalbhati pranayam, bhastrika and anulom vilom pranayam. You can get the video of these pranayams in youtube. These pranayams will help you in balancing the hormones and to ease the pcos symptoms and will also help to loose weight.

    I dont think that home remidies can help you to get rid off the hair. I also had facial hair after my son's birth. I did laser hair removal. It is little expensive but you can get rid of the hair once for all. Its a permanent solution. You may have to take up 6 to 8 sessions for face based on your skin and hair colour. Lighter the skin and darker the hair needs less sessions. I am satisfied with laser hair removal. If you have any questions regarding laser hair removal, you can send me personal message or drop your questions here.

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    Hi!

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