I would like to know more on how you can help
yourself with the excessive hair growth on the face and body associated with polycystic ovary disease (PCO). Is having
treatment on the actual hairs themselves going to make any difference at
all? Or is it the hormones that have to be treated?
You have asked very astute questions. The
actual hairs are not the problem, they are only the end result of the abnormally
high testosterone levels that women with PCO so often experience. The
hairs do not need to be treated at all, but they are treated if women are
disturbed by them. After the physician evaluates the woman for other causes of
excessive hair growth besides PCO, any routine hair removal technique is
satisfactory. Examples of these techniques include laser hair removal,
waxing, and others. Although several months are required for optimal
effect, by helping to restore the hormonal imbalance, oral contraceptive pills
will decrease excessive hair growth in women with PCO. Other medications
are also available for controlling excessive hair growth. See the
Polycystic Ovarian Disease article for further information.
See the Polycystic Ovarian Disease article for further information.
Thank you for your question.Carolyn Janet Crandall, M.D.
Editor: William Shiel, MD, FACP, FACR
Last Editorial Review: 10/29/2010