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I've had pcos since puberty, it has been untreated for the last 10yrs. After losing weight my periods have become regular. Will the excess hair & deep voice likely resolve themselves too? Treatments?

I've had pcos since puberty,  it has been untreated for the last 10yrs. After losing weight my periods have become regular. Will the excess hair & deep voice likely resolve themselves too? Treatments?

Maybe: Voice may change slightly; if not, make sure lab has normalized and doesn't need further treatment. Hair growth may decrease in rate of growth; male hair may be less likely to spread to other areas, but once hair follicle is masculinized by higher male hormone levels, it never changes back. Only laser or electrolysis can remove it but expensive. Metformin help further lower Insulin resistance. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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With excessive weight loss will hirsutism go away?

With excessive weight loss will hirsutism go away?

No: Weight loss is not likely going to change your endocrine/hormonal status, which is what causes the excessive hair growth (hirsutism). ...Read more

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I am obese, if I loose the weight, will my periods regulate again, the excess hair go away as well as the acne, and fatigue. My voice as well?

I am obese, if I loose the weight, will my periods regulate again, the excess hair go away as well as the acne, and fatigue. My voice as well?

Weight loss: Many gynecological problems are directly attributable to obesity. You may have a condition called poly cystic ovarian syndrome which can be treated reversing many of the clinical signs you describe. Contact your ob/gyn for testing so you could live a healthier and happier lifestyle. ...Read more

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Pcos average time to conception? Specifically for a 24 year old who has always been normal weight. No hirsutism. Glucose level and insulin normal too.

Pcos average time to conception? Specifically for a 24 year old who has always been normal weight. No hirsutism. Glucose level and insulin normal too.

Ovulation ? : The problem with pcos when trying to get pregnant is the lack of ovulation. If you are having regular cycles then you are most likely ovulating and conception should be normal. Consider doing a home ovulation test available at any pharmacy. If the test shows no ovulation then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is Spironolactone a safe treatment for Hirsutism? Does it cause weight gain and harmful side effects?

Is Spironolactone a safe treatment for Hirsutism? Does it cause weight gain and harmful side effects?

Yes: This drug has some activity in blocking the male hormone receptors and is moderately effective for hirsutism. At the usual doses it has no major side effects and does not cause weight gain. If it does not help you, you could ask your doctor to try a drug called flutamide which is somewhat more potent but with a risk of liver side effects. ...Read more

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I have hirsutism and fear taking meds to lose hair growth on my head instead of my buttocks and face. Help.

I have hirsutism and fear taking meds to lose hair growth on my head instead of my buttocks and face. Help.

Don't be affraid: You should take your medication. It will regulated your hormones and reduce your body hair without causing you to lose hair from your scalp. In fact, if you don't take your meds, the hormones in your body could cause you to lose hair on your scalp. ...Read more

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I am 22 , my height is 5"3, weight is 57kg, I have pcos, periods last for 2 days only, I have hirsutism, fasting glucose is 80, what medicines shoud i take?

Metformin/estrogenOC: An estrogenic birth control pill will help with your hirsutism. It will decrease new hair. Unfortunately, the hair you already have will have to be removed with laser, plucking etc. Metformin will help with your weight, and periods should you want to become pregnant. You should make sure you are on the pill or have a period at least every3 months due to a risk of uterine cancer. If acne, pill helps. ...Read more

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PCOS Symptoms (hirsutism, acne & weight gain of 10 lbs) but NO cysts on any of the 2 ovaries & a dominant follicle in the left ovary, is this normal?

PCOS Symptoms (hirsutism, acne & weight gain of 10 lbs) but NO cysts on any of the 2 ovaries & a dominant follicle in the left ovary, is this normal?

Need more info: In about half of the women who have PCOS, the ovaries do not show cysts on ultrasound. While hirsutism is often a sign of excess male hormones, the hallmark of PCOS, most women also have irregular periods. You should probably consult with an endocrinologist who will want to measure some hormone levels and might recommend treatment to lower testosterone production ...Read more

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I have been told I have pcos based on the excess hair/body weight. I do have regular periods, also no issues with my hgh1c. Could it be something else?

I have been told I have pcos based on the excess hair/body weight. I do have regular periods, also no issues with my hgh1c. Could it be something else?

Sure: If your regular periods truly indicate that you're ovulating regularly, then i would evaluate the number of calories a day that you're consuming. Also excessive hair growth may be a genetic issue from the family. ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
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Excess Hair (Definition)

Hirsutism is a clinical finding in which there is abnormal growth of facial hair. This can occur anorexia ...Read more