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I'm a 17 year old female after certain diagnoses I learnt that I have the symptoms of PCOS. Facial Hair & Acne. What should I do? Read about The Pill
Please see Dr.: Please see your Dr. You will need testing to determine the cause of your symptoms. Once you know the cause, the Dr. Can discuss treatment options. ...Read more
Pcos is a metabolic disorder affecting 8-10% of women that may cause irregular periods, acne or increased hair growth, infertility or subfertility, and increases the risk of diabetes. To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular or no periods 2. Acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound showing large ovaries ...Read more
46 years ago diagnosed with PCOS. Pap results normal. Started taking Androcar for my thinning hair. Got my periods now for 28 days. What should I do?
Stay on ocps: I want you to stay on ocps to regulate your period ...Read more
The only reason I am on birth control pill is due to pcos related hair loss, will adding saw palmetto help hair loss or will it counter birth control.
Saw palmetto: There is no evidence that it will help your hair, but evidence that it may interfere with your birth control. Are you on Metformin for the real problem with PCOS and testosterone? That being insulin resistance. If not suggest it to your physician or see an endocrinologist. Your best bet would be to see a dermatologist for help with your hair loss. ...Read more
Autoimmune, celiac, vitamin def, thyroid, anemia all normal. Still having dark circles, dry hair is thinning, dry skin, could it be pcos or low acid?
Dry thin hair& skin: Sounds like you've had all the proper blood work. I would make sure you get vit D and B checked. You could have an intolerance to gluten which would not show up on any lab test. The sx also sound like you maybe malnourished. Have you been doing extreme dieting? I know when I diet everything is affected, and not right away. Try going gluten free, and drink water and tea. No soda. Feel better! ...Read more
Male pattern hair: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is caused by a hormonal imbalance that prevents follicles from growing normally and eggs from being released each month. People w/ PCOS miss periods because they don't ovulate, so there's no signal to shed the uterine lining. Hormone imbalances that lead to abnormal hair growth can be caused by obesity, so watch your diet and exercise. Control w/ birth control pills! ...Read more
Several: The answer is pretty complicated and depends on what you want and which treatment you might get for your pcos. Generally, turning down the production of the hormones causing the hair growth would be birth control pills and something like aldactone, (spironolactone) which blocks some of the unwanted hormone production. Topical treatments like wax, laser, etc. Produce temporary relief. Metformin may also help some. ...Read more
Hair and PCOS: Because pcos is an imbalance in hormones where male hormones are increased, we use medications such as spironolactone to help block those hormones to improve conditions like acne, hair loss or unwanted hair growth. However, there are treatments and dietary changes for the pcos itself which will improve the these skin conditions as well. ...Read more
Does pcos last forever? Or can it be treated? I'm not sure if I have it. I lookedup symptoms & it said unwanted facial hair. I don't have any of that
PCOS: Your doctor also may prescribe metformin (glucophage, glucophage xr), an oral medication for type 2 diabetes that lowers Insulin levels. This drug improves ovulation and leads to regular menstrual cycles. Metformin also slows the progression to type 2 diabetes if you already have prediabetes and aids in weight loss if you also follow a diet and an exercise program. ...Read more
I want to know if creatine is safe for a woman with pcos as I've heard people say it sheds their hair and I'm wondering if medically it is safe to tak?
Throw it away: Don't be a sucker. You don't know what is in it because most testing shows the labels are fraudulent. There is NO BENEFIT to you even if the label is honest, which is unusual. ...Read more
Electrolysis: You owe it to yourself, both personally and professionally, to ask about electrolysis as an option. It should be available in your community at little cost. ...Read more
See you doctor: Pcos has many effects on the skin and hair. There are treatments used to modulate the excessive testosterone effects of this condition. This may include birth control pills and/or the addition of spironolactone (a water pill) that blocks testosterone receptors in the skin and hair and throughout the body. See your doctor for a thorough evaluation and help. ...Read more
Meds: Weight management, exercise, hormonal treatment and medications. ...Read more
You need treatement. First you need to verify you have PCOS by seeing a specialist.
Birth control -> Increased (SHBG) Sex hormone binding globulin that binds excess testosterone, reducing hair growth.
Spironolactone -> decreases Testosterone levels
Weight loss -> Reduces insulin levels which can cause elevated testosterone
Laser/Electrolysis treatment: -> permanent treatment. ...Read more
Yes: Weight loss will help with all symptoms of pcos including excess hair growth. Unfortunately the excess hair that has become darker and thicker may not go away completely, but weight loss will prevent new hair from growing. You may still need to apply other methods for completely getting rid of the excess hair such as laser. Talk to your doctor if weight loss does not completely address hair growth. ...Read more
Hirsutism: The approach to hirsutism in pcos is aimed at the cause of pcos rather than its manifestation. Weight loss should be pursued. This will help decrease your testosterone level. Also, birth control pills will raise your female organ concentrations that may help as well. Spironolactone is known to counteract testosterone and is used in this case. ...Read more
Taking creatine will not do you any good, other than lightening your wallet.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Medications: Because a hair follicle has a 4-6 month life span-you must be patient. Generally, we want to lower circulating androgens using birth control pills or in severe forms-lupron a gnrh-agonist. At the level of the hair follicle, we prevent the androgen from binding using spironolactone and-or androgens from being converted to the most potent androgen-dihydrotestesterone using flutamide. Be patient! ...Read more
Does taking -ItWorks “Hair Skin Nails”- effect my PCOS and hormons negitively or its safe for PCOS?
It Works: I hope I am reviewing the right product, but the "It Works" product I reviewed does not seem to have anything in it that would cause troubles with your PCOS ...Read more
Is excessive hair growth ALWAYS a symptom of PCOS? Like can you have it without excessive hair growth??
Yes: You need not have excessive hair growth to have PCOS. ...Read more
Is there natural way for lower androgen? I have trouble with hair growth and pcos. Can I make it better with diet?
No: Unfortunately, medication is usually the answer.Get a more detailed answer ›
How can you help or get rid facial hair caused from pcos? Any medications or procedures that would help it or make it go away?
If I do have pcos what will happen to treat it? Will I become infertile? If they give me medicine will my excessive hair leave?
A few ideas: Pcos is best treated with exercise (weight loss if necessary to get to bmi of 25 or less), low carb diet, possibly metformin. Sometimes women with pcos have increased risk for infertility, but if they follow their doctors instructions and are at a healthy weight that will greatly increase their chances. Excess hair does often times diminish as well when pcos properly treated. ...Read more
I think I mite have pcos I have face hair and hair every where els I have had it for 5 years what do I do to take it away?
Seek care: You should seek medical care. Sometimes increased hair growth can be from other sources other than pcos. Rarely rumors can be the culprit. If indeed it is pcos weight loss may help. The use if bury control pills may help lower the androgen levels. Any hair that has become thick will have to be removed through laser or electrolysis. ...Read more