If You Are a Woman with Chin Whiskers, Pay Attention. Here’s What it Means:
Many women have a condition called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, otherwise known as PCOS, without even knowing it. Often times, candidates with PCOS experience irregular periods and increased facial hair, acne, particularly in the chin, lip and sideburns.
This is the result of hormone imbalance, and often, but not always – PCOS causes cysts to form right on the ovaries.
These cysts aren’t harmful, but they do lead to hormone imbalances that cause infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods, excess hair growth, acne and obesity. It’s also important to get a diagnosis of PCOS early on so it doesn’t lead to long term complications like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Doctors don’t know what exactly causes polycystic ovary syndrome, but there are a few theories about certain risk factors:
- Excess insulin: Too much insulin might affect the ovaries by increasing androgen production (male hormones), which could ultimately interfere with the ovaries ability to ovulate correctly.
- Low grade inflammation: Studies have shown that women who have PCOS also have low-grade inflammation, which causes polycystic ovaries to produce androgens.
- Hereditary: PCOS can run in families so if your mother or sister has it, you have a greater chance of getting it too.
The signs and symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome start soon after a woman begins her period, but PCOS can also develop during her later reproductive years. There are many signs to look out for; however individuals might be affected differently, and the symptoms worsen with obesity.
You Should Look Out for the Following Symptoms:
- Irregular Periods This is one of the most common signs of PCOS. Some examples include periods that are on a 35-day or longer cycle, fewer than eight periods a year, long or heavy periods and a failure to menstruate for four months or longer.
- Excess Facial and Body Hair You might find increased hair growth on your chin, chest, back, stomach and even toes.
- Moodiness You might experience depression or mood swings that seem out of character.
- Acne PCOS can cause acne or very oily skin. Pimples might be very deep and painful.
- Insulin-Level Issues Excess insulin interferes with the ovaries’ ability to ovulate correctly.
Treating PCOS is different for everybody. Your doctor may prescribe lifestyle changes like diet and exercise to help lose weight. Your doctor might also prescribe birth control to help regulate your period and decrease androgen production.
Each patient is different, so if you recognize any of the symptoms, you should talk to your doctor to get a diagnosis and learn the best way to treat your PCOS symptoms.
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If you are dealing with excess hair growth on the face and body, which may or may not be due to PCOS, you don’t have to live with it. There are options to permanently rid yourself of unwanted hair. We offer more than one option in our office to do just that. We would be happy to explain and take you through the steps to being hair free and remaining hair free.
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