1 in every 10 women in the UK suffer with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) (Source: Verity – A charity supporting those with PCOS). Not only can the symptoms be physically debilitating and emotionally affective, but it’s also notoriously difficult for women to get a diagnosis.
A Finnish research study spoke to nearly 6000 women over a period of 15 years, and found that those with PCOS had a poorer quality of life than women who did not have the condition.
The physical symptoms of PCOS were reported to directly affect the mental health and wellbeing of women spoken to in the study. The female body is constantly fluctuating in hormone production, producing different levels of female and male hormones. The male hormones (androgens) include testosterone and it’s this that triggers puberty and hair growth. However, in those that have PCOS, their body produces extra androgen. This can cause more classically ‘masculine features’ such as excessive facial and body hair.
Not only is this hair often in unwanted places, it can also be thicker, darker and fast-growing.
This is a complex condition so we would rather not go into too much detail here – We’ll leave it to the experts and medical professionals. For information, advice and support, visit Verity-PCOS.org.uk or NHS online.
Instead, let’s talk about how laser hair removal could be an option for someone with PCOS.
Could laser hair removal help with unwanted hair in PCOS sufferers?
All of the men and women we see in our clinic are choosing to remove unwanted hair from certain places on their face and body. Whether it’s to reduce the time spent on waxing and shaving, or to boost their confidence, the effect of laser hair removal can be life changing.
Alongside underarms, lower legs and bikini lines, some of the most common areas we remove unwanted hair in our clinic are on the upper lip, other facial areas, around the nipple and on the lower abdomen. These areas also tend to be those that are prone to excessive hair growth in people suffering with PCOS.
The relentless routine of plucking, waxing or shaving is burden enough to many women, but add in the fast-growing element of PCOS sufferers and we can easily see how this can become a hugely negative impact on their day to day lives.
No one should have to feel their self-esteem plummet and feel helpless to do anything about it. We believe that for those suffering with PCOS, finding a more permanent solution to unwanted hair could really help. Laser hair removal could be just the solution.
Laser hair removal works best when the hair is in stark contrast to the skin. Because the unwanted hair of PCOS sufferers tends to be thick and dark, laser hair removal should work well.
How does laser hair removal work?
Our medical-grade laser machine removes unwanted hair by directing concentrated light into the hair follicle. This turns to heat and damages the hair at the root, which inhibits its ability to grow whilst not disrupting or damaging the surface of the skin.
The light from the laser is attracted to the hair’s pigment, which makes this method of hair removal extremely accurate as well as comfortable.
Take the control back
Instead of feeling in a never-ending cycle of constant hair removal via plucking, waxing or creams, with your hair controlling you – Take some control back.
Perhaps you feel confident enough to embrace the extra hair. If you’ve had enough of the constant routine and pain of removing the unwanted hair and you feel like you can accept it as a part of who you are then we think that is really great! Go out there and be unapologetically you. There are some truly inspirational women out there doing just this and we love to see it.
If you’re fed up with the tedious task of constant hair removal and you feel like the unwanted hair isn’t something you can or want to embrace then that’s totally fine too. We are here for you!
Don’t let unwanted hair control you or your life – Tackle the problem at the root. Because laser hair removal reduces hair by destroying the hair follicles, it’s a much more permanent method of hair reduction.
Whilst we can’t promise that laser hair removal will completely remove all unwanted hair in PCOS sufferers, we are confident that our laser hair removal methods could significantly reduce unwanted hair on some of those troublesome areas.
Talk to us
We understand that talking about tackling unwanted hair can be an emotional issue. If you want to have a chat with us before booking an appointment, please give us a call and you’ll be sure to reach a friendly, empathic ear on the end of the phone.
We can help ascertain whether laser hair removal could be the right option for you, based on skin and hair type. We can talk you through the procedure and set your mind at ease.
We are based in Horndean in Hampshire, but can be easily reached by clients in Emsworth, Havant, Petersfield and Denmead. We look forward to hearing from you and hope to help you take a life-changing first step to a hair-free life.