Polycystic awareness month is here for September; around 1 in 10 women in the UK suffer from PolyCycstic Ovaries Syndrome, and many symptoms go hand in hand.
Our senior practitioner, Marianna, shares some of the most common myths about PCOS and the symptoms associated with this condition, from excessive hair growth to acne breakouts:
1) All women with PCOS will have excessive hair growth
The symptoms of PCOS can vary for each woman. PCOS is known to begin during puberty as it can cause an imbalance of hormones. The symptoms can vary from excessive hair growth, irregular periods, acne, obesity, infertility and potential cysts on ovaries.
2) PCOS can be cured
There isn’t a cure for PCOS, but the symptoms associated with this condition can be treated. Those with PCOS may have heard of many treatments, from laser hair removal to food intolerance tests and body treatments. You can speak to your GP or skin specialist if you want advice to manage your symptoms.
3) PCOS can cause weight gain
This is true but, again, not for all women as symptoms can vary. The hormonal changes in the body can encourage weight gain around the body and mainly around the stomach area.
4) Acne caused by PCOS is not curable
It is a slow process, but it is possible with ongoing treatments and care. At Pulse Light Clinic, we have a range of treatments that can help manage live acne, from LaseMD, IPL treatments or LED Phototherapy.
5) You can’t get rid of facial hair with PCOS
If you find yourself constantly shaving or finding methods to get rid of facial hair without long-term results, you could look into laser hair removal treatments and find out if you are suitable. Unlike other hair removal methods, laser hair removal treatments destroy the hair follicle at the root. The Gentle Max Pro by Syneron Candela can treat all skin types, but you must have a consultation and patch test before starting treatment to ensure you are suitable and understand how many treatments are required. Many PCOS require ongoing treatments to help maintain hair growth.
If you’re interested in learning more about our treatments available for PCOS symptoms, you can book a free consultation today to speak to one of our specialists.