Hirsutism…The Hairy Truth

Today’s blog is brought to you by a cyster following PCOS Boss who inquired about hirsutism. Hirsutism is a result of increased levels of androgen’s (male hormones), which cause unsightly hair growth and may include deepening of voice, and cystic acne.

Let’s get down to the hairy truth; dealing with unsightly hair growth is part of the many side effects of having PCOS. I have tried everything from hair removing creams that irritate my skin, to tweezing one hair at a time that would take forever and of course my trusty friend the razor. I have been considering doing laser hair removal treatments as well but have yet to cross that bridge.

I brought up my concerns about my unsightly facial hair to my Endocrinologist and he prescribed an anti-androgen medication called Spironolactone. It has helped to decrease my facial hair and has stopped new hair growth. If you think that this may be the route for you be sure to speak with your doctor about it so he can explain the side effects and what to expect.

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