Some of the more common symptoms are unwanted hair on the face or body, irregular periods or complete stopping of periods. Difficulty becoming pregnant and repeated miscarriages, acne and excessive spots, thinning hair, hair loss and alopecia, weight issues, depression and mood swings are also symptoms.
The actual cause of PCOS is not fully understood at this time and much research is still being conducted on the condition and its symptoms. It is thought that a number of different factors are involved as this would explain why symptoms differ widely between individuals. It is also possible that there may be a hereditary link where a person can inherit a greater chance of developing PCOS. But a number of factors such as diet, health and lifestyle will still play a part in whether such persons actually develop the condition.
A combination of scans and blood tests are used to diagnose PCOS. These tests can discover any ovary abnormalities or hormonal imbalances which may have been caused by or lead to PCOS.
In a study conducted by Verity, a UK charity focused on helping women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, they found that one of the most common symptoms of PCOS is excess facial and body hair. Most women agreed that this was the most embarrassing visible symptom of PCOS.
This condition is known as hirsutism, excess hair growth in places such as the face, neck, back, chest, hands and feet and is experienced by many women with PCOS.
Hair can often grow coarser and faster than normal meaning that shaving and waxing can be impractical and a time-consuming process. Unsurprisingly, most women with PCOS said that they want something long-lasting and more convenient. This is where laser hair removal can help.