Every human being has hair present on their body. While males have a visible hair growth on their body and face, females have very fine hair that is light in color. In some cases, even females suffer from a condition that makes hair grow thick and coarse on their face and body. In medical terms, this is called hirsutism. Though this unusual hair growth is not dangerous, it is a cause of embarrassment for them.
To get rid of this excess facial hair, they resort to cosmetic treatments or beauty procedures like waxing, threading, and bleaching. However, it is imperative to know the underlying cause of this excess facial hair and get it treated. Most of the women feel that it is just a natural disorder but the fact is that you may be suffering from a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) that causes body and/or facial hair in women to grow thick and dark. Let’s learn more about this disease and how to treat it.
1. What is PCOS
Polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS is one of the most common causes of hirsutism. It is the most common reproductive endocrine disease among women who are of childbearing age. PCOS is a hormonal imbalance condition that affects teens or young women and causes acne, weight gain, irregular weight gain and excess body and facial hair.
PCOS is a hormonal imbalance (hormones secreted by the pituitary gland) condition that affects teens or young women. In this condition, cysts form in the ovaries and result in enlarged ovaries with thick outer walls.
2. How Does It Affect A Woman’s Health
PCOS can affect a woman in more than one way. It can cause irregular periods, hirsutism, acne, weight gain, infertility or impaired fertility, and may also form patches of dark skin on the neck and other areas.
Some women may also experience hair thinning and high blood pressure with the probability of diabetes not being ruled out. With PCOS directly affecting a woman’s physical appearance, depression and low confidence set in that can leave her home bound and distressed.