Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
The most common cause of hirsutism is PCOS (the polycystic ovary syndrome). Benign cysts grow in the ovaries and the ovaries produce an excessive production of male (androgenic) hormones. These hormones stimulate the sebaceous glands, which can cause acne. The overproduction of androgenic hormones can also cause hair growth according to a male preservation pattern. It is estimated that this condition occurs in 5 to 10% of women.
The cause of PCOS
The exact cause of PCOS is not yet known. It can be hereditary and obesity can sometimes play a role. The gynecologist can determine whether PCOS is involved by means of a blood test and an ultrasound scan.
Symptoms with PCOS
In PCOS, the values of various hormones in the body are increased or decreased. This disrupts the maturation of the egg vesicles, causing follicles in the ovaries. PCOS is often discovered through irregular or missed periods and reduced fertility. Obesity is also often seen. As a result of the increased value of male (androgenic) hormones, acne and excess hair can develop according to a male hair pattern (hirsutism). More hair growth may be present, or the hairs may be thicker and stiffer.
Treatment of PCOS at Huid & Laser Utrecht
Usually, the acne and hair do not go away on their own. These consequences of PCOS can be treated by means of acne therapy and laser hair removal. At Huid & Laser Utrecht we have a lot of experience in the treatment of excessive hair and acne with PCOS. During a free consultation we can explain everything about these treatments. Also, a natural hormonal treatment performed by our doctor can provide a better and longer lasting result.