ZocdocAnswersHow to reduce hair growth with pcos?

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How to reduce hair growth with pcos?

It's gotten really bad just recently

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Abnormal hair growth that occurs in the face with women that have polycystic ovarian syndrome is called hirsutism. I would suggest that you schedule an appointment with your endocrinologist. This is a very common problem, and often the most distressing problem for women that have this condition. There are a variety of different treatments that you can consider. The first treatment that you consider is simply going on oral contraceptives or the birth control pill. This treatment will also have the positive side effect that it will regulate your periods and prevent you from getting pregnant if this is what you desire. Another treatment option that is very frequently used as the medication Spironalactone. Spironalactone is a medication that inhibits androgens and therefore can reduce the abnormal hair growth. It is a medication that is also used for blood pressure, and heart failure, and can have the side effect of raising your potassium levels. However, most people tolerate this medication very well. The other treatment option worth mentioning is laser guided hair removal which many women opt for even if the birth control option or the Spironalactone work okay for them. Again, I would suggest that you schedule an appointment with your endocrinologist. This is the kind of doctor that is best equipped to deal with the issue of hair loss in women with PCOS.

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