Many women come for electrolysis due to the emergence of male hormone growth pattern facial hair caused by imbalanced hormones from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), pregnancy, pre- and post-menopause, puberty, or medications. Regardless of the why behind unwanted hair, electrolysis has stood the test of time in permanently removing it!
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Throughout a woman’s life, hormones fluctuate which can cause hair growth that is unexpected. Hormonal conditions and changes account for numerous other problems in addition to unwanted hair. Its cause may be related to your genetic makeup, an underlying medical condition, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), pregnancy, menopause, puberty, or some medications. In order to get the proper diagnosis and most effective treatment, you might want to visit an endocrinologist.
Electrolysis is the best solution for unwanted hair. During your consultation, I will conduct a thorough health history. That will help me determine the possible reason for the hair coming on so suddenly.
Does your family have a history of having unwanted hair?
What medications are you currently taking?
Do you have any ovarian or menstrual problems?
Are you diabetic?
Do you have any thyroid problems?
Some studies have shown that women may have menopause symptoms 10 years prior to reaching menopause. That could be the cause as well. Electrologists are unable to provide you with a diagnosis, however they are able to ask you questions that can help you with further discussions that you have with your doctor. No matter what the cause is, an electrologist can remove unwanted hair permanently.
Many people have unwanted hair. Your electrologist, in fact, has received many hours of electrolysis treatments. They have been in your situation and that is what makes them be able to be so compassionate. It seems there are more people who have unwanted hair than not.
An endocrinologist (who is a hormone specialist) might be able to help you. A woman should get evaluated by a specialist anytime she is overweight, having difficulties losing weight, have no or irregular periods, partial or total infertility, acne, or excessive fascial or body hair. Those are classic symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). An electrologist cannot give you a diagnosis, but can recognize when something isn’t normal. An electrologist can remove unwanted body and facial hair permanently if you do have PCOS.
According to Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS as stated on his website, "Alarmingly, estimates show that somewhere between 6 percent to 21 percent of women of childbearing age are affected by PCOS. However, less than 50 percent of women are properly diagnosed. This means millions have no idea what’s causing their underlying symptoms. Since it’s considered to be the major cause of female infertility, this is a big deal!"
How is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) treated?
Treatment will depend on your symptoms as they vary from person to person. Your endocrinologist or primary physician can determine what the best course of action is to take in order to alleviate your specific symptoms. Dr. Josh Axe provides a good overview about PCOS along with a summary of conventional treatments and natural remedies on his website https://draxe.com/polycystic-ovarian-syndrome/
Can electrolysis help with chin hairs and acne?
Chin hairs and acne have several sources. For example, waxing and tweezing often exacerbates chin hair on a woman. Yanking out the hairs causes repeated irritation which may result in ingrown hairs from hair in the follicle breaking off or a larger diameter of hair growing out of the follicle. When a woman has acne on her chin but not on other parts of her face and tweezes hair from her chin, electrolysis treatments may offer relief from the acne. After they have stopped tweezing hair from their chin and the hair is properly treated by an electrologist, their skin will clear.
Usually facial hair on a woman that is hormonal caused will grow in a pattern. It starts on the corners of one’s upper lip and on the chin. This too can be treated successful with electrolysis.
What medications can cause hair growth?
There are many different medications that may cause hair loss or hair growth. Speak with your pharmacist about any medications you are taking and also the ways your medications may interact.
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