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Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
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Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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A presentation given to clients of Lynton Lasers. Presentation focused on what it's like to live with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), particularly with excess hair and acne and how laser clinicians …

A presentation given to clients of Lynton Lasers. Presentation focused on what it's like to live with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), particularly with excess hair and acne and how laser clinicians can assist their PCOS patients

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  • 1. Living with PCOS Rachel Hawkes, Chair Verity – The PCOS Self Help Group chair@verity-pcos.org.uk
  • 2. Who is Verity? • UK charity for women with PCOS • Formed in 1997 and run by volunteers • Own and manage PCOS UK • Produce information leaflets • Publish a twice yearly newsletter • Assist locate research participants • Run a website and discussion forum • Work with media
  • 3. What is PCOS? • Affects millions of women • Runs in families • Leading cause of infertility in women • Has long term health risks - Type 2 diabetes - Heart disease - Endometrial cancer • Affects quality of life
  • 4. PCOS Symptoms “Thief of womanhood” • Irregular or complete lack of periods • Irregular or no ovulation • Unwanted facial and / or body hair • Oily skin and acne • Male pattern hair loss • Depression and mood changes • Weight problems
  • 5. Worst PCOS symptom? Source: Verity - 2008 poll of over 3,000 PCOS women
  • 6. Long term health risks • Quality of life self esteem, self worth life, esteem - Acne, hair loss, excess hair, alopecia, obesity, depression • Type 2 diabetes - Insulin resistance, obesity • Endometrial cancer - Lack of periods • Heart disease - Obesity
  • 7. Biggest PCOS worries Source: Verity - 2008 poll of over 1,750 PCOS women
  • 8. Treatment options • No one treatment for PCOS • No national guidelines (NICE) • Lifestyle change (diet and exercise) • Treating individual symptoms - Fertility (e g clomid, IVF ovarian drilling) (e.g. clomid IVF, - Excess hair (e.g. Vaniqa, laser, electrolysis) - Obesity (e.g. Metformin, low GI) - Alopecia (e g Flutamide) (e.g.
  • 9. Skin discolouration • Armpits, creases of skin, nape of neck , p • Velvety feel to the skin • Ski t Skin tags • More common in teens • Treatment - Weight loss - Laser (?) Source: Dr Alison Layton, consultant dermatologist
  • 10. Source: Dr Alison Layton, consultant dermatologist
  • 11. Hair problems & acne Hirsutism 66% Alopecia 6% Al i Acne 35% Source: Balen AH. Human Reproduction 1995 10: 2107-2111
  • 12. Hirsutism “Excessive facial and / or body hairs y in a male pattern distribution distribution” Due to androgen hormones acting on sensitive hair follicles Source: Dr Alison Layton, consultant dermatologist
  • 13. Treatment of hirsutism • Weight loss • Cosmetic means – Bleaching • Direct hair removal for hirsutism – Short term effects for days of weeks • Shaving, depilatories, plucking, threading, waxing, threading waxing epilators – Longer lasting effects • Electrolysis and lasers Source: Dr Alison Layton, consultant dermatologist
  • 14. Common treatment Source: Verity - 2008 poll of over 1,100 PCOS women
  • 15. What cysters say... • “I feel so completely unattractive that I p y think I’ll never be happy” • “I don’t feel like a woman, more like a I don t woman post-op transvestite” • “I have thick black hair like a man’s beard, I am totally ashamed and cry most mornings when I have to run to the bathroom before my fiancé to shave and slap on makeup to hide the stubble”
  • 16. Day to day emotions Source: Verity - 2008 poll of over 1,100 PCOS women
  • 17. How can you help? • Be sensitive and understanding - Embarrassed, judged, humiliated • Awareness of PCOS - Hair may grow back • Encourage patients to try for funded treatment t t t - Write supportive letters to GPs • Options available to minimise treatments - Lifestyle, Vaniqa etc
  • 18. Questions? Website www.verity-pcos.org.uk www verity pcos org uk Email chair@verity-pcos.org.uk chair@verity pcos org uk Blog verity-pcos.blogspot.com verity pcos blogspot com Twitter twitter.com/veritypcos twitter com/veritypcos Facebook facebook.com/veritypcos facebook com/veritypcos

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