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 can assist their PCOS patients

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  • As a sign of gratitude for how my wife was saved from PCOS, i decided to reach out to those still suffering from this. My wife suffered pcos in the year 2013 and it was really tough and heartbreaking for me because he was my all and the symptoms were terrible, she always complain of heavy menstruation, and she always have difficulty falling asleep . we tried various therapies prescribed by our neurologist but none could cure her. I searched for a cure and i saw a testimony by someone who was cured and so many other with similar body problem, and he left the contact of the doctor who had the cure to pcos . I never imagined polycystic ovary syndrome. has a natural cure not until i contacted him and he assured me my wife will be fine. I got the herbal medication he recommended and my wife used it and in one months time she was fully okay even up till this moment she is so full of life. polycystic ovary syndrome. has a cure and it is a herbal cure contact the doctor for more info on on how to get the medication. Thanks admin for such an informative blog.
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Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

  1. 1. Living with PCOS Rachel Hawkes, Chair Verity – The PCOS Self Help Group
  2. 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. 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. 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. 5. Worst PCOS symptom? Source: Verity - 2008 poll of over 3,000 PCOS women
  6. 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. 7. Biggest PCOS worries Source: Verity - 2008 poll of over 1,750 PCOS women
  8. 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. 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. 10. Source: Dr Alison Layton, consultant dermatologist
  11. 11. Hair problems & acne Hirsutism 66% Alopecia 6% Al i Acne 35% Source: Balen AH. Human Reproduction 1995 10: 2107-2111
  12. 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. 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. 14. Common treatment Source: Verity - 2008 poll of over 1,100 PCOS women
  15. 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. 16. Day to day emotions Source: Verity - 2008 poll of over 1,100 PCOS women
  17. 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. 18. Questions? Website www verity pcos org uk Email chair@verity pcos org uk Blog verity pcos blogspot com Twitter twitter com/veritypcos Facebook facebook com/veritypcos