4:20 am - 07/21/2014

possible PCOS, a lot of excess body hair?

hello! so i have a bit of an embarrassing problem which i am very self conscious about I've always been on the hairier side, arms ect. and as i went into puberty i think it got a lot worse or maybe i just noticed it more as i became a teenager, plus i got made fun of for it quite a bit. i have hair probably on every inch of my body it seems like. my friends have body hair too but its barely noticeable.. i have dark brown almost black hair and olive skin and it just really sticks out. what bothers me is that i have hair *yikes* around my nipples, in between my breasts, front and back of shoulder blades, stomach, thighs, outside of my thighs like my outer legs, and even worse my butt cheeks, which makes it really embarrassing to wear a bikini, lower and upper back. some areas are worse than others, like my chest and clavicle area aren't that bad but noticeable, my nipples have a few course hairs, legs and butt are pretty bad. i also have facial hair a little which i don't mind because i bleach it easily and it looks completely normal. anyways the whole upkeep is really exhausting, i have to shave my legs and bleach my whole back and butt, bleach my face and upper arms. i also have ovarian cysts... my gyno said it might be PCOS but didn't really do many tests. i also have a fairly irregular period. she also said i don't really fit the PCOS symptoms as i am 110 pounds, even though I'm not sure if weight has a huge thing to do with it. anyways, could the hair be from PCOS? does anybody else struggle with this/have any tips on how to control the hairiness??

tanislynne 21st-Jul-2014 01:39 pm (UTC)
I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 21, I have a fair amount of facial hair (beard area) and I do have fine hairs around my nipples (if they get dark I just tweeze them). I also used to have irregular periods, but I am a heavy set girl so I have almost all the signs and symptoms of PCOS.

To help control the body hair my dr. put me on Spirolactone - it helps but does not cure it.

I would go to your dr. and if she/he won't help the ask to be referred to a Endocrinologist ... they should be more willing to help you figure out why you have so much excess hair.

But just an FYI, no matter whether you are covered in hair or bald as bald, you are beautiful ... don't let society dictate what you should look like. We don't all have personal staff to wax, buff, tweeze, bleach or laser all our hair off our bodies.
factorywannabe 21st-Jul-2014 02:12 pm (UTC)
I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 15, but now my doctors are doing a backtrack. I'm being tested for CAH (congenital adrenal hyperplasia) which mimics many of the symptoms of PCOS. The extra hairiness means that you are producing excess androgens, which are turned into testosterone. Birth control and spirnolactone are helpful for the hair issues, but I would ask your doctor to run the tests for both PCOS and CAH. If you have CAH, it has much more effective treatment than PCOS.

It's very expensive, but laser hair removal is awesome. It's not covered by insurance, but I have heard stories about girls with PCOS who submit that their hair issues are because of PCOS and some insurance companies will cover it then.
laceandskin 21st-Jul-2014 02:45 pm (UTC)
I was diagnosed with PCOS due to high androgens, excess body hair and period irregularity. I also have hypothyroidism but have never been overweight or had insulin resistance, so it's not a necessary symptom to be overweight to have PCOS.
wolfteaparty 21st-Jul-2014 06:56 pm (UTC)
Being overweight is not always part of PCOS. There are many thin people suffering from PCOS as well. Not everyone fits every symptom, but sadly, some doctors believe that being overweight is a mandatory symptom and will give thin people who have the symptoms the brushoff. Something to watch out for.

I suffer from PCOS. I have excess hair and nearly nonexistent periods, and am overweight. Like probably most people with PCOS, I have really bad body shame issues. It took years of being brushed off by doctors before I was diagnosed (I also don't show as having high androgens on a blood test, which is part of the reason I was told nothing was wrong with me). I use a razor and tweezers for the hair because I'm not sure what other treatments I can afford, and a home wax kit did not work for me. I suggest asking for additional testing and a referral to an endocrinologist if you feel it is appropriate and your concerns get brushed off.
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Edited at 2014-07-24 12:05 am (UTC)
moonshaz 25th-Jul-2014 02:25 am (UTC)
I haven no idea whether you have pcos, but I just want to say that it's NOT necessary to be a heavier weight person to have it. My best friend's daughter was diagnosed with it, and she's 4'11" and TEENY. I was really shocked when my friend told me, because I always though pcos always went with being heavier. Turns out there are definitely exceptions!
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