Laser Hair Removal and PCOS

  • 20th November 2017

For those affected by Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), the time and effort spent managing symptoms can be exhausting. While the lack of a permanent solution to the side effects can be discouraging, there has been recent reason to believe that laser hair removal is a strong choice for longer-term treatment.

How does Laser Hair Removal help with PCOS?

There is legitimate evidence supporting the use of laser hair removal for PCOS. It can be used as a treatment method for individuals with excessive unwanted hair growth. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition affecting the way women’s ovaries work. They have varying side effects, one being the imbalance of hormones in the body. Many women with PCOS have increased levels of androgen, or male hormones, in the body. This can lead to excess hair development on the back, neck, chest, face, and abdomen.

Further, there are emotional side effects to this condition in addition to the physical ones. Many women suffering from PCOS can develop both anxiety and depression. There is currently no permanent solution to this excessive hair development. Therefore, this has led to women with PCOS spending significant time and energy each week maintaining this unwanted hair.

Case Study

A recent study conducted by the Royal Free and University of College Medical School in London suggests that laser hair removal has a positive impact on women suffering from PCOS. It included five laser treatments over a six-month period. They measured the following: facial hair severity, time spent on hair removal per week, depression levels, anxiety levels, and quality of life. Whereas one group received high-energy laser treatments, the other received low energy treatments. The results of the high-energy laser treatment were both encouraging and impressive:

  • Firstly, facial hair severity fell from a 7.3 to a 3.6 (Rating out of 10).
  • Time spent on hair removal per week fell from 112 minutes to 21 minutes.
  • Depression levels dropped from 6.7 to 3.6 (Rating out of 10) and there was a similar drop in anxiety rating.
  • Finally, quality of life rose from 49.2 to 61.2 (Rating out of 100).

In conclusion, there may still not be a permanent solution to combatting the unwanted hair growth due to Polycystic Ovaries. However, this study strongly suggests that laser hair removal for PCOS may be a worthwhile consideration for long-term results – both physically and mentally.