my endocrinologist has me on spironolactone, but i don't think it does much for me. we've increased and decreased the dosage over time and i haven't seen any difference. but you never know, it does work for some, so its probably worth a shot. for me, birth control and metformin seem to be just as affective, but i do still take spiro in the hopes that it will prevent things from getting any worse...
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The newest thing I've tried is specific acupuncture points. When I was getting treated 2x/wk, I didn't feel like I was noticing new hairs on my body....unfortunately my work schedule changed and i stopped going 2x/wk. I'm just realized that I've been noticing new hairs for the last two months, and work changed about 3mths ago. And all the supplements (saw palmetto, white peony root, spironolactone) haven't changed.
I need to get back to 2x/wk!
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Just finished reading several articles about the use of saw palmeto to reduce facial hair growth in women. It is supposed to reduce high levels of testosterone when used. It was recommended for women with PCOS, so I am going to give it a try. I will let you know how it works.
Update: I have had some modest success with the Saw Palmetto. My stiff, thick facial hairs seem to be softening and it seems like I am seeing fewer of them. I am going to try this for a little bit longer to see if it continues to improve.
Edited by: KACEYSW at: 3/20/2013 (19:23)
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This doesn't track for me. I had unusual hair growth on my chin and around my nipples at 16, and I was 112 lbs of lean muscled dancer. My hormones were a mess, but my BMI was absolutely well within the freakishly healthy range. I was 22 when I was Dx'd with PCOS, and sure, the hair growth has gotten worse since, and so has my weight, but so has my age. I'm hopeful that this can be reversed without resorting to expensive laser therapy, and my Dr says it will likely get better as the weight comes off, but the weight to hair relationship is regulated by hormones.
Note to self: Please be patient with me, God isn't finished with me yet.
I think the problem is that the BMI will cause the hirsutism, but losing weight won't get rid of hair you already have. Decreasing your BMI can prevent MORE hair follicles from forming, but you won't lose the hair follicles you already have. Once your BMI is down, though, a more permanent method of hair removal might prove to work better long-term. If your BMI is still higher, more hair will continue to grow.
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Thought you all might be interested to see the results of new research to see what were the factors that made most PCOS sufferers have a problem with hirsutism. It's fascinating and whats more gives us more motivation to lose weight....it concludes it's related to BMI.Here's the link if you want to read it:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2190 9749
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