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How can I get rid of extra body hair caused by polycystic ovary syndrome?

Daniel A. Dumesic, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
Commonly used therapies for local removal of unwanted body hair caused by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) tend to be temporary cosmetic strategies, including bleaching, chemical agents, shaving and waxing. However, any of these therapies are associated with mild or moderate forms of folliculitis, or irritation to the skin from plucking and removing hair. As a result, there are other ways of doing it, including either electrolysis (the local destruction of the hair follicle on an individual basis) or now, more commonly, the use of various types of lasers, which can cover large areas of the skin over short periods of time, though these tend to be more expensive than some of the other therapies. 
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can wreak health havoc in a variety of ways, but perhaps the most noticeable -- and embarrassing -- symptom of PCOS is excess body hair. In this video, dermatologist Dr. Anne Chapas demonstrates on the Dr. Oz show how easily -- and painlessly -- unwanted hair caused by PCOS can be removed.


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