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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is facial hair growth because of my PCOS?

    I have PCOS and am embarrassed that I have noticed hair growth in strange places, like on my face. Is this a symptom of PCOS? How can i control this?
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  • Kate Marsh

    Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator, Dietitian

    Kate works with clients with type 1 and gestational diabetes, PCOS, and those following a plant-based (vegetarian or vegan) diet. As a diabetes educator, she … View Profile

    Yes, excess hair on the face (and other areas including the neck, stomach and breasts) is a common symptom of PCOS. It occurs due to an excess of male hormones in the bloodstream which in turn is a result of high insulin levels in the blood, an underlying problem in women.  Lifestyle changes which lower insulin levels (including a healthy diet, regular exercise and weight loss) will help to lower insulin levels and male hormone levels, which will in time reduce the hair growth.  There are also some medications which can help so speak to your GP.  It can take many months before the hair growth starts to reduce but you could also consider laser treatment (or electrolysis or waxing) to remove the current hair.

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