Women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which in some cases results in excessive hair growth, could turn to laser hair removal to help combat the symptoms of the condition.
PCOS affects one in 10 women in the UK and is the result of a hormonal imbalance that causes the sufferer's ovaries to produce excessive amounts of the male hormone testosterone. It can result in small, harmless cysts forming on the ovaries, as well as baldness, irregular periods, fertility problems, acne and weight gain.
Excessive hair growth is another symptom experienced by some. These women may feel the need to shave or wax extremely regularly in order to combat hair growth on the face and body. Laser hair removal treatment is an effective way of targeting this unwanted hair and some leading UK laser hair removal specialists will offer discounts to PCOS patients who are able to provide a medical certificate.
Professor Helen Mason, an endocrinologist at St George's Hospital Medical School in London, is a specialist in PCOS. Speaking to the Daily Mail, she said the condition can have a serious impact on a woman's state of mind and lifestyle.
"I have come across women who simply refuse to leave the house," she said. "Some GPs are unwilling to diagnose it because they worry that patients will panic about infertility. But it is better for women to know that they have PCOS because there are steps they can take to alleviate their symptoms."