Dr Oz: Serious Medical Condition Causing Your Unwanted Hair
Are you losing hair from your head but have found it growing on your face (and even chest hair in women)? Dr Oz and his Assistant of the Day illustrated this common symptom of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Disease (PCOS Disease). Monica was excited to participate, but she said she has not personally had problems with unwanted hair. Women in her family have not had hair on their faces until into their 80s.
Dr Oz: Sponge-like Cysts from PCOS
Dr Oz showed everyone a uterus and ovaries, which are meant to release eggs on a monthly cycle, helping to regulate female hormones. But sometimes the eggs become trapped and do not get released as intended, leading to PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). Cysts are sponge-like and can grow very large. How do you know that this is there when it is not supposed to be? You will notice different feelings because your hormones will be unbalanced. You could produce less estrogen and more testosterone.
Dr Oz: Cause of Facial Hair & Chest Hair in Women
PCOS is common, especially among young women. Dr Oz put Monica through a demonstration, blindfolding her and walking her through Astroturf and then grass. That can be what it feels like when you are producing excessive hair in unwanted places. Common places you might have changes are facial hair on the face and chest, as well as balding patches in the head. Your belly may also become enlarged, and this will not be affected by changes to your diet. As PCOS disease progresses, you may also have changes such as a lack of regular periods and acne breakouts on the body. It can be associated with infertility and some types of cancer.
Dr Oz: PCOS Diagnosis and Treatment
How can PCOS be diagnosed? An ultrasound could help your doctor get a clear picture of what is going on. A “string of pearls” appearance on the ultrasound scan is a clue on the scan results, showing eggs lined up that were not properly released. Doctors can help to address the hormonal changes, leading to weight loss and improving the chances of fertility. Oral contraceptives will help to jump start the process, helping patients get back on track and in good health.