It is not suitable if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
June is a 43-year-old full time mother from the north of England June first realised that she had some unwanted facial hair on her top lip when she was only 18 years old.
Both the oestrogen and progestogen in the combined pill have an effect, so the progesterone-only pill would not be as effective in reducing hair.
About 1 in 10 women will see an improvement, but it may take 12–18 months.
If there is no reaction the next day, it is probably safe to use the cream. Plucking, waxing, sugaring or threading will deal with the problem temporarily. If you pull out a hair, a new hair immediately starts to grow in that follicle.
(If you shave a hair, it may be in its resting phase and will not grow for some time.) So plucking, waxing and sugaring may have to be repeated quite frequently.
Polycystic ovary syndrome sometimes runs in families.
It is diagnosed by blood tests and, usually, an ultrasound scan of the ovaries. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome are often obese, and the hirsutism (hairiness) improves if they lose weight.
Laser treatment is quicker and less painful than electrolysis.
The endocrinologist will check for other problems, such as diabetes, that can sometimes accompany polycystic ovary syndrome.
The medication used to treat polycystic ovary syndrome is effective, especially if you also lose weight; greasy skin and acne clear up in about 6 weeks, but it can take 12–18 months for maximum improvement in the hirsutism (hairiness). If there is no hormone abnormality, and the hirsutism (hairiness) happens simply because your skin is especially responsive to testosterone, your doctor may prescribe the combined oral contraceptive pill containing the progestogens desogestrel, gestodene or norgestimate.
Plucking can be used to remove a few long hairs on the chin, but in general it is not a good idea for the face because it can easily cause scarring.
Never pluck hairs on the nipple or the surrounding pink area (areola), or on a mole.