Why Chin Whiskers Is the Reason to Get Tested?
It’s typical as women to experience changes in our bodies. Puberty, hormones, child-bearing and birth, and menopause all mean that just when you are getting used to the way your body looks or behaves, something comes along and you have to readjust to your new normal. And since no two women are alike, these changes will not be the same for every woman. Changes that women experience range widely from skin problems and chin whiskers to serious inner changes.
Sometimes, though, changes fall outside the range of what is considered normal. One such change that occurs happens around a condition called PCOS, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It’s possible that this conditions affects as many as 20% of women, and the symptoms can be pretty disruptive and severe.
What is PCOS?
PCOS is an endocrine condition caused by an influx of androgens, or male hormones, into the female hormonal system. It’s caused by both genetic and environmental factors, and is difficult to diagnose because of a range of symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
Due to the increase in male hormones, women with PCOS have difficulty conceiving because the follicle that releases eggs never fully develops and so the eggs remain in the ovary. Although ovulation is possible, it is infrequent at best and does not happen at all for others.
Increase in body hair
Another effect of increased androgens is an increase in body hair. Although women experience an increase in body hair due to hormonal changes in puberty, the increase in hair due to PCOS is sudden and located in places like the face, chest and backs of the arms. Chin whiskers and mustache are clear signs of an endocrine system problems.
Changes in skin, including acne and sudden dandruff
Male hormones also cause changes in the constitution of the skin. Again, things like puberty or menopause can cause changes to the skin, but with PCOS the change is sudden and severe, resulting in flaky scalp, sudden dandruff, and sometimes hair loss on the head. Acne is also more pronounced.
Changes in menstruation
Male hormones affect periods. For most, the hormones cause infrequent menstruation or no menstruation at all.
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