I am a 36 year old female with excess body hair in the thigh and bikini area (only), that has been there since puberty.
I have just been to see my Doctor and was referred to a Dermatologist. The Dermatologist took some blood from my arm and called me 4 days later with the results: I do not have raised hormone levels associated with PCOS and my hair growth “is likely to be genetic” rather than hormonal.
i am not surprised, as i do not exhibit any of the typical symptoms of PCOS: male hair growth patterns, menstrual problems, acne, obesity.
However, I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT PCOS until i started digging very deep into my hair problem and i am writing this to suggest to ANY WOMEN CONSIDERING LASER TREATMENT or other forms of hair removal: go and see your Doctor first, and make sure they refer you for hormone tests. This could save you a lot of time and frustration in the long term, as the hair growth problem may be treated more effectively with hormone treatment alongside hair reduction treatment.
PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome):
i am not going to attempt to write about PCOS because there is enough great information all over this site (thanks Andrea).