Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects 12-21% of women of reproductive age and the figures are even higher for indigenous women. It’s not known what causes PCOS and there is no cure for it, but its symptoms can be alleviated and here, PEACH CLINICS can help.
Both men and women are born with approximately the same number of hair follicles but, at puberty, girls will continue to grow vellus hair (soft light peach fuzz) on their bodies while, in boys, these hairs are triggered by testosterone to turn thick and dark and accelerate their growth as what are called terminal hair.
An excess of androgen in the female body can lead to a hormone imbalance. With PCOS, excess androgen in a woman triggers the same hair growth process as in teenage boys and once these hairs turn terminal they cannot return to their vellus state.
In a world where hair removal and hair styling are such big industries we tend to forget just how little hair we have compared to chimps and other primates. There are many advantages to a fur covered body – just ask your pets! So how did we humans lose our fur?
Actually, humans are not as naked as we think. We have as many hair follicles as chimpanzees but our follicles do not grow thick fur. They mostly grow vellus or peach-fuzz hair. However, all our follicles are capable of growing hair as thick and dark as our luscious manes under the right hormonal conditions. It’s when something causes these conditions that we appear to start growing hair in all the wrong places.
There have been a dozen or more theories on why humans lost their fur but scientists are now beginning to unpick the mystery at a genetic level…