facial hair, 30% had clinical depression and 75% had anxiety. However, not only does the way they feel about themselves change, but their opinion of others; secretly envying friends who don’t have the same problem can occur, which can put a strain on these relationships.
Coping with changes in hair growth
A number of options exist to manage hair growth, whether that is controlling the problem or making it less noticeable; hair pieces, scarves, hair removal and lightening methods can be used, as can medications for both excessive hair growth and loss. While the negative impacts of changing hair growth can be lessened through these, if you can accept your new appearance, this can help considerably; though how easy this is for you to do depend on the coping strategies you use, your personality and social support. Here are some suggestions, which might help with your acceptance:
- While much of the anguish around the problem of hair growth or loss is due to focusing on the issue, trying to detract from it is helpful. One way that this can be attempted is to make a list of all the positive things about yourself – whether other aspects of your appearance, personal qualities or your achievements – and concentrate on these, reminding you of all that you like about yourself. Additionally if there is perhaps another area of your appearance that you are not happy with, your problems with hair growth may spur you on to address this, so you might decide to put your efforts into losing weight, becoming more toned or paying more attention to the way you dress, providing you with a confidence boost.
- Talking about your problems with hair growth might be difficult, but joining a support group – whether online or face to face - where other people are in the same situation can help significantly, as you know that you are not alone.
- Adopt a healthy lifestyle if you have not already. Not only will eating a balanced diet and taking regular exercise and using appropriate post workout supplements help with weight loss, which in turn can help to improve the symptoms of PCOS including hair growth, but it can benefit your mood. A wide range of nutrients are known to influence feelings of well being and exercise is well known for providing a natural lift to the way you feel. Steps to feeling more positive can raise self-esteem and make you feel happier about your body.
- Ensure you get enough sleep and take part in activities that will relax you. Relaxation can help to combat stress, which itself can influence the way you feel about your body; stress is also known to worsen problems with hair loss, so learning how to manage stress is vital.