A survey of British women found that they spend an average of £8,000 on hair removal during their lives. The women also revealed they'd be willing to spend hundreds of pounds to remove unwanted hair permanently (1). It seems that being hairless is important to lots of women, with or without PCOS, and getting rid of those seemingly ever-growing hairs can help us feel more confident. When women with PCOS experience excessive bodily and/or facial hair growth as part of the condition, it can be understandably distressing. A study in 2002 found that some women with PCOS were embarrassed about their excessive hair growth, describing it as "freakish" and feeling it was socially unacceptable.
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