alexa A randomized controlled trial of laser treatment among hirsute women with polycystic ovary syndrome.


Modern Chemistry & Applications

Author(s): Clayton WJ, Lipton M, Elford J, Rustin M, Sherr L

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Abstract BACKGROUND: Facial hirsutism is one of the characteristic features of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and this can lead to high levels of depression and anxiety. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of laser treatment on the severity of facial hirsutism and on psychological morbidity in women with PCOS. METHODS: A randomized controlled trial of five high-fluence treatments (intervention) vs. five low-fluence treatments (control) was performed over 6 months in a National Health Service teaching hospital. Subjects were 88 women with facial hirsutism due to PCOS recruited from hospital outpatient clinics and a patient support group in 2001-2002. The main outcomes were self-reported severity of facial hair (measured on a scale of 1-10), depression, anxiety (measured on the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale) and quality of life (measured on the WHOQOL-BREF). RESULTS: Self-reported severity of facial hair in the intervention group (n = 51) fell from 7.3 to 3.6 over the 6-month study period; for the control group (n = 37) the corresponding scores were 7.1 and 6.1. The change was significantly greater in the intervention group [ancova F((1,83)) = 24.5, P < 0.05]. Self-reported time spent on hair removal declined from 112 to 21 min per week in the intervention group and from 92 to 56 min in the control group [F((1,80)) = 10.2, P
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2005.06426.x
  • This article was published in Br J Dermatol and referenced in Modern Chemistry & Applications

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