Re: Facial hair & Saw Palmetto
Excess facial hair is either genetic or hormonal. When doing testing of hormones you need to have testing done during the earlier part of the morning, not late morning, midday or afternoon.
Electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal available. I've read of people having success with laser, but have read a lot of reports where they say the hair begun growing back later, especially if there has been a change in hormones for some reason.
With thyroid testing, they need to have done a TSH, Free T3, Free T4 and Thyroid Antibodies testing. A lot of people are told their thyroid results came back 'normal' or 'within range'. This is how i went 9 years being undiagnosed and in the end it was my thyroid afterall. The thyroid board is full of similar stories.
With PCOS, you don't have to fit the stereotype. I've known women who were thin with no facial hair or other hair issues and no other typical PCOS symptoms and they actually had PCOS. You need to get tested rather than go by a symptoms list off the net. Even with my thyroid i didn't have the classis symptoms for hypothyroid. This is why proper testing as well as a good doctor who can actually interpet your results is necessary, rather than one who simply says "within range means you are fine".
Years ago i also had hormone tests done and was told my hormones were fine, but my doctor never stipulated when you are supposed to have these tests done. My tests always came back "fine". Later when i found a proper doctor who knew his job it ended up that i did have excess estrogen, low progesterone and high testosterone.
At the end of the day it boils down to how good your doctor is. Have you thought of giving electrolysis a go? I had this done close to 10years ago and no more hair regrowth. The lady who did it for me ended up getting a lot of ex laser patients after laser became the new in thing, but obviously didn't work for these people. I don't know what type of laser work they had done so can't comment, but from what i've read it's not a 100% guarantee.
As for Saw Palmetto, just because it's natural doesn't mean it can't be harmful. You would need to know the dosage as too much could harm something else within your body. I don't know much about it, but do know men with prostate issues use this herb.
Good luck in your quest.