WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A woman from Italy found hairs similar to eyelashes growing inside her mouth.
- After consulting with oral doctors, the woman was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), an imbalanced level of sex hormones condition that causes excessive hair growth both in the body and the face.
- The woman underwent oral surgery to remove the excess hair in her gums, and she was told to take birth control pills to regulate the hormones; however, the condition persists after she stopped taking the medication.
Finding out that there’s hair growing inside your mouth is probably the last thing that you would imagine happening to you. That’s exactly what an Italian woman found out when she noticed that there were eyelash-like hairs emerging from her gums.
In 2009, the woman, who was only 19 when she consulted oral doctors about her case, was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The National Institute of Health reports that this condition can be attributed to the imbalanced level of sex hormones in the body.
A symptom called hirsutism, PCOS is the reason why excessive facial and body hair growth happens.
To treat her condition, oral care experts conducted a surgery procedure on the gums of the Italian woman to remove the excess hairs. To help control her hormone levels, she was also given a prescription for birth control pills.
The doctors observed her case for six months after the surgery, and no signs of hairs were found.
However, six years later, the hairs on the woman’s gums have regrown, and she went back to the clinic where she was previously treated.
The doctors found out that the woman opted out in taking the prescribed birth control medicines for some time. This time also, the oral doctors saw more excess hairs both on the woman’s neck and chin, in addition to the eyelash-like hairs in her gums.
The doctors got rid of the hairs again and scheduled the woman for another check-up. But it took her another year to return where more hairs have grown on her gums. Just like before, the doctors removed the excess hairs again.
Authors in medical literature and journals agree that the case of the Italian woman is exceptionally rare, and there are only five cases recorded prior to this instance.
Since the case is connected to hormone imbalance, the authors theorized that the hair growth returns once the woman stops taking birth control pills.
In an interview with Gizmodo, a clinical dental researcher at the University of Foggia, Dr. Khrystyna Zhurakivska, said that there is no cure yet for PCOS. He added that as long as the woman agrees to undergo treatment using a hormonal contraception pill, the symptoms can potentially be reduced.