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    Hirsutism

    A condition where a woman grows too much body or facial hair in a pattern seen normally occurring only in men. Read more →

    I am a 25 year old female and have alot of excess body hair which is think and corse. How can I check if I have a hormonal problem and what are the solutions to this? Are there any other things I can do to reduce the excess body hair?





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    If you go to your GP you can get a cream called Vaniqa. YOu need to apply it twice a day after removing any hairs (leave 5 mins between removing and using cream) Within 4 weeks or perhaps sooner, you should find that hair growth is minimal. However, must continue to use the cream on a twice daily basis. The active ingredient is an enzyme inhibitor. It inhibits the growth of hair.

    Hi,I have excess face and body hair, stretch marks on thighs, chest and bust (although haven't been pregnant or had weight gain) and when I get down or tired, I get a shingles type illness. I have suffered from depression in the past and sometimes suffer from fatigue. I have had tests for PCOS and results were negative. I have been prescribed Vaniqa for hair and anti depressants for shingles. The excess hair and ugly stretch marks get me really down. Are there any other tests I could have?





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    I have the same problem. My facial hair is growing very quickly and everyday more, specially in my chin. Mines are blond/ginger and very thick so laser does not work on them.I tried electrolisys but is very painful and leave marks plus hairs grow back again. My doctor has prescribed me vaniqa which I been using for more than 3 month morning and night but doesn't work so much. I hate sunny days and direct light cos you can see them even more. Makeup does not cover them as I wish.I don't let anyone touch my face as the hairs are very thick, Is like touching a man's beard. Waxing is very painful and leave my face is all scared. I have 8 pairs of tweezers around the house, my bag and at work and a massive enlarger mirror!!! Feel like a woman like this is very difficult. HELP!

    I was diagnosed with PCOS 14 years ago. I was not able to get pregnant because of this and my marriege broke down too. Iam suffering from somuch excessive hair and this make me depressed. Most of the time I am low in mood and thinks about my unwanted hairgrowth. I have tried electrolysis which was too painfull and too much money which I could not afford. i have excess hiar on my face, underarms, and all over my body. if I do not shave my legs two days they realy looks like manley which drives me mad.my periods are heavy and very irregular. could you tell me any medications that I can use to get rid off my excess hair please.





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    hi, i have exactly the same problem, im 24 and very self conscious about the excessive hair so your not alone, it gets to me the fact that i cant wear / do certain things because its embarrassing for me, but just know your not alone xx

    I am a 16 year old girl who has excess hair leading to my belly button, fortunately it is not as excessive as Anokhi's but it makes me feel extremely self conscious. I am on the contraceptive pill as I heard this can help with cases of excess hair. I was just wondering what pill Anokhi was on, if it was the same as mine and if mine would in fact help my excess hair problem. I am taking Ovranette. Thanks!





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    This is the exact same problem that I am suffering from. I am a 17 year old girl and I understand how self conscious you are! My excess hair runs in a straight line from the middle/bottom of my breasts down to my belly button. More hair runs to my pubic line but I have shaved from my belly button to that line. I also need help to get rid of this excess hair!! I think shaving will make it look worse. You are not alone!! Please help!

    hi i have had scans and they found cysts i also suffer with excess body hair which is getting darker as im getting older and im getting really bothered about but ive had blood tests and my hormone levels are fine so does this mean i dont have pcos and can anyone help with any treatment for the hair would be really greatful :)





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    Hi I wax and I invested in a laser hair remover I got mine from boots called homedics. It works and it also clears up spots

    Hi, I am a 15 year old boy and I have excess body hair.I feel as though I am an outcast from my friends who have "normal" amounts of hair, there fore not giving me confidence to wear three quarter length trousers or shorts in public or in front of my friends. furtermore, I also have masturbated and relating to puberty, would this have an efecct at all ?? How could I alter this and would I need to shave or are there any simpler ,less flashy ways to stunt the growth of hair through diet or anything





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    i have the same problem as well, im 17 and have excess hair growth :( i dont know how 2 treat it, iv tried trimmers but other than that, nothing stops it. i want to try some cream or pills which will stunt the hair growth but i dont know what medicine their is to treat it.

    hi I'm fifteen and I have excess body hair on my stomach .it's really thin but i feel really weird about it. is this normal for girl..





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    i am 13 and - - - My periods are very irregular - i probably have about 2 a year - so i never know when they i going to happen. I also have excess body hair. I many spots as well but i don't know if they are considered as acne. I have dark, long noticeable hair on my: - upper lip - nipples - between my size aa breasts - from my belly button down to my vagina - my pubic hair are also a problem as they are very thick and i cause me discomfort - i have long dark excessive hairs on my legs as well. do i have PCOS or Hirsutism?





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    Im 18, & im the same, and i have PCOS, so maybe you do to.

    Hirsutism, which is what you have described (excess hair) is one of the symptoms of PCOS. Other symptoms are irrgeular periods and acne. So it is possible that you may have PCOS, however diagnosis is usually confirmed via a scan.

    Hi my name is Josslyn, I wanted to ask about my various conditions I have alopecia areata had it for 6 months I ve lost about 70% and still coming out I also have excess hair on my face and body, IBS, frequent kidney infections as well, I ve had all the blood test done seen two dermatologists they will not give me treatment for my hair loss as it is growing back very slowly, My hair is coming out in clumps all the time and i can't help but feel there is a connection with my other conditions but I can't get my doctor to look into why or try and help me figure out why I have all these problems at 26





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    Hi i'm 17 and a girl. I have a lot of excess hair on my tummy, back etc. I also get excess sweating and have small breasts. I'm wondering if this is an imbalance in hormones and if theres something I can take to even it out ? or if it's something else? please help as i'm so self conscious of it all the time :(





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    I am 25 and have had excess body hair since I was 12. I have hair on my nipples, bum area, stomach, upper arms, face and some on my back. I get it from my mum who also has excess hair, plus my Dad is pretty hairy and it's dark too.It used to really bother me but I am starting to think that (though I am not a ferminist) to just sod it and think women are meant to have hair and everybody is different. I have a lovely partner who stills loves me and thinks I am sexy. It is always worse in you mind as well.





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    I Totally Agree With You. We Shouldn't Worry About Having Body Hair (Little Or Alot) As To Me, There Are More Things To Worry About! Its Great That Your Partner Is Able To See Beyond The Hair, Wish Guys Were All Like That Through! (: x

    I have just turned 20 and just finished the end of my first year at a new uni. I have suffered with excess hair all over the body, starting from excess facial hair to hairy arms, hairs around the belly button, more than normal hairs around the vaginal area, and also excess hairs on my feet. I hate it and have tried so many times to rid of them, however no matter what I try I just cant get rid of them. I'm too worried about going to a doctor because I feel like they will just laugh at me, and I cant tell any of my friends as its to embarrising, as my mum has laughed at me before when I have shown her. I recently went to Greece with one other friend and hated it when I couldnt even wear a bikini around the pool because I'm too ashamed of my body. What else can I do? I cant carry on living like this as it depresses me more and more each day that I think about it, and Im just not comfortable with my own body, I just want to live a normal student life and enjoy what I have, but I just cant. Please help me.





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    I actually have polycystic ovaries and im taking some pill.. dienette or sumthing...But it hasnt really helped my excess hair growth. I have alot of excess hair on my stomach and areas on my body including on my face which I have to shave everyday. sometimes I feel its too much but ive seen worse on this program, I was wondering if I am aloud to get hair removal treatment from nhs.





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    I'm 15 and I have a lot of excess hair all over my body - it is especially noticable on my face and lower back. I had an eating disorder 2 years ago which increased the amount of hair, and have just recovered from a relapse which has increased it yet again, however I am also aware that my excess hair is also genetic. I am looking for something as permenant as possible, however my hair is naturally fair and therefore not suitable for lazer, and I would prefer to avoid going on the pill as to avoid weight gain - do you have any advice please ?





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    Hi, I WAS diagnosed with PCOS ten years ago. I also have all the side effects including weight gain and excess hair. While the weight is slowly starting to come under control it is the excess facial and body hair that is giving me huge grief. I have fair skin and very dark brown hair so it really shows up. Conventional hair removal is not very effective and i was going to do a course of laser hair removal but was told by the beautician it would not work because of the PCOS. Is this true?





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    I am 16 years old, and i have excess body hair..people are realising i have excess hair and its making me feel manly and upset, i get hair on my belly and my chest which i shave, and on the bottom of my back. I have a boyfriend who i have been with for nearly 3 years and we're thinking of having sex for the first time, but i dont want him seeing my back, i hate it its maing my life miserable..can you help me please? need advice on how to get rid of it..?





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    since i was 13 i have had excess facial hair and over the years the excess hair has spread to my back, breasts, stomach, bum and even my arms are covered in course, wirey, dark hair. after plucking and waxing my face for 5 years, i started having laser hair removal when i turned 18, and have had over 20 sessions to date, which has helped tremendously but i still require more treatment. i have never had any treatment on my body because i'm too embarrassed to show the hair to my nurse. i have been tested for PCOS and results came back negative. i cannot afford laser hair removal anymore because the prices have soared since my first treatment. now, at 22 years old i don't know what else to do - i don't want to spend the rest of my life waxing hair off my body. i wish somebody could provide me with an alternative or some closure on this problem that, sad to say, many young girls are suffering in silence from.





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    i am now 14 and around my 13th birthday i noticed that my sidebruns were quite hairy and chin and upper lip. I started to remove my upper lip hair by threading. I told my mum a number of times that I was upset about my facial hair and excess body hair, but she said if i waxed it off or removed it, it would grow back worse. Ever since then I have been very depressed, and sometimes even suicidal. I'm asian and I've been told by my freinds and female members of my family that it's normal for asian girls to be more hairy than other girls from different racial background. However I noticed that their facial and body hair wasnt as bad as mine. This depressed me even more. I've lost over 10 pounds in the past 2 months because I've been so depressed about my excess hair that I didnt want to eat. I checked with my doctor recently to see if I had PCOS or hirtuism. When the results came back she told me that I didnt have PCOS or hirtuism. I don't believe her , because there's no other reason for my excess facial and body hair. I am very depressed, and very down because of it. It gets me every day, and I can't look in the mirror without crying anymore. I am constantly worried about what other people think, and it has affected my self esteem negatively.





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    I have PCOS and hirtuism. I have hair basically in all areas of my body and im white. It is not because your asian that you have hair because im white and i have it. Try going on the pill as it a male called androgen that produces hair and sometimes there is too much. So the pill makes the glands produce more of the female hormones than the androgen. I have been on it for 5 months and i thought it wouldn't do sh*t but i was told that hair takes 9 months to grow. So the hair you see now was growing 9 months ago! And since ive been on the pill the hairs on my face has been gradually decreasing. The worse place NOW is my legs, back, chest, underarms and tummy so the only place i cannot treat myself is my back. But i have had hair on my spine since the day i was born and they thought i had spinebifida (cant spell) and it grew out of back. I use a hairdressing male razor to shave.

    im glad I found this site. I am surprised to find how many women share the devastation of having excess facial hair. Not everbody understands what it is like to pluck hair by hair or shave every day and still end up with a five o'clock shadow. I have been suffering with excess facial and body hair since puberty. I am now 29 and find that it has just worsened over time. This problem not only diminishes your self confidence but your sense of feminity as well. There is no easy cure. laser treatments are timely and costly. Is there an easier solution?





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    Hi I'm 17 and i have been suffering with excess bodily hair most of my life. it runs in my family but it makes me feel self conscious and i hate it. the problem is that i have excess hair all over my stomach, breasts and back, i tried shaving it, but it doesnt last long.Is there any solutions that would help get rid of the excess hair without shaving or a lot of money being spent?





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    Hi i am 17 and I have a lot of facial hair, on my chin, side of my face, and ma cheek, also have hair all over my body backside, stomach, feet, Please help me what should i do as removing the hair makes the hair grow back thicker and worse, i am really self conscious and worry about the hair on my face a lot. Please help me, as laser is not right for me and is too expensive. Is there any medicine which i can take to help calm the hair and take off the excess hair?





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    Hi I am 37 and have struggled all my life with excess hair on my face and body. The body hair I can deal with but the facial hair is really depressing me. I have had blood tests but doctors keep telling me that I fine. I have spent a fortune on Lazer treatment but it is not helping - please tell me what else I can do as it is really starting to effect my life





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    I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM, BUT MY PROBLEMS FIRST STARTED WHEN I GOT LASER TREATMENT ON MY FACE BECAUSE I WAS CONSCIOUS ABOUT THE FINE HAIR I HAD. THIS TREATMENT SOMEHOW STIMULATED MORE HAIR GROWTH AND I'V BEEN SUFFERING EVER SINCE. THE FIRST LASER USED ON ME WAS IPL. SINCE THEN I'VE TRIED FURTHER LASER TREATMENT WITH A DIFFERENT LASER AND THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN DISAPPOINTING. DOES ANYONE KNOW OF ANY OTHER TREATMENTS THAT CAN OFFER A SOLUTION?

    i am in the same situation as yourself and spent 59years hiding my body because i have lots of dark body hair and after the menopause i thought it may improve,wrong now i have really course whiskers on my face and the legs,arms,facial and body hair has got worse.I have tried every conceivable removal method and none have worked for me and the doctor says everyone has hair and not to worry,alright for him he is a man.All i can say is although you feel alone with this problem you are not.

    Im nearly 20 years old and i was diagnosed with PCOS when i was 15. i have alot of hair that grows on my chin and the back of my legs are excessivly hairy and looks more like pubic hair! although i have excessive hair everywhere else i have noticed that the hair on my head has become really thin. i have spoken to the Dr but didnt get much help. i was wondering if i could do anything about the thinning hair on my head and about the excess hair on my body. PLEASE HELP ME





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    hi, i knw wot u mean a bout doctors, my doctors dint tell me for 4 months that i had pcos! and now they wont do anything just keep feeding me tablets and creams for my excess hair all over my body!and weight gain, and laser treatment is to pricey! I NEED HELP COZ ITS KILLING MY CONFIDENCE i use to be so active im amazing at swimming but darent go nemore coz of excess hair growth n if i shave then i just get itchy where ever ive shaved!!! PLEASE HELP





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    Wow Angela that's an amazing story. Can't believe the laser hair removal didn't work!! I can relate to you when you said you have suffered from depression, I also suffered(and still do!) from depression because of excess body hair. It's horrible to think that something so small and silly like hair can have such a major impact on our lives! At the end of the day, and I know it's silly to say, but it is just hair and EVERYONE has it! I think it's very unfortunate that you haven't had a boyfriend because of your insecurities - if they like you they wouldn't care about your hair! I have had a boyfriend who was so considerate of my problem and he loved me either way! I have asked my Dad, who bear in mind is very critical, would he judge a woman and not go out with her if she had facial hair and he said absolutely not! All us women think too much about it.. men understand that we're not mink cats who have no fur! And yes, never forget that you're not the only one suffering with excess hair. It's refreshing to know that we're all here for each other and my advice to you is don't worry so much! Focus on the hair that isn't so common i.e facial hair and remove that. Everything else is pretty common! Hope I've helped you in some way. All the best x

    Like 'A' I had excess facial and tummy hair but was told I didn't have PCOS. I was advised to lose weight so over the course of a year I lost 3 stone (I'm now 10 stone at 5'7''). I now only have 1 thick hair on my chin and none on my tummy. If you do have excess hair and are over weight and your doctor has said weight is an issue do listen to them!! I wish I'd done it years before, yes it was hard but not having to pluck and that horrible feeling of looking at your body and thinking 'gorilla' it was worth every step class!





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    hi, I am 16 and I have excess body hair on my stomach, bum (in and out), lower back, around my neck and my arms. they are thick dark hairs (apart from my neck and arms - hair is finer). I noticed this on my stomach when I was younger therefore shaved it- something I regret ALOT, leaving me with even thicker and darker hairs than before. I have always had irregular periods, but up until now it has not really worried me. I have now had 3 missed periods (I am 100% NOT pregnant as well). however i am overweight so i feel this may be the cause. i have tried losing weight and it is just not working for me. this is were it lead me to think i may have PCOS as i know this can cause excess hair, irregular periods and excess fat. could i be a possible candidate for PCOS? I would definitely not got to a salon as i am too embarrassed, so if I were to buy a laser removal kit, would this remove my hair for good? i just don't know what to do anymore, i cant bring myself to tell my mum either. should i just got to my GP and get blood tests done? replies would be greatly appreciated x





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    I am in the same situation your in. My exess hair started when I was 10 and its got worse over the years. I also went 5 years without a period after I had my first one. Since then I have been on the pill as my docter confirmed I have pcos and also in formed me that I had a 6cm cyst on my left ovary which was causing me a lot of pain so I strongly suggest that talking to your gp. There is nothing to be scared of and your not alone!

    I have tried two different types of home laser kits and would not recommend wasting money on them. The first had a needle like end and you had to put it against each, yes each and every hair, and it was supposed to send a laser down into the root. You would then pluck it and it should not grow back. This method was very time consuming and didn't see any difference. The other kit I had used rubber pads and conductor gel and this method was supposed to treat the whole area. I didn't see any difference. I would be interested in the medication that can be taken to prevent the hair growth. Does anyone have any information about this????

    i am a 28yrs old female & i suffer with excess hair. i have previously been tested for PCOS but do not have the condition. this effects my daily life & holds me up getting ready in the bathroom to go anywhere & therefore holds others up in my house. to shave to go swimming or to go out on the pull is a complete chore which takes forever.i am approx 4st overweight & TRYING to do something about it but when i have lost weight before the excess hair doesnt seem to have reduced. also when i was in the correct weight range for my height i had some excess body hair then.this knocks my confidence more than my weight does as i think extra weight on a woman would be more acceptable to a man than extra hair would. so i have no confidence in being intimate with a man.the other problem i have is ive looked into laser treatment which is supposed to work'best' with dark hair. well all my hair that i need removing isnt dark -im ginger/aurborn so some of the hair is that colour & some is dark. i havent got the money to spend on laser & esp when i dont know if it will treat all the hair & if it didnt it'd be a waste?? is it free on the nhs? given my hair colour i have pale skin so the hair shows easily. i can make such a mess of my skin trying to get rid of this hair cos im so determined to get rid of it when i know its there. i just want a solution!! please advise, thanks!





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    Hello, I was just wondering if your GPS has considered polycystic ovaries syndrome. I have suffered from this for 15 years and didn't put on excess weight until after child birth but have always suffered with excess hair and have just been put on metformin to try and help my symptoms also spironlactone can help with excess hair. It will not cure it but will hopefully help the symptoms. I only wish I could have been put on this when I was 20. I have never heard of cold weather causing excessive hair. I wish you luck with your daughter and hope she gets some answers soon.

    Hi I have excess body hair on my bottom, stomach and face. im 21 and have PCOS is there anyway I can get rid of the hair permently. At the moment I wax or use hair removal cream but it is costing me alot of money.





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