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Dr Pixie:
There were lots of queries and questions and comments about body hair—excessive body hair, in fact, what we call hirsutism. A lot of you asked, ‘well, how much body hair is normal, and does everybody get it?’ The answer is yes, and it varies hugely. Some of you wondered, ‘well, why do people have excessive body hair?’ The reasons can be hormonal, they can be racial, they can be due to illnesses or medications…there are numerous reasons.

There’ve been some questions about polycystic ovaries and its link with excess hair growth. Polycystic ovaries is one of the causes of excessive hair in females, and if you feel you have symptoms of irregular periods, acne or you’ve gained weight, it’s worth seeing your doctor to discuss the possibility of polycystic ovaries.

You’ve also asked lots of questions about shaving: what’s going to happen if you shave your body hair? Will it grow back faster, will it grow back thicker, will it grow back darker? The answer is, no, it won’t. It simply looks coarser because of the way the hair is actually cut.

I think laser has come up an awful lot on the site, you’ve been curious about: ‘Is it painful? Does it scar? Can I get it on the NHS?’ Laser itself is slightly painful during the procedure, but afterwards you shouldn’t have any pain. Does it scar—in some skin types, very very rarely you will produce a scar after laser treatment. And as regards its availability on the NHS, by and large laser treatment is available through private clinics only. But it’s always worth talking to your GP if you’re concerned about excessive hair growth that you believe is due to a hormonal imbalance.

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Doctor Responses: Excessive Hair

Dr Pixie answers your most frequently asked questions about excessive hair (hirsutism) such as: How much body hair is normal? What are the treatment options? Does laser treatment hurt or scar?

With thanks to the Baker Street Medical Centre

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Same problem any help for removel





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I'm 15 years old/nearly 16, I have dark hair on my back,butt,stomach,arms and upper-chest, I also have heavy periods. I don't know what to do??





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Dont worry to much this is Not usefull My exwife was also hairy like you and we both love it was best i had in My live this times is the Problem not yu and yur hair on your body it also has very good sides that means most of hairy women have never Cellulitis and also a perfekt genetic for Training results belive My not cracy or silli there was never a more pretty women in My live than My extrem hairy women and for sure stronger than outhers when accapt that is very beautyfull its different but this all tougether is like a present from natur different is not Bad or anything else its just different

I am a 16 year old boy and this hair problem is really messing my life up. I've got hair ALL over my body. Even on my nose, yes, ON my nose. Its insides, and on my cheeks near the eyes. And the hair growing on my arms is so thick and its just so much that it seems like you're watching the land from above and dark clouds block your vision. It makes me feel embarrassed when I wear a half-sleeved shirt. Every time summer comes, I feel ashamed to show my body to people and try to hide my arms as much as possible. Everyone who sees me says that I'm ridiculously hairy and this makes me feel bad. I even have hair growing out of my ass hole. This would have been, I guess, ok if I was a forty year old man. But I'm just a 16 year old boy and it really hits me how hairy I am. Please help before people being to call me a hairy gorilla





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Hi, i'm a 13 year old female who like most of you are another victim of a H A I R Y girl who have had to battle with it their whole lives. I have really dark, thick hair which can be found on my butt, boobs, feet, fingers, stomach, back, face, shoulders, underarms and of course arms and legs. SHAVING was the worst idea of my life. I was extremely embarrassed with showing my hair so I started shaving at a very young age. I was even stupid enough to shave my back, monobrow and even the hair on my upper lip. I wish the best for any other unfortunate girls battling this never ending war.





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13 year old daughter has hairy legs Bottom under arms and belly and back. She is dark haired is this normal as this takes me 1 to 2 hours to shave her.





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I have been shaving and waxing for forty years and have not found any side effects except that sometimes I get a in growing hair. I am over sixty and still shaving most days.





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Hi i'm 20 yrs old grl i had lots of hair on my entire body like stomach,legs,back,hands evn around nipple.... It has become headache because soon i'm geetng unto relationship i dont want this problm will break us relationship plz plz help me





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Look at tumblr My Blog is named hairyleglover maybe it helps yu a little to look it a complitly outher way

Hi i'm 20 yrs old grl i had lots of hair on my entire body like stomach,legs,back,hands evn around nipple.... It has become headache because soon i'm geetng unto relationship i dont want this problm will break us relationship plz plz help me





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Hey everyone! I have the same problem, and it is embarrassing but it is genetics or a hormone problem, My parents are sri lankan but I was born in australia (I'm 16 at the moment), I'm genetically fairly hairy, and I was so upset about this for many years, I tried many things like spearmint tea and maca powder but didn't see results. Finally after many years of searching, I STUMBLED ACROSS THIS AT HOME LASER TREATMENT THAT WORKS FOR ALL SKIN TONES AND ALL DIFFERENT HAIR COLOURS, THIS IS ON THE SEPHORA WEBSITE, my parents don't know that I'm really hairy so when I move out after school and go to uni and get a job, I'm going to order a at home laser hair remover, but regardless hairy or not, YOU'RE ALL BEAUTIFUL and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.





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I am 17 and I have black hair on my tumm not a lot but it very Noiceible I have a lack of confidence over it my periods are not frequent an I'm not sure what to do





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