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Female excess body and facial hair

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 7, 2009
  • 06:59 AM

I am a 23 year old female with pale skin and dark hair. Where other females have light fine hair I have darker hair, some of this is fine but yet still dark, this is all over my body i.e upper lip, sideburns, neck, stomach, upper and lower back. I do not believe that this is the disesase to do with cysts on ovaries as when I was younger I did have a moustache. I feel that it may be that my skin is sensitive to testerone as the hair growth is the same as other females only darker, and coarser.
I obviously find this very embarassing and think that this may also be causing me a mild depression. I would just like some advice on what to do, and who I should see, a GP, dermatologist? etc
I really feel quite alone and feel I cannot talk to anyone about this problem.

Any advice is greatly appreciated : )

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  • I suffer from the same symptoms. Yes it makes you depressed and uncomfortable as you just wonder whats wrong with yourself, I also have hot flashes and adult acne, a pear body shape, and weigt gain in the legs...recentley I went to see a doctor regarding excess hair (internal medicine) my advice is dont bother with a dermatologist as it is a Endoctrin problem, you need to see a specialist doctor (endoctrinology) your gp will also be of help but they just take to long in searching for answers. I went to a specialist who evaluated the excess hair on a point scale then he asked for lab test- 17 alpha OH progesteron, total testosteron, T3 T4 TSh hormones, kidney and ovarian test, growth hormones, fasting and non faslting glucose, urine etc 6 tubes of blood to see what going on... what I understand is that there is too much testosteron in my body and my hormones are out of wack. hormone is developed by the ovaries kidney thyroid and pitury gland so he's checking everything from hirutism to cushing disease. My results come out on Wednesday the 12/08/09..I dont think Ive drawn a clear picture for you so here are some links to help you understand what going on .http://www.digitalnaturopath.com/cond/C66489.htmlhttp://www.digitalnaturopath.com/cond/C66489.html
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  • Don't feel lonely, there are many women who suffer from this but i guess they may hide it well or don't talk about it. There are several reasons for that, one is called Female Hiesutism which is linked to PCOD ( you should google these) and there are things to do about the hair, you can 1-bleach it, 2- wax, 3- shave, 4- pluck it, (http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/32/13.cfm)It's hard to deal with this when you look to social norms of what a "woman" is supposed to look like, and although we live in a society where the norms determine how people judge us, you too have power over what makes you feel good or bad about yourself, what is your image of beauty? don't let it be only be superficial and on the outside as cheesy as that may sound but "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and also beauty comes from within. Appreciate yourself and your body for what you were blessed with because you have to live with yourself for the rest of your life. Be happy, life is too short to worry about the superficial details of beauty, if it bothers you that much bleach it, and talk to an endocrinologist (have a doctor refer you or look one up)(Other things to consider: image of women in different cultures ie Africa, Northern Europe, Asia, Indonesia, Latin America, not just the mainstream but traditional, also consider that by you feeling bad about looking a certain way, that is a marketing technique so you can go out and buy stuff to make yourself "feel better" but really you are just doing what companies want: for you to spend your money on useless things and worry about keeping up to their standards of beauty, not yours
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 20, 2009
    • 11:35 PM
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  • Yes, what you say is true. However, small things like excess facial hair quite often a sign of something in your body not working correctly or not working at optimum levels. Looking at ourselves through a microscope and losing the big picture is not good. But too often symptoms of acne, excell facial hair, hair loss, exima etc are looked at as little inconveniences of life just ment to be suffered and not a sign of something wrong, say for instance, an alergy, excess of paticular food causing too much of paticulare vit or deficiency of paticular vitamine (like lack of enough b-12 causing hair loss and other symptons), side effect to meds, thyroid or other endocrin problem that are commonly ignored (hard to diagnose) by doctors. My main point is if what you are dealing with is REAL problem "Wo! this is not normal! I gotta do something" and not just a queriosity, get to the bottom of it, whether the cause be something small or not so it no longer nags at you and you can move on. Don't feel lonely, there are many women who suffer from this but i guess they may hide it well or don't talk about it. There are several reasons for that, one is called Female Hiesutism which is linked to PCOD ( you should google these) and there are things to do about the hair, you can 1-bleach it, 2- wax, 3- shave, 4- pluck it, (http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/32/13.cfm)It's hard to deal with this when you look to social norms of what a "woman" is supposed to look like, and although we live in a society where the norms determine how people judge us, you too have power over what makes you feel good or bad about yourself, what is your image of beauty? don't let it be only be superficial and on the outside as cheesy as that may sound but "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and also beauty comes from within. Appreciate yourself and your body for what you were blessed with because you have to live with yourself for the rest of your life. Be happy, life is too short to worry about the superficial details of beauty, if it bothers you that much bleach it, and talk to an endocrinologist (have a doctor refer you or look one up)(Other things to consider: image of women in different cultures ie Africa, Northern Europe, Asia, Indonesia, Latin America, not just the mainstream but traditional, also consider that by you feeling bad about looking a certain way, that is a marketing technique so you can go out and buy stuff to make yourself "feel better" but really you are just doing what companies want: for you to spend your money on useless things and worry about keeping up to their standards of beauty, not yours
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 6, 2010
    • 10:07 AM
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