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Hairiness in women

Excess hair (hirsutism) in women often appears in the places where men have body hair, such as the upper lip and chin, the chest (including around the nipples), the tops of the shoulders and the lower abdomen. The excess hair is usually coarse and dark (different from the fine hair that some women have on their upper lip, chin, breasts and stomach). The hairs also grow longer than normal so, for example, hairs on the upper lip may grow to 1 cm long instead of remaining short, fine and fair.

Reasons for excess hair

Extra-responsiveness to hormones. Women often worry that hairiness means that they have male hormones and are not fully female. In fact, all women have a small amount of the ‘male’ hormone, testosterone, circulating in their bodies. It is produced mainly by the adrenal glands, which are situated over the kidneys. If the skin is extra-responsive to it, testosterone encourages hair growth on the upper lip, chin, chest, lower abdomen. The hormone levels are normal; the problem is that the skin is too responsive to testosterone. Women with this problem gradually develop more body hair from puberty until the menopause, after which the amount of body hair slowly lessens – except for facial hair, which continues to increase.
There are many reasons for this extra-responsiveness to normal amounts of testosterone.
  • Often, it is inherited; your mother or aunts may have had the same problem.
  • Some drugs can be responsible, particularly phenobarbitone and phenytoin taken to control epilepsy. Long-term steroids (taken for conditions such as arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease) and ciclosporin (taken for psoriasis, dermatitis or arthritis) can also cause extra hair growth.
     
Polycystic ovary syndrome is the cause of hairiness in some women. This syndrome is usually caused by an imbalance between the pituitary and adrenal glands with cysts on the ovary. As a result, the level of male hormone rises. It usually develops in the late teens or early 20s and there are usually other symptoms as well as excess hair. Polycystic ovary syndrome sometimes runs in families. It is diagnosed by blood tests and, usually, an ultrasound scan of the ovaries. It can be treated with medication. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome are often obese, and the hirsutism (hairiness) improves if they lose weight.
 
Symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Excess hair
  • Scanty or irregular periods, or periods stop altogether (but periods may be normal)
  • Acne and greasy hair
  • Difficulty in getting pregnant
  • Obesity (usually)
Tumour. Very occasionally, a tumour of the ovaries or an adrenal gland can be responsible for the excess male hormones, but this is very rare.

What you can do

Lose weight if you are overweight. This may greatly improve the problem.
 
Bleaching is a good way of disguising upper lip hairs or ‘sideburns’ unless your skin is dark. Hydrogen peroxide cream for bleaching is available from pharmacists, but it can cause severe skin irritation.
 
Depilatories (hair-removing creams) do not leave stubble, but can irritate the skin. Test beforehand by applying a small amount to the inside of your wrist. If there is no reaction the next day, it is probably safe to use the cream. Weaker creams for use on the face are available.
 
Plucking, waxing, sugaring or threading will deal with the problem temporarily. These all work by pulling out the hairs. If you pull out a hair, a new hair immediately starts to grow in that follicle. (If you shave a hair, it may be in its resting phase and will not grow for some time.) So plucking, waxing and sugaring may have to be repeated quite frequently.
 
Plucking can be used to remove a few long hairs on the chin, but in general it is not a good idea for the face because it can easily cause scarring. Never pluck hairs on the nipple or the surrounding pink area (areola), or on a mole. In waxing, strips of hot wax are placed over the hairy area and pulled off, taking the hairs with them. This is painful, and difficult to use on the face. Sugaring is similar, but uses a special sugar paste obtainable from pharmacies.
 
Shaving will need to be done every day. In spite of the old wives’ tale, it does not make the hairs grow back more quickly (British Medical Journal 2007;335:1289). However, shaved hairs will be stubbly, so they may be noticeable if shaving is not repeated daily.
 
Laser treatment is quicker and less painful than electrolysis. It works best on dark hair with pale skin, because the dark pigment helps to transmit the laser energy down the hair shaft to the bottom of the hair follicle, where it damages the lining of the follicle so the hair cannot grow properly. The results can be very good, but there are also a few problems.
  • In general, it is not very suitable for black skin, because the pigment (melanin) in the skin will pick up the laser energy, causing scarring and loss of pigment. People with Mediterranean or pale Asian skin tones might be able to risk the treatment. However, new long-wavelength lasers that can be used on dark skin are now available.
  • In general, red, grey or blonde hair, and hair that is very fine is unlikely to respond well. However, some new types of laser are able to treat pale hair.
  • It is slightly uncomfortable – like having rubber bands flicked over the skin. Your skin may tingle for several hours afterwards.
  • It takes time. Although an area 9 cm in diameter takes only 1 or 2 minutes to treat with the newest fast lasers, most people will need two or three treatments at intervals of a few months. This is because laser treatment works best on hair that is in the growing phase – at any time, only a proportion of hairs are in this phase. Also, at the first visit, the therapist should treat just a small area and wait at least 8 weeks before starting the full treatment.
  • Complete and permanent removal of the hair is unlikely. The hair usually disappears for 2–3 months, and then slowly regrows (but the new hair is less dense and less coarse). Six months after the treatment, you would probably have about half the amount of hair you had originally.
  • It is still a fairly new treatment, so no one knows if there are any bad effects in the long term.
  • Almost anyone can get hold of the equipment and set themselves up as a therapist. It may be difficult to be sure that a therapist is properly trained. Find out who will actually be doing the procedure, and their qualifications. They should be a doctor (plastic surgeon or dermatologist). In the UK, check that the doctor is a member of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons or the British Dermatology Association.
  • It is expensive. Before embarking on it, ask the price of a complete treatment, and how large an area will be treated in each session.
     
Electrolysis is probably the best method of getting rid of the unwanted hair long term (possibly permanently). Electrolysis is a slow process, because each hair is dealt with separately and it may take months or years of treatment before all the unwanted hairs disappear.
 
A fine needle is inserted into the hair root, which is then destroyed by a chemical reaction and by heat.
  • Electrolysis treatment can be uncomfortable. It is important that you use a qualified practitioner, registered with the Institute of Electrolysis.
  • Treatments are given 2 weeks apart (to allow the skin to recover), and the whole process may take 6–9 months.
  • Check that the practitioner uses new, disposable (not simply re-sterilized) needles.
  • If it is too expensive for you, contact your local college of further education – they may have training courses for beauticians where you could be treated by trainees who will be supervised and have good equipment.
  • Home kits for electrolysis are not a good idea; the current used is too low to destroy the hair root, so the effect is similar to plucking.
  • Electrolysis is unsuitable for anyone with a heart pacemaker.

Try spearmint tea. A research study has suggested that drinking 2 cups of spearmint tea daily can reduce levels of testosterone in women, and might reduce hairiness (British Medical Journal 2007;334:482). This research involved only a small number of women, so its results need to be confirmed.

How your doctor can help

See your doctor if any of the following apply:
  • you have any of the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome, such as periods becoming irregular or stopping altogether
  • you are taking any medications that might be responsible (check the information leaflet in the packet)
  • excess hair starts to appear suddenly in adult life
  • no one else in your family has excess hair
  • if, at the same time, you are losing hair from your scalp, especially at the sides of your forehead
  • you are having to spend a lot of money on electrolysis
  • you are depressed and worried by your appearance.

Polycystic ovary syndrome. If this is a possibility, your doctor will refer you to an endocrinologist (hormone specialist). The endocrinologist will check for other problems, such as diabetes, that can sometimes accompany polycystic ovary syndrome. The medication used to treat polycystic ovary syndrome is effective, especially if you also lose weight; greasy skin and acne clear up in about 6 weeks, but it can take 12–18 months for maximum improvement in the hirsutism (hairiness).
 
No hormone abnormality. If there is no hormone abnormality, and the hirsutism (hairiness) happens simply because your skin is especially responsive to testosterone, your doctor may prescribe the combined oral contraceptive pill containing the progestogens desogestrel, gestodene or norgestimate. Both the oestrogen and progestogen in the combined pill have an effect, so the progesterone-only pill would not be as effective in reducing hair. About 1 in 10 women will see an improvement, but it may take 12–18 months.
 
If this does not help, your doctor may decide to try a combination of ethinyloestradiol and cyproterone acetate (Dianette) or drospirenone (Yasmin), which stop testosterone having an effect on the skin. It will take about 3 months before there is any improvement, and 12 months to achieve the full effect. After this, the drug is stopped. Hair may regrow about 6 months later, in which case another course of the drug can be given.
 
If none of these treatments work, your doctor can refer you to a hospital dermatologist or endocrinologist who could suggest other medication.
 
Laser treatment and electrolysis. In the UK, some hospital dermatology departments provide laser or electrolysis treatment under the NHS, but this is usually available only for individuals with a great deal of excess hair, or who are particularly distressed by it.
 
Eflornithine (Vaniqa) is a cream that slows hair growth. Applied twice a day, it reduces hair growth in about 60% of people who use it (American Journal of Clinical Dermatology 2001;2a:197–201). It contains a chemical called eflornithine, which blocks a key enzyme in the hair follicle. Because it does not destroy existing hairs, it may take several weeks (or even months) before you see any result. It is probably best used after hair has been removed by another method (such as laser), to slow down the return of unwanted hair (American Family Physician 2002;66:1907–11). Eflornithine is not a permanent method of hair removal; when you stop using it, the hair will regrow, usually within about 8 weeks. The cream can cause a burning or stinging sensation and acne. It is not suitable if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
 

Case study

June is a 43-year-old full time mother from the north of England

June first realised that she had some unwanted facial hair on her top lip when she was only 18 years old. However, in 2000, when she was 33 years old, June became more aware of hairs on her chin and neck.

"When I was younger, my facial hair made me feel like a bearded lady – like one of those women in the circus sideshows. To think that other people could think of me that way upset me", said June. Being so young when she first had unwanted facial hair, June thinks it's really important for other young girls to know they are not alone with this condition. "I worry for the young girls, knowing how it felt to be so self-conscious," says June.

To manage her facial hair and feel more comfortable in public, June explains, "I must check that I cannot see any hairs before I leave the house. I'm much more self-conscious of my facial hair before I go out."

Whilst June does not feel self-conscious every day, she is always aware of her facial hair and always worries that someone else may be able to see it. "I would be walking down the street and if someone looks at me I am always wondering, can they see the hairs, or is it just an ordinary passing glance. I know there would be no hairs left, because I would have checked them, but, it doesn't stop how I suddenly feel," says June.

"I think that there is a stigma attached to women with unwanted facial hair and this needs to change," she says. When offering advice to fellow sufferers, June encourages women to try not to let it bother them and be aware that there is a choice of treatment options available to them.

June spends over 3 hours a week checking for hairs, including checks both morning and evening every day, alongside two 30-minute sessions per week of plucking and using a special glove to remove the hairs.

June did not seek help from her GP until 2008 when her neck begun to look and feel sore from her frequent plucking regimen. She says, "I have only recently visited my GP as I didn't think there was anything he could do about my excess hair. I usually visit the chemist for wax strips and advice." June's GP doesn't believe her unwanted, facial hair is linked to any known condition; however, June feels that her dark hair and features may be a contributing factor.

June currently does not have contact with any support groups, but feels that knowing there are other people who are out there is a great source of comfort and it will help those that also suffer from the condition that are too shy and embarrassed to discuss it. "A good, supportive network is ideal," says June. Having recently attended a focus group about unwanted facial hair she says that since meeting other women with facial hair, "I feel more confident. Sitting in a room with other people who suffer from the condition was good fun – it made me aware that I am not alone".

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Friday, February 1st 2013

 


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Posted by Optional on 10/06/2014 at 04:11

Hi im 13 and ive got a lot of hair on my chin and nose. Please tell me what I can do to get rid of it, permanetly. Thanks.

Posted by Optional on 06/06/2014 at 01:04

I'm only 13 and I have this problem it's really embarrassing ... I can't tell my mom because she'll start to laugh and tell my siblings.

Posted by What worked for me on 22/05/2014 at 02:34

What worked for me: stop eating gluten. Stop eating refined sugar, drinking sugary drinks and forcing myself to work out a few times a week. Basically, eating nothing but veggies, meat, nuts and fruits, cutting out the grains and dairy, they're not really that good for you unless they're fermented anyway! Follow the 80-20 rule, eat well 80% of the time and relax the occasional 20%, and you will see a difference. Get regular sleep, switch the coffee for green or herbal tea, and try to relax. Sometimes the Androgen hormones are 'fed' by sugar, especially when it spikes, so keep your glucose levels constant. For the ladies who are shy around men, try getting a massage / bodywork. The therapist won't judge your body and you will relax with human contact, helping you to understand that you're much more than your physical imperfections. Pornography culture has us all thinking that we have to fit a certain model in order to have value as women. There ARE men out there who can think for themselves, though. Take good care:)

Posted by Tired of Plucking on 18/05/2014 at 02:02

I have been dealing with abnormal hair growth on my breasts since I was 21 and my doctor told me to just pluck the hair out now I'm 41 and it's been getting worse for 20 years now. Just the other day I plucked out my first chin hair. |thanks for the article I will be bringing it in for my doctor to read.

Posted by Optional on 05/03/2014 at 12:28

The article was very helpful.

Posted by Optional on 02/03/2014 at 11:58

I thick facial hair and body hair all my life .I have never had sexual relations with a guy because of my problem.I have often thought of killing myself because of this because who wants to goto bed with cousin It.There are days when I am quite happy and then I remember my problem...Now I am in love and I cannot give the guy a positive answer.I will have to tell him I just like him as a friend.It will hurt badly, but what else can I do I do not have that kind of money for electrolysis. If there was a foolproof method to kill myself believe me, I would.I am just tired I try not to look at my body longer in the mirror than I have to.

Posted by mel on 13/02/2014 at 01:04

Hi iam 33 years old i never had this problem when i was younger facial hair ,,,i have 3 kids but iam still young am really scared i cant have any more children i mite fall inlove with somone and mite wanna share our live by wanting a nother child ,,i have a problem with hair on my chin and i havent had a period in a year aftet i stopped my depo ,,i been on the depo since my last child which is now 8 pls wat can i do ,,i look to the ground even when i walk past people and think are are they staring at me ,,i have no cofidence i dont no wat to do .

Posted by seema on 15/12/2013 at 10:14

I want to ask i have been shaving my chin and upper lip since three four years and i will get married in just 10 months so i want some permanent hair removal whether any surgery or laser but as soon as possible plz suggest me i am vry tensed.....plz m in need

Posted by Leah on 16/11/2013 at 12:47

I'm only 16 and i have terrible hair in the wrong places! When I was younger I discovered the saver and did it on my stomach when there was hardly anything, hair kept growing back so I kept shaving its horrible I also have hair on my chest! That's my biggest problem as well as my lower back and back of neck, Laser is great but so expensive.. And because I'm young when I'm older and have children I will get tiny hairs back, HELP

Posted by KayBay555 on 22/10/2013 at 11:48

I am about to turn 18, and just a couple days ago, I noticed that there was quite a bit of very dark, long, course hairs growing on my stomach. My arms are unusually hair, my knuckles are quite hairy and I get a lot of hair on my upper lip and under my chin and on my chest. Even my eye brows are extremely thick and I have to pluck them down to almost half as thick and take all the hair off a little on each side. And often. I have had acne since I was in fifth grade. Acne medications never help, normal face washes don't help, not wearing makeup makes no difference, being out in the sun frequently doesn't make a difference. I am overweight. And I did have an ovarian cyst a couple years ago. My mom never thinks about anything being medically wrong. She always thinks I'm over reacting about stuff and that it's normal. But I have every symptom of polycistic ovary syndrome. How do I bring this up to her?

Posted by Optionalmichelle on 12/10/2013 at 01:56

I have bad white facail hair all on my face and neck its horrible it stops me going out i tink people tink am a man they look and laugh i just started my first laser i hope it works it stops me havin a life wt my 3 children thank you

Posted by claire on 05/10/2013 at 12:35

they hurt when cominh through it makes me feel ugly

Posted by Optio on 04/10/2013 at 05:36

I am 15 year old girl and I have hair everywhere, I mean it. I personally don't give a shit about it but I just wish that society would be more acceptive of it, like it's just freaking hair. -.- annoying as cuz when I step in the shower to shave my arms and hand nd fingers, I ain't don't it for me, I feel like I am doing it for ppl. Of u know what I mean

Posted by Optional on 19/08/2013 at 07:26

I'm a 15 year old girl and I only really started to notice that I had a lot more hair than other girls quote recently, I found that I had long thin hairs on my jaw line and hair on my breasts and stomach, it is hard because you are always thinking that people are looking at you and it makes you feel really embarrassed and because of this you don't want to talk to anyone, it just makes everything a lot more difficult and makes me wish I was normal like all the other girls.

Posted by Optional on 23/06/2013 at 03:27

Dark coarse hair is suddenly growing on my lower arms. I have always had slight hair growth on my arms

Posted by suzanne on 18/06/2013 at 01:49

I am 34yrs old I have been suffering with this problem with hair on my face.I used to be teased in school I was called elvis and all.I had this hair problem since I was 12yrs old.still til this day I shave and am constenly checking my face.I also had very hairy arms so I keep that shaved also.I don't see and haven't talked to a doctor about it because I'm too embarrased by it..But by reading the artical above I'm so glad I'm not alone...

Posted by cathy b on 17/04/2013 at 11:54

strong hair growth since i was 12. worse since i went into menopause. ihave to shave four my face 4 times a day. cannot afford to get laser treatment or anything what can i do. its realy depressing and embaressing.

Posted by Boitumelo on 07/04/2013 at 10:51

Hi Everyone I'm 21 and I'm a Black female. I suspect after beginning Depoprovera contraceptive, I began having hair follicles growing on my face (beneath my chin) I'm now over weight. What can I do to increase my oestrogen levels? Help! I can't even allow my boyfriend to kiss my neck cause I don't want him to feel it

Posted by Candace on 28/03/2013 at 05:30

Wow, I was Blown Away! I have been searching for a reason why I had this increase in Body and Facial Hair after I had what my Doctor said was Contact Dermatitis he gave me the Z pack made me sick so I quit taking which I was promptly scolded by a few Friends that expressed the fact you can't just stop taking Steroids. Could cause Heart Problems. Anyway I believe the Dermatitis was either from Gardening or the use of disposable gloves were the reason. Well the Rash I had I picked because these hairs would come in around these Scars and in Crevices and I cannot stand ingrown hairs so I have Trashed my Skin from plucking. My Scalp gets what feels like patches of Something. Also believe I have developed a Metal Allergy. I would dig at myself for Hours! My Vision starting getting Blurry because I will pull it out from my Face which makes it worse. My Skin is fair and I recall my Grandmother and her Sisters had that darker hair and facial hair! I have literally made myself CRAZY over this. I would use a Magnifying Glass to see what I was digging out! Now after reading this I know I just have to go to my OBGYN. Started Menopause at Age 40 I haven't had a period in about 6 years! Another thing I noticed was that my Skin everywhere is like a Prune. Very Dry all of the sudden. My Hair has been Oily and my forehead also. This article sheds a lot of light. Thank You! I will be making an Appt and a Mammogram tomorrow!! Sorry so winded. I am Sorry other people are going throw this! I already suffer from Depression and to see these Scars left behind but you can't stop picking. You feel really Self-Conscience and embarrassed! So knowing I am not alone does give me some comfort.

Posted by Optional on 24/03/2013 at 05:25

It is not comforting to see many women in this world having such a condition. I am hairy, it rhymes with fairy ! I am happy that I have a cheerful attitude except when I saw the unmanageable facial hair, rest of the body I dont give a damn abt. Let it grow or not there. But we are powerful women, not with something missing, but something in addition. we are supposed to be brave and cheerful because none of it is due to our fault. If only we decide to move forward and face the world with what we would like to be remembered about, we are going to thrive. Many more girls will be born with this problem ( God Save them) but we have to make the world a better place for them to live on. When we strive to attain the confidence and make sure we are respected by all means as natural forms, we merge in as one in a crowd. sisters, we are just human for 80 years maximum, and after that we are beautiful souls remembered for our good deeds, positive attitude and quality thinking in the future.. I am not successful, but a sinking ship. But many good souls in this world cheer me up whn I break down.. After all, we are lucky enuf to be not challenged physically or mentally

Posted by Optional on 18/03/2013 at 12:24

Go on hairtell.com and look up the part on professional electrolysis. You'll find professional people to help. I have personal experience myself.

Posted by Nasrin on 12/03/2013 at 07:44

Hi..i m 2o yrs old grl..hairs are all around my body..i also cry when i open my clothes to take a bath and seen hair in my body.. I need help plz.i use wax bt hair are grown what to do plz help

Posted by Optional on 27/02/2013 at 05:15

i am an indian housewife staying in uae for the past 9yrs.when i read about june,i felt so relieved.i have this problem from my starting of menstrual periods.i was so conscious about the comments and staring eyes i used to pluck my hair and it got worse.i have all over my body.that didnt have much worry.but hair on my face was awful.i never wore short skirts which i had loved as a child.then i had medications for adrenalin hormone defect,did some electrolysis and it was fine.now again it is coming back.i dint want to go for electrolysis and so did bleaching.but i feel its getting darker.hope u will be able to give some remedy.

Posted by Optional on 26/02/2013 at 10:57

Im only 15 and have really dark facial hair which is visible and people have spoken about it, I usually just wax it off but now I have hair on my neck help what should do?

Posted by Optional on 22/02/2013 at 01:38

I'm 16 years old, far from over weight, and my parents are far from hairy. But for some reason I have to much hair on my body. My lower back, stomach (trail of hair), breast (mainly around the nipple), between my breast, and my arms. Also I don't know if this affects anything but I don't eat a lot of meat. I'm like the only one I know around like this. I've tried every thing to get rid of the hair but it ALWAYS comes back...... I feel helpless.

Posted by hs on 14/01/2013 at 04:16

Hey peps i have had unwanted hair for years now and its not nice because im scared to strech just in case my top goes up and people see my hairy tummy i just feel always awear of it and embarrest i went to the doctors to see whats up with me they said that iv got polististic ovarys but the main thing they tell u is to loose weight but at the time i was under weight and i got depressed and put alot of weight on and now they r sayin that im over weight and thats what is causing it but if they look at my record they would see that i was under weight when i first went to them its just really hard on us girls because all we think about is are appearence not fair !!!! but im so sorry that there is other young girls goin through this if i could take it away i would xox

Posted by Optional on 11/01/2013 at 06:45

So helps knowing I'm not alone !!! Iv had bad depressive moments thinkin about how much I hate myself and just waiting for the day when some1 points and says something . Iv had a problem since 17 yr old bit for past 2-3 yrs it's spreading and gettin worse . I dont have relationships as I dont want anyone knowing a thread my face everyday :( and what worse is I'm alway down and I feel bad on my 3 children cause I should be happy and cheerful not depressive and hating myself :(

Posted by Optional on 20/10/2012 at 11:07

Hi guys it feels good to know that i'm not completely alone even though i feel like i am..i've been battling with this condition ever since i can remember..since ive been born..my mum told me that when i was born the doctors thought i had some kindve hormone imbalance because i had so much body hair all over.they even did tests and found that it was all normal and that i just had the hairy gene..but i must say this seems like the most difficult condition to live with.ive been bullied because of it and been called all sorts of names while i was at school..i remember coming home from school and crying my self to sleep praying that god will get rid of it for me one day..now at 22 i feel like its getting worse.i'm getting thick coarse hair growth on my chin and under my chin area.feel as though i'm growing a beard.it hurts me so much inside.i'm currently suffering from depression because of it and feel as though i have nobody to talk to about it as my family get really angry and annoyed whenever i get worked up about having so much hair on my face and body.they dont understand but i dont blame them in a way because none of them are suffering from hirsutism so they dont know what it feels like and how it can affect somebodys self esteem and confidence..i just feel as though i'm never going to find somebody who will love me.like if i do find somebody he'll just run a mile when he finds out about my condition..and even more i'm terrified of having children and them going through what i currently am.i dont want them to go through the torture of not being able to live life to the fullest, feeling worthless like i do and feeling like they dont deserve anything good..i jus really pray that some miracle happens and somebody comes out with a cure for hirsutism so that many more peopl like us can live without worrying about unwanted hair..i feel for every one of you and hopefully god will give us the courage to fight this condition so that we are able to enjoy our life more.take cre all you beautifull people.i truly know how you feel xx

Posted by Optional on 08/10/2012 at 09:21

i m in 19 tell me which treatment is more effective actually my problem is that i have hair around the nipples this problem started when i was 18 and i still faceing this problem what should i do pleas help me i want to get marry i also have problems in periodes

Posted by Optional on 05/10/2012 at 06:15

Hi, I was having a lot of facial hair from the age of puberty onwards. when I went to college, this problem increased and chin hair became visible to oher. That was quite embarassing. Then I went through LASER hair treatment. It was not much effective.So I strated waxing my hair off. It worked well for 2 years. Then one or two times in between due to some situations, I used razor.Then my facial hair grew coarse. I was very much worried after this. Then I searched some good famous dermatologist clinics to get rid of this by LASER treatment only. Right now, I have undergone 10 treatments and I am very satisfied. I just forgot that I had this problem ever before. Now, I go for treatment after 3 months and the hairs becomes really fine. I am really happy, satisfied, confident and thankful to LASER.

Posted by Optional on 20/09/2012 at 05:19

I understand how everyone feels. I am 16 and have hair literally EVERYWHERE. I cover up, I wear jumpers and jeans all year round, even in the summer. I just want to cry, I am so depressed. These are my teenage years, I should be out wearing bikinis and swimsuits, and vest tops and T-Shirts, and I don't even have the confidence to do that. I look at all my friends and they are just so pretty, they have like, no hair at all. I genuinely feel so upset, I NEED a way to get rid of this hair for good, I really do. I have never told anyone. It's so bad that I worry about my Drama A Level - I worry that in next year's production, I'll be made to wear something revealing, that will show all my body hair. At least I can say one thing - I'm glad that I'm not alone. I would do anything for a hairless body. I would never complain again.

Posted by Anonymous on 03/09/2012 at 04:18

How do i get rid of my stomach hair? Do girls get hair on there breast?

Posted by Optional on 26/07/2012 at 10:17

I'm 16 and I've been hairy since I was around 7 or 8. It's just getting worse and worse. I just want it to all vanish. I have hair on my face, bottom, arms, feet, hands, thighs, legs, lower back, stomach, little hairs on my chest, some hairs around my boobs and it's just basically eveywhere. It's horrible. I'm to insecure to go too a doctor but I'm going to try my absolute hardest to go.. I really hope they help. I shave basically my whole body and it's so tiring and it just comes back the day after and it's all spikey. Half the reason I want to commit suicide is because of my body. I'm to scared to be in a relationship because of it. I just can't handle it much longer. To be honest, I want to friend most of you people because then I wouldn't feel so alone. I wish I knew people in person that were just like me.. I have to wear jumpers and pants all the time. I want to be able to wear a singlet other than in my bedroom. I don't feel so alone now so I thank all of you for sharing.

Posted by Optional on 07/07/2012 at 09:20

I have always been hairy, but over the past 5-10 years the amount of facial hair has had damaging effects on my self esteem. I have to shave every day and by night there's stubble. When I go to work or out in public people stare and talk. I feel so helpless sometimes and the things people say makes it worse. So I hide, wear make up and stay home when I should be out living life and having fun like everyone else my age. Health Insurance does not cover what they consider to be "cosmetic surgery" to have the hair removed. Buying razors and creams to hide the hair bumps and remove the hair everyday is very expensive and time consuming. I wish there was a real cure for this. I just want to feel semi normal again, regain self confidence.

Posted by Optional on 03/06/2012 at 06:20

Im 20 im blonde but have dark hair growing around my nipples, on my stomache, al over my lower back and bottom, my whole legs and its got coarse due to shaving constantly. I am incredibly embarresed and feel the constant need to get rid of it, constantly plucking shaving veeting. I used to wax my legs and bikini line, but that has stopped cos i cant afford it! I even invested in a nono (a new hair removal product) for 150 pounds, its incredibly slow and tedious! Ive stopped having sex, i refuse to visit my family who live in a hot country cos i dont want to be seen in a bikini, Ive turned down nannying jobs because they required a girl who will swim, and ive stopped loving who i am. I feel so low. It makes me feel better that im not alone, and im happy it hasnt reached my face yet. I have had one boyfriend who mentioned it to me that if we ever have children they hopefully wont get my hairy gene, i laughed it off, but its really stuck with me, were not together anymore, i dont want to get close to anyone again for this reason! Im gunna head to the doctors tomorrow and try sort something out, because im starting to fall into depression! Good luck gals!:) x

Posted by Optional on 25/05/2012 at 04:11

Im 19 and as long as i can remember ive always been hairy, especially on my stomach, lower back and bum. I never used to be concerned by it until a friend noticed it and made me feel embarresed about it. Ever since then ive been shaving my stomach becuase u can always see it through tand tops especially if there really light weight. The funny thing is that after goin on a holiday to where my parents were boen El Salvador ive been less concious. The guys there dont realise u have hair, its actually normal for girl to be hairy. They actually prefer girls that are hairy becuase apprently they are more beautiful. Therefore making it almost normal making me feel so happy and less self concious and boosted my self esteem by alot. yet i still shave my stomach. But my boyfriend who ivee been with for 3 years dont care one bit about my excessive hair. I tell him im going to wax it all off but says no he doesnt want me to. He loves me for who i am. ill never trade him even if the world depended on it. but yeah girl you just have to try and live with it. Its not going to go away. therefore u have to live with it and try to love urself for who u are. Plus in my opinion certain guys dont care about the hair all they care is about u. ull find someone who love u for who u are and not care so much about the hair u have on ur body.

Posted by Mandy on 24/05/2012 at 02:32

I have always had a lot of body hair. On my stomach, chest and chin...my doctor had me take Ortho Tri-Cyclen for my PCOS and it helped me lose weight, even out my periods, clear up my skin and I had almost no body hair! I stopped taking birth control about 5 years ago and now everything is worse! My body hair is growing on my back, shoulders, all over my upper lip, chin, chest, stomach and rear! The hair on my arms, hands and feet are darker too! I haven't went back to the doctor yet but I can't go back on birth control since I'm in my thirties and have a family history of blood clots! Just knowing there are other women out there with the same issues makes me feel a lot better about myself. Luckily my husband loves me the way I am!

Posted by M on 13/05/2012 at 02:03

Hi ladies. I understand how each of you feel. It is something very tough to deal with everyday. And I agree with some of you who say Doctors just brush it off. It's so frustrating. I just wax and shave. Hang in there. Much love.

Posted by Optional on 12/05/2012 at 11:49

Hi im portugués and i live in the usa,o have a lote hair in my arms and belly and back:(from this áreas i dont remove the hair because i know is gonna grow more,but in my legs and under arms i have to shave everday, because my hair grows so fast,and my chin and up lip i use wax,every week,i need help,and i wanna know if i cant talk with my doctor,thank you

Posted by Danielle on 06/05/2012 at 04:26

So, wow! I didn't realise so many people out there had the same problem as i do. I'm 16 and i've only recently noticed that i have a small amount of dark hair growing just on the left side of my mouth spreading to my cheek, in all honesty it isn't that bad right now, but i am afraid that it's just going to get worse as i get older. I'm a brunette and my hair is really dark so this kind of bothers me. I also noticed since i was about 15 i have quite a bit of hair on my stomach, this bothers me the most as i feel the same way about wanting to wear a bikini in the summer but being to selfconcious. I also have a bit hair between and on my breasts, but i never really let this get to me, i still wear low cut shirts, or v knecks and people don't seem to notice. I find that if i think about it too much, i just get really upset, so i try not to. I've had my fair share of boyfriends, and none of them have seemed to notice, so i take some confidence out of that. The only thing i'm really worried about right now is the small amount of dark hairs appearing around my mouth and just above my lip. I take some comfort in knowing that it only really shows in certain lighting, and perhaps this is the case with some of you. For example if i'm looking in a pocket mirror outside, or in natural light i can see it somewhat darker and clearer, but if i'm looking in the bathroom mirror with that light, the hair is rarely noticable very light, and my face looks pretty normal. I've noticed that my mom actually has this problem also, so i guess it just kinda runs in the family. I have really thick eyebrows too, but i have bangs that run straight across my forhead, so people rarely see them, i also have been plucking those since i was about 14, so that helps too. I think i'm finally realising appearance isn't everything, and someone out there will love you, no matter how you look. I don't intend on doing anything about this excess hair really unless it really worsens, and except the hair on my face, if it continues to worsen, i'll probably end up plucking it. My mom was telling me to just leave it, after all she doesn't do anything about hers, but i do find it a bit disturbing, and if i feel the need to get rid of it i will do so!

Posted by char on 25/04/2012 at 07:49

The thing that bothers me is that I love my body if it wasn't for the hair. In all honesty, my face is hairy but I'm fair haired so I'm not too hung up about it. The thing I'm most bothered about is my bum, I'm so self consious about my hirsute-ness that whenever someone mentions the word hairy I quickly change the subject. I have the most loving boyfriend and he absolutely loves my bum, but still whenever hetouches it I cringe in embarassment. I have hair on my tummy which can be waxed and I'm in a better situatiom than most people as my mum has offered to wax it many times but whenever she does I get filled with resentment about her not being hirstute and I end up fighting with her. Waxing does thin the hair and whenever I do do it, I feel much more confident in myself. Although I'll have this all my life, I know for a fine fact that boys just don't care. Once they are with you they simply glance over it. My mums on holiday atm but Ive made a promise to ask her to wax me all over when she gets back, with no embarassment or resentment!

Posted by Jen on 14/04/2012 at 01:54

Im 19 and i am suffering really bad right now i dont know what to do ... life is getting to be too much for me with all this hair on my body ... i literally have it everywhere :( when i was 15 i realized some peach fuzz in the middle of my breast n hair around my nipple and it really was bothering me cause i had a relationship at the time n i thought that he noticed it so i began to shave it and around my nipple cuz it was really bothering me and i was too embarrassed to tell my mom so for bout 4 yrs it kept spreading n i kept shaving more n more n i jus made it soo much worse n then one day i put nair leg and body lotion and it jus spread all of over .. my hair got worse all over my body and its so noticable i got neck hair a lot of facial hair also hair in other places like my arms growing longer n idk wat to do i cant even look at myself in the mirror anymore , i recently tole my mom cuz it really was eating at me n i couldnt handle it any longer n i blame myself everyday for being so stupid by touching my hair on my breast n chest cuz it is so bad now . i told my doctor recently cause i jus wanted a cure but she didnt help n that made me feel sooo lowww !! i couldnt stop crying at the doctors office , im crying right now even thinking bout it ...its like i had hair before but i know i jus made it so much worse where it spread a lot on my hands n feet . its so embarrasing i dont even like to be around my friends anymore . i dont like people looking at me caus ei think they right away notice my hairy face n neck .. i jus feel hopeless ! Anyone thats reading this i suggest yu not to do anything to ur chest area believe me i have to deal with it da rest of my life and it wasnt even bad to begin with so i was naive for even doing it n now i cant even look at myself in the mirror .. i feel hideous nad what angures me even more is i never shaved any other part of my body but im still got so hairy n am getting hairer each day . please everyone accept urself the way u are before yu do something so stupid n make it even worse like i did .. ur all beautiful <3

Posted by ReRe on 06/04/2012 at 04:07

So im 17 and i have a hairy stomach! i noticed it got hairy around when i was 14 or so and so i started plucking only the lower part of my stomach. i have a steady boyfriend now and hes never seen my stomach because my embarrasment of my stomach!! he has an idea but i hate how i have to spend hours plucking just the bottom of my stomach and i feel so ugly . Even when were at the beach my friends all have beautiful non hairy bodies and im the only one with a shirt on down the beach! i feel so ugly and embarrased i wish i just didnt have a hairy stomach. i constantly wish that i could be completely naked with my boyfreiend but i cant becaue im too embarrased and i know he wont be as attractive to me . WHAT CAN I DO!:(

Posted by Optional on 21/03/2012 at 10:29

I am 24 got married last year I was diagnosed as pcos 2months back 2mm cyst and multiple cyst in the ovary i was prescribed to take contraceptive pills but I was feeling nausea and it was very uncomfortable so I quit And now I am on homeopathy treatment its comparitively better first month i got my periods now again no periods its been 2 months i am getting symptoms like sudden weight gain, hair on cheeks chest ,bloating feeling loss of hair, severe head ache ,pain while having sex ,skin discoloration , frequent urination ,cramps in foot, nipples get dry . We are planning to get pregnant pls help me ...thanks in advance

Posted by TishaR on 13/03/2012 at 03:56

I am 24 yrs old & I've never been diagnosed with PCOS but have ALL symptoms. Facial hair, can't lose weight, no period going onto 2yrs. I try not going out in daylight with my boyfriend or family. I go to work but I pack my make on all day long to cover the coarse hair. I am seeing a doctor tomorrow to finally get this figuted out. I'll keep you all in the loop. You are not alone.

Posted by AT on 26/02/2012 at 04:30

Oh my god.. I just read ALLL of your comments.Yup. EVERY single one. Glad to know that we aren't alone.. But there's hope you know? I am 14 and I feel incredibly insecure going to school because there's always people looking at me and laughing about my freakin upper lip hair. People made fun of me since I was 8.. IT sucks because 1) My mom doesn't give a shit 2) I can't even ask questions to teachers or students without feeling embarassed 3) I always feel like I have to hide when I talk to people.. I'm lucky because I'm in all-girl school but I'm going to college in 2 years..What would I do? I can't just sit and cry every day because I have low self-esteem like I do right now..Man, I just hate being the hairy girl..ugh..

Posted by Dana on 26/02/2012 at 04:51

Wow, there are so many other women out there with this problem. It took me the longest time to be comfortable in my own skin during middle school and high school years. I had these hairy arms and upper lip hair. I still have those things but now I use Nair and just leave the arm hair. My mom has not been super helpful, insisting that I shave my arms, even pulling me over and making monkey noises while she shaved me :( I am really sorry for everyone else that has to struggle with this problem. It can be difficult. Don't let it make you feel like any less of a woman though. Carry yourself like a lady and do what you can to make the situation less better but do not become consumed with your body image. Someone out there will love you, even your body hair you think is funky! I don't think God made me like this because he wanted me to grow up hiding behind a cardigan but because it was a part of learning who I am and where true beauty comes from. 1 Peter 3:1-6 (NIV) 1 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.

Posted by Optional on 14/02/2012 at 11:01

Good gracious! I suffer from PCOs and i'm covered with hair. All over my body. There r thick 'mannish' hairs on my chin,neck,stomach and around my nipples. My dr told me that bcs of my hormone imbalance,laser therapy would be of no use.but i did use it for my facial hairs.they grew a bit thinner but not gone. My skin is sensitive and i don't know what to do with these hairs.everytime i wanna go to the pool i just want to cry.sometimes i think i'm turning into a boy! Hirsutism is a real calamity. Unfortunately my dr told me there's no permanent cure for PCOs.i'm taking several drugs but indeed of no use.maybe some day i'll commit suicide bcs of these excess hairs:((

Posted by Bobby on 30/01/2012 at 09:38

im 16, i hate my body. there is hair everywhere. i just wish i could wear a bikini in the summer, but i can't 'cause my chest (breast, nipples), stomach, back, neck, butt, crack, bikini line, thighs, lower legs, feet, toes, hands, fingers, arms, under arms, upper lip, thick eyebrows, chin, sideburns are ALL hairy. im want my hairs permanent gone, i cry everytime i see myself in the mirror, i just can't help it but wish i had a body like those models or famous people. also, im a little over weight for my age, but im getting rid of that problem as im going to the gym. ive also shaved my my upper lip, arms, hands, stomach, back and butt so i made it worst. help me pleeeaaaaaasseee, i hate HATE HATE my body.

Posted by Optional on 30/01/2012 at 07:02

im a sixteen year old girl, i have hair on my upperlip, chin, chest, arms, hands, stomach, back , BUTT, legs, feet, EVERYWHERE. i just wish i could wear a bikini and not think about hair for a sec. i also have a boyfriend, and be and him were in the shower together, and he said "shave your tits". ever since then, i've been real anti about my body and the way i look. i've been looking for second-hand laser hair removals, but they are so expensive, and everything else just hurts so bad. please help me, i just want to cry about it );

Posted by MELENY on 09/01/2012 at 04:22

HI,THIS BODY OF MINES IS WEIRD. LAST MONTH I SAW NO HAIRS ON MY SKIN...AND THAT IS EVEN GROWING!BUT THE NEXT THING I KNOW HAIRS START POPPING OUT OF NOWHERE!I THOUGHT MY CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS R GOING TO TEASE ME,SO I WORE JEANS...AND THEY WERE LIKE WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU.. YOUR NOT WEARING THOSE SHORT PANTS ANYMORE(NOT REALLY SHORT BUT TO THE KNEE)I WAS REALLY EMBARRASSED.. I ASKED MY PARENTS IF I COULD SHAVE...BUT THEY SAID IM TOO YOUNG. ITS REALLY EMBARRASSING,IF I KEEP UP WITH THE JEANS MY FRIENDS WILL FIND OUT..WORSE...THE WHOLE WORLD MAY KNOW!!!ALL I WANT IS SOMETHING THAT WILL PERMANENTLY TAKE THIS HAIRY SKIN OFF! PLEASE HELP.AND I HOPE WHAT YOULL SAY WILL TOO IN HERE.

Posted by Anonymous on 01/01/2012 at 08:41

For the ones who are curious: i have struggled with facial hair since puberty and it runs in my family. Ive tried everything even including laser hair removal. The description above about how it feels like rubber bands repeatedly slapping you in the face is 100% accuarate but what they fail to mention is the us ultra sound gel so its like getting smacked on WET skin (trust me, there is a HUGE difference). It worked well during the treatment itself. Then without fail, not even a week later it was back with a vengeance. The treatment was very expensive and they have you sign a waiver due to the fat that hormones

Posted by Dona Dutta on 06/12/2011 at 06:09

I am 18, have hairs on my upperlip, nd other part of the face. I also suffer from pimple. Have oily skin. Recent diagnosis said that i hav two cyst in 1 ovary and three cysts in the other one. I hav normal periods, but a bit painful. How to get rid of: 1. Facial hair 2. Pimples 3. Oily skin

Posted by Seekinghelp on 22/11/2011 at 05:09

I'm 14 year old and I have stupid hairy problems too ! My legs , arms , facial hair , stomach/chest , back too ... It's like ever since I was born I had hairs all over already , my mom had hair free though but 1% hair only , and why am I like this?! I shaved and got inflammations. I'm really sad...

Posted by Random on 15/11/2011 at 07:05

Help, I've got dark hairs under my arms and down there and none of my friends do. I used to wax under my arms but now I shave every two days. There is still a shadow even when there is no hair there. What do I do?

Posted by Christina on 05/11/2011 at 09:14

I always had some hairs on my upper lip since I was a child, but at the age of 14, I was diagnosed with epilepsy, and found that the medication made my hair much worse, and it spread to my chin and side of my face. In desperation, I started plucking it, as I was very self conscious, but that only made it alot worse, so on the advice of a beauty consultant, I decided to try Waxing. I get this done in my local Beauty Salon as often as I need to, and it has worked wonders for me, and has done alot for my self confidence. I would recommend it to anyone with the same problem.

Posted by Optional on 02/11/2011 at 11:24

Laser and epilation hav worked wonders for me! I would never show my arms in public as they were hairier than most guys! But ive decided to laser them, and after only 3 treatments my skin is so soft! And the few hairs that hav grown back are so fine and light, u dnt even notice them!

Posted by Optional on 26/10/2011 at 01:37

im doing IPL treatment on beauty saloon. Can i taking hormone pills while doing treatments period? Will this effect the results of IPL?

Posted by Depresed young girl on 25/10/2011 at 09:14

I'm so amazed on how many people share the same problem as me, im not the only one! But to be honest, no one deserves to be hairy! Just puts you down! You see on the television all the celebrities with gorgeous bodies and looks and most of all look hair free!! All i want is to be normal! To not have to worry about getting my facial hair or body hair removed! I hate being the only girl out of all my friends that have the 'hairy problem' My mum gets annoyed when i speak to her about me removing my hair because im so young, but it's not my fault if i makes me feel more comfortable once my hair has gone! I can't talk about his problem with my friends because they'll think im weird and will have nohing to say really, can i blame them though? Their not the hairy ones. I am :( It's really getting to me now, not only because i have to cover my self up and have no confidence, or have a boyfriend who doesn't know about my hair problem, it's the fact that EVERDAY of my life so far i have to do something with my hair, plucking my upper lip hair or eyebrows or shaving my legs and arms, or waxing my chest (which now my chest has broke out in SOO many spots because i have acne aswell)It's a horrible problem to face! :(

Posted by orm02 on 25/10/2011 at 04:33

I have always felt attracted to really hairy women. The more and darker the better / David

Posted by Optional on 25/10/2011 at 04:26

Being 15 years old and having the problem of facing dark hair on my body aswell as my face..it's depressing. I get so jealous when im with my friends seeing that they have no hair. If we go swimming they wear bikinis..but me; im all covered up, before i go swimming i HAVE to make sure you can't see any hairs on my legs, arms,chest and my back. I hate it. I hate having to deal with my hair, any pocket money i get or is given to me it is always spent on either getting my face waxed, hair removal cream, moistoriser cream to let my hair growth slow down etc..I wish all my hair from my body and face could go. If i was given one wish, that would be it. So i wont need t be paranoid, self-conscience or even depressed! If i wasn't hairy i would have so much money spent on things normal people spend their money on. Whenever i see a girl im thinking 'wow i wish i was them, they have no hair on them' OR 'maybe their like me too'?

Posted by Optional on 15/10/2011 at 07:29

SOLUTION. After many unsuccessful tries to tackle this awful problem. I feel I'm on the right way to finally kill my facial hairs. Hardly learnt lessons: 1)Contraseptives make the problem even worse in the long run 2) Shaving makes facial hair denser and thicker 3) LASER the worst of all options - it creates additional the so called 'laser induced hairs' read on www.hairtell.com 4)ELECTROLYSIS (Galvanic is the best method, or blend - second best) is the ONLY method that is permanent.

Posted by Optional on 10/10/2011 at 08:22

I am 20 and for the past few years I have had hair growth slowly getting worse. My boyfriend has less dark hair on his legs than me! I went to the doctors who gave me a blood test and said my hormone levels are normal but she is concerned I have polycystic ovaries even though she did a test and it came back normal?! In the past few months I've had overly bad bloating( I'm a size 14 top - 16 bottom and Having to wear size 18) , respiratory problems, fatigued, back cramps, excessive hair growth and I am still waiting for my irregular period to appear after nearly 6 weeks. she put me on the cream for my face but never helped me with the rest ( which is more the problem than my face as it's 5-10mins plucking) it's beginning to make me severly depressed as I can't wear shorts , dresses ( if I shave at 8pm and leave at 9 to go on a night out, I have to shave just before I got out as it's prickly. then by midnight it's rough stubble) I'm due to get married soon and don't want to start my married life feeling (and looking) more like the " man " of the relationship!! please help!!!

Posted by Anonymous on 07/10/2011 at 07:10

I feel your pain ladies, especially the young girls that are learning to deal with this awful confidence killing problem! I too know the troubles and insecurities especially when it comes to boys. Don't worry girls there are ways to manage this problem. It takes alot of work minimising hair growth and i think different methods work well for different people. It's devastating that there is no magic 'cure' but there are effective ways of dealing with it. For me an integrative approach using a few methods works best. My management starts with taking the contraceptive pill Dianne 35, (generic, cheaper option is Brenda 35). This is the pill you need to get the doctor to prescribe. This pill is specifically designed to block the male hormone androgen which is responsible for stimulating the follicles that lead to the dark thick hairs in embarrassing places, it can stop more hairs from forming and in some cases, only occassionally, thin the growth that has already occurred.(It didn't thin my growth just stopped more growth.) Obviously taking the pill is not an option for everyone but for those who can access it, and are willing to take it, it works. After the pill I use laser hair removal. The machine that works best for me is the Candella gentlelase which is a medical grade laser found in certain laser clinics. It is laser NOT IPL. (Also, as a side note take home laser kits do not work at all, trust me I've wasted my money on them damnit haha!!) I know it is very embarrassing to go to a beauty clinic and reveal your hairiness to strangers but the girls working in those places do deal with other women with the same problems as us and it is a very effective way of reducing the hair. It is an expensive process but getting cheaper as it becomes more common. I've found it well worth the embarrassment and the money. The third method is probably the most difficult to maintain but is very effective for me personally, my diet. There is some anecdotal evidence that a diet high in sugar, mainly fructose, stimulates excessive hair growth in women like us with these particular sensitivites. There is a lack of scientific data to support this theory but if you are desperate, like I was, it is worth a try and it has had a marked impact in reducing the rate of my hair growth. Unfortunately fructose is the sugar that is in almost every prepackaged food you can find. It is important to eat as little as possible. Learning to read the food labels and the sugar level is important here. Table sugar is made from fructose and glucose. This means sticking to a diet that avoids most processed foods. Fructose is also the sugar present in most fruit so limiting the amount of fruit you eat, especially fruit juice, is also a good idea. It's tricky but if you can do it and stick to it, it actually works. I'd love to know if anyone else has tried this method and noticed a difference! Hope this might help a little, i know when i was younger I just wanted a solution but found it difficult to ask or even talk about it at all. Doctors were worse than useless because they just helped to make me feel like I was abnormal and offered absoluetly no guidance. Good luck ladies. Remember it's not all bad!!! You'll get through it and as you get older you start to care less and feel more comfortable in your own GORGEOUS HAIRY SKIN, haha!

Posted by Christine on 03/10/2011 at 08:24

SO nice to read through this and know that im not alone with this problem! My mum doesn't have this problem, so she can't understand why or how it is. I had acne problems, but they are slowly wanishing now.. I also struggle with hair loss, and excessive body hair on the neck, chest, belly, lower back and thighs. It's affecting my self esteem.. I try avoid going to the beach, but i too want to wear a bikini without having to worry about body hair showing or not.. hope they'll disappear, even if I've read that they wont. guess I'll just have to wax it all off for the rest of my life? I know some other girls who also have body hair, but it doesn't seem to bother them as much as it does to me. I think I have more than they have. Once again; really nice of you to share these things! I felt like a freak!

Posted by Natasha on 01/10/2011 at 10:37

I'm 17 and have had hair EVERY WHERE on my body since I can remember. I used to have acne also so now I have a horrific combination of long, dark, thick hair on my back and shoulders; as well as LOTS of acne scars. Its disgusting. I feel like crying every time I look in the mirror. I wax my arms and my legs, and am not ashamed to wear short sleeved tops despite my acne scars. But I have no idea how to get rid of the rest of my body hair? I've never worn a bikini or a boob tube, I've never worn strap tops without a cardigan on top, I've never let anyone see the state of me. And at 17 i'm sick of it. I look around and see all these perfect, fair skinned women with not a visible trace of hair or imperfections on their bodies; and here I am - a moving, breathing forest.

Posted by Hairy Southern-Gal on 01/10/2011 at 05:01

I have had this hair issue since my early 20's. I have always had oily skin and oily hair on the upper half of my body. I noticed my "Nature Trail" that was blonde turn black. Slowly but surely the hairs on my arms got darker and thicker. I started noticing my leg hairs turning dark and thick. Soon a bikini wax became a 2 hour affair at the salon and now I have over 80 hairs growing on my chin and neck and a plethera on my bottom. I have permanant scars there because my skin is sensitve but the hairs are thick. I am always tired and fatigued...and the only thing the multiple tubes of bloodwork has shown is a slightly elevated testosterone level. I too have seen 2 Family Doctors who 1 said "what do you want - a magic pill" and the other 2 lb twit said "you need to excercise more and lose weight". Well enough is enough. I am going to my GYN this month and we will see what he says. I will demand a referral to an endocronologist and get to the bottom of this. I will keep everyone posted and remember.... DONT GIVE UP! If it doesn't feel right to you and the overpaid Doc won't listen - push and push for more! Sincerely - Hairy Southern-Gal!

Posted by Sarah on 30/09/2011 at 05:00

The hardest thing that I have had to deal with for the past ten years is my excessive body hair. Since I was 12, I have shaved, waxed, plucked and epilated. It has been so many years since I have worn bathers on a beach - I am so envious of the women and men who do not have to worry about the hair on their legs, stomach, feet and bikini line. Waxing is so painful, and I just get a rash and ingrown hairs. So I just cover up. It is awful how women feel unaccepted in our society, because of something so superficial. However, the impacts that excessive hair growth have upon us is real. We just have to remember that we are not alone, and that our skin does not define our outer beauty.

Posted by Optional on 29/09/2011 at 06:46

Although I appreciate your comment I do not really see a solution. It only really talks about other than other people having the same problem. Waxing and lazer treatments are way too costly. What about the average college student? Are they to deal with something so damaging to the self esteem?

Posted by rachel on 12/09/2011 at 01:41

I am very hairy. I shave my lower back, belly, thighs, and bum. Like June I also check the mirror everyday for hairs that grow out of my chin. I have about 8 in total that grow there and they're like eyebrow hairs that have grown in the wrong place. I tend to pick at them and they become sore. I also epilate my upper lip. The doctor can't find any problem with my hormones and I have had a baby, so I'm assuming that everything works fine. Being so hairy is very distressing though. The worst are the hairs on my belly and thighs as you can see them underneath the skin even after I have shaved them.

Posted by Optional on 11/09/2011 at 11:27

I have problems with excess body hair as well, well not facial wise, but my hands and arms are way more hairier than alot of guys, and i also have hair on my chest, its not too noticeable but its definitely there when looked closely, also around the nipples, they can grow up to 1cm, around my stomach there is also hair, they are almost 1cm long as well, i don't know what to do, it's so embarrassing when going to the beach, i have to not just shave my arms and legs, but also my stomach and chest... please help girls? is there a way to reduce excess hair growth?

Posted by Optional on 06/09/2011 at 08:04

I just turned 44 and the hairs on my chin have progressively gotten worse to the point that I haven't left my house in over 2 months! Now that my mom has passed I don't have to pretend it's not there and force a smile in order to step out my front door. I am feeling hopeless and suicidal! Every day is like living in hell to have to face anyone. Make-up & a beard how pretty. In the past few years the thickness has gotten severe. Try to tweeze a metal wire from your chin - yup tweezers don't always grab onto it right and ...did i forget to mention how firmly planted they are? and PAINFUL ....and up the PAIN in PAINFUL when i can't get it and it becomes ingrown... Enough of this explaining especially to those that are having to live this way too. I'm so glad that misery loves company but this knowing that I'm not alone aid doesn't do it for me! Now power in numbers i can understand better but i don't have any friends suffering from this hell to give me that strength to want to step out my front door. My boyfriend is living with me but that can't be for too much longer I CAN'T STAND ME and what I AM TURNING INTO how can I believe that he will be able to continue to say it doesn't bother him when I am going insane due to it all? .....

Posted by Optional on 02/09/2011 at 10:58

hii gals.i suffered from depression a few years back,since then i have these hair growing all over my body.initially i thought this was just my imagination but they kept growing.i told my mom,she just laughed it off.i lost my confidence completely.since then i have these growing every year leading me to depression.i felt like shit.i thought they would stop sometym but i was so wrong.now i have big coarse hair on my neck,breast,thighs just everywhere.i tried talking to my best friend but she just cant understand.i am glad i found this site,i was dying because of not being able to share my problem and it helps knowing that there are others like me.can anyone tell me if these hair will continue growing.as i start adjusting,they grow and i lose control over myself.plz help!!and i wud love if i can get some1 to chat me on dis,it wud really help.

Posted by Parveen on 02/09/2011 at 12:47

DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT! I used to be like you - depressed in summer because I had to cover up, always thinking that no boy would be interested in me, avoiding having a boyfriend, covering up on the beach. I suffered from severe depression because of my hairiness and felt unfeminine. But... IT'S OK NOW! I had electrolyis for my facial hair - upper lip, chin and neck - and after ten years, it has mostly gone. I don't even think about it now. My legs, toes, bikini line I have waxed - and the hair there has become very fine. Also, I have the hair between "the cheeks" waxed. What else? I have never bothered about my arms - they're hairy, but I don't mind it. I pluck my nipples. The dark hair on my stomach I bleach, and most people don't see it anyway. So, that's it. I would do that... and then you won't have to worry about it - and you can find other things to worry about. xxP

Posted by Smooth Operator on 31/08/2011 at 04:06

Excessive hair can be a real problem for a lot of women and because of its embarrassing nature, it's something we don't talk about. I always felt others wouldn't understand because it didn't affect them as much as it did me. I've spent thousands on electrolysis and though it did help my face, it's not something you can do on your whole body. I've switched to laser after many years of searching for the right one and have never been happier. I have seen many write that they're thinking about IPL as an option. Please know that this is not a laser though it is sometimes portrayed as one. There is much to know about laser and the different types. If you have any questions, I have a blog called http://smoothoperatorlaser.blogspot.com/] I would be happy to help answer questions. I was in the same boat as the rest of you here. My sister and mother weren't affected by hair, only me. It's only now because of the laser that I feel normal and am able to look at myself in the mirror and not see hair. Good luck!

Posted by janita on 21/08/2011 at 05:17

hi i have facial hair stomach hair it started when i was about 14 and shaved it wish i didnt i then had to shave it during school. i dont shhave it now but i dont feel comfortable with my hair up so i always wear it down i havnt been diagnosed wth pcos but sure that must be what i have. i think im pregnant also. i want the fastest easiest way to get rid of my face hair in new zealand. wot du i du i hate it its depressing

Posted by han0192 on 17/08/2011 at 04:50

I have been diagnosed hirsutism, I have pale skin and have dark hairs literally all over my body. face,stomach,bum,all over legs,arms, toes, boobs, chest etc. It's been noticeable since i was about 13, i am now 19. I dread getting close to anybody. I am so ashamed. Due to my family making jokes about me which really got me down. I shaved everything and of course it got worse. I had to shave facial hair everyday because there is too much to pluck and too short. I wanted to go travelling but this problem has stopped me. I dread getting close to anyone. I have tried creams and bleaching. I suffer from ingrown hairs and get bad irritation due to all the hair removal. I have been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian disease. I just don't know what to do anymore. I am so depressed. Any advice or guidance would be very much appreciated. Thankyou. Hannah xx

Posted by anonymous on 11/08/2011 at 09:04

I started noticing hair around my body when i was young..People use to tease me men cause i have hair near my upper lip!I feel so embarrassed n cried all the time..my mum have the same problem but her period is regular and mine is not!!is it normal?i started getting period at age 12 but its not regular like one month no period...i'm scared that this will be a problem later path of my life!!?I do have a pretty face but hairy face doesn't make me feel like a women!I'm upset and I do not want to be in a relationship because of this....=(

Posted by Martha on 10/08/2011 at 10:38

Hi carol thanks alot for your advise. Am going to try it out and atlaest its better than waiting for a doctor who wont do anything and its definately better than me sitting and doing nothing.

Posted by Optional on 08/08/2011 at 05:45

So i don't know if this Is normal in a Puerto Rican but idk I feel Stressed everyday because I get compliments from guys saying o dam your hot or so , by the way I'm 15 . But I have excess hair on my abdomen & i think I look unattractive . I've told my mom about it and all she says I just to be like that but I just feel like she is just saying it to make me feel better . I really don't know what to do I'm that type of girl that's into fashion and loves to look good . I have my boyfriend that we been together for a long time but he has never seen my body because I'm ashamed of it . I'm kinda tall 5'4 & skinny . Sometimes I find myself crying because I feel like I'm going to loose him over these . His ex is that type of girl that is always showing her stomach but I cant do it and I just feel like I ain't even cute anymore ..../: I really don't know what to do . Help !

Posted by lisa on 05/08/2011 at 06:21

Hi Ladies, First of all i wanted to say thanks to everyone that has posted comments as these are really reassuring that 'we are not alone'. Of course girls take for granted what they dont have to shave everyday or get super paranoid. It seems there is no cure at the minute for hairy women. The doctors are a pain when it comes to this problem they dont seem to understand how this affects us women. If a girl has little or no breasts it is possible for them to get breast enlargements on the NHS but laser treatment for those of us that cannot afford it cannot have any help? Im 22 and i was 8stone at 5 foot 2 so i dont think it has anything to do with being overweight. Early in the year i was offered a major modelling contract for libgerie down in London and after trying it out (and loving seeing the pics after) i ended up quiting because the removal of hair was just a nightmare and the ingrowns hairs were noticeable. I was worried the photographer would notice these as they zoom to airbrush... So i quit :(. Yes i let it get the better of me but i would suggest that anyone suffering would do what they can to build their confidence. We cant do much about the hair and ive wasted a long time worrying about this problem. I would also suggest that anyone with a partner does confide in them? It lifted a huge weight from my shoulders and my partner laughed that i was so worried about it? Id just like to add that i have just found out i am pregnant after the doctors told me it would be impossible for me to concieve without help :) so plz dont worry about it. Yes the hair problem has increased majorly lol but i realise all wiill be on display once i give birth. So i have just learnt to accept that this is what i was cursed with and the bigger problem with pcos is infertility so i wanted to reassure anyone that is worried that it is possible. Ive just got to be careful. I wish u all the best and who knows one day there may be a cure xxxx

Posted by Frankie on 31/07/2011 at 09:05

My hair is really bad :( I have it EVERYWHERE. It's worst on my lower legs, bikini line and below my navel where I have shaved the hairs (in desperation) for years- now they're thicker than ever, and every time I shave I'm left with VERY visible black dots under the skin which I have to cover with horrible orange make-up that looks awful. I haven't been on holiday to a hot place in five years, I'm 22. I love swimming, but haven't been for years as I could never find the courage to bare my legs or stomach with all the awful black dots. My boyfriend is so incredibly caring and understanding but I can only have sex with the lights off and I'm terrified he'll get bored. Whenever we walk into town and there are girls in shorts and crop tops I get so paranoid he's looking and thinking, "why can't my girlfriend wear clothes like that?" It has ruined my life. Other girls my age are jetting off on fabulous holidays, wearing beautiful bikinis and sunbathing, whereas I'm stuck here wearing winter clothing in the summer. I'm too embarrassed to go to a doctor, and can't imagine there's much they can do for me anyway. I'm going to save up for a home IPL treatment thing- probably the Boots Smooth Skin. I have heard mixed reviews, but it's my last hope. I'm crying as I write this and read everyone else's comments. I hope with all my heart we will find a solution and be able to LIVE our lives. Love and kisses xxx

Posted by Lesley on 26/07/2011 at 12:11

I am pale skin n blonde hair, and have dark skin everywhere imaginable and it is really getting me down. I have been to doctors and had tests done n nothing has shown up. I have tired just about everything to help and nothing is. I just don't know what to do anymore... Any advice? x

Posted by Optional on 25/07/2011 at 04:51

I started getting hair on my stomach and inbetween my bum cheeks

Posted by Optional on 19/07/2011 at 09:59

I hair everywhere! On my lip,chin,stomach,upper leg, leg,fingers,feet, bottom and everywhere else. It grows back in a day of shaving and is very embarrasing.im going in holiday soon so i will have to buy lots of veet or hair removal cream! I weigh 10 stone 10lbs - is this normal for my height and age? Am i obese and do i have this condition? I am 5,4 .

Posted by optional on 07/07/2011 at 11:56

Its nice seeing that lots of other people have the same problem, knowing im not the only one. I am 16 and about 3 years ago i had noticed excessive hair growth on most places of my body, which is also dark and very noticable. I hate the feeling of always having to cover up and not feel comfortable with yourself. I find it a very embarrising topic to talk about. I also was foolish and shaved all places where their are excessive hair, i wish i hadn't.. although i still do shave those places, it is much worse then originally. Its a very horrible problem, i used cream bleach on my face, which helps for a few weeks, but when i returned to get more the shop had stopped selling it for some reason, so i will continue to see what else is out their and i am determined to tackle this problem, using everything i can. Good luck women! I hope we all get to the end of this.

Posted by Optional on 06/07/2011 at 11:44

OMG!!!!I'M A GIRL WITH A VERY HAIRY AND DARK MUSTASHE!!!! I get made fun of since I was 9!!!!! HELP!!!!!!!!

Posted by Optional on 15/06/2011 at 09:12

I'm 18 and have always had excessive body hair. It is everywhere - face, breasts, abdomen, back, bottom, legs, arms. You name it, I've got it. Worst areas are breasts, stomach, back and bottom. My hair is quite dark and I have very pale skin, so it's very noticible. I've always been self-conscious about it and when I was about 12/13 I (very foolishly) shaved my arms, breasts and stomach in a desperate attempt to get rid of the hair and now have scarring on and between my breasts. I didn't start doing anything about my legs until I was about 15 as I was to embarrassed to talk to my mum about it and she felt I was too young at that point to start shaving, etc. Initially waxed but then invested in an epilator. If you are looking for a more long term solution but can't afford any of the permanent treatments, would highly recommend you get one. Hurts initially but you very quickly get used to it and it lasts longer than shaving, and regrowth is not as course/ rough, which helps if like me you have sensitive skin. I also use it to do my underarms, stomach, toes and fingers. As for the other areas, as much as it bothers me, I just leave them. It's just so hard sometimes. I've wanted to talk to somebody about it for a while now but have felt too embarrassed and wouldn't even know where to begin. I'm part Italian, and have heard that it's quite common amoungst Italians and so have thought this to be the reason for it but lately I've started to think that I could have PCOS. I know I should really see someone but I'm just not ready to at this point and would rather try to deal with it on my own, at least until I'm a bit older. Have also considered trying laser sometime in the future but honestly, I don't know what to do.

Posted by Optional on 04/06/2011 at 02:26

Hi. I suffer from Pcos. I only developed it last year and so far I'm really struggling with It! I have excess hair in all the places a girl really shouldn't as everyone here seems to understand. I usually pluck but it has just gotten to the point of ridiculosness and I'm constantly worried someone will notice, I don't want get to close to someone or be out in the sun or under fluorescent lighting, it really is a massive massive anxiety for me! So I'm really considering ilp laser treatment but I'm really worried about shaving my face and letting it all grow out for weeks before I can get it done! If anyone has any advice, shaving my face just seems unthinkable to mebutif anyone has any experience with ilp would love to hear!

Posted by Optional on 03/06/2011 at 08:25

I have very blonde facial hair all over face aged 30 really self consious i cry everytime i see a mirror its everywhere upperlip, cheeks neck blonde fuzz on side burns along face looking like a man. This feels like its taking over my life i can think about nothing else help pls

Posted by Carol Paul. ( B.S.Y. wei. con.) on 29/05/2011 at 10:38

Hi. I've suffered with very dark excess hair since about the age of 9. I have mixed origins, part celtic english, scots, welsh and native canadian indian. The celtic people are usually dark featured as are my canadian ancestors so my blue/black hair and dark eyes ran true to form. So it was 'normal' for me to have dark obvious hair all over my body. I've shaved, creamed, waxed etc for years. However, it was only in the last five years that I've found some clues to help myself. My doctor having no interest in helping me, I had to help myself. I was training as a weight consultant with an emphasis upon natural foods. Using myself as the test subject, I changed my own diet bit by bit and began to see some results. I was always allergic to any form of dairy so that was out of my diet but I also noticed that when I ate bread, potatoes, rice or pasta, I was prone to coughing or feeling muzzy headed. So I no longer eat them. I was doing some work on the ancient tribal people and how they ate. They were hunter gatherers so ate mostly, nuts, seeds, fruits, fish, trapped or hunted meat and roots. I eat as close to this as I can and there's loads to eat. I keep fat to a minimum as it thickens up the chest mucus and makes me feel like I have a cold. I make wonderful smoothies with natural fruit juice and frozen mango or pineapple or any fruits I like. What has been a side effect of all this? My excess hair has thinned and in many places, gone altogether. In conversation with an anthropologist friend, he was not surprised at my findings. Being hairy means we carry ancient genes. In times of famine we would survive but the modern world provides a diet that is too heavily laden with fats, refined carbohydrates and sugars. All of which our ancient gened bodies are not made to cope with. We need good clean food. Believe me, there is plenty of it. Women's monthly cycle is much affected by the hormonal swings. These hormonal swings can be, and are affected by our diets. Try to eat natural, unrefined foods. If you must have bread try to make it a good seed loaf. Grill or steam foods to keep fat consumption low and cut out refined sugar. Honey, maple syrup or agave nectar are no lower in calories but are better for you. Learn about the foods you eat and what effect they have on you. There is no 'one size fits all' diet but I have at last found something that helps me. I now know my body better than I ever did and I am feeling so much happier with myself. My leg and arm hair has thinned. My stomach and nipple hair has gone. My upper lip hair needs shaving about once a fortnight instead of every day and I no longer have hair on my cheeks. I still have sideburns which I shave occasionally and some chin hair which is thinning all the time. I'm attending a wedding in two months time and intend to wear a sleeveless dress. I'm now comfortable enough to bare my arms. I know myself now and what is good for my own wellbeing. I'm a native woman who needs a natural way of eating to keep me in balance. It might work for you too.

Posted by Louise on 28/05/2011 at 10:36

ive been to the doctors on several occasions, i have had 2 tests for polycystic overy syndrome they came back normal, i was prescribed the pill and had vaniqa cream, but none of it has worked so far. one doctor told me i was wasteing NHS time. i get exsess hair and am loosing hair from the sides of my forhead, which i have just read from the top of your page, the doctor told me that the excess hair and the hair loss were not related to each other.

Posted by Optional on 23/05/2011 at 02:09

Hi i found a white single hair growing on my lower back it was quite long 7 cm is it dangerous. Please let me know soon I tried puling out root but was unable from the angle I was in thank-you

Posted by Optional on 21/05/2011 at 06:02

hi girls it seems like a cure: http://www.drbriffa.com/2007/02/ 21/spearmint-and-cutting-carbs-may-help-hairy-women/ read the last comments ..some women got really amazing results from it....I am going to try it and I will post the results here if it works! :)

Posted by Embarrassed.com on 20/05/2011 at 03:57

Dear all, Its so reassuring to read all these comments on here about other people's experiences. I have seriously bad excess facial hair, I have to shave everyday. I feel do embarrassed by it, I try to disguise the stubble with layers of makeup but now I'm finding it so unbearable and feel disgusting. I really want to get IPL but I'm so incredible embarrassed by the severity of my problem that I'm just so ashamed to go to a salon...you what beauty salons are like...all the girls are so pretty and were probably miss popular in school, how could they ever be sympathetic? I was wondering if anyone could recommend a discreet and understanding IPL beautician they have used in the midlands area? Or anywhere in uk for that matter. Thanks so much for your support ladies, xx

Posted by Optional on 16/05/2011 at 02:53

I am really glad that i found this! I'm 18 and have a hairy stomach, breasts, face and bum! Its so embarrising. I feel like its holding me back as i'm really self concious of it. I've never told anyone(not even my doctor) about this problem because i'm embarressed and scared. I don't want this problem to hold me back but i dont know how to stop it! At the moment i get my upper lip waxed proffessionally which works really well for me. It lasts for roughly a month. My mum knows about my facial hair but i could never tell her about the other areas of my body! I've never been in a relationship and i'm too scared what anyone would say if they found out! Thanks to everyone for leaving comments, it really, really is a comfort knowing that there are other woman out there like me that are managing this annoying problem!

Posted by Optional on 16/05/2011 at 12:58

there isn't a SINGLE PLACE on my body that isn't a jungle of thick dark coarse hair. on top of that, i have fair skin so it's really noticeable, and the hair grows back faster than i can fathom. i agree with what people have been saying, women without this problem have no idea how lucky they are and i'm sick of listening to my hairless friends complain about themselves. and when i try to explain my problem, it's so foreign to them and nobody understands. they just push it off. i'm also overweight, and i have a cyst in my ovaries so i might have PCOS. i still felt semi-attractive in my early teens, but now i'm 17 and refuse to have pictures taken of me. people keep taking them and they say "no you look fine!" but they don't get it! i hate people's stupid comments like "you have a beard", "you need to shave" and "why don't you wax?" SHUT UP! kids at my school even make fun of me behind my back for my hairiness. ugh. i had also just been crying right now for a while before i searched google for a support group for hairy girls... there need to be more groups like this, because girls, even though we don't want to believe it, we are all still beautiful! and on the subject of all this relationship stuff, i'm going to be super self-conscious when i get intimate with a guy (which will be when i get married). i mean sure maybe i can shave my legs for one night, but that hair will come back in 2 days, and what about harder to reach areas like my butt and ..down there? sigh. overweight + hairy = a terrible combination. i'm trying to lose weight because i do have abnormal hormone levels and my doctor said losing weight might help, but it's so hard! i'm such a foodie! i'm a pretty big nerd too, and that's frustrating because i feel like all i'm good at is school, and i'm not even THAT good at it. i eat to help me study, and then i gain more weight. it's so painful to see those other girls who are skinny and attractive yet are still talented and make top grades. well it felt good to vent all those feelings. keep talking girls, i hate how these problems with our appearance are holding us back!

Posted by Chris Her on 07/05/2011 at 12:47

I am so glad that that I found this website. I have even sent the link to my daughter. I have PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome) and I have every symptom that they could throw at me ha ha. Sadly I think I have passed on PCOS onto my daughter. I am glad I read the first post where the lady said she started shaving and 20 years later went back to shaving. that is pretty much where I am at too. I have met a wonderful husband and I too have been insecure over the years, hiding my face because of my facial hair, then finally shaving it and then feeling like a guy. I still only use soap because I feel that if I used shaving foam or Gel , then I would feel like I am a guy shaving. Funny how the mind works. I have hair on my chest, breasts, stomach, back, bottom and legs. Over the years I have a few areas that I wax - my cheeks, bottom lip, chest area and legs. I dont do anything with my stomach, or bottom or back and I shave under my face and under my arms. I am big, and as such wear V necks, so I had to wax....didnt want to shave there everyday. already tried the plucking everything and left myself scarred on the breast area. Before my husband and I got serious, I showed him each area that has excessive hair, one area at a time. After the 2nd or 3rd time, he hugged me and said he loved me for me, and not if I have hair or not. I pulled back and said, you are the first person I have shown this to...so I have to show you everything and then proceeded to do so. I then cried and he just hugged me and reassured me that he loves me - all of me. That was 11 years ago and we are still together and in love. I dont get undressed in the dark anymore (only around him though). I have learnt that there is nothing apart from all of the gimmicks out there and the first post here just confirmed for me to just stick with the razor - I know everyone is going to be different in their feelings, but keep writing on here so that we ' hair challenged ladies' know we are not alone.... big hugs to all of you ♥♥♥

Posted by Optional on 02/05/2011 at 05:51

Hi girls please listen to me. I have been struggling with my hair since I was 12 and now I am 32. 20 years of experience. I started with razor and after 20 years I end up with razor again. why? because I have spent millions on laser, bleaching, waxing, epilators , creams, inhibitors etc etc and what was the result? an empty pocket with my feet full of scars and ugly wrinkles, and wounds, ingrowns. my skin looks like a 85 years old woman :((( I have extremely sensitive white skin and very very black thick hair everywhere. I have more hair than my father who is a hairy man. none of my bfs before did not have that much hair. so dont waste your skin, health , beauty and money...nothing works if you are really hairy like me. just stick to your razor especially for hands and legs.

Posted by Charlie on 27/04/2011 at 07:55

I am 29 and was very self conscious about my hairy body then I realised it's quite normal. I never wore a bikini until about a year ago because I have a hairy bottom, stomach, legs and back. I also suffer from ingrown hairs because my hair is thick and curly! My armpits don't even look like they have been shaved even straight after I have shaved. The worst area is my stomach, I shaved it when I was about 14 and ever since then I have a strip of really really thick black hair at the bottom, if I remove the hairs I get ingrowns and it always scars! I don't like shaving because I can feel it growing back the next day. I am still learning the best ways to remove hair in different areas but so far for me I find, using hair lightener works for the parts I don't want to shave like back and most of my stomach/chest and my bottom, then the really thick hairs that don't lighten I pluck out, but I just have to make sure I exfoliate every morning with a glove, changing it regularly every other month or so, to help avoid the ingrown hairs. For the lower part of my leg I epilate and although it hurts the first few times, you get used to it and the hairs do stay away for longer than shaving. Just make sure the hair isn't too long otherwise it hurts more, shave it first and then wait a few days until its about 3/4mm long. Also don't do it the day before you want your legs on show, my legs go a little red and pimply after but it goes down, I have never waxed before but I expect it would have the same effect as this. Then I just shave the thigh and backs of my legs. Just make sure you exfoliate everyday. I also have facial hair, a few hairs in my neck grow to more than 1cm but I just pluck them out and I pluck my moustache, doesn't hurt after a while. Can shave it first and then just pluck the new growth as and when required, which is usually everyday for me! My beard I pluck the really dark long ones but ignore the rest even though I can see it. I have hairy arms too all the way up, used to shave them, then I just felt like I was always shaving so I stopped and just lightened it, then I noticed lots of women have hairy arms so I stopped doing that, now I just leave them! Gives me something to pick at when i'm bored at work. Last but not least bikini line, this has to be my only issue really, my hair here is really really thick and seems to grow quicker here than anywhere else, I constantly have ingrowns and painful ones and the scarring from trying to remove them is bad. If I wear swimwear I try to find short style pants just to avoid showing that area. I have been considering electrolysis or laser only for my stomach and bikini line but haven't got round to doing it yet because I know i'll need quite a few treatments and it will get expensive. It can be a pain I understand, like swimming I can't just decide to go because likeihood is I will have to shave my legs before so I need a days notice! But I try to remember no body is perfect lets be honest and whilst I have this problem someone without a hairy body could have a much worse problem! Hairiness in women is very common, my mom is hairy, my younger sisters are hairy, do not let it get you down, you are not alone. You will find ways to live with it. Hope some of this helps!

Posted by jenny on 27/04/2011 at 03:14

after the age of 13.i began to notice dark hair growing on the sides of my face,under and on my chin,and on my abdomen.it was torture trying to hide the hair every day.i was so depressed and self conscious.i wanted to die at times.i tried every treatment availiable at the time.waxing,plucking,electrolyis.i spent so much money on treatments that were boyh painful and expensive.after many years of anguish and trying to find out why i had this proble(no one in my family had it.tests were always normal)i was put on dianne 35 a contraceptive which seemed to slow down the growth and improve my skin and i had laser treatment.initially the ruby red laser then other improved lasers came out. today i am free of my exccessive hair problem!and i have been for years!dont stress there are sollutions availiable and relatively inexpensive.

Posted by Optional on 24/04/2011 at 04:18

I suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. I have unwanted hair all over my body, including my buttocks. I'm extremely self-conscious about it. I used to get electrolysis but it was too expensive and had to stop, plus I got scarring. I started plucking my facial hairs and it's got out of control. I now have more scarring and I'm very unhappy and depressed about it. I don't know what to do? I don't even dare to talk to my doctor. I'd like to get the hairs removed but I'm not sure if I should have treatment for the scarring at the same time. I really don't know what to do. I've been bleeding and having pains after having intercourse. My legs are so horribly hairy so I don't want to go to the doctor. Shaving takes me about an hour and I can't get the back of the thigh at all. Also, the hairs start growing back the same day. Waxing is extremely painful as the hairs are thick and long and grow in different directions. Also, the hairs grow back very quickly and I get very uncomfortable prickly sensations; and horrible in-grown hairs. I use the loofah but it's just not that efficient. I'm really miserable. I don't even want to go out or anything.

Posted by Optional on 19/04/2011 at 02:13

hi,m having the same problem since last 5-6 years..now m 20,when i was 15 yrs old i shaved my whole body using razor..i noticed dark hair growth after that over my chest,around nipples,below navel n on legs.but i considered it has hppnd bcos i shaved(stupid mistake done by a conscious teenage girl for more pretty skin) several times.i dnt hv any problem with my periods or any other abnormality..but now some 2-3 thin but dark n 0.5-1cm long hairs hv been developed on my neck..i have found d reason that my skin has bcome sensitive after that shavng or whatever is d reason i dnt care.now m confident enough to live a happy life with these unwanted hairs n even it has raised a mountain high after reading all the comments.i have already found a key..firstly leave all that stuff like shavng,bleachng,laser n all..if wish to hv clean skin then wax but only areas like hands n legs.meditation,healthy diet n exercise is the key to control metabolism n all such problems.think positive n improve self esteem through some practices like yoga.trust me u'll feel great abt urself n wont bother abt body hairs.so grow up n blossom up more n have a happy n great life u all my friends..thanks.

Posted by anon on 07/04/2011 at 11:00

im glad i found this website im currently struggling with my hairyness. ive been bleaching my moustache since i was 14 which was just afew whiskers just at the sides of my mouth and in the past 2 years its grown the full length along its grown so long it curls into my mouth but i dont want th go down the route of pulcking/waxing but i feel bleaching doesnt do the trick any more i feel its just as noticable bleached than not bleached as its so long. also struggle with hair on my tummy which is an inch long! but thanks to this artical im going to go to my doctor to see if its PCO. im getting dark hairs on my chest and also on my face its getting me down so much i spend hours bleaching my face. foundation doesnt cover it up and make it stand out more its so upsetting

Posted by ygtfdcvgbhn on 06/04/2011 at 12:17

im 14 have a very hairy back stomach and bum, im so embarrased, my mum says im normal but im not, all the other girls in my year dont have what i have. i find myslef crying every night on the way i look.

Posted by Optional on 04/04/2011 at 01:53

I have suffered with excess facial since i was about 17/18 at this time it wasn't too bad, but i was always conscious of it. By the time i turned 20 the area of growth had increased considerably to my chin, neck, jawline and nipples. I felt like a man, it was around this time that i was really making waves as a model, but i grew increasingly more fearful of make up artists working on me and eventually i became the stereotypical flakey model and was sacked by my agency. I was so upset and embarrassed by my problem i just let it go... I started a series of laser treatments, had two sessions, saw no improvement, ran away to the sunshine and didnt go back. I went to a couple of doctors and it was always dismissed, perhaps i had done too good a job covering up! HOWEVER, after 5 years of worry and "picking" my skin is now scarred around my neck, jawline and chin and it began to look like acne. I eventually bit the bullet and went to see my GP for a final stab... I had blood tests and it was discovered that my testosterone levels are far too high. So i am now in the process of waiting to get an ultra scan to see if its PCO. At the same time my loving, amazing, generous boyfriend has bought me a series of 6 laser treatments. I had the first a week ago and the hairs are just falling out now... the shaving between sessions and the issue of not getting a suntan can burdensome! But i already feel better, my skin feels smoother and softer and even though it will take longer for the issue to go away i feel more confident and happy within myself knowing i am finally getting treatment. I understand so greatly the pain it causes us sufferers. The mirror checking, the brushing of your chin, the constant need for a pair of tweezers and the embarrassment of staying somewhere overnight without them or any concealer! i used to stay out of bright sunlight, wear scarves in the summer and cake the make up on... It felt so unfair that i had good skin apart form these horrid black hairs... I offer my unconditional support to all those going through the same thing. I hope that in time you come a happy conclusion whatever it may be and find a way to cope. I also hope that you find someone as amazingly wonderful and understanding as my boyfriend who can help you through it.

Posted by Optional on 01/04/2011 at 04:21

Firstly I am so pleased that I found this website! It is so much more comforting knowing other people are going through the same thing as me. I am 24 years old and feel like I am going through hell right now! I have excessive hair all over my body and face! I have long dark side burns now heading up to my cheeks, I have dark upper lip and under lip hair and now getting dark hair on my chin area. In the last few months I have noticed I am getting dark hair all over my stomach and back and chest and not just the nipple area but all over my chest! To have excessive hair it says the hair has to be course however mine is dark but fine and long! If I'm honest I'm petrified about summer now coming up and having to wear low tops and a bikini! I have recently started a new relationship also and am paranoid about him seeing me in the light incase he notices so I hide myself up! I have been to see many doctors and have had all the tests and every thing has come back normal, so I must have extra responsive skin! My mum and nan have had to same problem so it must just be hereditary! However the gp was more than useless and just kept saying it's just normal, which obviously irbid not! I do not want to shave and am currently just bleaching and depilating but it's getting worse and I just dontbknow what to do! No one seems to want to help and I have now been diagnosed with depression as a result of the problem! However this sight has given me some hope that I'm not the only one! However I do constantly look at other girls all the time to look for the hair in the same places also but it is never there, so must just be me! Any advice would be appreciated! X

Posted by Optional on 31/03/2011 at 04:29

I have suffered from excess hair on my legs, thighs bikini line, chin and lip since puberty. It’s made me feel so unfeminine and unattractive. I have pushed myself away from my boyfriend of 5 years because I tried to keep it to myself and persevere in keeping my hair in check. Every time he looked at me I thought he noticed the ingrown hairs and rashes and I felt so unattractive. I have recently opened up to him and told him exactly how I feel about myself and how I thought he was judging me. He never even noticed once! He had no idea why I was so self-conscious and thought that I was distancing myself from him because I didn’t fancy him and couldn’t be bothered to make the effort to feel/look sexy. He has recently bought me a good quality epilator and bikini trimmer which at first really hurt but after using it for a few times becomes easier. It says in the instruction to use it every 3-4 weeks…..I’m using it every week but the hair doesn’t feel like stubble when it comes through. I am suffering with ingrown hairs on my bikini line but I think I will just need to accept this and get on with my life. I’ve bought exfoliating gloves and a very course body scrub which seems to help but my skin feels very sore afterwards – I think I’ll try the Tea Tree moisturiser that another person mentioned on here….. Please don’t keep this problem to yourself……talk about it to the doctor or friends and family. Don’t keep it to yourself as it will only make you more paranoid! (well it did for me anyway!) Fingers crossed something affordable and more effective is discovered in the future…..until then me and my epilator are going everywhere together!

Posted by Optional on 27/03/2011 at 07:48

I feel reassured to know that other females suffer from this too, but it just made me feel so disheartened to know that it's an ongoing problem. I'm 17 and 3 yrs ago my friends would say things like "omg do you shave your arms?" and the truth is that it was naturally like that, I had very little/ fine hairs on my arms. But a few yrs on i've noticed more hair on my body; sides of my nose, lower back, few hairs on my forehead, upper/lower lip, some growing on my chin now, arms, around the belly button, hairs getting darker on the top of my cheeks. So now i'm getting bad comments, my mum just asked if I shave the top of my cheeks :O nooo way. I've realised how visible they've become and it's extremely embarassing!! What's more annoying is that i'm going Uni in Oct and that will just make me more self conscious. Currently all I do is pluck the excess hairs on my face off, don't wanna shave as I don't want a prickly face. I'm going to ask my Doctor about it since i'm still young (remember to ask girls, they are there to help! the longer u leave it the more worry u give yourself!). This article was very helpful thank u and cheers to the ppl who have been giving advice on how they deal with it =)

Posted by Optional on 27/03/2011 at 07:46

Hi I was wondering if certain beauty products and oils can make ur body hair grow evn more?Elik

Posted by Optional on 25/03/2011 at 08:07

Hey! I just wanted to say that there is no reason to worry or hate yourselves for what you are! Having read all the comments i have to say that you are all magnificent women! Stop torturing yourselves for not being what somebody else wants you to be! Aprove and love yourselves. Support each other... Dont let anyone else tell you who you are or what you deserve. We are all beautiful! And if somebody tells you you are not, f*** him, ignore him... He doesn't deserve you. From my own experience, men dont care if you are hairy or not. Good men dont care... It is not a problem.. This is you! You make it look like one... I used to do the same... But please listen to me!! Let yourself free! Stop thinking about it! Fall in love! With you first!

Posted by not alone on 25/03/2011 at 08:24

I just want to say that for all of you young or older women, there is hope out there and to keep searching for possible answers! thanks for the help! -na

Posted by Franchesca on 18/03/2011 at 09:20

HI. I dont know where to start. Obviously I have a hair problem. I'm mexican and puerto rican. So my hair isnt "peach fuzz" its thick course and very black and EVERYWHERE. Im 19. I've had a hair problem every since i was a child. When i was a baby my family used to call me "changa" which means monkey, because I was the hairiest little thing. I hit puberty around the age of ten. I've also always been over weight. But I've had my fair share of boyfriends. (I've always dated older men due to the fact that "boys" have a lack of maturity and understanding, most of them anyway). But i always feel that for some reason they were settling or just being with me to make the time pass. I've also just gotten done crying. I feel that this problem is holding me back in life. I'm a student but dont know what career to choose becasue I'm not sure if its a good idea to be in public with my condition. I hate social events. Because no matter how hard i try to conceal my problem and act like its not there it still is VERY real. I know what i have to do to rectify my problem. I was simply feeling VERY down and highly suicidal so i wanted to vent with people that could understand my view point. Having this issue is depressing and its starting to take a hold of my life. So i severly wanted out.But I prompt for the lesser evil of the two options, life and hair, or death with no embarrisment or insecurities. I figure that if i work out at the gym, stay in they house all summer, dont eat out and cook everyday, and eat the right things i'll lose weight, and if that doesnt fix my problem then i'll have saved enough money by not eating or going out to start electrolysis. I hope all the other young girls out there have better days then i'm having. It'll be ok. Forget the world if they cant understand you! You shouldnt care about anybodys comments, believe me i've learned that if some body has a need to bring attention your problem its probably because they are hiding an insecurity about themselves, and if not, most others are just ignorant to the tenderness of your(our) situation. it can only get better. Belive in yourself! And enjoy the rest of your day!------> Franny*

Posted by Optional on 03/03/2011 at 11:46

Hair started growing when I was 19, I was devestated but now I am 21 and it is worse. Even my boyfriend commented on my chest when I was laying down and the sun was hitting it. "You got a hairy chest but I don't mind as I love you. As long as you dont grow a beard I dont care!" I felt horrified and I have hair growing on my face too! It is everywhere and I HATE IT. I cant believe how unlucky I am to have this problem. Women who are normal dont realize how lucky they are.

Posted by Jackie on 25/02/2011 at 10:23

I have some but regular dark hair growth on and under my chin and jaw line, many of the new hairs become trapped under the skin, resulting in swelling and redness. What can I do to stop this?

Posted by Optional on 24/02/2011 at 05:40

***** warning: kinda graphic! ***** i'm hairy all over, and of course i'm self-conscious about it, but i've never let it affect my sex life. i've always been most unhappy with the long hair that covers my bum, and the fact that i have a really cute bum makes it even worse - guys compliment me on it when i have jeans on, and i always think, "oh if you only knew what's under these jeans.." but the thing is, i'm the only one who gives me a hard time about it! no guy has ever pulled my pants off, took a look, and ran out the door ;) my ex-husband actually couldn't get enough of my bum.. i'd be cringing inside during sex because he'd never take his hands off it, and he'd be telling me how fantastic it was, and that he loved how soft it was! most men don't mind it (although if they've never been with a hairy girl before, they probably think they'd mind it.. but when the time comes, he'll be surprised how little he actually does!).. and some guys love it :) when i realize i'm letting my insecurities come between me and my boyfriend, i keep in mind that i'm judging myself way harsher than he's judging me, and i let him leave the lights on :)

Posted by Optional on 23/02/2011 at 05:33

how totally comforting to find a group of people also suffering from my major bodily insecurity ~ i've lived the last 20 years feeling like the only hairy woman in the world. here's a listing of my problems, starting from the top: pale but long "sideburn" area hair (and by long, i mean it'll grow to an inch or longer if i let it), pale but thick upper and lower lip, dark and coarse sporadic chin and underchin hair ~ all of this i remove with an electric razor.. however, i have pale peach fuzz over the tops of my cheeks which doesn't bother me, so i don't go smooth on my face, otherwise it would be more obvious. i have excessively hairy arms, as in i give men a run for their money with my arm hair, but for some reason, it doesn't usually bother me, and i never do anything to remove the hair there. my hands and fingers have pale hair that i shave off if i'll be meeting someone who will be shaking or holding my hand. i have sporadic coarse dark hairs on my breasts that i pluck as soon as they appear, and pale peach fuzz that doesn't bother me. i have an area the size of a small plate around my belly button that is covered in inch-long dark hair (which stands out horribly against my fishbelly white skin) and this bothers me horribly, but i don't want to shave it and i don't know what else to do with it, so i just make sure nobody sees it or touches it. my butt is covered in inch-long pale hair, except for darker, coarser hair between my buttocks. this is my other horrible insecurity, and i'll never forget an ex's hurtful words, "you have a hairier ass than most men i know".. those words play in my head every time i take my pants off, regardless of the fact that he begged my hairy ass to stay when i told him i was leaving him! my legs.. oh, my legs ~ i have incredibly tough skin, which causes a LOT of ingrown hairs when i shave, because the hair has a hard time breaking through the skin afterward, so i very rarely shave my legs.. i'm talking ONLY if i have to get dressed up and wear a skirt (with dark nylons, of course) or the first time i'm going to sleep with someone.. but only the first time! i don't let my leg hair bother me, because EVERY woman has leg hair, and i've NEVER had a man comment on it or imply he was turned off.. i do maintain my pubic hair, which has never been a bother to me. however, after giving a rundown of all of this crazy, embarrassing body hair, i'll let you young girls in on a secret ~ i have had an absolutely incredible love life.. when push comes to shove, men don't care. period. as i said, the only comment i've EVER heard about it was the mean one said in the heat of a horrible argument ~ and even then, it wasn't enough for him to not want to be with me (for the record, i left him, anyway.. and quickly found another man who never said a word about my hairiness!) don't let your insecurities ruin your chance at happiness with a loving partner ~ you'll soon realize the only person bothered by your body hair is you :)

Posted by Optional on 22/02/2011 at 01:51

I am 15 years old and I've been shaving under my chin every since I was 13. I've notices black stuff under my chin from shaving. How to get rid of the black stuff and how to get rid of the chin hair? Could waxing do the trick?

Posted by Vilma on 20/02/2011 at 05:47

Hi there, I have this problem since forever. I feel my all relationships break because of it - I just can not relax, even if I shave all my body well, in the morning it is all back - I can feel my skin being rough from so many hair growing back...i do not have problem with ovaries, according to my GP. I am not confident to speak about my problem, as it is not a vital thing, i am healthy, but I am not happy at all. I know there are many women suffering same, but it doesn't help me - I just need to get rid of those hair! and seems there is no help whatsoever apart electrolysis, which I can not afford :( Don't know what to do .... Vilma

Posted by Optional on 08/02/2011 at 06:31

Hi, I have a slight beard and mustache and I have found waxing first, then plucking with tweezers after is a great help. I used to use nair but it broke my skin out and then dried my face out. Big tip, if you use nair, use burn cream right after and it soothes the skin. Use it all night on your face and it will help a bit. I have a dark color appear on my chin and neck from the hair growth under skin, but I use makeup and it covers it some. Good luck all and don't give up.

Posted by Optional on 30/01/2011 at 10:03

I too suffer from excessive hair, the older I've got the worse it's become. I had my hormones checked they came back normal, so I guess I just have skin that is very sensitive to testosterone. My mom had the same problem, but just on her face, from a young age, neither of my sisters have it, I envy them. For so many years I've felt dreadful about myself, to the point where I even attempted suicide. I know it's just hair, but I don't feel feminine, not ever. I hate that I have to wear a pair of long shorts just to go to the beach. I've come across an awful lot of sites online where women talk about their excess hair, and so many of them think that it's abnormal now to even have that peach fuzz that we all have all over our bodies. I think, gosh, if that's all I had, I'd be ecstatic. I'd be happy and fluffy instead of miserable and hairy. I've had some success with electrolysis and vaniqua on my face, it's a relief, since short of wearing a balaclava, there's not much one can do to cover one's face, at least I don't feel like I have to hide in the house anymore, or behind a scarf. I initially only plucked the hairs but that made them grow back stronger and darker than before, then I tried laser treatment and what did that do, only make even more hairs grow, I was quite appalled. I've been considering it again, for the bikini area, waxing is alright, but the ingrown hairs, they're almost worse than the hair, I get maybe a week and then they start to appear, so much for the summer! I have a little boy now, and I want to be able to take him to the seaside without being embarrassed. My skin has taken to being extremely sensitive to razors now too, in that I cannot shave my legs anymore because they become unbearably itchy that I will end up scratching and tearing the skin, so I have to cover them up anyway! Is there no end to the torment. I think the worst part though, is that it has changed me so much, I'm not free to be spontaneous, to feel comfortable with a partner because I don't even know how to approach the subject, I imagine they will just be as repulsed by me as I am. I hide it for as long as I can, till I get so miserable, and by that point the other person has lost interest. Who wants to be with someone that won't let themselves be touched. I cope better with it, being alone, and when the weather is cold, but I'd love to enjoy the sunshine, and enjoy being with someone. I'm in therapy too, have been for years, but no amount of talking makes a difference, that doesn't make the hair go away, it doesn't make it easier to cope with. I suppose I live in the hope that there's someone out there who'll love me regardless, but then, I have to be able to accept myself first just as I am, and I'm not sure that I can do that. It is comforting to know that I am not alone.

Posted by Lucy on 18/01/2011 at 11:13

This website is amazing. At times I would look at myself in the mirror and just cry. Having excess hair everywhere is horrible. It's hard talking about it to people so only a few family members that I trust know. I feel like I must tell my boyfriend, but I don't know how? Anyone have any reccomendations? I would greatly appreciate it. I really haven't tried much except bleaching and shaving. But I am thinking of doing some of the things you all have mentioned. Thanks.

Posted by Jane on 05/01/2011 at 09:58

Since the age of 35 I noticed a similar problems. Now at the age of 44 it is a big problem as it is more noticble. I avoid going into public places where their is bright lights. I have that my son hears some of the comments people say "is that a dude or a chick" lol. It's very embarassing for me adn those who are walking beside me. My 12 yr old walks several steps behind me when in public. Waxing is no help and I cant afford electrolysis. I seen an endocronologist who said "i was at my peak with menopause" but felt my facial and back hair issue did not need to be addressed. I also noticed my skin is very dry, cracked although, apply lots of cream. Some times I just wish I was never born. Can anyone help! Jane Doe

Posted by Optional on 31/12/2010 at 05:53

hiya like all of you i too am hairy, im 14 and it sucks! i have hair on my back, chest, breasts, tummy, bum, all up my arms, side of face and upper lip. im on the yasmin pill that someone metioned and as far as i've noticed it hasnt made any difference. i pluck my upper lip regularly and its not sso bad now and have experimented with eppilating my tummy and cleavage, but it irratates easly. i found though after a few days its not so red and i can wear a low cut top. its true what they say about shaving it does grow back thicker so i wouldnt shave that upper lip :)

Posted by hera on 29/12/2010 at 04:45

i have upper lip hair and i really don't know if it will go away or not.

Posted by Hobbit on 26/12/2010 at 03:14

Hi, I have always had a lot of hair ever since I was born! My main 'problem' areas were my upper lip, chest, nipples, stomach and bikini line and feet! Over the last 14 years or so I have tried waxing, shaving, bleaching, electrolysis, laser treatment, hair removal and minimizing creams but often with disappointing results. So, I gave up and started to accept my hairy body, and you know what? This is what I've got so I'm gonna love it. This is what I do to feel better about my hairiness! I used to bleach my facial hair all the time, but then I started shaving it about once a week and this is quick and easy! Go with the grain to stop a spiky grow back. I found some nice bikinis with shorts which cover up a lot of hair down there, so that saves a lot of hassle. Chest, nipples and stomach - well, if a guy is close enough to me to see my hair there, he is just going to have to deal with it, just as I have. Plus he has the added distraction of breasts and nipples! I tend to hide my feet a lot anyway plus they are pretty far away from prying eyes. It has taken me a long time to be happy with my body, and if they invented a tub of permanent hair removing cream I'd probably still buy it but until they do that, there is no point in worrying as that won't change anything, so just try to be happy :) x

Posted by Optional on 23/12/2010 at 03:34

Hi, im 19 and im so happy i ahve found this site. ihave hair evrywhere and its fine but on my tummy n lower back its long and darck. can anyone recommend a successful laser hair removal at home treatment? i cant wax because it hurts i dont mind waxing or epilating my legs because my stomach n back are the worst parts and i cant go to the GP because they won't really give me proper treatment and because of emabrassemnt.

Posted by Daggy on 20/12/2010 at 11:13

Hi, I am a British male and I and have to say I find hairy women attractive. Don't despair. There a good number of guys who do like you with body hair! David

Posted by Optional on 30/11/2010 at 12:09

I'm only 13 but i have noticeable hair on my lower back, a bit on my upper lip and ALL over my belly. I am tall and slim I think but I can't even wear a bikini because i think everyone would notice. I am too embarrassed to talk to anyone about it so I don't know what to do, but I want to try the spearmint tea.

Posted by Optional.Jenny on 28/11/2010 at 05:02

phew, i seriously just thought it was just me. i am 14 and i am mixed race like an olive skin tone and i am so hairy:( like its jet black the colour over my finger, arms, shoulder, top of neck, all of back, bum, all over tummy, legs, toes! i am even one of the popular girls in the year, i have had quite alot of boyfriends, just i get called names in my previous school "gorrila, hitler etc" i hated it, and moved schools.. but i use Boots hair lightner on everywhere over my bodybut it only lasts a week so i only do it on occasions, but every other day i shave my upper lip i have for a few years, i have shaved everypart of my hair on my body so i had to wait 7 months for it to all grow out and not be prickly so i could dye it.. i get embarrest about it but i just get on with it and i have so many regrets i wish i never shaved my tummy and back it got worse i guess and sometimes i would wish that there was a genie and i could vanish but i know its impossible for that to happen ah well :)

Posted by Jx on 20/11/2010 at 03:17

Hi i found this website after sitting crying for about half an hour and decided 2 try and find ways to get rid of my hairyness.Im 23 and overweight i have basically hair everywhere id probs be quicker telling you the places i didnt have it.I have been 2 the doctors but they just say its because i have dark hair and im overweight.ive also been checked for PCOS which came back clear twice.At the moment i wax and epilate my face which is yeh quite painful and somtimes makes my skin breakout which just adds 2 this annoyance! no1 really understands they all just say aww you cant see it but believe me you can! It didnt bother me much b4 but now i just cant handle it.It does get me down somtimes but its a pain more than anything...waxing and epilating ur face 2 times a week is not advised but it does feel silky smooth for a DAY! anyway if any of yous know some long term cheap solutions for my hairyness plz let me knw thanx xxx

Posted by Kate W. on 11/11/2010 at 12:57

I have had issues with very dark hair on my legs and it came to the point that it wasn't even worth shaving anymore because you could still see the hair. I recently invested in an epilator. It looks like an electric razor but it has a bunch of mini tweezers that pluck the hair out. It lasts a long time and over time the hair grows back finer and lighter. Its an awesome tool, the only downfall is that it is a bit painful but that improves over a couple uses.

Posted by candy girl on 05/11/2010 at 03:06

Ive been suffering from this problem since 14, it has been very upsetting as you are all aware, and in the UK the NHS is not that helpful, GP's see your problem as a case of 'vanity'. i asked to be on spironolactone treatment but they refused as they said they've prescribed it before but its not that goo, and has side effects, however ive been reading Geoffrey Redmonds book(endocrinologist for 20yrs) and he states otherwise. anyway next week will be visiting GD to be put on Yasmin which has been recomended instead(hope it helps) P.S: Ive been using a good quality home laser hair removal machine, on my face an legs...its a godsend. if you suffer from horrible skin (you know what i mean) after waxing, shaving etc, try this, its the best investment ive ever made in regards to this issue(use it every 4-5 weeks- no itrritation, and about 90% improvement if you do it right for them few weeks, than do it again after that) Ive had professional laser done at the salon only for the hair to reappear after 5-6weeks. im not saying home machines are better, but if you got a hormonal imbalance the hair are likely to reappear after a while whichever method you use, so why not stick to the cheaper and more convenient one.(want to go on the pill in order to try an minimise hair everwhere else and prevent new ones developing. i hope this little info helps you guys, because when i was having professional laser i loved the effect it had but obviously couldn't keep up with the cost of treatments, it becomes very expensive. This machine gives same effects, i feel lucky to have came across it. i find i can go out more now not worrying about the after-effects the plucking and waxing has left me with, not to mention visible hairs stuck in the follicles that i couldn't get to.... my advise: just zap them off, and get on with it, because life's too short to worry about hair removal 'all the time' lol.

Posted by Optional on 01/11/2010 at 07:38

hi ladies out there,don't be ashamed of what you are because my self am so hairy on my legs, arms, neck, chin, chest and the bikini area that sometimes i asked my myself why God created me and after sometime i started to like my self very much in that i don't care any more about what people say and i feel proud of my self. My dear friends don't be ashamed of yourselves, just keep your heads high and people will start to respect you.

Posted by Optional on 23/10/2010 at 06:18

Hello,the post re hairiness in women has really helped me and made me feel better. I have had this problem since early childhood i've tried the creams leaves redness and irritation waxing (really painful in some areas) and shaving but if you put on the dove soap before it acts as a barrier and is less iritating to the skin and works better. I am seeking natural alternatives and looking at spearmint tea to reduce the hairiness. Has anyone else tried this? I am trying to agree that's its normal to be hairy but feel like its a curse that i have been born with and i have to bear. I know i would have been a much more confident person if i had less hair to worry about and some medical people in the past have passed unhelpful comments which have made me think i am abnormal. The hairiness is manageable and this post has lead me to believe that there are others who have a greater problem than myself and that i should not worry so much or be so self conscious about it. Thanks for sharing this helpful info. Jane

Posted by chittu on 21/10/2010 at 08:18

i have strong facial hair and i used to remove everyday with rasor. my skin became so rough. what to do to get smooth face?

Posted by Optional on 19/10/2010 at 08:22

I really enjoyed reading all your guys' comments and the article here. It helped me realize it is a natural thing to have body hair. With me being only 14, I'm extremely self concious about it at all times. I don't even wear my hair up because I hate showing the back of my neck and I recently had to go dress shopping for my high school's first dressy dance and I found this AMAZING strapless dress but I refuse to wear it without a little cover up that hides my back because I am so worried that people will see my hair and be disgusted. It really is a bother. I don't even swim anymore. Literally, there is hair COVERING my body. I have it EVERYWHERE. I shave my arms along with the normal places like legs and underarms but I also use Nair Hair Removal Cream on my upperlip because if I don't I have a large moustach. Although I am still super self concious even after reading the comments and all, I don't feel as alone as I did before. I know I need to just come to terms with the cards of life I have been dealt and love my body because it is exactly the way God wants me to be and He loves me no matter what I look like, I don't think I will ever be fully happy or confident with it. :/

Posted by Optional on 12/10/2010 at 04:32

Hi everybody I have tried Kalo hair inhibitor and Guinot more than 10 sassions after waxing...both are totally useless. they do not even stop a single hair on your body. just do not waste your money and hope :((

Posted by Optional on 06/10/2010 at 05:43

I'm going to echo everyone else with my comment; this site is very encouraging! It sucks to have to deal with so much excess body hair! I've tried electrolysis, laser, waxing, shaving and bleaching. The waxing hurts terribly, but it is the cheapest and most effective/immediate method. I just ordered some of that Vaniqa cream so I'll let you ladies know how it works!

Posted by Optional on 28/09/2010 at 01:07

im crying as i read all your comments, for so long i thought it was just me who was abnormally hairy. i have major exessive dark corse hair growth all over my face, neck, chest, around my breasts , lower abdomen and thighs. ive been having lazer on my face and it has improved it but i cant afford to keep the treatment up. i finally plucked up the courage to see my doctor who has been useless and so now i dont know what to do? I have no confedence to wear and do what id love to , all because of my stupid hair. i think about it constantly and at just 23 feel ill never be able to be close to any one . helllpppp

Posted by Anonymous on 27/09/2010 at 11:58

I used to be concerned that I was the only girl around who had hair issues, but seeing this article truly made me feel better, I really appreciate it. It's also great to know that there are people who understand this issue and how the hairy people themselves aren't happy about it either.

Posted by Optional on 20/09/2010 at 09:29

i have just started to realize my unwanted hairs and everytime I look in a mirror i feel like there are more. But i really am to embarresed to tell anyone and im affraid that if i dont tell someone it will only get worse, and i dont want people to make fun of me so what should i do?

Posted by Optional on 12/09/2010 at 11:34

MY POSITIVE EXPERIENCES ON THE BOY FRONT:) Well, I came to this site looking for answers, but what I've realised is that I have them for myself already. Like all of you -now realising I'm not alone! unwanted hair is the norm (the usual: face, upper lips, chin, nipples, inbetween breasts etc). My mum has always been hairy so it was kind of inevitable. However since coming off the pill 2 years ago, and now onto the non-hormonal coil things have got worse. This coincided with me and my partner of 5 and a half years spliting up, so all was a little sensitive... It was scary, after having been with the same man since I was 18, I suddenly realised (or thought I did) how 'abnormal' I was. However I am lucky, MY ANSWER NUMBER ONE: I have enough self-confidence in other areas. What this means is that for 85% of myself I can think of elements that are good, and possibly even attractive. This means that those ' in front of the mirror' moments only need take up 15% of my thoughts - better for sanity all round. So for the last year I have been dating again, as a single lady. I had fun and I had sex with a few men. MY ANSWER NUMBER TWO: I only had to show my body to people I wanted ( and even then we all know the 'turning down the light at the exact right moment technique;) ). What I discovered from this year is that straight men often fancy women, urgo they would enjoy sleeping with them, and once it gets to that stage it's your choice, and they're lucky if you let them! (I should point out here that I do not touch my bikiniarea. I once did and it was so painful growing back that I decided I should be naturale.) I once had one comment from a man 'you're quite hairy you know'. I replied with 'yes.' and left it at that, he didn't mention it again:) MY ANSWER NUMBER 3: Just over 4 months ago I met the love of my life, he truely is wonderful. But still, in the back of my head was my biggest body insecurity. A month or so ago, before I went away for a couple of weeks I decided I had to confront him about the issue. I had felt up to this point that it might have been some kind of pink elephant in our relationship. I opened up to him completely about my insecurities. It was hard, I'd always laughed it off with everyone else, but with him I was actually able to show my frustration, sadness, and self-fear. I felt like I had to do this in order to give him some kind of get out clause if that's what he needed. He didn't know where it had all come from, and desperately tried to convince me that it didn't matter to him - Of course he had noticed, but had not been bothered. Obviously, I'm sure like most of us,I just didn't believe this. However the proof does seem to be slowly slowly coming out in the pudding... we have a very healthy sex life, which makes me feel more and more attractive, therefore I feel less and less that I need to be doing all the shavepluckwaxbleach routines. When I was first with him I was regular with keeping myself 'pruned' beofre seeing him, however now we see each other nearly every day, sometimes for 3 day periods, it's jsut not practical to be rushing into the bathroom for hours on end, when there is other fun stuff we could do together. so inevitably he has slowly been getting a hairier me... But things are still good. He loves me for me and I for him. I have started to realise that he isn't 'perfect' either what with his funny wrinkles on his bum, and neck, his unmuscluar frame etc...but I know that that NEVER puts me off him. He is gorgeous! So maybe this works both ways? My latest proof and final point I would like to write as it has made such an impact on me, but please don't continue if you're a little sensitive to things of a sexual nature:) My boyfriend and I often share our sexual fantasies. The other day I couldn't believe it but he had been having a fantasy about going down on me. Now this is something that he does, very well and generously, but hair issue in mind I always thought that it was one of those 'giving' moments than anything else. But no, it actually seems that the idea of that (extremely hairy!) part of me can still turn him on and be attractive to him! He enacted his fantasy and all was good:) I am still not 100% happy with this hair situation, and am terrified that it will get worse. But I wanted to share htis as I think I have been lucky enough to share some positives that I thought might give some hope (especially to younger ladies). Best of Luck

Posted by hello on 26/08/2010 at 05:32

Hey, I've read all the comments down there, and I think yall should know that shaving is no fun, I did a little section, and it's been troublesome for me ever since, and that was a year ago! I've had hair on me since i was very young.. Waxing does help, but mine is so bad that i have to do so every two weeks or so, I have hair basically everywhere on my body, any place where it can grow, it does. The worst places? Under my chin, upper lip, backs of my thighs, my bum, and my torso. It sucks, yes, but you know what? I wear tank tops, shirts and everything, I won't let anyone get me down, and I have found a guy in the most random way that likes his women all natural. I hope you guys find a way to get rid of all of this, it would def help, but for now, keep your chins up, shoulders back, and be your self!

Posted by Optional on 24/08/2010 at 05:21

I really understand too! Same for me as some other ladies here! It's hard when media depicts women as hairless. It's not true! Look how many of us have written here and there are countless others! Take heart that we are all together in this! I know that diet can be important too in effecting hormones, especially sugar and stimulants such as caffeine which as best cut right down. Lots of fresh salads, &veggies; are detoxing and cleaner for the system. Diary products too can effect hormones due to the synthetic hormones given to cows so they produce more milk. I tried laser treatments and it did work! It lessened the hair on my legs significantly! It was expensive but worth it, although 8 years on, it has started to increase again but i would go back for another round of sessions. You need to use sun block after laser for a few month as makes the pigment more sensitive. I also take a good supplement of essential fatty acids in Omega oils and Vitamin C&E as it helps the skin stay soft and heals which makes it less dry and likely to get ingrowns or rashes. Exfoliating helps too and adding essential teatree oil in your body lotion to reduce spot reactions. I am sure there will be some invention or breakthrough soon in technology that will introduce permanent hair removal but in-between stay insistent with your GP until you get a proper medical referral! And try a good laser clinic for advise. Bleaching has made a great difference. If you go to a beauty wholesale supplier to buy self sugaring products or wax, or bleach that can make it cheaper than shops. I think you are all amazing women for sharing your stories and i wish with all my heart that we each have a wonderful successful outcome! We deserve the best in life! I pray for that.

Posted by Beth FIELDS on 19/08/2010 at 02:44

HELLO I live in Canada, I have had excessive body hair all my life. I have been ostracised, refused jobs and been discriminated against. My older brother used to beat me up when I was nine yeasrs old because I had more hair than him. I was made to sit in the back of the class due to the embarrassment of the other students. I have been tested and prodded and told some bizzare explanations by befuddled Doctors. I learned at an early age to accept that the world was not ready for me. There are support groups for women with facial hair, although I have not accessed them.

Posted by Optional on 19/08/2010 at 09:07

I have read all of the messages and I sympathise very much but I want to mention what nobody has mentioned - that ALL women, all humans, have hair over their entire bodies. We are mammals. The only hairless places are the soles of your feet, palms of your hands, eyelids and behind your ears. I understand the frustrations of the readers with darker hair, but all women have a 'peach fuzz' everywhere... nobody is going to notice a lighter fuzz unless they are up very close, and any boyfriends or husbands will be used to this on ALL females. It's only airbrushed models or waxed actresses that look like their faces or stomachs are completely hairless. If I see a women with a blond slightly furry stomach I don't even think twice about it. I understand about dark leg and bikini hair as this is embarrassing to be seen. But the hair over your entire body is 100% normal for everyone.

Posted by Anon on 06/08/2010 at 03:29

I have noticed since puberty that I have darker hair than most and in more places. In about the last year (I'm 20) I have noticed more and more popping up around on my neck, chest, face. They're not super long or coarse, but they are dark and I'm SURE if I had a boyfriend he would see them. It's at the point where I won't let anyone get close to me, or even attempt a relationship. I'm not obese or overweight (though I still feel a bit chubby) and I have regular periods (always a couple days late but still within normal) so I'm not sure if its hormonal. I've tried to talk to my doctor, but she says she thinks its normal. I use Nair on my arms, shave my legs, bleach my face, and tweeze out any strays I see on my neck or chin... But I am scared to deal with the ones on my chest... don't want to get too much irritation. Anyway, it's a lengthy and tiresome process to go through taking it all off and most of it I do every day (except arms). I can't afford professional wax or electrolysis. So I am stuck. Is it safe to wax your chest and stomach? Or will it cause stubble? Also HOW did you guys get your doctor to take you seriously?

Posted by Optional on 27/07/2010 at 06:03

****Im 22 and I havent had a period in nearly 3 years, I also have excessive hair groth on my top lip, sideburns, chin and bum. I am morbidly obese weighing about 25 stone. Im really embarresed about it and have never had a boyfriend :( im depressed. I had a scan for PCOS, a hormone test and a diabeties test about 2years ago but all come back fine. Has anyone else got the same thing and had the all clear for PCOS? should I go back to the doctor and ask to be tested again? Please help x**** << YES go back to ur doctors and ask them to refer u to hospital for a scan bcos i had the blood tests n they all came back fine, but i still got all the symptoms of PCOS and when i went bk to doctors to be referred for a scan on my ovaries the scan showed up the cysts. Sometimes tests do get it wrong, u hav to be persistant because when you know what the problem is it is easier to begin to sort it :) xx

Posted by Optional on 26/07/2010 at 08:42

Hi girls. I'm so relieved to find out i'm not the only girl with this problem! It really gets me down as i have to be careful what tops i can wear and feel unfeminine. I distence myself from any males as i'm scared of them finding out and never had a proper relasionship which is now getting me down. Since puberty i've had fine excess hairs all over my stomach, chest, back, theighs etc and never told anyone. Now i've been inspired to see the doc.

Posted by Optional on 14/07/2010 at 03:43

i have hair on my chin,neck,tummy,thighs,nipples and toes .. i have tried electrolysis and lazer treatment and it doesnt work.. i am so embarassed by it i have not had a relationship in over ten years... im am getting so depressed over it and dont know what to!!!

Posted by Dee on 04/07/2010 at 09:39

hi girls, i have excess hair on my eyebrows, forehead, sideburns, upper lip, chin, nostrils, knuckles, fingers, nipples, under my belly button, bikini line, bum, thighs and toes (added to lower legs and underarms!) it's such a tiring monotonous and depressing routine trying to maintain it, although i'm sure we all wouldn't wish it on anyone else, it's nice to find out i'm not the only one, i think i noticed the hair worsening after coming off the contraceptive pill so i will go back on, i feel less embarrassed about mentioning it to the doctors now so thanks to all of you! also barely anyone has ever mentioned that they have noticed any excess hair only a child commented on my finger hair once saying that her mummy didnt have any! i think we are probably much more conscious of it than anyone else ever will be! also this dark body hair usually means nice dark hair and eyelashes as someone else has mentioned. good luck girls! xx

Posted by Optional on 02/07/2010 at 10:30

You all have no idea how much better I feel after reading this. I'm going to be 18 soon, and I haven't worn a bikini in at least 5 years. I have a little happy trail like a man and most of the underwear they sell at Victoria's Secret won't cover my pubic hair. Kids called me a gorilla at school because of my hairy arms and legs my mother wouldn't let me shave. My friends all have hairless skin and they take it for granted. Don't they know how lucky they are? My sister got lucky too. It makes me so angry I want to cry when she complains about her arm hair, which is blonde and totally unnoticeable. I feel so unfeminine when I have to shave my bikini line and nipples, arms, hands, stomach, fingers, feet and toes on a weekly basis. The other day I noticed a few black hairs sprouting from my chest. I'm afraid the problem will get worse, but I'm too ashamed to ask for help.

Posted by Optional on 28/06/2010 at 12:22

When you hear someone else talking about the problem you realise you arent on your own. I too have a nightly half hour of plucking - chin, upper lip, nipples in fact anywhere and everywhere. I do some training at work and have people sat close to me and im always worried that they will spot hairs. I paid over £600 for laser which works but only if you can afford to maintain it ( I cant !! ) I have a very understanding partner who loves me to bits (ironically he suffers from alopecia (?) has baby smooth skin over most of his body)-we joke about our problems frequently. Nipple hair makes me feel very masculine and im constanly plucking to the point that instead of hairs there are just rashes and spots. i asked the doctor if there was anything to help. she just said to hold my head up high and be proud of who I am. easier said than done doc !!!

Posted by Lexy on 24/06/2010 at 10:35

Hello, I'm 18 years old and ever since I started my period back when I was 12 I've noticed that I have excessive, dark hair all over my body. My stomach, back, bum, arms, and legs. I've always been really embarrassed by it and never wear anything really revealing. And I've been afraid to shave it because I don't want it to grow back any thicker! Recently I've considered talking to a doctor about it. Do I have some kind of illness?

Posted by Optional on 30/05/2010 at 03:20

I make decent money as a swimwear and lengerie model. Since puberty I've had a few coarse dark hairs around my nipples and under my belly button. My pubic hair is, well, substantial and at 18 I started to grow a few very annoying coarse hairs on my chin. On the plus side, I have a head of thick, shiny, smooth long hair, perfect eyebrows and long eyelashes. Moral of the story - just wax and pluck the hair you don't like and be glad that hairiness means you have good hair where hair should grow. Rather don't shave the unsightly hair, though, it makes it grow back thicker.

Posted by Optional on 28/05/2010 at 02:15

At 13 I was given an ultra sound because i had irregular periods, pubic hair at 6 and hair on my back the first hour i was born they noticed this. At 15 it didnt get any better and i had hirsutism. So went back got an ultrasound saw the black round circles and said is it pcos. The woman replied "no" turns out i was right. My gnocoligist said its would be unlikely i will have children without IVF. I have looked at my nipples hair there aswell but they are flat but could they be inverted aswell?

Posted by sara on 27/05/2010 at 06:54

electrolysis does NOT work! I LOVE LOVE LOVE laser hair removal! I have dark skin naturally with black hairs. So it's not ideal for laser treatment but I found the best dr and he has gotten rid of the hair on my lip chin side burns and stomack. I have to stay out of the sun and wear alot of sun screen utill the treatments are over, but thats fine with me. Also it hurts like hell fire even with the numming cream. I found him at this website. http://www.hairremovaljournal.org/. I am a stay at home mom and military wife of an E4 and so we don't make that much money but my husband knew how important it is for a women to feel like a women. He never made me feel unpretty, this was something I wanted for me. You should do it for yourself and no one else. It takes some time but it is so worth it.

Posted by Optional on 12/05/2010 at 08:01

I had very less hair or no hair on my legs and hands and i used to have a very thick hair on my scalp,but i don't know what happened I am noticing that i am getting hair and its growing and growing in many areas and especially on my leg it became less than three-fourth of an inch and on my scalp at front and top i am finding my hair is thinning a lot,when i spoke to some doctor over phone he said its a hormonal change.It will be nice if some one suggests something that can solve my problem.

Posted by Optional on 11/05/2010 at 08:34

Im 22 and I havent had a period in nearly 3 years, I also have excessive hair groth on my top lip, sideburns, chin and bum. I am morbidly obese weighing about 25 stone. Im really embarresed about it and have never had a boyfriend :( im depressed. I had a scan for PCOS, a hormone test and a diabeties test about 2years ago but all come back fine. Has anyone else got the same thing and had the all clear for PCOS? should I go back to the doctor and ask to be tested again? Please help x

Posted by Optional on 10/05/2010 at 05:29

i get extra hair on my neck and breast as i am single .i am so worried abt it

Posted by noreen on 08/05/2010 at 07:02

my body of hair is thick & hard problem what is this removeable.

Posted by Optional on 26/04/2010 at 09:01

Hi Laura - there is no reason why you can`t go and visit your doctor to get some advice about excessive hair growth. Maybe hormone treatment is an option depending on the severity? If the hair isn`t too thick then bleaching products may work well for you. Don`t worry, it is a fairly common problem and you don`t have an illness!! I can understand your dilemmas about the summer and wearing certain things but there is always a way to work aroundd certain things :)

Posted by Laura on 22/04/2010 at 08:28

Hello, I'm 14 and I'm really worried about excess hair. I'm dark haired anyway so ofcourse I'm not going to have blond hairs on my arms but the amount of hair a have...is well...to me..alot. I have black hairs all over my arms, including my sholders, little hairs on my breasts, my tummy, lower and upper back, the back of my neck, bum, legs and upper lip. It's nearly summer and I want to wear dresses not jumpers and jeans to cover myself up! As I'm still young I cannot get any treatment such as Laser treatment or electrolysis and even if I could I wouldn't be able to pay for the treatment as I'm still to young to get a job which would pay for it. I really don't know what to do! I have some beautiful clothes with open backs and summer dresses and I want to wear them but I can't as It will reveal the one thing that scares me to death. Please help me out? Would the NHS be able to give me treatment at 14? Do I have an illness? Please reply. :)x

Posted by Optional on 18/04/2010 at 06:42

I've been reading the comments by many and the teenagers especially. I have a 15 year old with increased hair growth. It effects her self-esteem, I wish she understood that she is so much more. I have found some insight into her world. Thank you. We will be seeking our doctors advice further. If you haven't shared with someone, your mother maybe, I am looking for ways to help my daughter.

Posted by Optional on 15/04/2010 at 05:17

hi guys all i can say is well done to all of you that have learned to live with this problem. I am of the older variety... and have had the same problem as many of you and i am still searching for a solution. I'm glad that many of you have found an "understanding/supportive" partner and yes there are many of them about. However it's not about finding someone who will accept you for what you are, it's about how you feel about yourself. You do have to develop a stiff upper lip so to speak but never stop looking for an answer. PCOS is a very common cause for our condition. Make sure you get your GP to send you for the tests they are painless and easy to do. Really insist on it. Most GP's don't take the situation seriously enough. Good luck hope you all find peace of mind soon.

Posted by Optional on 14/04/2010 at 03:54

I WISH THEY INVENT A MASK WHICH U CAN WEAR FOR 5 MINUTES...THEN REMOVE IT HAVING NO HAIR ON UR FACE! :(

Posted by layla on 12/04/2010 at 05:31

is anyone on medication for this problem ? does it work ? im 26 and have hair everywere literally ! the only place there is no hair on me is the back of my feet and hands ! i was thinking off going to the docs but would it be worth it ? anyone else on medication ? does it slow hair growth or make it finer ? please if anyone knows write back on here ! this is ruining my life

Posted by Optional on 09/04/2010 at 01:47

It's not "just hair". It makes me look as if I don't know how or don't care how to groom myself. It makes my skin look dirty and no cream, wax, or electrylosis has helped. Some people (women especially) make comments about it so I have become very selfconscious and this has been a problem for about 20 years.

Posted by Truth on 06/04/2010 at 03:07

Hi, It's just hair in the end. It's normal to have varying amounts of hair, just that our society unfortunately has a trend for women to be hairless. I have struggled with hair on my chin, upper lip, areola, abdomen and inner thighs, and at times it has been frustrating and upsetting. Boyfriends have had different reactions, but the best ones were totally accepting and loved me anyway, the others weren't worth it. What a great test to see if someone loves you for who you are! I once saw a lady who let it grow, she was confident and wearing cool clothes. I thought wow! I nearly cried because I thought: how liberating that must be! I am not keen on hormone treatments because of potential health risks, my hair is so resilient it heals after lot of electrolysis and IPL (expensive!!), so I was my lip once a month and shave most of the other areas. Apart from not letting men touch my chin, it's maintainable, and lets face it- we could have far worse problems to deal with. Be confident and proud to be who you are!

Posted by layla on 05/04/2010 at 01:29

i also have hair over my INTIRE body ! i was born like this however after puberty it just went into overdrive ! i have very pale white skin , but the hair on my body is dark brown its horrible ! im so depressed by this i dont know what to do because it is everywere ! i have never been to a doctor about it i just thought what can they do ? im 26 ! please if anyone else has found any solution please let us know on here ! im desperate !

Posted by Alisha on 27/03/2010 at 11:05

When I was about 13, I noticed long hairs on my chin and I had thick sideburns. My mom suggested that I shave them. I am now 23 and the little bit of hair that I shaved has increased. I shave down both sides of my face and the top part of my neck (like a beard). It doesn't bother me or affect my body image. It's just what I do to keep the hair in check. If you don't like what's in the mirror, do something to change it.

Posted by Optional on 25/03/2010 at 07:52

Hi I have been hairy since I was a kid.I have very fair sensitive skin but black thick hair everywhere. in past my hair was softer and my skin too soft and nice. but now they are terribly thik and my skin full of scars and wrinkles because of different treatment I did during years from laser, epilator cream, wax, bleaching everything. and I lost many boyfriends and the one I loved last year because of this.I am 31 but still a virgin I am dying of being lonely. maybe there are some men that love hairy women but first not that much hairy like a devil and second what about me? I want to choose someone myself not just a person that likes my hairy body.please somebody help

Posted by bianca on 17/03/2010 at 07:09

i would be so much happier if i could not worry about my hairy body and i could wear bathing suits or wear a dress that shows a little of my back it makes me so frustrated that i have to worry about what i wear.

Posted by Optional on 16/03/2010 at 10:25

Hey girls ! Well i also have the same problem, and yes I have the same problems. I literally have hair every where on my body. And honestly I get so depressed over it. But i have a partner who Ive been with for 3years. He is older then myself by about 7-8years (im 18) and yet he has seen me in the light, no light, naked, clothes on etc. And he loves me for who I am. I want you girls to know that this problem shouldn't run your lives. There are people in this world who love you and will support you. Try talking to a loved one and maybe get some help. But DO NOT LET IT RUIN YOUR LIFE ! good luck ldaies, and keep your head up high , everyone is beautiful in there own way.

Posted by Optional on 16/03/2010 at 02:15

Wow! Girls - it's okay :) We're normal! We're people! It is such an awful thing though. I first noticed my hair during puberty... and it's gotten worse. I lost a bunch of weight a year ago, but it didn't affect my hair (all over, like you). I sometimes worry about dying and no one will shave my face and I'll be a bearded-lady, dead and unable to hide my secret! I finally worked up the nerve to go to a doctor and I'm 27!!! So happy I'm taking this step. Girls who are younger - get to a doc now! Your hair can get worse and peach fuzz gets turned into terminal hair (the thick stuff) which is much harder to treat. The important thing is to love yourself no matter what! And invest in one of those Mach 5 razors - they'll shave you silky smooth. I'm all about shaving my face, chest, stomach... wherever. I have too much hair to grow out and wax, I don't have a ton o cash and creams burn my skin. As far as boys go - yeah, that's a tricky one. I love to touch my bf's face, but I jump away if he tries to touch mine. It hurts to have that distance... to feel like I'm lying to him in some ways. I figure I'll trick him into falling in love with me, then he'll be blinded and it won't matter ;) Much love to you girls - and best of luck.

Posted by Optional on 10/03/2010 at 02:15

i thought i was lone until i didnt read these coments.as i hav hair on my chin upper lip chest stomch arms n legs and its depressing as it dosnt feel feminen. i do epilate and they return in abwt 2 wks.may god grant all our wish 2 b hair 4ree 4ev amin

Posted by sara on 09/03/2010 at 10:52

i feel like crying because for once in my teenage life i actually feel normal thankyou

Posted by Anonymous on 07/02/2010 at 02:28

hi there, i started to suffer from excessive hair growth from about 13 i was too embarrased to go to the doctor and used to cover up everything which was a night mare in the summer as longsleeved tops and trousers used to make me boil!! i also only went out with my frinds if we were staying in or if it was dark cos naturel sunlight seemed to illuminate my hair, any way when i was 16 i finally went to the doctor and it turned out i had pcos all though both parents are fairly hairy too so that doesnt help. i was prescribed dianette which i believe has reduced the growth and you can be prescribed this if you havent got pcos you just need to ask your doctor, all though reduced i still have noticable hair and having tried various methods of trying to hide it. i have finally found something that i find effective and not to time consuming. so here it is, 1st of all i reccomend a tan because hair on tanned skin is far less noticable than on light milky skin obviously fake tan is less damaging, 2nd is boots own brand hair lighting cream i use tis on my back stomach face arms and hands i find boots own is easy to use and doesnt leave an odd blonde colour it looks naturel, and well thats it i never thought it could be so simple, i normally do this once a week and tan and lighting takes about 2 hours all together far less time than i used to spend worrying about it!! i shave/wax my legs but thats it, i dont shave the rest of my body as it irritates my skin to much and once you start you have to do it every day, not fun!!! any way hope this is helpful xx

Posted by Summer on 04/02/2010 at 12:08

Is it normal at all for girls to have very little hair on the side and on upper lip...cos i do though its not so visible until u look very closely

Posted by Anonymous on 02/02/2010 at 09:17

I have thick dark hair on my face, on the outside of my nose, neck, all over my back,around my nipples and chest stomach, hands,bottom, legs, toes...basically all over! I would love to have children but would hate to pass this hairiness onto them as I was bullied alot all throughout school. Does anyone with excessive hair have children and did they pass this onto their child? I need to know if this is something i could risk passing on as I would not want my child to go through what i went through in school.

Posted by annonymous on 19/01/2010 at 12:57

im 18 and ive been hairy all my life. ive been teased and called all the names (caveman,ewok,warewolf) you name it.I have long dark hairs everywhere my upperlip and chin. i have really bad sideburns and eyebrows,on my stomach which i have shaved in the past and nw it is spicky, my lower and upper back, my chest and nipples, my bikini line is very dark and coarse and when i wax it i just get a bad rash, my bum crack has long thick hairs and my legs. i have to shave my legs everyday because they grow back straight away. they are very very spiky and its very embaressing for anybody to touch them. ive been with my boyfriend for 2 years and hes never seen me naked. i am embaressed for him to touch me in places bcoz i dont feel femanine. ive never talked to anybody about it but its good to know im not alone out there. i want to go on medication!!!

Posted by mercury on 07/01/2010 at 01:28

i was surprised theres other ladys like me out there. wow. im hairy. and its nastyy.

Posted by Anonymous on 05/01/2010 at 05:29

Hi Girls, Like all of you, I am extremely hairy and have been all my life. I decided a long time ago I wouldnt let it completely ruin my life. At school I was slightly bullied but then I jus began shaving everywhere. My arms were like a monkey's so i decided to shave them which was a bad idea coz now i have to do it everyday which is tirering. Just to let u know that dont let it affect you not gettin a boyfriend. I have had loads and although it is hard at first it gets better. If you let it affect urself it will effect them. To be honest they are blokes and they dont care about a little bit more hair. All my exs never have had a problem wth it they love u for u and the hair is just on u, it doesnt make u u! i do get very down about it coz its hard waking up extra early to pluck and make sure u have no hair to remove. Iv been on holiday in a bikini and just ignored ppl that look or pretend its not my hair they r looking it.I think the sun is great as it bleaches them. I use bleach cream for my stomach and face which makes a huge difference. We all need to be strong and accept it and move on and least wen ur with someone who doesnt care u no they r right for u. if they say nething they r not the person u shud b with. xxx

Posted by Anonymous on 04/01/2010 at 08:06

I never had any hair problems until I hit puberty, I am 15 now still and covered in long black hairs on my arms, fingers, toes and legs. My back, tummy, breasts and chest are completely concealed under a blanket of thin, short black hairs and I have very pale skin so, it really shows. I have not spoken to a single person, face-to-face about this 'problem'. Am I to young for them to find out what is wrong with me? I also, have never had a boyfriend-but it does not bother me a great deal, yet. Furthermore, normally I am definatly not a person constantly worried about my body but this excess hair really knocks my self-esteem! I want to sort it out some way and get back to the way that I was-sooooo badly. Furthermore no female in my family at all has so much as a hair upon their arms! Also half of my family is fair haired the other half dark haired so I am truly curious about where my hariness has developed from and my mother has only got upper lip, leg and toe hair-thats it and she doesnt wax or shave 'the other bits' she only shaves her legs and toes. I hope i find a solutions before I get into my 20's because that is when I will truly become worried!:s Good luck to all and I hope everyone finds the perfect partner who will lift your self-esteem and support you in your serch for the solution! :)

Posted by Anonymous on 23/12/2009 at 11:17

wow this info helps me a lot because im 14 yrs old and i dnt like to show my vody in school when i get dressed and its really embarasing my friend has it to but not as bad as me i have it all over and huge sideburns and i dont like it so when im 18 im going to get laser surgery!!!! at least i can be confident in myself then!! :) this stuff helps me a lot because its nice to know im not the only girl out there that is horrified bu this :)

Posted by sian on 13/12/2009 at 12:28

hiya! im 17 and i have had a hairy back and tummy for ages! but recently i have noticed some on my neck! iv become overly depressed and dicideed to tell my sister about it she was so comfting about it! and were going to see the doctor. and its such a great relief to know im not the only one and i can be treated with laser!!! or medicine!! please go to a doctor and dnt suffer alone! x

Posted by jay on 27/11/2009 at 03:18

i have hair round nipple on chest. only have histrectomy and only have one over that works some times. can you tell me what i can do to so they dont grow.

Posted by Anonymous on 21/11/2009 at 03:18

I'm 16 and it's so reassuring to hear that there are other people who have the same problem as I do.. The hair is everywhere and I'm sure its getting worse. Nobody knows about it because its too embarrasing.. Noone in my family suffers with the same problem as me. I don't think that I have POS.. I used to feel so depressed about it because it was so noticeable, and, in the summer, I tend to use hair removal cream but it irritates my skin and sometimes i get ingrowing hairs. So now, I'm just living with it and, at the moment people don't notice because I make sure that I pluck the hairs above my lip and my eyebrows which are horrendous. But, I've noticed hair at the sides of my face now and sometimes I still get really upset about it. I still date and I still do ordinary things and, being a teenager, I know how hard it is especially being around other girls who don't suffer with the same problem. I'm going to go to the doctor soon because it's becoming unbearable but I'm not going to let it ruin my life. I think we all need to try and stay strong and I know that sometimes it can get us down, but think about the good things about yourselves. :) smile xx

Posted by Anonymous on 17/11/2009 at 07:21

I am 44 and have always been hairy but just recently it is getting worse. It's been a revelation finding out that there are other girls just like me! I have always had hair on my upper lip, chin, tummy, bum, back, arms etc but it is slowly spreading especially on my face and now I have almost a full beard which is creeping up onto my cheeks. This has scared me especially as my hair is now thinning at the front. I have been to the doctor in the past, in my early twenties, when it wasn't so bad but it was so very embarrassing and I felt like a leper. I came off all the pills when I hit 30 as I thought I'd see what my body did by itself. For almost 10 years the hairyness was managable with home waxing, nair and plucking (but there is so much plucking takes an age). Now I simply can't cope with the amount of hair so I am about to go back to the doctor. Wish me luck! The one thing to remember is we are all unique and special and just because we don't conform to the 'norm' doesn't mean we shouldn't be valued for who we are not what we look like. I've had a lot of abuse over the years cos of my hair, people are very small minded at times but it's their problem really isn't it? I like who I am, I'd just prefer to be less hairy.

Posted by Anonymous on 31/10/2009 at 10:26

I am a 21 years old and have managed to cope with my hair problem until now!! It's started to get thicker and darker and growing faster :( . It gets me down so so much. At first I just used to shave the bits that were to unbearable to wax, but now it's growing places that I would of ratherd stayd feminine as poss. All I can say is thank god for my mother who helps shave places I can't reach, disgusting?? I know, but, there's no way I could go without it. As a result I feel I have no dignity, and it causes a load of arguments between me and my partner, who has never seen me naked with a light on. It's a little comforting to know that I'm not on my own with this ghastly problem! Let's all chin up girls xx

Posted by Anonymous on 26/10/2009 at 11:02

I have had heavy facial hair, abdomen, upper thigh and light chest hair since i was about 15 yrs old, im 20 now and have never had a boyfriend because I am too embarrassed by my hair. I have always kept my hair long to cover the sides of my face. Recently my scalp has started to thin as well, my doctor thought it was pco but all my blood tests came back normal, extremely healthy. Nobody else in my family, extended or otherwise, has this problem, even my brother has no facial hair or anything. It really upsets me because I don't understand why Im like this when my family are all good-looking people. I hope for all of us that we can one day find something that will get rid of this hair permenantly. Stay strong!

Posted by Dee on 23/10/2009 at 12:29

Im so glad im not the only girl with this problem. I have really thick dark hair on my tummy, i told my mum when i was 15, but since then it has become worse. I hate my bf touching my tummy and i only undress in the dark. We are going on holiday in 3 weeks and im going to be so scared getting in that bikin, i am going to have to pluck and shave every day :(. I want to see a doctor but i am to embarrased.

Posted by HOPE on 09/10/2009 at 10:21

THERE IS HOPE! I just wanted to say that I know how you feel. I've an excessive hair problem for so many years. Its everywhere, I practicially had a beard! I had it allover my tummy, lower back, allover my legs and arms...EVERYWHERE!!! It stopped me from doing everything!!! I dreamed of the day that I could just wear a short skirt or not cover my face with a scarf! I used to wax, but my skin was so sensative that it became itchy and sore as the new hair came up, worse than that was the uneven and multiple hair growth, I had ingrowns, small hair wax couldnt pick up and inflamed pores. It was so terrible I never showed my skin. I would wear long sleeve tops and pants in the middle of high summer. THE THING THATS WORKED - Laser, Ive been having laser for years. Its reduced my hair by over 70%. Im still pretty hairy but its evened out the growth and my skin isnt affected as much. Its helped me alot. Its exepnsive but sooooooo worth it. I have saved enough money and am now working on a plan to do it every 6 weeks. I hope it works. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE I really understand how traumatic it is.

Posted by Tillyliz on 06/10/2009 at 01:06

Hi, I am a 15 year old girl who is covered in dark hair. It is on my face, chest, stomach, adomen, back, shoulders, legs, feet, toes, fingers and neck. It is really embarrasing and I have had it for as long as I can remember, though it got worse once I hit puberty. I have been to the doctors and was checked to see if I had a hormone imbalance and it came back negative. I have ruled out POS. A lot of the women in my family are hairy, but no where near as hairy as me. I just want to be seen as normal and not judged by someting I can't control. It makes it so hard to meet boys and as a result I have never had a boyfriend. It also has effected my self-esteem dramatically. I know I shouldn't worry about it, but i can't help it. Is there anything I can do???? It is so good to hear I am not alone and I feel for everybody who suffers this.

Posted by Anonymous on 01/10/2009 at 07:18

I am 18 and I have lately started to notice excessive hair all over my body as well. It used to be just my arms and legs and with a some fine hair on my forehead but just last year my abdomen and bikini area started to grow hair as well. I haven't told anyone about it and I've been waxing my legs and shaving my body whenever it becomes obvious. I've went to quite a lot of websites to read up on this but it seems like the only few options are like waxing, shaving, laser treatment and electrolysis. There are also tablets that might help though, such as Thuja Cm. You can take a look at this website: http://abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/26863/ This problem is affecting me quite a lot and I'm kinda scared it'll worsen, esp when I haven't dared to tell anyone about it. Nevertheless, I'm not giving up, I'm gonna save up for laser treatment. Don't give up, people! You are not alone (:

Posted by mira on 29/09/2009 at 07:14

I AM A VERY HAIRY PERSON. I'M MORE HAIRY THEN MY FRIENDS. I GOT HAIR ALL OVER MY BODY NOT THICK BUT IT JUST RUNS EVERYWHERE. WHEN I WAX MY LEGS TO THE THIGHS NOT THE BIKINI AREA YOU CAN SEE WHERE IT STOPS. IT LOOKS LIKE I 'M WEARING SHORTS. I NEED HELP

Posted by Anonymous on 14/09/2009 at 03:00

I have Polycystic ovary syndrome. The first treatment was a total fail and now 6 months later, I am on a new set of pills. Disappointed? Yes. Hopeless? Not a chance. I am not going to lose hope. I just want everyone (who's going through this horrible experience) to know, you can keep your head up high. Keep praying and looking for positive results. Everything's for the best and goodluck with your treatment.

Posted by a on 14/09/2009 at 01:20

I've got dark hair and light skin and I've noticed in the last 2 years or so I've got more bodily hair. It's so thick and dark and really noticible I shave my entire body whenever I see my boyfriend and parts that are going to be shown when I'm with anyone else. I have noticible hair everywhere, back, arms, stomach (not just under my belly button all over), bottom, inside bottom, face (even on the outside of my nose), arms, legs, chest. It really gets me down and I worry about going on holiday and living with my bf because he might see it. I use cream on my top lip and I've waxed parts of my body before but I've never tried anything else and I'm too embarassed to tell anyone.

Posted by Anonymous on 09/09/2009 at 01:26

After reading these comments I've realised I'm not alone. I'm sad for everyone with this problem as it can really affect you badly as I've found. For the last ten or so years my body hair has increased to the point where I feel so insecure and ashamed and unfeminine. I get really down about it. I've never worn a bikini because I have hair everywhere. The few partners I've had I never let them see me undressed in the light or touch me properly. I'm too scared to use wax or creams coz the one time I did made it worse. I doubt I'll ever afford electrolysis. I just want it all to go away and be able to have a carefree (hairfree?!)life.

Posted by Hope on 18/08/2009 at 11:58

My partner is gorgeous with wonderful soft skin that is unfortunately sensitive to hormones and so more hairy than she would like. But I wanted to say to others here who feel self-conscious that it didn't stop us getting together and I honestly feel it's part of her and I love her and find her really sexy - if you find the right partner they will feel like I do. Love to all.

Posted by E on 11/08/2009 at 09:28

Just read a few of the comments below and noticed there was one from a girl saying she has contemplated suicide. I feel exactly the same! I hate it SO SO much! I just feel like I'll never get a partner and like life is pointless. I need to get help for this as it's making me really depressed. :( This site has helped me so much though!

Posted by Dani on 11/08/2009 at 04:26

Wow, I thought I was a loner when it came to being hairy almost everywhere! Being Italian, hairy arms aren't SOOOO terrible (even though I'm too scared to shave them, I wish they'd disappear)but having hair on my chest area and lower stomach area along with chin freaks me out! I have to shave regularly and use cover-up to make it look normal. Probably not a candidate for the POS, because even though I am not considered skinny, I am not obese; and my periods are pretty regular. I'm glad I found this website and I wish the best of luck to all the women going through this unfortunate thing.

Posted by Anonymous on 08/08/2009 at 12:36

omg I'm glad to hear there are others that suffer the same thing as I do >o< Thought I really was the only weird one coz none of other other friends have this problem. I really want to wear pretty girly clothes but I can't coz of the hairs on my chest & back =[ It's very noticeable since my skin is white & the hairs are black. Can't shave either coz I can't reach the back... -sigh-

Posted by - on 03/08/2009 at 08:47

im 15 and have hair on my stomach. its so embaressing and finally told my mum. it surprisingly stops me from wearing and doing alot of things. im very aware and annoyed at it, but im going to see a doctor. atleast we aren't all alone, good luck ladies!

Posted by Anonymous on 20/07/2009 at 10:34

hello girls, you are not alone. a lot of women have this same problem and we know how you feel. trying birth control pills might help you. if creams upset your skin, pluck the hair or wax it off. try different things and best of luck to all of you, its an embarrasing problem that none of us deserve!

Posted by Joanna on 17/07/2009 at 12:14

I have had this problem on my bum lower back, arms and fingers it is so embarassing i have never spoken about it. I cannot bear the thought of having a long term relationship as i feel like a friek. I was watching the tv the other day and there was a product called sheer skin. It's a pad and you move it in a circular motion on the hair and it takes it of the skin and the hair grows back finer and takes longer to grow back. It costs 29pounds but i have ordered it on the internet and got it for 5.85p . Sheer skin should be posted soon so i will let you know how i get on, look it up. THANK GOD FOR THE INERNET ITS SO NICE TO SHARE THIS BURIED UGLYPROBLEM.

Posted by Anonymous on 13/07/2009 at 03:46

i have the same problem.i am tan skinned and my hair is very dark. i feel embarrased talking to anyone about it and i dont know what to do.

Posted by Anonymous on 07/07/2009 at 11:41

I have excess hair all over my body- upper and lower arms/legs, bum, stomach, chest, back, nipples, upper lip, chin, knuckles. I have ruled out pcos because I am not overweight and my periods are regular. This really has lowered my self esteem I hate how I am forced to cover up all year round especially in summer. I do not have the option of laser hair removal because my skin is dark. I am considering going to my doctor but am very sceptical. It would be helpful if someone who has been to the doctor and used treatment could answer my questions I would be very grateful. 1)What treatment were you prescribed? 2)How quickly did you start to see results? Did you see results in all areas of excess hair? 3)Was there a major difference in hair regrowth when combined with hair removal such as waxing? 4)Were there any side effects? Any answers are greatly appreciated Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous on 16/06/2009 at 11:03

iam only 22 and have excess hair on my face, my chest and my stomach. I am black therefore the hair is very black and thick and very noticeable. I have tried hair removal creams-which was bad for my skin. threading- gave me spots and now i shave every morning like a man. it is very embarassing and horrible.

Posted by Anonymous on 08/06/2009 at 06:26

I've just happened upon this site and read all the comments below ...it really is a dreadful affliction. I've suffered since a teenager too, I'm now in my late 30's. I've been on Dianette in my early 20's which controlled the problem in conjunction with Electrolysis (costly but effective) but came off it as it caused high blood pressure, then got referred to an excellent gynaecologist specialising in the problem who put me on spironolactone - which is extremely effective and I would recommmend it. I came off it when I started to try for children and after having two children, I've still not got round to going back on it. I'm interested to read about the inhibiting cream above.. worth trying it out after a having a depilatory treatment. I have my legs, and belly waxed monthly, and after the first intitial embarrassing treatment, where i always explain the condition, it becomes much finer and much easier to live with... so much better than shaving or hair removal creams. As far as the hair on face, chin, neck etc goes, I have Epil Pro treatments every 2 weeks - about 20 minute session. It's about

Posted by Margaret on 08/06/2009 at 04:26

It is so relieving to know that there are other women who are experiencing this problem as well. I have been suffering with excess hair growth for years and have tried countless amounts of measures to get rid of it. I have to take time out of every morning to pluck my chin and sideburn hairs, which makes sleeping out difficult. I also have have hair around my areola as well as my stomach, bum, and upper thighs. There are a few stray hairs on my chin and chest and cheeks from time to time. It is a problem that has kept me from being able to get close to any guy. I am still looking for an answer to this nightmare of a problem...

Posted by Danni on 05/06/2009 at 12:50

I have got polysystic ovaries and have to deal with dark hair on my lip, neck, chin, cheeks, forehead, stomach, hips, back, tops of my legs, arms, boobs and my chest. I use nair hair removal cream for the face, it works well but its only reccomended to be used every 3-5 days, my hair is so bad, it grows back nearly a cm a day, so i have to use nair every day, i get such bad spots, and i am overweight. All my life i have been bullied and i only have a tiny amount of friends because of it, my doctor has recently put me on the contraceptive pill (yasmin) and i think its slowly started to help my facial hair, it doesnt feel as prickly. I think that it is probably the best thing that would help with the unwanted hair, used with nair cream too, it makes me more confident and i feel slightly more happier.

Posted by kld on 02/06/2009 at 11:16

I went went to the doctor the other day & was told I have cysts on my ovaries. I have been noticing hair on my chin and neck that have never been there before. Any suggestions?

Posted by em on 23/05/2009 at 11:51

I have excess hair in my bottom and back. it is very noticable and is causing me great distress. i cannot go on beach holidays as i cannot wear a bikini and wont let my partner see me. its got so bad i have considered suicide. please help, i dont know how to get rid of it!

Posted by Anonymous on 22/05/2009 at 02:46

I have a really embarassing problem in that I have a problem with nose hair. Its really gettin me down and i dont know what to do. Please help. i feel so abnormal

Posted by Anonymous on 26/04/2009 at 07:03

I didn't realise there were other people who had hair problems too.. I feel so wierd and different to other girls. I'm 15 and I've got really dark hair over my backand tummy and it's awful. I use hair removal creams, but I come out in really bad rashes which sometimes bleed, but I hate having the hair so much that I use it anyway. No one knows about it- not even my friends, but I have recently seen it over my chest area, upper lip and shoulders. I wax off the upper lip, and at the moment the chest and shoulder areas aren't too noticeable but I think it's getting worse, but I'm not sure if that's just because I'm looking out for it more and being more aware. I don't know what to do about it and I feel so self-conscious. I'm slim, but my periods have always been irregular- sometimes I used to be on really heavy for three weeks at a time and then not come on for ages, or othertimes I'd come on the next week, so my Doctor put me on the pill for that. What can I do about the hair though? I don't want to talk to anyone about it- it's so embarrassing!

Posted by Elaine on 22/04/2009 at 07:14

I have always been slim and hairy. I have it mostly on the upper lip & arms. I've never even worn t-shirts never mind a bikni! The hair on my arms are thin & long but alot. I've been going to an electrolysis for 14 years. She told me i'm her longest client!

Posted by ac on 21/04/2009 at 09:46

I have it everywhere too. I feel so unattractive. My hubby doesn't mind it, but I do. I have also tried everything. I waxed my chest just yesterday and it is so irritated and it hurts. I have gone to the doctor and nothing has been done. I feel like I'm just wasting my time and money. It just plain sucks. I have been diagnosed with PCOS and have taken treatment with no results. I have lost 20 pounds and nothing. I hope someday soon someone comes up with a permanent solution for all of us.

Posted by c on 16/04/2009 at 01:08

i have it really bad under chin i have to pluck every day as i would die if boyfriend saw it, or anyone else. i hate it if any one touches me there as it spikey. i've been to doctors and he wants me to grow it and take a picture and send it to him! wtf? no way am i growing it! so i have to suffer withit as with most treatments u have to grow it first. it really depresses me, i just want it to go!

Posted by Anonymous on 15/04/2009 at 05:49

Im v. self consicious about my body im not fat im tall and quite skinny,but i am very hairy on my upper chin boobs arms hands and especially my stomach, it gets me down alot as im constantly spening my life bleaching my upper lip i wanna wear a bikni ths summer but its getting really bad im only 13 im meant to havenice fine blonde hairs no? it get me down . My mum says it looks fine but she covering up the fact it is bad my friends pointed it out on my chest and it was really embaressing someone help me i dont want to spend half of my life covering up :(.

Posted by Teen girl on 03/04/2009 at 06:50

I am very self concious about my body hair,, before it wasnt so bad as i was mainly concentrating on my weight but now ive sorted that this seems to be the next thing i need to tackle,, i have really pale skin and dark hair on my stomach,shoulders,back,chest and face. i am allways bleaching it or using hair removal creams at home waxing kits never work and i cant afford/am too embarrased to go to a salon.

Posted by female on 01/04/2009 at 08:20

i have it everywhere too. It is absolutly horrific. lower back, legs, hands and arms i can deal with ... but bum boobs stomach and face? ITS HORRIBLE. i want to be able to wear a bikini this summer but i just dont have the confidence. Any cheap suggestions that dont make it grow back thicker?

Posted by young girl on 01/04/2009 at 08:59

im only 15,ive got alot of un wanted excess hair, on my hands,my belly,above my lip, my chest. its black and very visable. i feel like i want to die i cant go in the light in a low cut top, or anything a girl of my age could be wearing. ive shaved and waxed which has made it worse i know but im just so depressed, someone please get back to me! :(

Posted by Anonymous on 27/03/2009 at 07:00

I'm 16 and have very hairy arms thats are dark and coarse for as long as I can remember. Recently I have noticed that I have had upper lip hair growing through darker and more coarse. I have also got a lot of dark and coarse hair coming on my hands and fingers. I am so down from it and offer get hrorrible remarks from a lot of people. I dont know what do do anymore because I want to be normal, but my mum said I should just Ignore it. Please help

Posted by Alex on 20/03/2009 at 05:47

I am totaly embarassed but even more frustrated with having eccessive hair on my face,arms,bum,breast and lower back.I especially hate the comments people make...which makes it all worst.

Posted by Unhappymum on 03/03/2009 at 10:13

I cant believe that there are so many others who feel the same as me, i thought i was the only one who was abnormal. Like others, I have excess dark hair growing everywhere, i even got more hair on my chest, back,tummy, groin and shoulders than my husband. Im dreading the summer, i used to love wearing strappy tops, but not anymore. I have to wear my hair long so that it hides the hair on my collar bones, and chest. Again like others, the doctors cant or wont help, and am currently saving for some laser treatment, and that is taking at least year, and just hope the price doesnt go up. If anyone has any other suggestions im sure this would be gratefully received. I have tried, shaving, plucking, electroylis, sugaring, creams, the list just goes on..

Posted by Anonymous on 03/03/2009 at 08:05

It is the #1 thing I hate about myself, actually the only thing I hate about myself, and it has wreaked havoc upon my self esteem. I have wicked sideburns and under chin whiskers. Around my nipples, my lower abdomen, legs. Since I switched from birth control pills to a non-hormonal IUD, about 2 years ago, the hair thickness has gotten worse. Now that I read this I understand why a bit more. I am on the chubby side and have recently adopted a life style change, so I shall see if getting to and maintaining a healthy body weight helps. I wish it did not matter so much to me. This body is just a vessel to the next point in my journey. It doesn't change who I am inside! Sadly I can not accept my advice to self.....

Posted by livmcdarry on 27/02/2009 at 08:38

it is so embarrasing i have hair everywhere, its really getting me down. my lower back, bum, thighs, arms and boobs are the worst im only 15 and im so insecure about it i havent even started properly having fun yet and i wont be able to having this depressing me all the time :(

Posted by Anonymous on 27/02/2009 at 01:29

tell our doctor to send you to see an endocrinologist. from there you will want to discuss taking such medications as spironolactone. that will be your main weapon. in time that alone can get you from one extrem to another. finasteride has also had success with this. make sure it's healthy to take though (there should be finasterid for woment and men). medications for prostate problems such as "saw palmetto" help aswell. I myself am looking for more natural alternatives for finasteride so if anybody out there has some ideas.. please post.

Posted by Anonymous on 24/02/2009 at 11:30

I have suffered with excess hair since giving birth to my 3rd child (a girl). I noticed hair on my top lip & chin was getting longer and some hairs are quite dark. I also suffer with hairy arms. This problem really gets me down, I hate wearing short sleeved tops. I have been to see an endcrinologist and they have tested me for hormone levels etc. Everything was normal, they did prescribe Vaniqa cream. You can't get it! Its a cream that is forbidden!!! So I'm left now with this problem, What next? I don't know.

Posted by Taya on 22/02/2009 at 08:21

I have had this problem for 15 years (since early adulthood) and now am real worried cos suddenly i am losing hair from the sides of my scalp too? This comes at a time my body hair is going especially crazy. I don't feel feminine, I don't feel attractive and I have not risked being in a relationship for 7 years. All I will risk, like Claire, is random sexual encounters - fast ones where the chap will not have time to realise the extent of the problem. Every day I check various body spots to see where new things are growing. Chin, nipples, tummy, groin area, butt cheeks, armpits, everywhere. Doctors have not been able to help. I often feel suicidal.

Posted by embarassed on 16/02/2009 at 11:39

I have hair on my lower back, my breats, the rest of my torso, my bum and my hands! It's so embarassing I don't feel like a woman and it is really ashaming! I want a treatment tht will get rid of my excess hair forever!

Posted by Anonymous on 12/02/2009 at 07:59

i have been looking on the website for a solution for permanent removal for excess hair on my face.i have been diagnosed with pcos and have tried to deal with the problem for several years and nothing seems to work.ive tried dianette,plucking and even bought a laser to remove the hairs,i have persisted with it for several months but the hairs are coming back thicker!i have to use it every day as they grow straight back.i am not overweight and my hormones are normal so cannot see why the hair is getting worse.i have spoken to doctors about the problem but they arnt helping me.is there any medication that i can take perminately as i was told dianette was good but doesnt work for me.a doctor told me that it can cause thrombosis too.please help it seems a never ending problem,its getting me down.thankyou.

Posted by Anonymous on 11/02/2009 at 02:03

I feel so disgusting and embarrassed. I am seeing a doctor tomorrow about this problem and others and I was too embarrassed to talk to my husband about it. I reckon I could grow a beard if I left the hairs alone. YUK! This can not be normal!

Posted by ... on 08/02/2009 at 10:48

i have excessive body hair on my face and body, i have a low self esteem because if it, i hope one of these methods will permanently remove all of my hair with no side effects,

Posted by Claire McKnight on 04/02/2009 at 05:04

I have a real problem with facial and body hair. It makes my self esteem so low that I have to sleep around with random men to make me feel more attractive.

Posted by ... on 03/02/2009 at 05:13

i have dark hairs everywhere, upper lip, arms, hairs, the whole of my torso, and i get really upset about it and dont know what to do about it. i dont feel normal....:(

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