On men, hair is often seen as a sign of virility; but on women, excess hair can be seen as embarrassing and unwanted. Hirsutism – that’s the science speak – can occur on many parts of the body including the feet, breasts, face, fingers or stomach. And, despite how it may feel, it’s completely normal. Hair is genetic, and infinitely more common in people from certain cultures and backgrounds.
As society proclaims women should shave, pluck or wax every single follicle of excess hair from every millimetre of exposed skin, it can be difficult for those with excess hair to cope with the fact they don’t fit in with that ideal. But the truth is, the women we see on TV and in the media have been groomed to look ‘perfect’ – and most women on the street have hair in places they’d rather not have it.
There are also a few medical causes of excess hair growth, however; polycystic ovarian syndrome and congenital adrenal hyperplasia are two possible causes. Fortunately there are also a lot of solutions – the contraceptive pill often being a good line of defence.
Other options include medication, creams and of course laser hair removal – which will take a while, but is the only permanent way to remove excess body hair.
Visiting your doctor
Of course, there are times when excess hair is symptomatic of something else. If you find yourself suddenly sprouting hair where there was no hair before, think about if you have any of the following symptoms:
- irregular periods
- difficulty losing weight
- voice deepening
- male-pattern baldness
- nipple discharge
And if you do visit your doctor, remember – don’t be embarrassed! Whether you have more or less, everyone has hair and doctors see all sorts of things every day. We bet they won’t even blink.
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