Doctors say that unwanted facial hair is very common in post menopausal women. Bet you’re not surprised.
IS HAIR GROWING ON YOUR FACE?
WHY DO SOME WOMEN GET FACIAL HAIR?
Post-menopausal hormone changes in estrogen and androgen levels are often the main culprit. Both drop during menopause, but at different rates. Your estrogen (female hormone) levels tend to drop hard and fast. Androgen (male hormones, including testosterone) levels drop more slowly.
DNA is another factor. Did your mom or grandmother have facial hair in her sixties? If so, chances are that you will, too.
Obesity may also be a cause. Androgen levels tend to be higher in women who are overweight.
Glandular disfunction (adrenal, thyroid, ovarian cysts) can cause facial hair by disrupting normal hormone production.
Some medications, including minoxidil (for hair loss), and steroids, can also disrupt hormone production.
WHAT KIND OF HAIR GROWS ON YOUR FACE?
One of two kinds of hair may appear. Often, new facial hair is very soft and pale, almost invisible (except, of course, to you). Sometimes, however, it is quite dark and coarse.
Medical: If there are cysts on your ovaries, or other kinds of glandular malfunction, your doctor can provide therapy in the form of anti-androgen medications to balance your hormone levels. She may also prescribe a cream to reduce the growth of facial hair. If you’re overweight, she may put you on a diet. Losing excess weight often helps rebalance the way your body produces hormones.
Laser hair removal and electrolysis are effective ways to permanently eliminate dark, coarse hair. Laser removal involves using concentrated light rays to destroy the hair follicles. Electrolysis is the removal of hair using an electric current. Both methods must be done by health professionals, and can be expensive. They usually require more than one session to be successful.
Do-it-yourself methods: Waxing, shaving, and using chemical foam depilatories.
WILL REMOVING FACIAL HAIR CAUSE IT TO GROW BACK TWICE AS FAST AND THICK?
For more information:
• womensvoicesforchange.org - menopause and facial hair
• everydayhealth.com - combating hair woes
• healthline.com - excessive unwanted hair in women
• scientificamerican.com - fact or fiction if your shave your hair