Do I have hirsutism?
Many hirsute women are wondering

by Baby

Body hair drives hirsute women crazy

I am one of the hirsute women who are wondering if I suffer from the illness hirsutism or not.

I am not sure if I have it, but I'm really starting to think so. I have really white skin and dark body hair.

The problem is that the hair is really dark on my belly and back. I also have some hair on my buttocks. The hair on my arms, hands and legs is not that bad.

I remove the unwanted hair on my legs with wax. But only on my legs. I bleach the hair on my belly and back. That solves the problem only for a week or two.

It worries me because 2 or 3 years ago I didn't have this much body hair. It just got darker and started to grow more. I really hope it will stop here.

If it will keep getting darker and thicker I'm thinking about changing my sex. Not because I feel like a man or anything like that, but I'd rather be a man and enjoy my life than be a woman and living miserably because I can't have that hairless smooth skin everybody is so crazy about.

Body hair is not natural anymore. It is gross for everyone, but those ugly, nasty, huge, fake boobs are considered gorgeous. Plastic people are sexy now...

I'm trying not to get upset over such things. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I like natural people, because they are really beautiful.

I love people who just live and don't care about what others say is considered to be normal or right. But still sometimes it gets me into a bad mood and then I hate my body.

I'm pretty in winter because I can cover most of my body, maybe let my hands out or show a little cleavage. But in summer I have to work a little harder to wear some shorts or a tiny top.

That is another thing. I don't have a really, really hairy body, but sometimes I just get bored of waxing, shaving, threading, bleaching, trimming, etc. It drives me crazy!

Maybe I'll go for the hippie look! I love the nature. Then I'll be happy, free, lazy and ... hairy.

(I never really talked to anyone about this, it's too personal, but it feels good to share it with someone:) )

Karina's answer:

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your very sensitive story here. I know for a fact there are lots of women out there who feel exactly like you do, but don't have your guts. BRAVO!

I think I can safely assume that you didn't really mean it when you said that you would like to change your sex. But I can understand it was said out of frustration.

Your photo shows you have a little bit of body hair on your stomach. I have no idea what your back looks like. But I can assure you that it really isn't bad.

Do yourself a favour and visit Female Patient to read up about hirsutism. Medical practitioners use the Ferriman Gallway model to assess the severity of this illness.

The body areas they assess are: upper lip, chin and throat, breasts, stomach, pubic area, upper arms, legs, back and buttocks.

The severity of each body area is assessed on a scale from 1 to 4. One being the least severe and 4 the most.

You only mentioned that you have hair on your stomach, back and buttocks. It is quite common for all nine of the body areas to be affected in different degrees.

I want to suggest that you go to a medical doctor to be correctly assessed. If your hormones are a little haywire he will prescribe medication to correct it.

Remember, it is androgenic (male) hormones that are responsible for the male pattern hair growth on a female's body.

Once your hormones are sorted out you can consider to have the body hair removed by means of laser or electrolysis. But it is imperative that you must get your hormone levels corrected first.

I am honestly of the opinion that you should start to love your body again. You have your health - fully embrace that. Don't waste your precious energy and emotions on a little bit of hair!

You sound like a very sensitive young lady, but please don't let this get the better of you. If you don't love yourself, how can you expect anybody else to love you? You are special, because only one of you were created.

By the way, I totally agree with you about the boobs and plastic people!

I wish you all the luck in the world to sort out your problem. I invite you to please e-mail me through my contact me page and let me know what your doctor said when you visited him.

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Many hirsute women are wondering

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Nov 14, 2012
Laser is not the way to go
by: Anonymous

Electrolysis can be permanent hair removal for some, but it is painful and prohibitively expensive for most.

Laser and IPL are touted as being permanent but the FDA specifically prohibits these claims as they are not true.

The problem with laser hair removal is that most of the time it is done in a salon with inexpensive laser equipment made in China and the results depend very heavily on the skill of the non medical operator.

While the laser beam is supposed to burn the hair follicle, often it can severely burn the skin and cause scarring for life. It has now become a specialty of many attorneys to seek damages for laser burns and scarring. This would seem to prove that the laser procedures are not as safe as the industry tries to portray.

If you simply Google laser hair removal burn pictures or search the RipOffReport you will see the other side of the very rosy pictures that hair removal salons paint.

In saying this I do not mean to prick your bubble of hope, but being properly informed is very important so that in desperation you do not throw money at the problem and get scarred skin.

As none of the hair removal methods are permanent and messing with one's hormones produces other serious side effects, you may as well go with an inexpensive time tested method, namely shaving.

However do not wet shave with a safety razor as this progressively damages the skin. The razor blade scrapes away the top layer of skin - the perodermis - along with the unwanted hairs. This is what causes the red bumps, shaver rash (aka pseudofolliculitis barbae)and also ingrown hairs.

My advice (from my own experience) is to check out the rotary personal electric shavers online and shave dry. This way in the privacy of your own home you will achieve a smoother shave for longer, with no mess and you don't get cuts or nicks as with wet shaving. By the way - NO, your hair will not grow back thicker and faster - this is simply an old wive's tale.

You can do a Google search for personal shavers like ? - but don't believe the nonsense about the ? being made in Japan or being a ? shaver because it is untrue. (Karina removed the brand names, because it is free advertising)

I do wish you well in your quest to be less hairy where it bothers you most.

Nov 14, 2012
Thank you, but I am still scared
by: Anonymous

You are so kind. I swear to god, you seem really kind! Anyways! I am going to get my hormone levels checked and I really hope there is a way to control it.

I don't know if I should do electrolysis or laser. I shall consult with a doctor for that. I was wondering if you are a doctor as well, because you seem to know a great deal about this disease.

You are just sooo kind! Thank you for your kind words and support! Made my day 🙂

Karina's comment:

Big, big pleasure. No, I am not a doctor. With such a beautiful attitude you will go far in life. Please stay so sweet.

Nov 08, 2012
Reply to Karina
by: Anonymous

I would like to wax it but eventually it is going to grow back! I want to permanently remove the hair so it won't bother me ever again! And thank you so much for the reply. I actually told my mom only about the abdomen hair, but haven't told her I have hirsutism yet. I mustered the courage to ask her to take me to the doctors so I can get my blood checked and lower my male hormone level! It's embarassing! But thank you so much for your kind words and support!

Karina's answer:

My pleasure. Congratulations, you are very brave. I am very proud of you. It must have been very difficult to tell your mom. Now the ball is on the roll to get your problem sorted out with your parents' help.

I would like to stress that hirsutism is a disease. Not every hairy woman has hirsutism, although it is one of the telltale signs of the disease.

It is imperative to get your hormone levels normal before getting the excess body hair under control with expensive hair removal treatments. If you don't, the hair will simply grow back, because they are hormone driven.

The ONLY hair removal method that will permanently get rid of your body hair is electrolysis. Laser might give good results, but don't bet on it. Electrolysis is a slow and very expensive treatment.

Until your hormone levels are sorted out, I suggest you have the body hair waxed off about once a month. Please don't shave it, because regrowth will feel stubbly.

Please love yourself and your body just the way it is. You are precious, unique and beautiful, because God created you. Things can only get better now.

I wish you the best of luck. Please give my regards to your parents.

Nov 05, 2012
More hirsute women asking for help
by: Anonymous

I am also one of the hirsute women. My body hair is just like yours, but it is a little darker. Both my parents are hairless, and so is my brother. I am the only hairy person in my family!

I want to go and consult with the doctor, but I am scared the treatment is going to cost a lot. I am really scared and embarrassed about my body.

I can't go to the pool or the beach because of my arm hair. I think I might be between stage 1 and 2. I dont like it and can't wear my cultural dress because of my hairy abdomen!

I have also heard some of the girls from my class making jokes about hairy people, so I am afraid to take off my blazer in a really hot day.

I am terrified and really nervous to speak to my parents. Currently all I do is think about this hideous body of mine! I am just really terrified.

If somebody know how it can be treated and how much it will cost ...please tell me.. that would be much appreciated! Thank you.

Karina's answer:

I understand your anguish, but please don't despair. You sound very young and still have the rest of your life in front of you. Please don't develop a hate relationship with your body at this tender age!

Please go to your mother and take her into your confidence. Tell her about your fears and anguish. She is the person who can, and will, help you. Together you can look for ways to solve your problem.

Mom will see to it that money is made available for any treatment you might need. Let her handle your father. A good temporary option to consider, that won't break the bank, is waxing.

Jan 13, 2012
More about hirsutism
by: Baby

Thank you for your response and good thoughts. I'll keep an eye on this page.

The hair on my back and arms look mostly like those on my belly. I know it's not too bad, but still it bothers me sometimes. Mostly when I'm in a bad mood or something like that.

I love myself, I'm nice, got a good sense of humor, pretty smart too, fun, healthy and many find me attractive. So, why wouldn't I love myself?

If I bleach the 'darn things' you can't see it, even if you stare. So my problem is solved until I have another break down on a bad day.

The thing that bothers me the most, is the world we are living in. I don't even know why I'm trying to fit in, because I don't want to be a plastic doll. I would really like to make a trip back in time to the 60's.

It's hard to find any humans (humanity) these days. Not many people are willing to say something nice just to put a smile on somebody's face, no free hugs, no real feelings, no love.

Just gross nudity. Of course there are ways to make everything look beautiful, artistic, fascinating, etc.

There are even 10 year old girls dieting, for heaven's sake! And again the plastic people, that are being given as examples of real beauty. Are we really evolving? I don't see that.

Sorry if this is mostly off-topic. We are all beautiful, even though we may be hirsute, have cancer, no legs, tumors, too skinny or too fat, hair or no hair, because everybody is unique, with different body shapes, different hair style or skin colour.

Who would want to live in a world where everybody looks alike? The beauty really does come from inside and from the way you treat other people around you.

I'm 18, my life has just started and I'll work hard to make a change, wish you all the best and let's just live!

Karina's reply

I totally agree with you! The media has corrupted the minds of people to put such a huge emphasis on physical beauty.

Unluckily inner beauty hasn't been given the same attention. The psychological turmoil and unhappiness created by this wrong attitude is apparent all over the world.

Advertisements and pornography are mostly to blame for the negative body image most women are struggling with today. Therefore all the plastic surgery.

I am very glad to see you are on the right path. Please continue with this line of thinking, because you are correct.

You sound like a lovely young lady. Don't let the shallowness of wordly beauty cause you to think badly about your own body.

Stop fussing about a little bit of body hair and go out and enjoy your life to the fullest. It is sad but true that life will go on with or without you.

So go out and enjoy it!

Dec 31, 2011
Hirsutism is treatable
by: Shorne

While this is no comfort, you are certainly not alone. Hair is always a problem in that some people may have too much of it, some grow hair in all the wrong places, and yet still more people have no hair where they want it.

Hirsutism is a hormonal imbalance in many cases and can be treated.

May I respectfully suggest that you read various sources on the subject and consult a good doctor with experience in this type of problem. Maybe you could start here :-

Karina's reply:

Thank you very much for your supportive comments Shorne. Normally I don't allow a link to another website, but in this case I do. Hopefully many women who have problems with unwanted body hair, and maybe hirsutism, might benefit from it.

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