Female Facial Hair in Menopause

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Is this soon to be you in this picture? Unwanted facial hair - A symptom of menopause. While hair loss is common in women who are currently undergoing the hormonal changes associated with menopause, did you know that growing facial hair could also be a symptom? That’s right. Thousands of women, who are either in menopause or are in perimenopause, the period of time before true menopause begins, notice the growth of facial hair. But why?

The answer lies in the complex role estrogen plays in the female body. Estrogen is commonly associated with the reproductive process, however this hormone plays a large role in many systems throughout the body including the heart, liver, bladder, blood vessels, and even in hair growth. Androgenic alopcia, or the thinning of hair on the scalp, is one of the more commonly experienced symptoms of menopause. Along with the loss of hair on your head, the growth of hair on your face, also known as hirsutism, can also be linked to menopause, although women can experience this phenomenon at any point in their lives after puberty.

Scientists believe that it is the combination of the loss of estrogen and progesterone that causes the symptoms of facial hair in menopausal women. Combating this problem resides in a combination of good health and hormone replacement therapy.

In addition to or in place of hormone treatments, women experiencing unwanted hair growth on their faces can employ other methods to remove the hair including depilatories, waxing, electrolysis and laser hair removal. Each of these hair removal methods have their pros and cons and each should be discussed with a dermatologist to weigh any side effects.

Adding vitamin B6 and green tea to the diet can help. Watching your diet is recommended as many doctors believe that the chronic presence of insulin and stress hormones contribute to the production of androgen, which is a male sex hormone that triggers hair growth on the face.

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