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I'm 30 and have been developing symptoms that make me think I'm experiencing premature menopause or a thyroid complication. Hot flashes (since around age 23 or 24) acne far worse than as a teen (since late 20's) quite a bit of facial hair growth (since la

I'm 30 and have been developing symptoms that make me think I'm experiencing premature menopause or a thyroid complication. Hot flashes (since around age 23 or 24) acne far worse than as a teen (since late 20's) quite a bit of facial hair growth (since la

Thirty: Thirty would be extremely young fo rmenopause. I am glad that you have had testing performed by your physician and endocrinologist. It may be helpful to keep a log of your symptoms and review them with your physician or specialist in the future so that they are aware of all of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Menopause (Definition)

The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


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In grown facial hair has cause excessive facial swelling is there any simple at home procedure?

In grown facial hair has cause excessive facial swelling is there any simple at home procedure?

No: If you have excessive facial swelling associated with an embedded or ingrown hair, attempting to resolve the infection with a home remedy could be more painful and result in a more extensive problem. You should see your primary care physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Why do some women have excessive body and facial hair? I also will go months sometimes without a period.

Why do some women have excessive body and facial hair? I also will go months sometimes without a period.

Possible PCOS.: Some women suffer from a condition called pcos or polycystic ovarian syndrome which is a spectrum of issues from excessive body and facial hair to menstrual irregularity to truncal obesity and even Insulin resistance. Get checked out by your gynecologist so that tests can be run to ensure that medication is not called for. ...Read more

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I have a teenage daughter who has excessive facial hair she shaves and it leaving bumps everywhere what can I do I also have some onmy chin?

I have a teenage daughter who has excessive facial hair she shaves and it leaving bumps everywhere what can I do I also have some onmy chin?

Hypertrichosis: Excessive facial hair can be due to hormonal irregulation. You need to, first, see your pediatrician to rule out adrenal associated problems and/ or polycystic ovarian disease. Morbid obesity also causes such problems.
Laser hair removal is an option. It does not cause hair folliculitis (like shaving does) and after 4-6 sessions, it permanently solves the problem. If an etiology, treat that 1st. ...Read more

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Hi, I m srinu, 30yrs, male. I have excess facial hair extending toward front side of my face which I want to restrict to sides of my face. Please sugge?

Hi, I m srinu, 30yrs, male. I have excess facial hair extending toward front side of my face which I want to restrict to sides of my face. Please sugge?

Unwanted facial hair: Laser is an option - If you have dark skin, try to avoid IPL type of lasers. Look for someone with a 1064 nm laser. If the hair is hormonal it may respond to eflonithine cream. Electrolysis works. Waxing is temporary and shaving is likely what you are doing now. ...Read more

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Excessive facial hair in girl. Is there a cure for that.

Excessive facial hair in girl. Is there a cure for that.

Depends on the cause: It depends on the cause of excessive facialhair, in females it is called hirsutism. Hirsutism can be caused by1 cuushing syndrome due to adrenals producing excess cortisol 2genetic masculising 3 polycyctic ovarian syndrome.
There is treatments available like laser haor rmoval which is very effective, electrolysis. ...Read more

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Will the going on the pill cure my excessive facial hair?

Will the going on the pill cure my excessive facial hair?

This is serious: Especially if your periods are irregular, this is serious business and your physician needs to be your guide. The oral contraceptive pill may be right for you, and not just for birth control, but for other health benefits. In the meantime, a laser or electrolysis Rx can end the facial hair troubles. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have excesive facial hair during pregnancy?

Is it normal to have excesive facial hair during pregnancy?

Not unusual: The change in hormones during pregnancy can certainly affect facial hair. If you think it is really problematic, mention it to your OB at your next visit, but I would not lose any sleep over this. Just one of many, many changes your body experiences during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Excess hair growth in women can be drug related? Facial hair for example?

Excess hair growth in women can be drug related? Facial hair for example?

Depends on the drug?: Hirsutism is a term used to describe increased hair growth in women where hair doesn't usually grow like the jaw/back/abdomen. This can be associated with drugs, most commonly drugs with androgen activity like steroids, danazol, progestens, methyldopa, etc. Can be a sign of an underlying hormone disorder associated with disease like obesity, diabetes, polycystic ovary, or a hormone releasing tumor. ...Read more

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What can my primary care doc do about my excess facial hair?

What can my primary care doc do about my excess facial hair?

Facial hair: There is a prescription called vaniqua that slows the growth of hair. Thus, you would not have to shave, wax or pluck as often. The best treatment to remove hair is with the hair laser. However this may take between 5-10 treatments which is not covered by insurance. The laser only works with black or brown hair not blond or grey. ...Read more

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Will rogaine (minoxidil) for men cause excessive facial hair growth on women?

Will rogaine (minoxidil) for men cause excessive facial hair growth on women?

No: Rogaine (minoxidil) only acts directly where it is applied. Men put it on their scalp in the front receding hairline area of in the back circle of hair loss. Women get more of a female pattern baldness when is overall equal hair loss from the entire scalp. You may use rogaine (minoxidil) for this, but be sure to wash your hands so you don't transfer it to areas where you don't want hair growth to be encouraged! ...Read more

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I want to get checked out for pcos because I get excess facial hair. Is it best to ask for a female doctor?

I want to get checked out for pcos because I get excess facial hair. Is it best to ask for a female doctor?

Expertise important: When seeking out help for any medical condition, the expertise of the doctor and of course your comfort level with him/her is most important, not their gender. A reproductive endocrinologist, gyn or endocrinologist are types of doctors you would want to see. If by female doctor you mean, a gyn, that is appropriate. ...Read more

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I have excessive body hair but my parents and grandparents have quite less body hair. My facial hair are thick and coarse. Please help me?

I have excessive body hair but my parents and grandparents have quite less body hair. My facial hair are thick and coarse. Please help me?

What's wrong: Before we can appropriately treat you, we need to find out what's going on. See your doctor. He/she will listin to you, perform an examination, and possibly order some tests to see what's wrong. ...Read more

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Other than facial hair growth can PCOD also result in excessive hair growth on other parts of the body like hands? Does it have long lasting effects?

Other than facial hair growth can PCOD also result in excessive hair growth on other parts of the body like hands? Does it have long lasting effects?

Androgens, PCOS/hair: The male hormones (androgens) that the PCOS produces will enhance hair growth throughout the body where male hair growth occurs genetically. In other words, facial, chest and diamond shaped pubic hair when the effects are excessive. ...Read more

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24 years old, overweight, excessive facial hair, irregular periods, 20 day cycles, been trying to conceive ~1 year- what could I have?

24 years old, overweight, excessive facial hair, irregular periods, 20 day cycles, been trying to conceive ~1 year- what could I have?

PCOD: Your body description could be Polycystic Ovarian Disorder. Usually assoc with weight - especially in abdomen - male like hair distribution and irregular periods. The skin of the ovaries is too thick so the body generates more testosterone (yep even in gals!) to help try to push them out. A lot of PCOD patients have problems with infertility and irregular periods. See your Gynecologist and discuss ...Read more

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Could my acne be related to ovarian cysts and excess facial hair? Last checked (about a month ago) hormones were okay. My cycles are regular 28 days.

Could my acne be related to ovarian cysts and excess facial hair? Last checked (about a month ago) hormones were okay. My cycles are regular 28 days.

Yes: Respectfully, I doubt we fully understand a woman's hormonal symphony. The question we can answer isn't whether you have a relative excess of androgens or what else may be involved, but whether your acne can be treated effectively. If you want, it can be, whether by the oral contraceptive pill, topical rx (clindamycin, retinoic acid, benzoyl peroxide), and/or systemic antibiotics. Thanx 4 writing. ...Read more

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I have been on cipla cyproterone acetate 50 to combat excessive facial hair growth as a result of being diagnosed with pcos. During the period that i?

I have been on cipla cyproterone acetate 50 to combat excessive facial hair growth as a result of being diagnosed with pcos. During the period that i?

Question?: Not sure exactly what you are asking since it got cut off. Irregular periods are common with this medication and with pcos. Normally it is given with other hormones like birth control to regulate the cycle. ...Read more

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How can I reverse thinning hair after menopause?

How can I reverse thinning hair after menopause?

Topical rogaine (minoxidil): Options include use of women's rogaine (minoxidil) topical application twice a day or use of follicular unit hair transplantation to areas of greatest loss. ...Read more

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How can I make facial hair grow faster?

How can I make facial hair grow faster?

There really isn't: A way to speed up hair growth. ...Read more

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How can I grow more facial hair quickly?

How can I grow more facial hair quickly?

Facial hair: Genetics plays a role in hair loss and growth. There is really no way to speed up this process. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to stop facial hair please?

Is there anything I can do to stop facial hair please?

Lasers work great: As does waxing, but lasers are permanent. Also topical eflornithine helps slow hair growth and thin it out ...Read more

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Can facial hair be reduced or stopped with medication?

Can facial hair be reduced or stopped with medication?

Fascial hair: Fascial hair can be secondary to hormonal
Imbalance and medications can be prescribed to reduce the growth. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I make my facial hair grow faster and thicker?

How can I make my facial hair grow faster and thicker?

Tincture of time.: If your beard is just coming in, it will likely get thicker and longer over time, but there's no way to predict such things, particularly sight-unseen. Beard characteristics do tend to run in families, however, so take a look at your father and your grandfathers -- if they can grow a long, thick beard, you will probably be able to as well. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I want to grow more facial hair?

???: You don't state if you are male or female. I assume, albeit incorrectly that you are male. What is your genetic history? Certain individuals cannot grow hair to the abundance of others - i.e. American indians, asians, vs mid-easteners, etc. What is the hair disposition of your father and brother? ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have a problem with facial hair: (?

What do you suggest if I have a problem with facial hair: (?

Manage it: If you're a female, manage any underlying hormonal problem in conjunction with your gynecologist or primary caregiver, and get the facial hair removed. The large majority of people will urge you to do this. Laser and electrolysis are both great and won't cost much. ...Read more

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I'm 18 and I have no facial hair, what can I do to get more?

Your ethnicity: Since I do not know your ethnicity I cannot comment if you should or should not have a lot of facial hair. If your family members do have a lot of hair on their face then you should see an endocrinologist to see if there is a problem. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I would like to grow more facial hair?

What do you suggest if I would like to grow more facial hair?

Nothing: Unless you suffer from hypogonadism with a very low testosterone then there is nothing to promote facial hair growth. Now if you do have hypogonadism see an endocrinologist, they can start you on testosterone replacement and in a few months you will see facial hair growth. ...Read more

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What is the most effective and lest costly to remove facial hair?

What is the most effective and lest costly to remove facial hair?

Waxing: Of the options out there i'd say waxing. Laser is more effective but costly. ...Read more

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Are there ways to make my facial hair grow out longer and darker?

Are there ways to make my facial hair grow out longer and darker?

No great answer: Omega fish oil, multivitamins, biotin, and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will encourage healthy hair growth. There is however, no quick fix to make it grow out darker. ...Read more

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When exactly is it normal for a pubescent teenagers to get facial hair?

When exactly is it normal for a pubescent teenagers to get facial hair?

Facial hair: Boys begin to develop facial hair between 17-20 years of age, while some can develop hair into their mid-twenties ...Read more

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Do you think I should shave or trim coz I heard dat it helps growing ur facial hair thicker?

Do you think I should shave or trim coz I heard dat it helps growing ur facial hair thicker?

Won't matter: Your sign yourself Sharon but I'm going to assume that you are already a man with a beard. Whether you shave or don't will not affect whether the thickness of your beard -- this is a myth. As long as you're otherwise functioning as a man, this is entirely a function of your genetics. I'm sorry that some cultures have superstitions, and I'd urge you to work on your fitness -- you control that 100%. ...Read more

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I'm 19 and my facial hair is not appearing as much as I want it to, is there any way to make it show up faster?

I'm 19 and my facial hair is not appearing as much as I want it to, is there any way to make it show up faster?

Facial hair: It could be that you should be evaluated by an internist or endocrinologist to be sure that your hormones are functioning properly. If some are low that could be corrected. ...Read more

Facial Hair (Definition)

Facial hair is a physical characteristic usually found on males where hair grows around the chin and lower portion of the face. The development of facial hair usually begins during puberty. Additionally women can occasionally develop facial hair but it usually happens when hormone levels change, ...Read more