Developing chest hair might seem alarming to some women. Some might think it is natural.
I know a woman who loves to let the hair on her chest grow. She thinks it is nice and smooth when it grows out.
Most times, a woman only has fine hair, or peach fuzz, above the lips and on the chin, chest, abdomen, or back. If you have coarse, dark hairs in these areas, the condition is called Hirsutism or Hypertrichosis. Such hair growth is more typical of men.
Hirsutism in women often appears in the places where men have body hair. The excess hair is usually coarse and dark (different from the fine hair that some women have on their upper lip, chin, breasts and stomach). The hairs also grow longer than normal instead of remaining short, and fine.
Hirsutism can either be genetic or caused by one of the body’s natural reactions to hormonal and biochemical imbalances, like insulin resistance and high levels of androgen hormones. Hirsutism is not a disease but rather a natural expression of a woman’s hormonal makeup, which may or may not be in its optimal state.
Contact your doctor if:
- The hair grows rapidly
- You also have male features such as acne, deepening voice, increased muscle mass, and decreased breast size
- You are concerned that a medication may be worsening unwanted hair growth
Options for hair removal include:
- Weight loss
- Chemical hair removal
- Sugaring, Waxing, Threading or Plucking
- Laser hair removal
- Spearmint tea
- Pumice stone
- Sugar and lemon pack
- Bleaching or lightening hair may make it less noticeable.
P.S I advise you see an endocrinologist or gynecologist. Depending on the amount of hair, it could be an indication of other conditions, such as PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome. A condition such as this, left untreated could cause infertility in the future.
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