I mentioned earlier how following a Paleo diet helped my PCOS issues but I never really got into my issues with hirsutism. It’s not a health issue that every woman with PCOS has but I’m one of the lucky few who have to deal with it.
So what exactly is hirsutism? The definition per Wikipedia:
“the excessive hairiness on women in those parts of the body where terminal hair does not normally occur or is minimal – for example, a beard or chest hair. It refers to a male pattern of body hair (androgenic hair) and it is therefore primarily of cosmetic and psychological concern. Hirsutism is a medical sign rather than a disease and may be a sign of a more serious medical condition, especially if it develops well after puberty. . .”
I have always been hairy and it’s not sexy nor an accepted social norm for women to have hair on their face nonetheless an over abundance of hair on their chest, arms or legs. I learned this in junior high when I decided that I would not shave my legs until high school and a classmate (guy) would stare at my legs in horror and ask me every time I donned shorts – which was a lot since I lived in Arizona – why I would not shave. I ignored him. I’m good at doing that but it finally clicked when I was getting a hair cut and the hair dresser tisked and asked why I had not shaved my sideburns and didn’t I know that girls did not have sideburns that I was not normal. My typically reaction to this at this time was to bury my head in the sand and not look at the health issues that were causing this imbalance.
The hair just got worse over the years. At first it was one single hair on my chin and now I have to break out my wax kit every other week to take care of what seems like every inch of my face. I know there are women out there who have to shave every single day. There are women who have full beards and get 5 o clock shadow. There are women who have hair all over their chests or are dealing with the opposite – male pattern baldness. Perhaps the cards I was dealt are a little better but still I’m not celebrating over here.
Besides investing in depilatories, I’ve looked at what natural remedies might help Hirsutism. I do believe that my Paleo diet has helped. I do believe that my avoidance of soy, preference of organic food and bath/beauty product have helped but I don’t have any way to prove it.
As soon as I’m done nursing I’m going to start experimenting with the following herbal remedies to see if it will help with the excess hair.
3 Natural Remedies for Hirsutism
- Chaste Berry
- Saw Palmetto
If you have hirsutism, what have you found that has to worked to help with excessive hair.
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