For most women, some increase in stray hairs along the chin and neck is no cause for concern – it’s a normal part of the aging process. However, if you notice a significant increase in hair, a change in the thickness or coarseness of hair, or the appearance of hair in unusual areas such as the chest, upper back or shoulders, this could be a signal of something going wrong in your body. Some of the more common causes of excess hair growth in women include:
Hormonal Imbalance – Women with a hormonal imbalance have an excess amount of male hormones in the body. With increased age, the amount of the female hormone estrogen naturally decreases, which leads to an excess amount of male hormones. But women who experience a significant decrease in estrogen at an earlier than normal age, often report excess hair growth. The source of the imbalance varies from case to case – stress, thyroid problems, diabetes are common causes. And in rare cases, a condition called hyperthecosis, where the ovaries produce too much male hormone, may be the culprit.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) – Another common cause of excess hair growth in women is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). 5-10% of women will experience this condition which causes small, fluid-filled sacs to form on the ovaries. Women with PCOS may also have problems with acne, irregular periods, and trouble losing weight.
Certain Medicines – Some prescribed medications can cause excess hair growth as a side effect. Steroids – which are often used to treat arthritis, cyclosporine – a common psoriasis treatment, and glucocorticoids – which can be used to treat asthma and severe allergies, are common prescription medicines that can cause hirsutism, or an increase in unwanted body hair.
So, what should you do if you’re plagued by excess, unwanted hair? The first step is finding out whether your hair growth is being caused by a more serious medical problem. Addressing the hair growth without taking care of the root cause could be detrimental to your health. Visit your doctor and discuss any concerns you have. Your doctor will be able to help you confirm or rule out underlying causes for your sudden increase in hair. In some cases, treating the underlying cause of the hair growth will cause the hairiness to go away. But in other cases, your only option is to manage the extra hair as best you can.
Keeping unwanted hair in check can be a time-consuming process. Plucking, shaving, and waxing require constant maintenance, and don’t offer a long-term or permanent hair removal solution. Laser hair removal may offer a more practical option for getting rid of unwanted hair. The procedure is a safe and effective way to reduce unwanted hair growth, and, in just a few sessions the results can be astounding. Some people even experience permanent hair removal. As with any treatment, laser hair removal isn’t for everyone, and there are important factors to consider before having laser hair removal.
Are you tired of fighting the never-ending battle against unwanted hair? Contact Cadiz Laser Spa today to find out if laser hair removal is the right solution for you!