Facial hair

by Linda
(Worcester)

I am well past menopause (66 years old). For the last 10 years my facial hair has become darker and more prominent especially around my chin and upper lip.

I have to pluck daily to keep some form of normallity but even so because these hairs are dark and strong I can see them before they break the skin. I have also noticed that my nose hair is much stronger and darker (am I turning into a man?). After reading your website I am wondering if this could be hormone related. Please help. I am starting to think that shaving is the oinly answer.

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Mar 23, 2011
Facial hair
by: Wray

Hi Linda Facial hair is due to excess testosterone levels, these can rise in menopause, as the ovaries often become androgen producing organs, see here. So no you're not turning into a man! This happened to me in my peri-menopause years, and thank heavens progesterone sorted it out. Excess testosterone is associated with Insulin Resistance, it could be this is the reason you are having problems. These are more papers on androgens in women, see here, here, here, here here, here, here, here and here. Progesterone does suppress excess testosterone. If you should consider using it, please see our page on Menopause, plus our page on Oestrogen Dominance too. This can occur and is disconcerting if it does. I recommend 100-200mg/day progesterone, dependant on symptoms. Occasionally more is required in the initial stages to overcome oestrogen dominance. Take care Wray

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