I’m so sorry to hear that :( Dealing with hirsutism, especially as a teenager, is really really hard and I don’t blame you at all for feeling depressed. Have you explained to your mum why you want to go to the doctor? Like made it really clear to her what the problem is and how you feel about it? It would be best if you could go a. so they can check your hormones just in case they have anything to do with your hair growth and b. to get some options for treatment. I’ve mentioned before in previous asks that the two most common treatment options are either the birth control pill or anti androgen pills. These two are usually used for women who have hirsutism because of hormone related issues though. There are also natural alternatives such as spearmint tea or liquorice extract which are supposedly good for reducing excessive hair growth. As for what you should ask the doctor, I would just tell them your symptoms. It’s worth noting if you’ve had any other issues such as painful or missing periods, breakouts etc in case it is your hormones but if not just describe the hair growth to the doctor and they should be able to help you. I really hope you can get the help that you need and please remember that your self worth isn’t defined by how much body hair you have. Good luck anon x
i’m so self-conscious about my hairy arms.. i always think about using nair on them or shaving them because i feel like it will make me worry less, but then i like to think who fucking cares? because there is nothing abnormal about hair, and everyone has it. i just sit on the fence all the time, when will i learn to be careless?
Thank you so much! These kind of comments make me so happy :D I’m really glad that this blog has helped you and I can assure you it’s not going anywhere! Unfortunately I can’t always post as much as I want to right now since I’m so busy with personal stuff but it’s very much alive and will be here for those who need it. Stay strong my hirsute cutie <3
Haha don’t worry anon, yes I have been in relationships before and no they really didn’t care, literally I’ve never had a boyfriend bring up my body hair and I mean I do keep quite a lot of it. I’ve never had a guy reject me because I was hairy either. I’ll tell you from now that I really don’t think it matters that much to most guys and should you meet one that it does matter to, he is not worth your time at all. closet-hirsute also has some good insight into sexual relationships with hirsutism and if you’ve noticed throughout my blog there have been messages from other hirsute women who are now in committed and happy relationships. Not to mention the fact that I have a lot of female family members who are also very hairy and are happily married and have children. So in answer to your question yes I do know quite a few women who have hirsutism and are happy with their sexual life x
Ohhh my gosh thank you! This is the first time I’ve been tagged to answer anything and by closet-hirsute of all people! This is a really big deal for me lol
1. As well as pcos and hirsutism I also suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and clinical depression. As you can tell I really lucked out in the genetic lottery.
2. Despite living in the UK for most of my life my english is still pretty rubbish, mostly from not speaking it much as a kid and even now with my parents at home. It’s kind of embarrassing because people hear just like a typical London accent and wouldn’t imagine english being such a problem for me.
3. I have a 2 year old german shepherd who I looove to pieces. I’m a big believer in pet therapy and think having him has helped me a lot.
4. I actually planned to delete this blog about a week after I made it. I just came here to vent about my struggles as a hirsute woman, I had absolutely NO idea that I would find as many people going through the same thing as I am and have cried multiple times after reading messages women have sent me thanking for me this blog and telling me I’m beautiful.
5. One of my biggest inspirations on tumblr has actually been closet-hirsute. I think she’s fabulous, strong and beautiful and I admire her a lot for everything she’s been through with her hirsutism.
So hopefully this has helped you get to know a little more about the face behind this blog. Since this is a side blog I can’t send questions to people as hirsuteandcute so if you get an anon message tagging you, it’s from me! x
friend: i havent shaved in weeks my legs are so hairy
me: i shaved this morning
wait do men actually think that women shave their legs regularly in the winter because son I have some news for you
if “girls aren’t supposed to have body hair” then why do girls have fucking body hair?
This is so embarrassing, but it’s true I have a lady beard. It might not seem like I have one from pictures of me, but I do.. it exists. I hate myself so much for it. The hairs became better now that I’m using my Tria, but it still bothers the hell out of me. Can’t wait till it’s gone. I won’t miss it at all. .
Thank you anon, that’s so sweet of you to say! I’m Cypriot/Lebanese so I feel you on the hairy genetics front lol
Aaw what a great boyfriend! Good on your girlfriend for deciding to embrace her hirsutism, I really admire that and I’m so glad this blog proved to be helpful to both of you. It’s so great to hear from men who are understanding of their girlfriends/wives condition, especially if she’s struggling with her confidence about it, also props to you for acknowledging the privilege you have as man, the fact that you will never have to experience the amount of societal pressure as your girlfriend over your body hair or appearance in general and yet still try and understand what she’s going through is really fantastic. It’s reasonable that you feel bad, I can’t help but think that so many women would struggle with these problems a lot less if there weren’t so much pressure on women to look perfect and flawless 24/7. I know many women, including myself, that have developed serious depression over their hirsutism and have had their lives be severely effected by it. It’s kind of sad really but the fact that you’ve accepted the fact that you do have an advantage as a man and try to sympathise with your girlfriend is so great, it’s really the best thing you do in this situation. Thank you to you and your girlfriend for sharing your experience x
So it’s my arms again after about a month or two for anon. I realized I didn’t explain in my last picture but I was talking to an anon about arm hair since she was really unhappy about hers and asked me if it was a problem for me etc and I said I’ve been tryna find more confidence in growing out my arm hair and this way the progress I’d made. Like I don’t think arm hair is really a big deal at all especally on others but I still feel kind of embarrassed about not waxing mine. I’ve waxed it for such a long time and was also teased really badly about it especially by boys. Also since arms are like always on show I feel like it’s really obvious, particularly since a lot of my friends arm hair is finer than mine so I feel like it really stands out. If my arm hair stayed the way it was in the first picture when it had just started growing back in I wouldn’t mind as much but this picture is much more true to life, once it’s grown back in properly it’s pretty thick and dark. I’m really fighting with myself not to wax it particularly since I’ve been having a difficult time with confidence recently but I figured if I posted about it on here it would help me confront it since I’m drawing attention right to the part that makes me uncomfortable. Also I know a lot of you guys know where I’m coming from too. Hairy arms unite!
Thank you! Obviously I’m not a professional so I can’t tell you for certain but from the way you’ve described the hair and where it grows I would be tempted to say it’s hirsutism. Honestly the way it’s diagnosed is different depending on your situation, some doctors can tell just by looking or they might ask you about your ethnic background or if you have any history of hormonal issues in women throughout your family. The main reason I tell people to go to the doctor is in case it is cause by hormonal or thyroid problems which can usually be diagnosed by blood tests, physical exam, checking your blood pressure and/or an ultra sound of your womb and ovaries to see if you have any cysts. For some people it is just their genes or background and for others it could be caused by something like PCOS which is what I have, even though thanks to my background I’m pretty hairy anyway! If it is your hormones you’d probably have other symptoms like very painful periods or alternatively missing or losing your period, weight gain, depression, acne etc as well as excessive hair growth so it’s worth noticing if you’ve had any of these symptoms. These are just things I’ve learnt from my experience, if anyone has something to add that I might of forgotten you’re welcome to comment but hopefully this helps to answer your questions! x
You’re very welcome anon! Thank you for your lovely message x