I’m 23 yo, i’m of a middle eastern background and I have hirsutism. (i don’t have PCOS) I believe that my hirsutism is idiopathic hirsutism, because my period is regular, though it’s usually painful, especially first and third days, but i think pain during period is pretty common (which of course doesn’t mean that it’s a normal thing). My ovaries are healthy and my testosterone and androgen levels are not above the norm, but are at the high spectrum.
All endocrinologists that saw me said that i have hirsutism, i have coarse dark hair on my face and my chest, and i have dark hair all over my body. I also have acne (mostly on my chin, below nose, upper back).
I know that many people say that it’s impossible to cure hirsutism, but at the same time a lot of women tell stories about how they changed their diet and stuff and their hirsutism is almost gone and is much more manageable.
I know that there are many things I should do if i want to improve my hirsutism (diet, exercise, herbs that reduce male hormones, etc etc) but what to do with the actual hair?
At the moment i pluck/thread my face, pluck/shave my chest hair, and shave arms, legs, bikini area. I’m too embarrassed to go out on the beach or change in front of other women in a changing room, but if i have to i wax my back, stomach, etc.
I’m trying to think of the best way to remove my facial and body hair, there are obviously short term and long term solutions.
I did taster electrolysis session, and oh man, does it hurt! Like i literally thought i will faint. So even if i will consider electrolysis it’ll be only my face (sideburns, chin) and chest.
Laser seems like a good option for bigger body parts, but i’m afraid that i will spend all these money on it but after serious hormonal change (pregnancy for instance) it will all grow back, because laser only reduces hair…
Tria is a more affordable version of laser, but i think it’ll take even longer. Though many people say it actually works.
Then there is waxing/sugaring. Well i can’t use it on my chest, cuz i get crazy irritation there, for the rest of the body i can do sugaring, but it’s so weird being hairless for (in my case) maximum 2 weeks only to be very hairy for the other half of the month…It has some advantages though: it’s not that expensive, not that painful and eventually reduces and thins out the hair (well at least that’s what it does for my oldest sister, she’s pretty hairy too, but she’s been waxing for more than 3 years now)
Another option is rotary epilators. I’ve never tried it, but from the videos i saw on youtube it’s a torture. But i can get used to the pain, i have another concern with epilators. My mother has varicose veins and my oldest sister is starting to get it too, so i guess i have a high chance of having it myself. And i’ve read that epilator can stimulate this kind of stuff…But what i like about epilator is that you don’t have to be super hairy between the treatments.
So considering all the methods listed above, what do you think is the most effective for someone with hirsutism?
Ideally i wouldn’t want to shave my face, i guess it’ll be very traumatic experience for me, but if i have to do it for laser/electrolysis i guess i will…
Please feel free to add any other hair removal methods that might be helpful!