Does menopause cause facial hair?

In some cases, menopause does indeed result in the appearance of facial hair. Usually, the increase in facial hair as a result of menopause is only marginal, but in some cases, the growth can become rather thick and problematic, which leads many women to seek help. The reason for this growth of hair is the change in the hormone levels in your body during menopause. Normally, women's bodies create more estrogen and only a little testosterone, which is primarily a male hormone. After the onset of menopause, the production of estrogen falls, sometimes quite drastically, and this often results in hair loss on the scalp. However, at the same time, the relative increase in levels of testosterone causes hair to grow in areas in which it is more typical for men to have hair - the chin and upper lip.

Even apart from this, menopause is often quite a traumatic period for women. The hair loss and hair growth mentioned are not the only problems experienced - in addition, many women experience excessive sweating, mood swings, physical and mental exhaustion, and what are commonly known as hot flushes. You have not mentioned any such symptoms, so perhaps you are just very lucky, or else the cause of the facial hair that you have noticed is something completely different.

It is advisable that you consult your doctor about the possible causes of your problem. A thyroid problem is one possibility, and there are other hormone related problems as well that will need to be checked out. Your doctor will be able to explore your other symptoms, and based on them, come up with a diagnosis.

If possible and desirable, hormone supplements or other treatments can be used to tackle the problem of facial hair as well as any other unpleasant symptoms that you may be experiencing. (Of course, if you have a thyroid condition, then you have a more serious problem, and it will need to be addressed directly, rather than addressing the symptoms.)

If these measures do not help, or if for some reason they are not advisable, you can try standard cosmetic procedures to remove unwanted hair, such as threading, plucking, bleaching, or using a depilatory cream or powder. The method that you choose will of course depend on the growth of hair and the sensitivity of your skin. In particular, you should be careful about using creams or powders, as facial skin is sometimes too sensitive to handle them.

answered by M W

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