Let’s face, hirsutism is a pain in the ass. No matter how confident you are as a woman, male-pattern hair growth isn’t really helpful in building self-esteem, at least not for me, anyway. I’ve battled hirsutism since puberty plus the hairy genetics I’ve inherited. Not only do I have male pattern hair growth, but I also possess coarse dark hair on my arms, legs, hands, and feet. I’m practically a hobbit.
I don’t like it. So, I tried different ways of getting rid of it. And I believe that I have somewhat countered the effects of genetics and hirsutism through a couple different methods:
1) Adjust your nutrition: I changed my eating habits last year and that is when I finally saw a difference in hair growth. Every day I make sure that I get 3 servings of vegetables, 2 servings of fruit, 4 servings of protein, 2 servings of grains, and 1 serving of fat. Changing your eating habits can balance your hormones, and unruly hormones are at the heart of hirsutism. I also strongly recommend getting rid of food products that contain extra hormones (dairy in particular)…if you have hirsutism, your hormones are already taking a beating and ingesting even more is not going to help. There are other ways to get the calcium and protein that dairy contains (lactose-free products, soy, supplements). For my whey protein, I prefer to buy New Zealand whey, which comes from a herd of hormone-free cattle.
2) Exercise: Also another way to balance hormones and get healthy. Strength train three times a week and complete 5 cardio sessions a week.
3) Take Maca: The Maca Root is a natural way to balance hormones. I’ve been using it for almost six months now and I’m pleased with the results. I refuse to take synthetic medication so if something natural works, I say go for it.
4) Try Tea: I hear drinking Spearmint tea every day can help, but I’m still haven’t seen the results of this. For it to be affective, I think you need to drink the Organic stuff and have A LOT of it everyday (probably five cups)…I haven’t been that committed to it. But if anyone has had any positive results with it, I’d love to hear it.
5) Wax: Shaving only eliminates the end of the hair and bleaching doesn’t last (plus it contains so many chemicals!) I’ve been waxing my upper lip, chin, eyebrows, and arms regularly for less than a year and already I have seen dramatic results. My arm hair is just an unfortunate genetic inheritance but it is less coarse and has thinned out. My chin and upper lip, which are hirsutism related, have lightened up considerably. In fact, my esthetician has stopped waxing my chin entirely! If that’s not a sign of improvement, I don’t know what is. I have looked into laser hair removal but I’m not sure it’s for me. The doctor warned me that women with hormonal issues may actually get more hair grow in hirsutism areas…which is not the prefered result. It may be good for arm pits and the bikini area…but for hirsutism spots, I’m sticking with waxing.
Anyone else have any tried and true cures?