Hair Removal FAQs
- What is hirsutism?
- What causes it?
- Am I likely to experience hirsutism?
- How do I know if I have the condition?
- What should I do if I think I am suffering from hirsutism?
- Is hair removal safe?
- What is the most effective method of hair removal?
- Can men suffer from hirsutism?
- Is hirsutism dangerous?
- Can I buy prescription hair removal medication online?
Hirsutism is a condition characterised by excessive hair growth in women, usually to the face, although it can also affect the chest and lower back. The texture and colour of the hair is different to the small hairs that usually appear on certain parts of the body, as they can be darker, coarser and more obvious.
It is caused by an excess of male sex hormones (known as androgens), which make the hair grow thicker and darker than usual. It can sometimes occur due to an underlying condition such as polycystic ovary syndrome, but can also appear after pregnancy or during menopause.
Hirsutism can affect any woman of any age, but it is believed to be more likely in post-menopausal women as the hormone imbalance can cause the condition. Hirsutism can also sometimes be caused by polycystic ovary syndrome or can occur for hereditary reasons.
If you are finding thick, dark hair in areas such as the face, neck, chest, stomach or thighs, you may be suffering from hirsutism. These symptoms are sometimes accompanied by acne or oily skin, hair loss or changes to the voice. Your GP will be able to conduct some simple tests in order to check your hormone levels and find out if you have the condition.
If you are suffering from the symptoms described, you may be suffering from hirsutism due to a hormone imbalance. If this is the case you should visit your GP who will likely prescribe a course of hormonal contraceptives to reduce the symptoms of the condition.
You shouldn't suffer from any complications due to hair removal, although some methods can cause irritation to the skin affected. Some medical procedures such as laser treatment do carry a higher risk, but prescription medications such as Vaniqa are considered safe, although there is always a risk of side effects.
Most methods of hair removal will be effective. The most appropriate one for you depends on weather you are looking for a quick, short-term solution such as shaving, or a permanent option such as laser treatment. If you're looking for an easy and painless long-lasting solution, a hair removal cream such as Vaniqa can help to reduce hair growth in cases of hirsutism.
No. Because excessive male hormones cause hirsutism, it is not considered a medical condition in men.
Hirsutism is not a dangerous medical condition, although it can in some cases be damaging to a person's self-esteem. Because there are no serious risks associated with the condition, some women choose to remove the excess hair as opposed to taking hormonal medication.
You can buy prescription medication for hair removal such as Vaniqa cream online at HealthExpress after filling in a free online consultation so that one of our doctors can review your medical information and ensure that the medication is safe and effective for you to use. Once your order has been approved, it will be dispatched from our pharmacy for free next-day delivery.