Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can I Limit My Facial Hair Growth?

Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 02:45 PM

Question: I’m a woman in my 40s who has long suffered from hirsutism (abnormal facial hair growth). Is there a natural way to stop this hair growth?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Long-term hirsutism may be genetic or caused by a hormonal imbalance, such as too much testosterone. Are your menses normal or are they irregular? Do you have any other symptoms of masculinization, or do your relatives have similar issues? Are you of Mediterranean descent? The answers to these questions can all offer clues. It would be wise for you to be evaluated for polycystic ovary syndrome and other conditions associated with hirsutism. I recommend you see your doctor. Expect some blood tests and evaluation for endocrine disorders (diabetes, hypothyroidism), as well as an ultrasound of your ovaries to start. There is no natural way to stop unwanted facial hair growth unless there is a cause that can be treated, but we do have effective prescription medications that will help you. Time to see your doctor.

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