Oh no, I thought, trying to stand up before feeling my left leg collapse under me. Of course this had to happen now, I thought angrily, imagining the scene when the ambulance came. They were going to see my body.
Over the course of my teenage years, pants, long-sleeved shirts, opaque stockings and ankle length skirts were all my confidantes. I felt I was not allowed to feel or dress feminine with all that hair on my body. Given the thickness of my savanna-like body hair, shaving was not really made for me.
Look closer. Yes, even closer. On the photo I mean.
Like many physical traits, the amount of hair on the buttocks varies from person to person. For the most part, hair on the buttocks is more of a cosmetic feature than a medical one. Your genes determine how much body hair you have, as well as what kind of hair you have, such as color and texture. So, if you have an abundance of hair on your buttocks, your parents most likely passed this trait on to you.
While conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome can cause the growth of such unruly hair, idiopathic hirsutism usually has no underlying cause, other than a higher-than-usual prevalence of androgens i. Women with the condition tend to grow thick, dark hairs on their back, upper-lip, breasts, chin, chest, or tummy, and battling the fuzz as well as the stubble and ingrown hairs associated with removal may lead to frustration and insecurity. While there are treatments available, like a drug called Spironolactone, which blocks androgen receptors and reduces testosterone, or creams like Vaniqa, many are costly.
I decide to use it on my arms but it takes too long and smells awful, so I get rid of the hair on one arm and not the other. I wear a turtleneck in the middle of June until it grows back. I don't tell anyone what I did because then I'd have to explain why I did it.
Up to 10 percent of women have hirsutismwhich is hair growth in a typical male pattern, according to the Mass General Research Institute. A frequent culprit is polycystic ovarian syndrome PCOS. So how to get rid of body hair?
Hair on men is a sign of their virility; hair on women—eh, not so much. For instance, many of my patients complain that they find hair growth on the breasts, above the upper lip, on the chin, on the fingers, stomach, or feet. Could this be normal?
When I was around 14 years old, I started to notice changes with my body hair that were very different from what I had been told to expect during puberty. Very fine, long facial hair started to grow on my chin and neck, but since the hair was blonde, I thought—or hoped—no one would notice. But someone did.
The best advice I can give you is to visit your doctor for a check-up. The fact that the hair is very visible and appears on certain parts of your body — especially the back — suggests there might be a hormone imbalance which can be treated. During puberty, there are rapid increases in several hormones chemicals in the body that lead to your physical growth as well as breast and pubic hair development. These hormones also cause increased oil production and hair growth.