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Hormones secreted into the blood stream by the endoctrine glands affect many aspects of physical development. Their effect can be seen clearly when sexual development is considered, and throughout the reproductive cycles in women, adolescence, pregnancy, and the menopause.

Even within normal hormonal levels, the incidence of unwanted hair can be high, however if the hormonal balance is altered through illness or medication the affect on hormone output can cause hair growth to quickly become a big problem.

Growths of cysts on the ovaries can alter the output of female hormones, allowing the male ones to become dominant, this can cause superfluous hair on areas like the face where the follicles are very sensitive to hormonal change.


In adolescence the hormone control is establishing breast development, menstruation in girls and beard growth and voice changes in the male, this creates potential for unwanted hair in the female. The hormone levels are becoming established and a lot of irregularity exists causing blemishes, irregular periods, and unwanted hair. With an already sensitive hormone balance taking the pill for period problems or acne can disrupt the hormones even more. Hair growth caused by such a factor can sometimes regress when medication is stopped or changed. If an adolescent wants permanent hair removal it is important for a medical consultation first to ascertain hormone problems as the treatment may not be necessary.


Ovarian hormones are necessary to achieve conception and a successful pregnancy. Some women require additional hormonesto maintain a pregnancy, prevent miscarriage or help conception. Hair growth can result from this medication. It can appear after a period of time, after the birth when the hormones have built up.This hair growth appears at an increased level and density and can grow deeper into the dermis as they have been stimulated by greater activity. Sometimes simply the increased level of ovarian hormones is sufficient to trigger increased hair growth.


As the menopause approaches the reproductive role of the body is over and the female hormones lose their dominance over the male hormones. These then cause changes to occur such as loss of menstruation, shrinkage of breast tissue and unwanted hair on the upper lip and chin. Women who have had a total or partial hysterectomy may also suffer from superfluous hair. Treatment for the menopause or after a hysterectomy may involve HRT hormone replacement therapy which can also cause unwanted hair.

Hair removal methods are successful in treating conditions of unwanted hair, however when there are a lot of possibilities linked with the reproductive cycle the need for medical referral to guide a therapist or Electrologist becomes evident.

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