In today’s youth-obsessed culture, the idea of taking hormone replacement therapy and growing unwanted hair is enough to keep many women away from this necessary treatment. Although fatigue and weight gain are considered inconveniences, growing facial hair can be enough to make you lose your sense of identity.
You decline in estrogen and progesterone production as you age, and it’s natural. But, that decline can allow your natural testosterone to increase the amount of body hair, particularly facial hair, you grow.
What if it didn’t need to be that way?
Grandma Had Whiskers – Will I Get Them Too?
Imagine back to your childhood. Visiting Grandma and Grandpa was a fun activity until Grandma comes to kiss you. It seems so odd that she can have whiskers like Dad after work. They’re harsh and sparse, and often seem so scary.
How many children have memories similar to this? For a long time, women had to choose between taking HRT and the increased risk of breast cancer. Yes, synthetic HRT increases breast cancer.
Then, far too many women experience the dichotomy of a medical system that pushed hormone replacement therapy but then denied them adequate detection methods for their breast cancer.
When it became a gamble between feeling good and dying young, or living to see your grandchildren grow up, many women chose to avoid HRT altogether.
The Right Estrogen Keeps Your Hair Silky and Soft – And In The Right Place
When hormones are correctly balanced for a woman’s body, your body can help keep the dihydroxytestosterone that encourages facial hair growth in check. When thrown out of balance, particularly when estrogen declines during menopause, facial hair becomes thick, dark, and scary.
That’s why your proper dose and type of HRT is so critically important. The estrogen will keep facial hair remarkably similar to what you experience throughout your life with an adequate amount.
However, many HRTs, especially synthetic hormones, underdose or overdose – particularly creams and oral supplementation. But, there is another option…
How To Stop Facial Hair From Growing As We Age
Surgical Hair Removal
Also known as laser hair removal, a laser damages your hair follicles sufficiently to reduce hair growth. While it is useful, it does allow the hair to grow back. Many of the treatments require follow-up work. It works very well, particularly for dark hair. However, it may cause discomfort and photosensitivity to some people.
This compares with electrolysis. A small electrical current is passed through your hair follicle, damaging it and preventing new hair growth. It is the only permanent hair growth removal available. Although it may take several sessions for the hair to ultimately stop growing, it has a higher success rate. The reason it may take several sessions is that each hair has multiple follicles it may grow from, and the treatment may not destroy all the follicles.
Creams and Gels
Aside from the creams and gels that help remove body hair, most of them deliver small estrogen doses to be absorbed transdermally. Because of the increase of estrogen near your hair follicle it can help balance out the testosterone and keep your hair soft and light-colored.
Creams and gels are often the first step for many women considering HRT. They’re low-risk, and the women using them feel they have a great deal of control over their treatment.
The biggest downside of using creams is under-treatment. Although there is a risk of overdosing, most women typically do not use enough of the creams and gels to make a sufficient difference. This can lead to a perception that the HRT is not working or doesn’t work for them.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Pellets
Many healthcare providers out there are not educated or trained properly on using bioidentical pellet therapy, which is pellets injected under the skin that consistently release the exact doses of hormones over several months. By releasing the hormones consistently, your body receives your required estrogen levels that keep your unwanted hair from growing and may improve your mood, hot flashes, and other irritations.
Bioidentical pellet therapy has the most consistently successful record of all the hormone replacement therapies. Because the pellets last between three and six months, you rarely need to visit the doctor depending on the dosage. It eliminates the hassle of daily oral supplementation or patch replacement, multiple injections over the month, and underdosing from creams and gels.
Many patients agree that ease of use makes bioidentical pellet therapy more desirable.