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Old 04-07-2015, 07:42 PM
 
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Call your doctor and ask about Vaniqa cream. It will likely not be covered by insurance, but it's worth it. Combine with electrolysis for the best results.
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Old 04-08-2015, 12:32 AM
 
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I don't remember brand name, but doc can give a prescription for a topical zylocaine lotion, maybe what previous poster was referring to. I found 4 wine coolers before a 1 hour session helped too. You have to learn to put your mind in a happy place, and learn not to flinch as the wave of pain flows through
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Old 04-08-2015, 01:22 AM
 
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I don't remember brand name, but doc can give a prescription for a topical zylocaine lotion, maybe what previous poster was referring to. I found 4 wine coolers before a 1 hour session helped too. You have to learn to put your mind in a happy place, and learn not to flinch as the wave of pain flows through
A one hour session didn't make a dent in my hair growth; it was so painful that the technician only got a hair every 5-10 minutes. She eventually stopped and offered to give me my money back. In addition to being excruciatingly painful, it was useless. I couldn't tell any difference, and it only removed a handful of hairs. I suppose it was educational, because I did learn what an intact follicle looked like, but I would have needed about 10 or more hours of treatment to make a good dent in it. The tech recommended I get laser hair removal, hormone therapy, and come back when the hair's not growing so thick.
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:18 AM
 
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Vaniqa is a prescription cream that inhibits hair growth. It's applied twice a day, and after a few weeks, eliminates new hair growth. There are quite a few causes of hirsutism, though, and you really should consult with a doctor to get to the source of the issue.
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:07 AM
 
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The tech recommended I get laser hair removal, hormone therapy, and come back when the hair's not growing so thick.
Have you talked to a doctor about a hormone imbalance? Most women have some facial hair, but if yours is unusually thick and coarse there might be a medical problem (and solution.)
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:37 AM
 
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Have you talked to a doctor about a hormone imbalance? Most women have some facial hair, but if yours is unusually thick and coarse there might be a medical problem (and solution.)
This is an example of how thick it gets. That is my chin in the picture. It looks like I'm trying to grow a beard. I'm sure some men have an easier time managing facial hair than I do.
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:23 AM
 
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This is an example of how thick it gets. That is my chin in the picture. It looks like I'm trying to grow a beard. I'm sure some men have an easier time managing facial hair than I do.

I strongly suggest that you speak with a physician, as your problem could well be the result of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), also known as Polycystic Ovarian Disorder (PCOD). While abnormal Hirsutism is the main symptom of this condition, there can be other negative effects, so it is not something that should be ignored. It is treatable.

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Old 04-09-2015, 09:18 AM
 
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I strongly suggest that you speak with a physician, as your problem could well be the result of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), also known as Polycystic Ovarian Disorder (PCOD). While abnormal Hirsutism is the main symptom of this condition, there can be other negative effects, so it is not something that should be ignored. It is treatable.

Yes, the last doctor I went to said I probably do have that. She put me on birth control pills for a year, and I took them, but it didn't help the hair growth.

I could go somewhere else and ask for more help, but again there's the matter of finding health insurance that will cover it. I actually do not qualify for the affordable healthcare plan; I tried to sign up; they said that I did not make enough money and am exempt from the penalty. Unfortunately, I'm also not eligible for Medicaid; the state only pays for children, mothers, and disabled citizens.

I probably do need to get some kind of healthcare plan, though, because this little problem can get out of hand. I lost so much iron from it last time that they had to give me blood; that is fortunately a very rare occurrence, but the bill for a hospital stay is definitely not fun when you have no insurance. The best option I can think of is to maybe just move somewhere that extends benefits to working women who do not have kids. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Old 04-09-2015, 09:25 AM
 
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What's facial hair regrowth like after using threading?

DOes it grow back just as fast with shaving or tweezing?

I hate facial hair .
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Old 04-09-2015, 09:25 AM
 
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Yes, the last doctor I went to said I probably did have that. She put me on birth control pills for a year, and I took them, but it didn't help the hair growth.

I could go somewhere else and ask for more help, but again there's the matter of finding health insurance that will cover cosmetic procedures. I actually do not qualify for the affordable healthcare plan; I tried to sign up; they said that I did not make enough money and am exempt from the penalty. Unfortunately, I'm also not eligible for Medicaid.
However, PCOS/PCOD is more than just a cosmetic problem.
It is an ovary-centered physical problem that should be covered by health insurance, and just because one doctor's approach to treatment didn't work, that doesn't mean that a more capable physician wouldn't be able to resolve the problem for you.

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