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Old 05-09-2013, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I've noticed recently that the hair on my body has changed and I'm not sure if it's a normal part of getting older or not.

My arm hair has become different lately. I'm not quite sure when it started but I just noticed it a few months ago. I used to have slightly dark, fairly long hairs on my arms but now the hairs are much shorter and so light that you can only see them when looking closely.
The hair on my legs have changed too. Basically there is much less of it. While I used to have pretty normal hair growth on my legs they are now about 60-70% hairless below the knees. I used to have a little bit of hair on my thighs but not anymore. The back and outer sides of my legs are hairless and where I still do have hair the hairs are much farther apart.
My pubic hair also seem to have gotten thinner.

Has anyone else had this experience when reaching your mid 30's or so? Things do change as you get older but I'm not sure if this is one of those.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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No idea if you are a man or woman but that likely makes no difference.
Hair growth changes each day, diet, climate, emotion can influence change.
I have found with age hair grows in the most unusual places now. On the ear lobe, side of the nose - outside.

My sister lost her hair when she started puberty, she had the typical bright blond hair women love. It all fell out in a matter of a few months. Her hair grew back a few years later into more light brunette but coarse hair where before her hair was fine and silky. She is 51 now with a full head of hair starting to get grey.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:03 AM
 
Location: US
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Do you wax? That can happen from waxing for years. In family members that usually happened after or during menopause or was tied into a thyroid disorder.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I'm a woman and no, I don't wax. Just shave. I don't have any weird hair growth popping up in different places. That would be bothersome but not worrisome since that's pretty normal, although maybe not at 34. But everyone is different. But is it normal to lose hair on your legs out of nowhere?
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:08 AM
 
Location: US
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If you are on any meds I would check out the side effects and ask females in your family if they had the same experience. The only thing that changed mine so far was waxing. With the thyroid people in my family the hair on their head thinned just a bit but nothing extreme. They didn't let it go though. They had other symptoms and got on meds for it. A check up couldn't hurt.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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I couldn't grow a decent beard until I was in my mid 40s. I was so surprised when I grew one as every other attempt was really pathetic. I have had one for over 10 years now.
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Old 05-10-2013, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Geauga County, Ohio
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I'm 36/f and so far I'm as hairy as I was at 16. My father did lose a lot of his leg hair as you mentioned, but he's over 60 and was recently diagnosed with PAD. I'd hope that's not what you're dealing with!

Might not hurt to check w/a doc just to make sure.
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Old 05-10-2013, 03:29 PM
 
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Yep! you begin to lose hair as you get older, I would almost be willing to bet that your menopause time will come a little earlier than some of your friends. By the time you get into your late 60s or 70s, you will have little on your legs and arms.

If you know any elderly women, look at their arms. You probably will see very little hair.
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:20 PM
 
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Totally normal aging. My leg hair gets less and less every year and I'm not even 40 yet.

I used to shave up to about half-way up my thigh. Throughout my late 20s and 30s the hair line got lower and lower. Now I only need to shave the front of each calf - no hair at all above that or on the back of my leg.

My mom's leg hair stopped growing entirely after 45. She only needs razors for her armpits.
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Over There
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Lightbulb sounds like age

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I've noticed recently that the hair on my body has changed . . . it's a normal part of getting older . . . now the hairs are much shorter and so light . . . Basically there is much less of it. . . .
Hair thickness and color both change with age. Hair grows slower, becomes lighter (less pigment), and often becomes thinner. Like other things, some follicles "wear out" and stop producing new hairs.

Other things, like wearing jeans, can also constantly break hairs off at the surface. Some guys that always wear jeans end up with bald knees and thighs even though they have hairy calves.

Since your hair loss has been gradual, it is probably just related to age. You should see your doctor; however, if you notice any sudden change.
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