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Facial hair occurring in women is a rare occurrence but becomes more likely at two specific stages in a woman's life: when they are experiencing menopause and when they are suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome. Here, we will discuss the mechanism of each disease and what women can do to try to rid themselves of these symptoms. 

One thing that no woman is capable of avoiding is the untimely occurrence of menopause. This is a natural stage in a woman's life when they are no longer able to ovulate and have children. This is a process that can occur anytime between the ages of 45 to 55 in women with an average age occurring around 51. There is absolutely no way to avoid this from happening as it is part of the natural process of aging in a woman. Estrogen levels begin to fall at this stage of a woman's life and this is where testosterone can begin to become more influential on a woman's life. This leads to women to essentially begin to become more similar to men where their voice begins to deepen and facial hair can start to appear. 

If you are a woman at this stage in life, there are a few options for you to consider to help improve your aesthetic appearance. One of the first options would be to take hormonal replacement therapy. This would essentially be a temporary boost of estrogen hormone to not only help with symptoms of menopause like vaginal dryness and mood swings but also improve the amount of facial hair that you would experience. This is a treatment that is not recommended for more than a year or two due to the increased risk of endometrial cancer and breast cancer so it will only provide some temporary relief. 

A more viable long-term solution would be to invest in a pair of tweezers and physically remove hair that appears on the surface of your face. This may be a tedious task but represents the safest option for you to avoid having an increased risk of health problems. 

Another potential source of increased facial hair growth can occur in women at a much younger age than menopause. This would be associated with a disease in medicine referred to as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This is a disease that is becoming more and more common in the female population unfortunately due to the increased incidence of obesity. Women who have high levels of fat in their bloodstream are also predisposed to having extremely high levels of estrogen found in their peripheral tissue (fat tissue) which can greatly influence their natural menstrual cycle. This excessive level of estrogen found in the fat tissue will be transformed into testosterone and lead to an increased finding of facial hair among other findings. 

Women suspected of suffering from PCOS can benefit the most from losing weight. They will also typically be prescribed a combination of metformin and birth control medication to help regulate their insulin and estrogen levels to avoid symptoms of this disease. It is important for women to fight this disease successfully because it is much harder for women to become pregnant when suffering from PCOS. Consult with your gynecologist if you are worried you may suffer from this disease. [1]

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