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Hirsutism resolved?

Answered on October 25, 2017
Created June 20, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Should I expect to see my hirsutism resolve naturally while following a paleo diet? I am diagnosed with PCOS and have seen blood work come back with low estrogen levels and moderately elevated testosterone levels. Insulin resistance is suspected but not confirmed.

I fully anticipate a resolution to my hormone imbalance but am not sure how the hirsutism piece can/will resolve.

Thanks for the input.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on May 23, 2013
at 10:38 PM

sorry, but this is a little too quick to be a real effect of your new eating patterns. "about a week" is more like you are feeling the glow. Stop plucking for a month, and then let's talk.

F2b33b60f7887ce155aadeb141d60e6b

(0)

on August 12, 2012
at 03:11 AM

You're probably right. A few days ago, because I wasnt eating any carbs for like 2 days, I was SUPER dehydrated, and someone mentioned that to me, so I started eating some fruit the next day and I felt so much better. But at the time, I was still eating all kinds of carbs, mashed potatoes, fruit, soda, etc, I just cut out anything suspect of containing gluten, and I wasnt dehydrated at all, but that could also be because grains are like one of the highest form of sugar there is so maybe it still was just water weight from being carb-overloaded all the time. Idk.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on August 11, 2012
at 03:12 PM

The body will retain about 4 gm of water for every 1 gm of carbs consumed. Probably, much of your 12 lbs was water which you lost when you stopped eating wheat (carbs). I know that I always feel bloated the next day if I eat too many carbs!

2fbba2cfe386a13fd7888ccc0c50fe92

(205)

on August 28, 2011
at 02:26 PM

If you have PCOS, laser treatment facilities will not guarantee success. I had laser treatments and, while it got rid of what was there, the hair grew back. :( It's because PCOS is hormonal, they said.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on August 10, 2011
at 02:47 PM

I would try spearmint. The studies I read used spearmint only. It took me a couple of months but then it seemed like I was hairless really quickly after that. (Just the weird hair not all my hair of course, lol.)

B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

(3909)

on August 10, 2011
at 09:33 AM

How long did it take? I drink a lot if peppermint tea and have never seen any difference, although I don't drink it every day.

B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

(3909)

on July 08, 2011
at 06:39 AM

My experience has been that it doesn't seem to go back the other way as well, although I see someone else had it reverse when they were early in the disease process so maybe it depends how far gone the process is. I had had hirsuitism for several years and there seemed to be no going back at that point.

1357ca3ac268a48b25bb423779c5a1a3

(20)

on July 07, 2011
at 08:30 PM

so nice to hear from another with similar symptoms that have improved as a result of this diet! I'm glad to hear that you continued to see things improve over the course of a year, as I'm just at the beginning of my journey. But the reduced hairiness is an immediate sign that I'm heading in the right direction.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on June 21, 2011
at 06:14 PM

There should be no caffeine in straight peppermint or spearmint. Only when combined with a genuine tea would you find caffeine. It's referred to as tea simply because it's a dried plant that is steeped in hot water. There are some nice blends out there from Bigelow and Constant Comment or you can just buy the leaves (some places have them in bulk) and use that.

D687712302e0103ea52615eefc94d102

(396)

on June 21, 2011
at 05:22 PM

thanks so much for the input!

27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on June 21, 2011
at 12:21 PM

Interesting! I just googled this and it seems both peppermint and spearmint tea would help with this. I couldn't find anything about whether the decaf versions would work as well, though. Would you know?

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 21, 2011
at 02:53 AM

!! how interesting!

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on June 20, 2011
at 11:07 PM

It suppresses androgen production. Got rid of hair and helped acne too. I brew two bags a day very strong then usually drink it iced this time of year.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 20, 2011
at 09:48 PM

Really? What does spearmint do? Does it affect testosterone?

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on June 20, 2011
at 08:29 PM

To my understanding, all hair follicles produce hairs. Whether or not they produce vellus (peach fuzz) or terminal (thicker, longer, darker) hairs is hormonally determined and subject to change in either direction. This is the mechanism behind male pattern balding, the natural decrease in amount of terminal body hairs in elderly men, and the increase of terminal facial/body hairs in women as they age...

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 20, 2011
at 06:40 PM

you should have had your serum insulin draw and a simultaneous salivary cortisol level drawn. And yes it will improve as all you hormones come back into balance.

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on June 20, 2011
at 09:10 PM

I did not. I started drinking spearmint tea daily and that was like magic. If you haven't tried it it's worth a go.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on June 20, 2011
at 11:07 PM

It suppresses androgen production. Got rid of hair and helped acne too. I brew two bags a day very strong then usually drink it iced this time of year.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on June 21, 2011
at 06:14 PM

There should be no caffeine in straight peppermint or spearmint. Only when combined with a genuine tea would you find caffeine. It's referred to as tea simply because it's a dried plant that is steeped in hot water. There are some nice blends out there from Bigelow and Constant Comment or you can just buy the leaves (some places have them in bulk) and use that.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 21, 2011
at 02:53 AM

!! how interesting!

27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on June 21, 2011
at 12:21 PM

Interesting! I just googled this and it seems both peppermint and spearmint tea would help with this. I couldn't find anything about whether the decaf versions would work as well, though. Would you know?

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 20, 2011
at 09:48 PM

Really? What does spearmint do? Does it affect testosterone?

B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

(3909)

on August 10, 2011
at 09:33 AM

How long did it take? I drink a lot if peppermint tea and have never seen any difference, although I don't drink it every day.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on August 10, 2011
at 02:47 PM

I would try spearmint. The studies I read used spearmint only. It took me a couple of months but then it seemed like I was hairless really quickly after that. (Just the weird hair not all my hair of course, lol.)

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16e617676c5ac710e5235e0b773edc0b

on June 20, 2011
at 07:00 PM

Once a hair follicle is set and produces hairs, you can't expect for it to disappear once you get your hormones back into balance because it doesn't work that way. Balanced hormones will help to prevent new hairs from sprouting but it's not perfect, and it really depends a lot on how bad it is to begin with.

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on June 20, 2011
at 08:29 PM

To my understanding, all hair follicles produce hairs. Whether or not they produce vellus (peach fuzz) or terminal (thicker, longer, darker) hairs is hormonally determined and subject to change in either direction. This is the mechanism behind male pattern balding, the natural decrease in amount of terminal body hairs in elderly men, and the increase of terminal facial/body hairs in women as they age...

B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

(3909)

on July 08, 2011
at 06:39 AM

My experience has been that it doesn't seem to go back the other way as well, although I see someone else had it reverse when they were early in the disease process so maybe it depends how far gone the process is. I had had hirsuitism for several years and there seemed to be no going back at that point.

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1357ca3ac268a48b25bb423779c5a1a3

on July 07, 2011
at 08:28 PM

I have PCOS, and my main symptom is hirsutism. I've been following a paleo diet (90% of the time) for about a week, and the result is almost miraculous. The unwanted hair is no longer causing stubble on my chin and neck! I still have some plucking to do, but it's diminishing daily. If I find that some terminal (dark, coarse) hairs return or refuse to go away completely, I bet laser hair removal will help once my hormones are balanced through the diet. Paleo eating has fixed in mere days a problem I've been facing for many years. I'm amazed.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on May 23, 2013
at 10:38 PM

sorry, but this is a little too quick to be a real effect of your new eating patterns. "about a week" is more like you are feeling the glow. Stop plucking for a month, and then let's talk.

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26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

on June 21, 2011
at 02:35 AM

I do not have PCOS or hirstutism, but I did have hormonal issues before I went paleo that were treading close to what I would have needed be diagnosed as PCOS, IMO. One of the first 'side-effects' of this diet was that all my body hair got noticeably finer and sparser! Now my hormones have normalized and all other issues are resolved (took about a year).

You might see some big improvements re: the hairiness, if you can normalize your hormones with this diet. And there are always laser treatments for what is left!

A paleo-style diet also cured the bad acne I had from 15 to 23, which I'm sure had a lot to do with my hormone imbalances as well...

D687712302e0103ea52615eefc94d102

(396)

on June 21, 2011
at 05:22 PM

thanks so much for the input!

1357ca3ac268a48b25bb423779c5a1a3

(20)

on July 07, 2011
at 08:30 PM

so nice to hear from another with similar symptoms that have improved as a result of this diet! I'm glad to hear that you continued to see things improve over the course of a year, as I'm just at the beginning of my journey. But the reduced hairiness is an immediate sign that I'm heading in the right direction.

2fbba2cfe386a13fd7888ccc0c50fe92

(205)

on August 28, 2011
at 02:26 PM

If you have PCOS, laser treatment facilities will not guarantee success. I had laser treatments and, while it got rid of what was there, the hair grew back. :( It's because PCOS is hormonal, they said.

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62881814e59c1a2e3d3d12f173449649

on August 10, 2011
at 09:08 AM

Have adrenal hyperplasia rather than PCOS (though some of the metabolic symptoms are similar and paleo/primal helps with both). Spearmint tea helps some, but (barring pregnancy) Aldactone is most useful. Weight loss also helps re trouble spots on chest/back/stomach, but facial hair seems hardest to influence.

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6da513ec59c25531127912318fbf27d5

on July 08, 2011
at 05:23 AM

After 4 weeks, I've noticed slower hair growth.

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5f05ed3083073d1c7286e02139b954e0

on October 25, 2017
at 03:11 PM

Hi, I'm a newbie here. I didn't notice any terminal hair growth until I reached 23. I'm now 26 and the hirsutism has got worse. So I experimented with both spearmint tea and peppermint tea. I tried the peppermint tea first and It definitely reduced the duration of plucking and had slowed down the hair growth. There is a warning that it can reduce your libido but mine still remained quite high. I drank 2 cups each day for a month before I started noticing results. Just out of curiosity, I then tried spearmint tea the following month. Just after a couple of weeks drinking 2 cups per day. There was rapid hair growth under my chin, which meant I had to pluck more often. Also noticed a few new darker hairs on my jawline. I also read that spearmint tea can be used to regenerate hair growth, so be careful. I guess each individual is different. What works for one might not work for another. I have now returned to drinking peppermint tea again as I still find that it works better for me. Unfortunately there is no natural remedy that can prevent hirsutism or pcos altogether. If you start drinking herbal tea to slow down hair growth. You might have to continue doing so for the rest of your life. 

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149f1336df6878f11fa9842c067e138a

on July 04, 2013
at 05:44 AM

Have been doing a 1-person trial since November 2012.Now July 2013. I am nearly 70, and have had PCOS since puberty. Spearmint tea first thing in the AM and last thing at night is working for me. It's a slow process, but I will be continuing. Coarse hairs are falling out, and soft hairs are replacing them. Do try this. Good luck!

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Ae2d8cacc7b8f8a38a38f799f8339175

(0)

on July 03, 2013
at 09:03 PM

so, me and my sister tryed spearmint tea and let me tell IT WORKS! we were realy obese in our teens but we lost 200 ponds collectively.unfortunaitly we suffered from obesity's side effects HAIRSUITISM.we waxed and epilated our chins and under our jawline.it was getting hopeless.than i came across this research.we started using this tea about a month ago and here are our results.first of all the(to our amaizment and unexpectedly)the black heads and pimples were gone.my sister who's face was filled with all sizes of pimples and stuff began clearing in just 1 week.skin was smooth without any oil.the hair which we epilated a week or so ago have not grown back,a couple of hair that have grown are extremely fine and you cant feel them with touch.they can be easily hidden by normal bleach cream.we are realy content with the results.How to use:put a teaspoon full in a cup of boiling water let set for 10 minutes than just drink.take 2 cups daily.women who are hairsuited often have isoline sensitivity which is the main cause of facial hair so put a teaspoon of ground cinamon in your tea aswell(it cures insoline senstivity).i seriously recomend it to all women with this problem.good luck.

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F84642543575bf0d45d3df4cb3d1b88b

on May 23, 2013
at 10:11 PM

Hi, Does spearmint tea really reduce facial hair? I mean does the hair lighten or just go? And did anyone face any side effects? Please reply!! Thank You :)

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69dbe5fedd6e200e0eb9b3a9bf367aed

on May 11, 2013
at 02:32 PM

I have had long term hirsutism from puberty and found accidently, that by cutting out wheat and dairy it has almost stopped. It is probably a gluten, lactose intolerance! Hirsutism has been in my family for at least 3 generations, the genes came from Germany! I have been vegan for a month and have experienced weight loss around the stomach area which I could not previously shift. Lots of people have commented on my weight loss.

I noticed the change in facial hair in 3 or 4 days of not eating wheat and dairy! My hair has gotten thicker and I feel terrific.

Eliane

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F2b33b60f7887ce155aadeb141d60e6b

on August 11, 2012
at 01:31 PM

I have PCOS as well, and I still hold out hope that balancing my hormones will indeed eventually take care of my hirsutism naturally. I believe 100% in the body's natural ability to heal itself IF given the proper tools (eating proper food and abstaining from chemical exposure).

http://www.drdach.com/PCOS.html

Here's a web page you might be interested in. About half way down the page you'll see a section titled "Treatment of Non Classical CAH with Cortisol Restores Fertility", in this section the author claims it takes up to 30 months (2 and a half years!!) for proper hormone balance to correct hirsutism. Though it takes some time, this Dr says it DOES correct itself!

That page is about an adrenal issue as an underlying factor of PCOS, where she supplements a steroid in order to correct the problem, HOWEVER, my sister gave me a book titled "Adrenal Fatigue" wherein it talks about how all these different factors contribute to normal adrenal function, and when one little thing is out of whack, the whole system can go haywire.

The biggest thing is stress. Now I'm not talking about only emotional stress, I'm talking additional forms of stress also such as things like chemical exposure, physical or emotional trauma, FOOD ALLERGIES... just to name a few. Several years ago I went on a no-processed food diet for a month and a half. My periods came back (I was completely absent of periods for years but refused to go on the pill), I dropped 25 pounds in that time period, and I stopped having diarrhea every day. It was wonderful. Then I stopped and went back to eating the way I had, which was a lot of breads and dairy, and again, my periods stopped, the weight came back on (slowly, it took about 5 months to gain the weight back that I had lost in 6 weeks).

After years of doing research on my own, I've come to the conclusion that Paleo is the best thing for your body. I've already discovered I have big problems that come from me eating wheat (I tried a gluten free diet for 2 weeks and I deflated 12 pounds in 7 days!!!).. I've heard that when our bodies are in shock or in trauma (for example, eating something that is destructive to your whole body) it retains water (not sure if that's true), and when I stopped putting poison in my body, it released all that water weight.. So I've been 100% strict Paleo for a week now and I'm going to see if this is what it is going to take to get my body back to normal. I'm also going "GREEN" to stop any exposure to chemicals that might be contributing to my PCOS.

Hope this information helped! Good luck and don't give up!!! :)

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on August 11, 2012
at 03:12 PM

The body will retain about 4 gm of water for every 1 gm of carbs consumed. Probably, much of your 12 lbs was water which you lost when you stopped eating wheat (carbs). I know that I always feel bloated the next day if I eat too many carbs!

F2b33b60f7887ce155aadeb141d60e6b

(0)

on August 12, 2012
at 03:11 AM

You're probably right. A few days ago, because I wasnt eating any carbs for like 2 days, I was SUPER dehydrated, and someone mentioned that to me, so I started eating some fruit the next day and I felt so much better. But at the time, I was still eating all kinds of carbs, mashed potatoes, fruit, soda, etc, I just cut out anything suspect of containing gluten, and I wasnt dehydrated at all, but that could also be because grains are like one of the highest form of sugar there is so maybe it still was just water weight from being carb-overloaded all the time. Idk.

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73e22dd2c4ae733c67cf58535bb47c62

on July 09, 2012
at 03:09 PM

I am so glad I found this place. I have a friend who has hirsutism - to be honest I don't think she has it all that bad but then again if I was in her position I would probably feel the same way she does. She is very beautiful but her confidence has taken a massive knock since her hirsutism started getting much worse. I will tell her to try and drink spearmint tea on a daily basis to see if it helps :) She wanted to go here but I am unsure about laser hair removal. Is it safe? Has anyone had it done before and got any experience?

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B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

on August 10, 2011
at 09:36 AM

I think it may depend how long you've had it. For me it did not reverse itself, but I had had it for several years already. I suspect that those who are seeing improvement may not have had the hormonal imbalance for very long.

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Da681d976130df15aac3984013aaad6d

on July 07, 2011
at 09:20 PM

Wow, I have PCOS too and haven't noticed less hair...my cycle is more regular and my blood pressure is more normal (used to be low) so that's promising but no luck in the hirsutism dept.

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