By Bianca London for MailOnline. More than half of all women are concerned about excess body hair, ranking it just behind weight gain for body dissatisfaction. So is it worth it? Male volunteers were asked to share their views on female body hair, and it seems that the answer is a resolute 'yes'. One in ten women suffers from excess facial and body hair - and spend hours laboriously plucking, shaving, waxing and dyeing.
Whilst they believe that you should be as hairy or hair-free as you very well please, the site thought it would be interesting to get men's frank and candid opinions about body hair and their landscaping likes and dislikes. Here are the top twelve responses I suppose my preference would be no hair but if there is, then anything well-groomed is fine.
If they're rocking facial hair, that's not a good thing because I'll probably feel emasculated it took me a month to grow a beard! One man said: 'I don't like girls with moustaches just like they don't like mine! Any strays can be really off-putting, but equally I appreciate that keeping the area well kempt sometimes leads to fairly aggressive rashes, which is also off-putting.
Leg hair and armpit hair provided it's not massively long or noticeable after a couple of days and it's just light stubble , I'm really not too bothered by and actually find it considerably worse when a girl makes an issue of it. I see body hair as a masculine feature, so I am more attracted to someone who has less hair otherwise this would challenge my manly feature of having body hair.
It can be equally attractive for a woman to be au naturel and be confident enough to not conform to opinions and trends in society and glossy magazines. How a woman displays herself around her private parts is entirely up to her and maybe her partner. Waxing is definitely my preferred method of hair removal as it totally removes all of the hair and leaves a girl's skin feeling silky smooth. As for downstairs, I think it's all about a Brazilian. Shallow as it may be, facial hair on a girl can be really off-putting. I have and keep my body hair in check, so I expect my partner to do the same.
I tried waxing once On women however, it's my biggest turnoff. Another man says he keeps his body hair in check, so expects his partner to do the same. It's her choice if she doesn't want to shave or wax it but if we go out and I notice it, I'll be ordering a Flaming Sambuca for her to act as a subtle hint for helping things along! I would say that the bikini line needs to be well looked after though.
Strays popping out or over aren't a great look. The rest doesn't need to be clean shaven every single day at all, but just well looked after. Or whatever really. There actually shouldn't be a norm. If a girl is comfortable, that usually shows and that's enough. Excess facial and body hair is also known as 'hirsutism' and the male-type hormone, testosterone is responsible. All women have testosterone, which also gives both men and women their sex drive, but sometimes levels can be a bit too high.
Another cause of hirsutism is the hair follicles being over-sensitive to normal amounts of testosterone. Testosterone is made both in the ovaries and in fatty tissue and, as you have mentioned, polycystic ovary syndrome can be one cause of high levels. PCOS is a strange disease in that there is a huge spectrum of how it presents. Some women have the classic syndrome with all the features, but others only have a selection of them. A hormone test for leutenising hormone LH early in your cycle, and measuring testosterone levels can be useful for making the diagnosis.
Strictly, one would expect to find the small cysts around the edge of the ovaries too, but it may take an internal transvaginal scan to detect them. Given that testosterone is made in fat tissue, a strict weight-reducing diet is essential in helping to control the symptoms - this alone can control the hair growth. The best way to lose weight is as part of a structured, supervised programme such as Weight Watchers.
Although the pill might make you tend toward gaining a bit of weight, dieting should keep this in check, and an anti-testosterone one such as Dianette is a good idea. It will take months to take effect, so don't expect a quick solution. If this isn't successful, there are more potent drugs such as high dose cyproterone acetate, which is usually started under the supervision of a gynaecologist.
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