I do not want to conceive – i have facial hair – what are my options?

I DO NOT WANT TO CONCEIVE – I HAVE FACIAL HAIR – WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

  • Testosterone blocking medications - Facial hair may be caused by elevated male hormones. Effective therapy is, therefore, directed towards blocking the male hormone from reaching the hair follicle or by reducing the amount of active male hormone in the blood stream; one commonly used androgen-receptor antagonist is Spironolactone (Aldactone) given at a daily dose of 100-200 milligrams. Another medication used to treat excessive hair growth is Finasteride given at a dose of 5 mg daily.

  • Oral contraceptives - are often given together with testosterone blocking medications because they provide contraception and suppress ovarian male hormone production. Several months of medical therapy are needed before significant improvement in the symptoms is noted.

  • Weight loss and hair removal - Medical therapy is best utilized in conjunction with weight loss and mechanical therapy such as electrolysis and laser for permanent hair removal.