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My personal HIrsutism Hero #2: Siobhain Fletcher!


The Brave and Beautiful Siobhain! Courtesy of abcnews.go.com

Siobhain Fletcher is an English woman who suffers from hirsutism due to PCOS. She has dealt with it more than half of her life.

Sounds all too familiar!

Of course, she dealt with self esteem issues, image issues, and isolation all in fear of being made fun of and rejected.

Even still, sadly, she had to deal with it anyway.

Then she noticed a friend growing his beard in support of “Movember” a movement that takes place in December to recognize mens health issues.

It is intended to inspire more men to get screenings for cancer developments (mainly prostate and testicular) and general health check ups.

Inspired by her friend, Siobhain decided to grow her beard too, stating these beautiful words in a recent article:

“”Now it’s actually saying to the world, look, this isn’t a sideshow, I’m doing this to raise awareness for men’s cancer to stop families possibly losing a family member and also to help people with self-esteem issues to say, ‘It doesn’t matter.'”

It does not matter and it should not. How right she is!

You go Siobhain! And for that reason you are my #2 Person hero in my battle against hirsutism!

The Beauty of Seeking a Second Opinion With Hirsutism!


Cute chic shaving her beard. Courtesy of americanslideshow.org

So I recently sought a second opinion about my idiopathic hirsutism.

My first endocrinologist was very proactive at measuring my hormonal levels. She tested me up the wahzoo: insulin, androgen, follicle stimulating hormone, thyroid, pituitary, testosterone, progesterone….you name it, she tested me for it!

When it was discovered I had idiopathic hirsutism and not hirsutism from another cause, particularly PCOS, she basically told me to hit the road.

I cannot stand doctor’s that think about themselves more than their patients!

I say this because when I talked to a second endocrinologist, she prescribed me with spironolactone right away! Spironolactone is the main medication for women with hirsutism because it is a water pill that acts as an anti-androgen. It is probably the strongest in the U.S. market. In the U.K., they may prescribe cyproterone acetate which may be slightly stronger than spironolactone.

The second endocrinologist was quite confused as to why the first one did not prescribe me spironolactone. It is true: if taken while pregnant, spironolactone may have adverse effects on a male fetus.

But considering my tubes were tied and did not intend on getting pregnant nor was I trying to get pregnant and informing the first endocrinologist of this, she still did not prescribe me the medication, stating she only gives that to patients with some type of underlying condition.

I told her that I have been researching this medication for a while and it appears to show a great deal of promise in managing abnormal hair growth on a woman; this article came to mind.

So the first endocrinologist told me to take a weak estrogen birth control and advised me to get laser hair removal…bottom line…useless! Me and the second endocrinologist felt she was looking out more for herself than me!

So I was not in the office for more than 30 minutes before the second endo have me a very quick physical exam and sent me on my way….with a prescription for Spironolactone! I was elated! Finally, my 15 year battle with hirsutism may be coming to an end!

If nothing else, I have a way to manage it! I actually purchased some Spironolactone from India, but when I saw it came wrapped in Indian newspaper, I was quite reluctant to put it in my body! Needless to say, that regimen of “spironolactone” ended when I received it!

I have read many forums about spiro not working for many women. I guess it is like any other medication…side effects may simply be different for folks. I have been taking my official spironolactone for a week now and I have not seen any adverse changes. (knock on wood!)

So here’s to successful hirsutism management for me! And YOU!

Thanks!

A good way to reduce your hirsutism: Get more active and Stop giving a Damn!


Ok ladies. I have been thinking about this specific topic for a while; hirsutism and stress.

But until now, I have not come across anything credible as far as stress relating to hirsutism….and now I finally have!

This article posted in the U.S. National Institute of Health Library website details very briefly how stress differs from IH women and normal women. While this was posted on a federal U.S. health website, I believe the research itself was European.

According to the briefing, 90 normal ladies and 90 hirsute ladies had several cortisol-based levels tested. Cortisol is mainly produced in the adrenal glands. It is a steroid that can alter throughout the day depending on your activities, food intake, etc. Depending on what type of medications you take, like birth control or performance enhancers, they can alter your estrogen and androgen levels, thus increasing/decreasing your cortisol levels. Too little can potentially cause the body to produce too much androgen, thus causing your hirsutism.

The findings from the article indicated that “due to stress, these hirsute women do have altered adrenocortical function, as assessed by the estimation of these corticosteroids of which urinary unconjugated cortisol was found to be the most sensitive index.”

When I saw the word stress, I was not surprised. From personal experience, I know about stress all too well.

***NOTE*** IF YOU PAID ATTENTION TO THE MEDICAL ARTICLE, THE TESTED WOMEN WITH HIRSUTISM HAD IDIOPATHIC HIRSUTISM! MEANING THEIR BLOOD  AND MENSES LEVELS WERE JUST AS NORMAL AS THE “NORMAL” GROUP OF WOMEN!

I can admit I do not always handle it easily and many of times go off on a major tissy due to unwelcome and unnecessary stress.

As a single mom, money issues stress me COMPLETELY THE FUCK OUT!!! I worry about gas to get them to school, lunch money for the month, uniforms for leisure activities, keeping the lights on, buying them clothes they like to keep them from being teased, to getting enough food in the house, to wondering when the hell I’m going to get married to that one special man for me and great step-dad for them, to why won’t these God-awful student loans disappear to why the sky is blue to why my toe nails stay over grown to why grass grows…..STTTTTOOOPPPPPP stressing ladies!!!

Even if you think it’s important, if you cannot simply do nothing about it, stop tripping about it! PERIOD! You’re killing yourself! And making your hormones clearly work out of wack! Re-read my note above! If the stress levels of IH women were compared to those of normal women, when all menses levels were normal in all subjects, that tells you IH women simply stress too much and one of those side effects is abnormal hair growth!

Just this past week, I walked about of my job in tears because I was stressed out over nonsense. My boss delivered an assignment to me under conditions I (and everyone else in the building) know I cannot deliver without some assistance even though I was directed NOT to get help with the assignment! HUH?…..Yes, I have one of those type of bosses. I do take comfort in knowing all (and I do mean ALL) my coworkers know this individual is a piece of work…though I can find another suitable word in place of piece of “work” !!!!

So I told myself “I need to leave this fucking place!” and that’s what I am trying to do! But in the meantime, the most I can do is do my best on the job, even if it means defying my boss’s instructions. If I know shit will get done right, then so be it. I know I did it right and I did my best! And you need to take the same attitude with various bullshit going on in your life too!

Be righteous in your behavior; know that you are being good to people. If they don’t act the same way back, just give them a “fuck you” smile and keep it moving! Money…if you cannot afford the shoes knowing you need groceries, this should be rhetorical but the shoes will simply have to sit on the shelf a little longer!

I had a bad habit of dressing to the nines……….for no reason! I barely went on dates, I don’t have many boyfriends so I had to give myself a big time reality slap: “Monica, why are you buying all this bullshit to wear….like….ONCE?!” It was ridiculous!

Dating?! Oh god…that word is stress in its own right! I will tackle dating in a later post!

SO…WHAT AM I DOING TO REDUCE MY STRESS, YOU ASK?

One, Maintaining my hirsutism routine. I am still taking my medicines for it. I still epilate and use my generic Vaniqa cream which is definitely slowing the growth. I am even considering laser hair removal for my neck to slow the growth and clear up my skin a little more. I found out I could get a great (and I mean GREAT!) discounted price on my treatments at a well known spa so why not?! 🙂

Secondly,  I am giving my boss the finger (at least in my head, I am!), and cautiously establishing some bonds at the workplace (I say cautiously because not everyone in your workplace is your friend! Keep some stuff to yourself!). It’s a good way to have a professional outlet, especially one that has been there done that in a hostile working environment! In the meantime, I discussed my issues with my superiors of the nonsense I am dealing with, as well as seek other employment options privately. I have considering blogging for side income too! Nothing like getting paid to do what you’re passionate about!

Third, I try to cook more as opposed to fast foods. I made chicken and rice for my kids last night and made myself a cucumber salad with seasoning. It’s quite good. I am actually addicted to it! And I posted on a previous blog for PCOS/Hirsutism diets that cucumbers are great for helping to regulate sugar levels. Insulin resistance is related to PCOS and hirsutism in numerous cases. This also ties in with my money issues. The less frivolous spending I do with leisure crap, the more money I can conserve and stay out of the negative in my bank account! This also helps me build my Roth IRA back up! (Yes, I am a little financially savvy!) Like many folks, I had to deplete my IRA savings to survive a few years back. Now I can finally build it back up and it makes me feel good!

Fourth, I signed up for Zumba and Bollywood dancing classes! I am so excited about it! I heard it works your mid section, hips and boo-tay!

Cartoon of lovely Bollywood dancers!

Fifth, I signed my children up for gymnastics come January! I was more excited for them than they were! I love watching them smile!

Sixth, I take advantage of cheap vacations like cruises! My girlfriend books them for a living and often gives a great rate! So I take advantage of those type of offers. I don’t need a balcony room or anything like that! I go for the economy $400-$500 bucks a person-type rooms and of course, you can pay in installments, which is great! And I also go for the ones where I don’t have to fly to the port where the boat is leaving! Luckily, my friend was able to find a cruise leaving from a nearby city in my state! HOLLA!

Seventh, I simply cut off flaky people in my life and people who I held in high regard at one point (males AND females, friends and family!) who seem to have forgotten me or pay me no mind! I know they upset you and hurt your feelings, but being angry and disappointed is also a form of stress. You don’t need it! Stay off Facebook and Twitter! Who cares about their damn updates! And I am not trying to be a pessimist about it but really…..who REALLY cares? And certainly don’t start comparing yourself if you don’t exactly have much to boast about on social media. Hell, there is a beauty in keeping shit to yourself ladies….SERIOUSLY, THERE IS!!!! TRUST ME! And honestly, If they cannot entertain the thought of your company, don’t entertain the thought of them PERIOD!

Lucky number seven! Those are things I am slowly trying to do for myself to make me more active and less stressed….and ultimately not give  a damn!

There is not justification in worrying over what you cannot control and what does not worry over you! You may find yourself happier and hopefully a little more hairless!

Thanks for reading!