The BBC article tells the story of 24 year old Emma, who suffers from the condition which causes unwanted facial hair on her chin, jaw and neck. The hair grows so fast that she shaves several times a day and carries a razor in her bag in case stubble starts to show.
Emma, from Derbyshire explained to the BBC health reporter how the condition was blighting her life, lowering her self esteem, destroying her confidence and leaving her feeling unfeminine. She describes how she is unable to live the normal life of a 24 year old going clubbing with her friends “ If you go to a club and they search your bag how do you explain that you have a razor in it?”
Dawn Harper is a Gloucestershire based GP who is backing the new ‘We Can Face It’ campaign which aims to raise awareness of the condition which currently affects around 40% of women.
Harper has urged women like Emma to seek help and enquire about the different treatment options available. Laser treatment, creams, shaving and plucking are all options that could be of help but many women are too scared and embarrassed to contact their GP to find out what options they have.
Dr Alexandra Mizara, a counselling psychologist and specialist in psychodermatology at the Royal Free Hospital raises another important point about these women suffering from extreme psychological affects.
Dr Mizara hopes the campaign will spread awareness of the issue and encourage women to come forward so they can be offered the help and support they need.
If you are suffering from hirsutism and have suffered a loss of confidence and self esteem then talking to a counseller may help you to rebuild these and they will also allow you to express your thoughts and feelings in confidence. If you would like to contact a counsellor in your local area then you can do so using the homepage of this site.