Is ‘Peach Fuzz After Menopause’ Normal?

menopauseTHOUGHTFULThis is a question that seems to be asked more and more by women usually ending menopause. While peach fuzz is actually not a sign of menopause, perimenopause or early menopause, studies performed recently seem to show that peach fuzz after menopause is often primarily associated with early menopause.

Menopause represents the end of menstruation. The average age this takes place is between 42 and 55. When your periods have stopped for at least one year, you know that you have reached menopause, and are now post-menopausal.

Once menopause has finished, women’s hormone patterns have changed considerably. Your ovaries will no longer produce estrogen or progesterone. This, however, can have a few side effects, including Peach Fuzz.

When estrogen predominates, a woman’s face normally has ‘Vellus Hair’ – very fine, short and almost invisible hair, that we have on most of our bodies. In contrast, men have terminal hair – longer, coarser, darker beard-type hair. The main hormone that controls the hair on your face is dihydrotestosterone (typically known as DHT). Higher levels of this can cause the hair on your face to convert from vellus to terminal hair production. However, during reproductive years, the higher levels of estrogen compared to testosterone usually keeps the production of DHT fairly low. As menopause approaches, estrogen levels begin to drop, and DHT levels increase slightly. It’s at this stage where women first begin to notice what’s known as Peach Fuzz.

Although Peach Fuzz is not really a foremost women’s health issue, there has recently been a growing trend of Peach Fuzz after menopause. Although not often written about in women’s health articles and typical information sources, Peach Fuzz is clearly a growing phenomenon. Sources indicate Peach Fuzz is actually a perimenopause symptom, the phase before menopause actually takes place. So named “Peach Fuzz” begins on either the neck, or above the upper lip, but can also appear on the chin, jaw line, cheeks, and even the forehead. Further studies are now underway to scientifically explain what Peach Fuzz actually is, and the links it has to early menopause.

Menopause symptoms, caused by the change in action of hormones, can cause additional growth of hair. The most significant hormone in hair growth is testosterone. Thought of as a male hormone, testosterone is actually found in females as well as males, although levels in males are up to 10 times higher than the levels in women. There are now tests you can do, for free, such as the Free Testosterone Test, which can establish whether the cause for extra, or slightly higher levels of testosterone after menopause, is caused by the ovaries, the adrenal glands, or even both.

Peach fuzz after menopause can affect women in different ways, not everyone will have the same experience with it. Some women can get very minimal Peach Fuzz, where other women report having a very blonde ‘fuzz’ all over their face.  But don’t panic! Most women mainly experience it in manageable areas, and the hair is generally very light coloured. And of course there are many different techniques out there to manage your peach fuzz if you feel it’s noticeable, so try not to worry, Peach Fuzz after menopause is natural and manageable, and you’re far from being alone!

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