Excess body hair

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Excess body hair

A fascinating series of podcasts on Radio NZ called “Hair and Loathing”1 has stories of excess body hair, mainly on women, but men also get some attention.

The episode: ‘From peach fuzz to nipple beards’2 features Endocrinologist Dr Stella Milsom, who notes: "There are a few tell-tale signs, but most of it has to do with hormones." She says what's considered a 'normal' amount of hair tends to depend on your family history and ethnicity. But unfortunately, there's no real test to determine how much you should have.



  1. Hair and Loathing RNZ Podcast series (2022) View
  2. From peach fuzz to nipple beards. RNZ Podcast (2022) View

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