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I'm starting HRT in a couple weeks.... i  shave my legs 2-3 times a week now, what can i expect as far as regrowth as the hormones start working their magic??

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Jackie C.

Less... probably... after a while. We're all different. Changes don't happen overnight. Your genes might include hairy legs. For example, my spouse shaves once a week, her hair growth has always been kind of spare. I don't shave at all because alopecia shut down all my hair follicles about twelve years ago. She's been through menopause so my hormone levels are probably higher than hers.

My mother for contrast used to shave a couple of times a week.

My niece shaves a couple of times a week and is still a bit on the hairy side.


It's going to trend towards being finer and growing slower, but there are too many variables to be able to tell you something like, "Once a month, tops."


Of course you could also pursue electrolysis and never have to deal with it again after however many sessions (I have no idea how thick your leg and body hair might be).


HRT is amazing but, tragically, it's not magic.



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Jackie, you are the BEST!!! you have the answers for almost everything!!! thanks for the reply!! 

Luv, Shawn

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I'm three months on hormones today. I can't comment on leg hair munch any longer. As I've been using a eliptor, or waxing them regularly for almost two years. I do notice less growth, and it is slower. Not sure if its the waxing or the hormones.


My chest hair is definitely coming in slower between shavings. It also seems less dense, and their might be less. My chess hair looked like it was in the shape of a x. I noticed there was less on my breast, and the middle definitely was less dense. When I shaved it today. 

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Well, unfortunately there is a reason many trans women opt for laser hair removal and electrolysis. I've had laser on my face and body and it has helped a lot. Hair response to hrt is highly variable.

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On 3/18/2021 at 1:36 PM, AwesomeClaire said:

Well, unfortunately there is a reason many trans women opt for laser hair removal and electrolysis. I've had laser on my face and body and it has helped a lot. Hair response to hrt is highly variable.


I agree , it is a pity 


yet I would ask is it better to wax body part before home appliance of laser or IPL or Shaving ? 


Shaving does some time leave some hair threads  .. 



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You should not use waxing/plucking/epilation for a couple of weeks before using IPL or laser. Shaving is not only desired but recommended.

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23 hours ago, ValerieRun said:

You should not use waxing/plucking/epilation for a couple of weeks before using IPL or laser. Shaving is not only desired but recommended.


Thank you for the advice 

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My one data point: I'm of middle eastern descent, so coarse, thick, black body hair. Weird thing is, most of it disappeared entirely. Didn't get finer, and in fact what's left is just as coarse as ever. There's just a lot less of it. The arms look awkward, so I shave them. Almost all the hair on my legs below mid thigh is gone entirely, except for some stragglers around the knees. Belly and chest hair went away, too, with just a few stragglers. For some reason I never did have back hair, except at the small of my back, and that hair is still there and has to be shaved. Face, of course, had to be zapped.


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Hi. I’m new to the forum. I’m still getting the hang of things, but I shaved full body for almost 15 years. I recently took ** So hey, we don't talk about herbal treatments here. Rule #14 **  and my daily shave was reduced to every other to every three days. 

Last year I switched to HRT and I’m at the 11 month mark now. Magically, a few months ago my body hair stopped growing and it’s been divine. There is some fuzz around the knees, but that’s it. I haven’t shaved in over a month, and tbh the last three times I shaved, I really didn’t have to. It was just out of habit that I did. 

I'm kind of thinking now would be a good time to blast away with my IPL, since the hairs are so fine. But, maybe the hair color might factor-in. 

Regardless, being totally hair free is wonderful. Now, if I could just get rid of my beard. 

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Welcome to the forum.  Obviously we do not condone self medication of any kind so I'm glad to read you've stopped.   Going on HRT will provide the benefits you desire as you've seen.  As your hair is fine now you might wait to see how it goes.  Time to start Electrology!  

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