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#27836 - 11/04/05 05:22 PM Prescription medication for men
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I was just curious as to whether any of these oral medications can work for men or if there are any designed for men exclusively. I'm a swimmer at my university and don't have a huge body hair problem but I do have to shave it before meets which I have being doing for years. My hair is too light for laser hair removal and I don't wanna do electroloysis. Any suggestions?

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#27837 - 11/04/05 09:51 PM Re: Prescription medication for men
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Shaving, waxing, plucking would be the only things that would work for you in that case. Drugs like Vaniqua would have little value for you.

Electrolysis is a very selective hair removal method. It is your best bet for permanent hair removal. It is the Gold Standard of hair removal.
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#27838 - 11/07/05 05:41 AM Re: Prescription medication for men
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are they any oral medications for men even available?

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#27839 - 11/07/05 08:45 AM Re: Prescription medication for men
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There are no hair removal drugs that I am aware of that are designed exclusively for men.

Most effective drugs for hair reduction, also cause feminization in men. Although body hair may reduce to unnoticeable levels when at conversational distance with continued use, there is no drug that will remove, or reduce facial hair in men to the point where one would not need to shave, or to the point where stubble would not be evident.
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#27840 - 11/08/05 03:36 PM Re: Prescription medication for men
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Ya I'm more concerned with body hair. It doesn't have to be totally gone, it just creates a high amount of drag when swimming races. It would be easier to shave less thick hair or whatever.

I heard a horrible rumor about another swimmer who took birth control pills and it really messed him up. Any validity to that?

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#27841 - 11/09/05 12:53 PM Re: Prescription medication for men
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YES!
A male taking birth control pills would have his body hair reduce both in size, and perhaps even number -- however, he would also start to feminize, thus loosing strength and testosterone levels.

I imagine he thought he could counter act the feminization with steroids, or something. This is nothing to fool around with.

The only safe way to remove hair for those extra seconds on the swim meets is electrolysis.
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#27842 - 11/11/05 12:12 PM Re: Prescription medication for men
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Hi:

If you took oral medications called anti-androgens such as spironolactone or androcur, they would reduce your body hair after a very long time. But at the same time you would lose muscle tone and possibly become sterile and impotent.

The medications would definitely reduce your strength, which as a competitive athlete would eliminate you from competition.

Birth control pills generally contain some estrogen and some progesterone but not anti-androgens. Some are too weak to have much of a feminizing effect, but some types are strong enough. I think that they would cause you to have secondary female characteristics over time such as breast growth or fat deposits. They say that progesterone has a bit of a masculinizing effect, so that may increase hair growth.

James is right that you would need to remove the hair with electrolysis if you want to remain a competitive swimmer.

Alicia

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#27843 - 01/15/06 02:42 PM Re: Prescription medication for men
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The hair loss drug Propecia (and to a lesser extent Avodart/Dutasteride) has led to some men seeing significant body hair reduction (along with some scalp hair regrowth).

Saw Palmetto has also done the same thing in some men.

All the above drugs/herb reduce DHT, which is what causes body hair growth and scalp hair loss. DHT is a much much more potent form of testosterone.
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#27844 - 01/23/06 04:02 AM Re: Prescription medication for men
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That's really interesting Tembo, do you know where I could read further or find evidence supporting that? I'm deffinitly into a herbal solution

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#27845 - 02/25/06 12:45 AM Re: Prescription medication for men
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Hey sorry I don't check this board often (especially this section).

Anyway, the evidence is easy to come by on the various hair loss forums out there where users of these drugs post testimonials. Only problem is that the hair reduction only occurs in some users of these drugs so your results may vary.
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