What is hirsutism and how I learned to live with it – BBC Africa

Nineteen-year-old Chidube Nwaonicha-Emegha (@I AM DHUBEM) has a condition called hirsutism, which causes women to have thick, dark hair on their face, neck, chest or lower back.

Hirsutism can be caused by a number of disorders – in Chidube’s case, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

But often, it occurs with no identifiable cause, and generally isn’t considered preventable, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Chidube uses her social media platform to raise awareness about her condition and encourages others to be proud to be unique.

Produced and edited by Saidata Sesay

Filmed by Femi Gabriel


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  • Title: What is hirsutism and how I learned to live with it – BBC Africa
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    1. You are naturally beautiful.

    2. This is curable! You have to go completely dr Sebi style alkaline and sauna everyday. This body is highly acidic and parasitic. Curable

    3. Hirsutism is a condition in women that results in excessive growth of dark or coarse hair in a male-like pattern face, chest and back. With hirsutism, extra hair growth often arises from excess male hormones (androgens), primarily testosterone.

    4. I knew she was gonna be Igbo…Igbo people are hairy 😂

    5. Does electrolysis work for this condition. Which is permanent hair removal?

    6. It's been 8 years living with hirsutism, bought lot of pills to get rid of it but all failed. I ordered Dr Isibor natural herbs last year June and applied it which really worked for me no more facial hair and legs

    7. Or she is just a transgender…men have hair.

    8. I suffer from pros symptoms although it was never confirmed since I was a teenager.

    9. You fine 😜 seriously..your voice alone is ATTRACTIVE..like your APPEARANCE..you can't be too complete sis…😂😂 hopefully your CONVINENT ll enlight anyone out there ..🙏❤️

    10. Pray for divine Healing.🙏

    11. #Drisibor channel hirsutism permanent cure

    12. I suffered hirsutism due to PCOS for 8 years until I came across Dr Isibor on youtube who got me cured with his natural herbal supplement and body cleanser, I have no more hairs after I applied his herbs.

    13. #Drisibor channel hirsutism permanent cure

    14. You should sac not use razor it will destroy your skin

    15. You're gorgeous. Be my best friend. I'll always fight your battles for you.

    16. You are alright. You will have what God destined for you. Never mind the hairs, be strong.

    17. Beautiful girl with a beautiful sprit. ❤️

    18. My ex in as much as I'd like to forget her, had this condition and I think she was going for some treatment of sorts she never really spoke on it outside she has unusually more hair or what not, me did not notice, because of course she made sure I didn't oh well.

    19. You are a gorgeous, intelligent, sweet lady. Many women have PCOS and other hormone disorders. It is nothing to be ashamed of. Other people are the problem. They need to educate themselves. We all come in different packages. Yours is lovely!

    20. I admire them though

    21. My neighbour had this condition, she changed her diet to dairy and gluten free and juicing.. the condition stopped! Possibly a change in diet can help with healing afterall what we eat plays a major role in our wellbeing. Western medicine treat symptoms and not the root causes

    22. She's beautiful woman & I would like to see her.

    23. You are beautiful inside and out! Thank you for having the courage to share your story with so many women who are having a like experience. You are truly an inspiration. If you ever tire of temporary hair removal methods, I would look into electrolysis. It has been life changing for me! Also, Spearmint tea is wonderful for lowering androgens levels.

    24. •Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him. There is no other intermediary. May Jesus Bless you, trust Him, give your life – and He will take care of it :pray Convert yourself and believe in the Gospel – Romans 10 8-10 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”[a](A) that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare(B) with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,”(C) and believe(D) in your heart that God raised him from the dead,(E) you will be saved.(F) 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.♡;*

    25. You are beautiful, don't mind people's mockery , you have woman's face and softness.

    26. My daughter has this condition. Before she started to shave the hair on her face was light. I warned her once she started shaving it would grow back thicker. It's broken my heart to see the suffering she has endured. I have brought my daughter up with alot of love and encouragement. Unfortunately so many young ladies are suffering emotionally. All do to with society dictating what beauty is. We must embrace what we see as flaws and love ourselves as God does. May God contine to shine on you my beautiful sisters and brothers in Africa ✝️🌍❤🙋🏻‍♀️🙏🏻

    27. her smile so precious

    28. You are beautiful sis 💜

    29. Take a lot of flaxseeds to reduces your androgen and testosterone in your body

    30. Our black women need to know how beautiful they are with local Brading instead of using rubbish wig.🙄

    31. Such a beautiful woman

    32. This lady is 19? Honestly she looks and acts like she is 40+

    33. Her face looks familiar is this not dhubem the youtuber ?

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