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By the time I was in my 20s

“By the time I was in my 20s, my hair had thickened considerably, spreading round the sides of my face, just like a man. If I mentioned my problem to friends, they would respond with: ‘Well. I had noticed…’ It was a miserable time for me. I never wanted to go out and constantly kept my head tilted downwards. I looked on the phone book and found a clinic offering a hair-removal treatment. To my delight, my mum and dad offered to pay for the treatment, which cost ¬£900, for my birthday. After years of embarrassment and shame, suddenly the hairs were falling out and I had a lovely feminine neck to show off! It was as if suddenly someone shook the life back into me. I regained all my confidence and finally the old me was back. The hair still hasn’t gone completely, but it looks so much better. I feel as though I can meet people now and talk to them face to face. ‘When I used to look in the mirror, I would feel disgust. Now, for the first time in years, I can hold my head up high.”