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Is hair supposed to be there?

 
Is it normal to have hair between our breasts and around your belly button? Swimsuit season is here, and I am worried about people staring at me.

If you've started sprouting hair in other places, some will likely also crop up around your belly button, upper lip and yes, even near your breasts. "Around age 11 or 12, certain hair follicles respond to the hormones that are surging through the body," explains Adelaide Nardone, M.D., a gynecologist and spokeswoman for Vagisil Women's Health Center.

"But hair that's not in your armpits or pubic area should be very fine, even if it is a little darker than it was before," says Dr. Nardone. If it's coarse, show your doctor. You could have a hormonal imbalance that's treatable with medication. But a little bit of fuzz is normal—and some girls get more than others due to genetics.

If your fur makes you self-conscious, bleach it at home (try Sally Hansen Crème Hair Bleach), or use a gentle hair remover (like Nair). 

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6/24/2009 2:03:00 PM
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