Yes, ladies, once you begin the menopause journey, it will be time to sharpen your razor blade!
All that peach fuzz sprouting on your upper lip and chin (and arms in my case) is due to the hormonal imbalance associated with menopause, causing some male secondary characteristics such as facial hair. Though your body will cease producing estrogen during perimenopause and menopause, it will continue producing testosterone. Thus, the fine and not so fine facial hair growth.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may, for some, act as a preventative measure but it will not get rid of existing hair. Plucking, waxing, shaving and creams (see a doctor before using creams) can help but the hair will grow back. If you are totally disgusted by your sprouting fuzz and can afford it, electrolysis or laser hair removal completely destroys the hair follicles.
No woman wants to be the “bearded lady” in the circus, and I get that. But, as far as I’m concerned, facial hair is the least of our worries during menopause and beyond!