Many MTF individuals experience dysphoria related to body hair, as it may not align with their gender identity. There are several options available to address this concern:

  1. Shaving: Regularly shaving the body hair is a common and temporary method to manage dysphoria. This can be done at home and is relatively inexpensive.
  2. Waxing: Waxing removes hair from the root, providing longer-lasting results compared to shaving. However, it can be more painful and may require professional assistance.
  3. Laser Hair Removal: This method uses concentrated beams of light to target and destroy hair follicles, leading to permanent reduction in hair growth over time. Multiple sessions are usually required, and it is most effective for individuals with lighter skin and darker hair.
  4. Electrolysis: Electrolysis is a technique that involves inserting a small probe into each hair follicle to deliver an electrical current, which permanently damages the follicle. It is effective for all hair and skin types but can be time-consuming and may require multiple sessions.
  5. Hormone Therapy: For MTF individuals undergoing hormone therapy, there is a potential for reduced body hair growth over time due to the hormonal changes. However, the degree of hair reduction varies among individuals, and it may not completely eliminate body hair.
  6. Clothing and Fashion: Dressing in a way that minimizes the visibility of body hair can also help alleviate dysphoria. Choosing clothing styles that cover areas of concern or using accessories like scarves or cardigans can provide a sense of comfort.

It is essential for individuals to explore these options based on their personal preferences, affordability, and desired outcomes. Consulting with a healthcare professional or a gender-affirming specialist can help in making informed decisions regarding body hair management and addressing dysphoria.

Body hair can be a major source of dysphoria for many MTF individuals. There are a number of ways to address this dysphoria, including:

  • Laser hair removal. Laser hair removal is a long-term hair removal method that uses a beam of light to target the hair follicles. This can be an effective way to remove unwanted hair from the face, chest, back, and other areas.
  • Electrolysis. Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal method that uses an electric current to destroy the hair follicles. This is a more time-consuming process than laser hair removal, but it can be effective for removing even the finest hairs.
  • Shaving. Shaving is a quick and easy way to remove unwanted hair, but it is not permanent. The hair will grow back within a few days.
  • Waxing. Waxing is a more effective hair removal method than shaving, but it can be more painful. The hair will not grow back for several weeks.
  • Creams and lotions. There are a number of creams and lotions that can be used to temporarily remove unwanted hair. These products can be effective, but they are not permanent.

In addition to these hair removal methods, there are a number of other things that MTF individuals can do to address body hair dysphoria. These include:

  • Wear clothing that covers the areas of your body that you are dysphoric about.
  • Use makeup to cover up the hair.
  • Talk to a therapist or counselor about your dysphoria.

It is important to find a hair removal method that works for you and that you are comfortable with. There is no right or wrong answer, and what works for one person may not work for another. The most important thing is to find a way to address your dysphoria in a way that makes you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin.

Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful:

  • The Trevor Project:
  • GLAAD:
  • Trans Lifeline: