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    Hello! Hope everyone is well! I'm going to get right down to it...Have any of you ladies used Vaniqua after years of shaving? I've been shaving daily for probably 5-6 years. Any thoughts? I'd be willing to try it for even a small improvement.
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    I was willing to try it before and had a prescription for it, but it turned out to be no longer available in Canada. I think the thing about vaniqua is that in order for it to continue to work, you have to continue to use it. So while it can slow down some of the hair growth, it's something you have to stick with long term to continue to benefit from it. That can be costly over time if you think about it (at least for me, it was not covered by my insurance, and it was around $100 a tube I think?).

    Have you considered laser hair removal? It is costly, but the results are far better than what you'd acheive using the cream alone. Also, it'll take away enough hair that you could quite possibly stop shaving and go to something like waxing/epilating for longer lasting hair-free time.
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    for me, vaniqa is a life saver. it makes the hair finer and lighter and the growth cycle is longer, but it does not get rid of it. i still shave, but if i miss it, the hair is MUCH less noticeable. it is about $100 a tube, but 1 tube lasts me about 3-4 months. i have also tried electrolysis. that worked pretty well, but you have to let the hair grow long enough to see between appointments and it is a SLOW process. i stopped after 5 months because i got pregnant (i had to stop using vaniqa, also, since it is not approved for pregnancy) and have not restarted as of yet (my little one is 5 months). i used vaniqa prior to the electrolysis, as well, and i did not have any new growth during that time.

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    I have pcos and been shaving for years prob since around 16 years old. I'm turn 25 so about 8 years. I've been n spironolactone for years now.. Was taking 200mg while shaving..seemed to thin the hair. Bit but I found it to be a waste considering how much I was paying for it. Saw my specialist and she mentioned about lowering the dose to 100mg so it's now been a month that I've been taking just 100 mg of spironolactone and shaving..obviously since I'm just doing the bare minimum of hair removal it's not really any better. IVe noticed since lowering the dose to 100mg the hair comes in more faster. Specialist recommended to lower to 100mg and maybe trying vaniqa. I have hair on my face(beard growth) chest and lower stomach. I know vaniqa is only used for face but just wondering if anyone has any advise on vaniqa.. From what I've read it is expensive and takes about 6-8 weeks to notice difference. If anyone could let me know more about vaniqa that would be great. Right now I have to shave everyday,I do it n the shower- also have fair skin and course hair. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by urz2love View Post
    I have pcos and been shaving for years prob since around 16 years old. I'm turn 25 so about 8 years. I've been n spironolactone for years now.. Was taking 200mg while shaving..seemed to thin the hair. Bit but I found it to be a waste considering how much I was paying for it. Saw my specialist and she mentioned about lowering the dose to 100mg so it's now been a month that I've been taking just 100 mg of spironolactone and shaving..obviously since I'm just doing the bare minimum of hair removal it's not really any better. IVe noticed since lowering the dose to 100mg the hair comes in more faster. Specialist recommended to lower to 100mg and maybe trying vaniqa. I have hair on my face(beard growth) chest and lower stomach. I know vaniqa is only used for face but just wondering if anyone has any advise on vaniqa.. From what I've read it is expensive and takes about 6-8 weeks to notice difference. If anyone could let me know more about vaniqa that would be great. Right now I have to shave everyday,I do it n the shower- also have fair skin and course hair. Thanks
    My view is that if you don't need to shave more than once in the day, Vaniqa's not worth the cost and the time it takes to apply it. Where it is useful if for women who have to shave more than once in the day in that it can ensure that you remain free from visible moustache and beard growth during the whole working day.
    However, for myself, although I'll shave again if I'm going out in the evening and not likely to be back before 9pm, I reckon it's easier to shave again than to use Vaniqa regularly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabbey85 View Post
    Hello! Hope everyone is well! I'm going to get right down to it...Have any of you ladies used Vaniqua after years of shaving? I've been shaving daily for probably 5-6 years. Any thoughts? I'd be willing to try it for even a small improvement.
    If you can get off with shaving once per day, then Vaniqa's not worth the time or cost. Even for someone like myself who'll shave again if going out for the evening, it takes only a few seconds to shave with a men's-type electric razor.

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    Hey was just wondering..I shave my face chest and lower stomach everyday and have a prescription fr vaniqa..I know it's ly good to use on the face..but was wondering I shave n the shower and then wash my face..how long after you shave are you supposed to apply the cream to face.. Dr told me 10 min to let it dry up before applying makeup..do you need to wait that long? Also within how long did you start to see results? I was on 200 mg of spironolactone and just shaving.. Now I'm on 100 mg of spronolactone and dr recommended the vaniqa..I haven't gotten the cream yet but with just taking 100 mg of spronolactone and shaving the hair isn't any better..I actually notice It growing in quicker

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    Your hair is growing in quicker because you cut your spiro dose in half.
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    Yeah I'm just not sure if I should go back to 200 mg of spironolactone or not..I'm so tempted to..didn't take the hair awya completly but compared t taking 100 mg there is a bit of a difference..I thought it took a while for me to shave before now even longer because the hair groaning in quicker and seems thicker:/ I think my dr wanted me t go down to 100 mg of spironolactone and try vaniqa at the same time..I haven't gotte the cream yet. Like I said..I'm pretty hesitant about doing it..don't wanna be wasting my time and money on it but guess wouldn't know unless I tried

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    Have you ever had a consult for Laser Hair Removal? I really think it'll give you the best results, as long as you stay on Spiro. It could do away with enough hair that you could get to a point where you don't have to shave anymore. It would be just as easy to wax/pluck/bleach and you'd have longer periods of time without ANY facial hair. I think it's superior to vaniqua.
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    Honestly, I never saw much with Vaniqua and I ended up just not even finishing the bottle. For my facial hair I started electrolysis. It is not that expensive (20.00 for 15 min) and it is the ONLY thing that will kill the hair follicle (laser is not permanent). I hate needles and I am able to cope with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovetheduns View Post
    Honestly, I never saw much with Vaniqua and I ended up just not even finishing the bottle. For my facial hair I started electrolysis. It is not that expensive (20.00 for 15 min) and it is the ONLY thing that will kill the hair follicle (laser is not permanent). I hate needles and I am able to cope with it.
    Electrolysis $20 for 15 min?? Where abouts it this- in the states somewhere?

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    Diamond in the rough- just responding back to your message about laser hair removal
    Yes i did go for a consultation last year.. i was going to go last june but wanted to be able to enjoy my summer..and not have to stay out of the sun prior to treatments so then made the appt for last sept i decided i was going to go through with it but then my mom told me about the NoNo. So ended up canceling laser appt and baught the nono at the end of aug last year.. i tried it out a bit maybe used a handful of times, i just didnt like it at all. The main reason why i got it was for my face, even using it i still had to shave and just found it did nothing, i had the product for about 5 months till Jan and was able to return it and thankfully got all my money back(it wasnt cheap the nono and 2 creams for it came to just over $400! Ive been on spironolactone for years.. at first was 100 mg and that didnt seem to do much at all so then just last feb it got increased to 200mg..oviously still have to shave everyday and between 100 ands 200 there really isnt much of a difference in hair growth but i find it does thin the hair out alot more than the lower dose. i went and saw my specalist just march of this year and discussing different methods for me as managing the hair. The spiro i take isnt covered because when filling out my benifits i put it down as a pre existing condition.. so becaue of that they dont cover it .. which sucks because i use as treatment for hirsutism. For 3 months its about $70. So she recommended i cut spiro in half again to 100mg and gave my a prescription for vaniqa.. so i cute sprio in half but didnt get the spiro just casue i had alot of questions about it and have seen ocmments on here that for some ppl it didnt work.. so i made the decision myself to go back to 200mg of spiro- The same day i decided to go back to 200mg i also baught the Aveeno positively smooth shave gel..never used it before.. been on it about a week now(back on sprio and this new shave gel) Hasnt been a huge difference.. but shaving is alot easier for me(which i do in shower0 and this shaving cream is supposed to not leave nicks,slows down hair growth and over time not supposed to be as noticable.. so far i really like it A bottle of it is 6.99 cad which is expensive i find for shaving cream but compared to vaniqa its alot better price

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    Hey urs2love, I answered your pm about this - but just to recap, I've had great success with LHR and I would recommend it to anyone that has a good handle on their androgens. I tried sprio once, but had an allergic reaction, so couldn't stay on it long term. Is 200 mg the highest dose you can take? What about diet & exercise? Even if you don't have weight to lose, you can work on visceral fat, which is the hormone producing fat that surrounds our organs. Getting rid of it can help cut out the hormones as well.
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    Hey thank you so much for responding back! Yes apparently 200mg is the highest dose for spironolactone.. I went and got soe blood tests done the other day one of them checking testosterone levels..just cause I've heard if your wanting to go ahead with LHR it's best to make sure hormone levels are in check or el its worthless..so don't know how true that is but if yo have pcos/ hirsutism naturally our hormones aren't in check..so yeah like I said was take 100 mg for a while then last year went to 200mg and was on that for just over a year then dr wanted me to go back down to 100 so did that for like month and a half and just last week went back to 200mg. So dont know what dr will say about me doing that but it's the choice I made cause didn't like being on just 100mg. Yeah I'm aware you have to stay on spironolactone long term for it to work..which kinda sucks to have to take them for rest of life and not cheap but if it helps even slightly with the hair..I have lost about 60 lb can't remember ow long it's been exactly I'd say within last year and half or so. I recently just went to Europe for 3 weeks with bf..before going away I was basically at my goal weight and being there and since being back I've gained 10lb.. Been trying to work on getting it off..I've been finding temptation really hard lately..carbs and sweets are my downfall. while we were away didn't eat very healthy at all and since being back 2months haven't really continued eating the best..just snacking and temptation. I do workout frequently, I do a cardio dance class a cople times a week as well as gym during the week. I need to get back on track though- haven't been drinking as much water as usually do so hopefully between eating better,continue working out and drinking lots of water I'll get back to goal weight. Ism aware though that unhealthy eating isn't good for the pcos and have heard it can actually make it worse! I just need to that about that more next time I have a craving for chocolate/chips. How about you? How do you handle food cravings with having pcos and exercise?

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