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Cheryl: The gonadotropic hormones, Luteinizing hormone (LH)and follicle- stimulating hormone (FSH) are involved indirectly in the production of axial and pubic hair in post-puberal women. LH and FSH act together to stimulate the production of estrogen (estradiol 17-beta) by the follicles of the ovary. This estrogen is largely responsible for stimulating the growth of axial and pubic hair (Cotisol is also important). As a woman progresses through menopause, there will be a decrease in the amount of estrogen produced by the ovaries. As a result, these areas of the body begin to lose hair. Below are a few web sites dealing with puberty/menopause and hair growth. http://www.hon.ch/Dossier/MotherChild/female_repro/puberty.html http://www.wdxcyber.com/ngen16.htm http://www.yourmenopausetype.com/menopausequestionsandanswers/07092000.html I hope this helps.... David Mallory, PhD Professor Department of Biological Sciences Marshall University Huntington, WV USA
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