Thank you for writing this! I’m half-Italian, so my body hair (everywherrrre) was always dense. However, dense hair also makes for a proneness to razor rash, so I generally went Brazilian (exfoliating religiously post-wax).

In my early-30s, I noticed between waxes that my hair looked sparse and patchy. I was annoyed that I couldn’t manage a passable landing strip, but I figured, “Meh, I guess this is just an age thing.” However… last year, a doctor discovered that I had a very extreme iron deficiency. It’s unclear just how long I had it, because no doctor ran ferritin tests on me between 2006 and 2018.

Now, after a year of supplementing iron off and on, I have a brand new bush. Like… whoa. Iron deficiency tends to set in so slowly that we don’t notice our body’s changes, but one of the things it seriously affects is hair growth. The hair on my head is still really thin from all the iron loss, but as I slowly rebuild my iron stores, I guess my body has decided that the bush is THE priority zone for hair, lol. (And my iron is still low! It blows my mind to imagine what the bush will look like when my iron levels are healthy again!)

All of this to say, if your hair — anywhere on your body — has weirdly sparse patches, maybe it’s completely normal… but maybe it would also be a good idea to check your ferritin. ;)

And, of course, whatever your body’s healthy set-point is, yes, it’s completely feminine and sexy!

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