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    Darkened Skin above my lip
    Anon_228818 posted:
    What can I do about dark skin above my upper lip. I have gone through menopause already. I have tried skin bleach to no avail. What do I need to ask my doctor. I have an appointment tomorrow with my family doctor. Do I need to consult an OB/GYN. This darkened skin makes me look as though I have a mustache and I hate that it makes me feel less feminine and more unattractive. Is there a hormone medication that I could be taking? What would the side effects be if I were to take a hormone medication? If I don't understand hormone replacement medications how will I know which one would be the safest for me to take?
    Is there another way to get rid of the darkened skin without taking hormones.
    I haven't had a pap test or a mammogram in roughly ten years. I never had health insurance as I was growing up and in my adult life so proper medical attention was lacks
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    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear Anon_228818,
    I'm not sure what to advise; that type of skin pigmentation is not a classic menopause consequence-so I think it's a good idea to start with your primary care doc. I would also check in with your doc on inexpensive mammogram and pap screening options-many states do have these for uninsured women-and your health care provider may be able to suggest local sources. You can also check in with the local Planned Parenthood folks-they do a lot more than contraception-and they may be able to suggest some less costly options.
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane

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