have you had your hormones checked? i had a lot of hair growth and i found out that my hormones were unbalanced (high levels of testosterone). speak to your doctor about this. also, i had electrolysis for years. it is more painful around your period. in general it should only sting a little when the current is in "action" do not worry, you will be o.k. i actually love when i get it because i feel "clean after". think positively and you will be great. the number of times you need to do it depends on how much hair you have and how quickly it grows back. speak to your esthetician about this. good luck!