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Hirsutism

 

Hirsutism is excessive facial or body hair in women.

Causes

  • Increased level of androgen or male hormones
  • Increased sensitivity of hair follicles to normal levels of androgen
  • Certain medical conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome, insulin resistance, tumors in ovaries or adrenal gland, etc.
  • Certain medications
  • Obesity
  • Heredity

Symptoms

  • Increased hair growth
  • Increased coarseness and pigmentation of hair
  • Acne
  • Deepening of voice
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Irregular menstruation

Treatment

  • Hormone therapy
  • Cosmetic means like bleaching, waxing, shaving and hair removing creams
  • Electrolysis or laser therapy

Prevention
There is no way to prevent hirsutism.