Excess Hair


Hirsutism is the clinical name for excessive growth of coarse, unwanted body hair on women

  • Body hair grows on the face, chest, back or other body parts where men typically grow hair.
  • Hirsutism is a condition many women find embarrassing or emotionally distressing.
  • It tends to run in families, and often the exact cause is never identified.
  • Your provider can help ease your symptoms.

What Causes Excessive Hair in Women?

 Hirsutism may occur as a result of excessive androgen levels in the body, which can be caused by a variety of factors. Conditions that may cause high androgen levels in women may include:
· Polycystic ovary syndrome
· Tumors
· Cushing’s syndrome
· Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
· Certain medications
Sometimes hirsutism may occur with no identifiable cause (subclinical). To diagnose hirsutism, one of our practitioners will perform a physical examination and order blood tests to check for excessive androgen levelsIf the blood test results show high levels of androgens, a CT scan or ultrasound may be performed to check for cysts or tumors.

Treatment Options

 Don’t let your excess hair control your life, there are solutions! One effective treatment for hirsutism is laser hair removal. Medical treatments may include topical creams, anti-androgen medication or oral contraceptives. There are also oral medications that your provider can prescribe. Make an appointment today to discuss your options.

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