What is Hirsutism?
Hirsutism is the unusually excessive growth of hair on a woman’s body where there was previously very little or no hair present.
Although the only symptom of hirsutism is the abnormal growth of hair, as it is often accompanied by imbalances in hormones, women experiencing hirsutism may also notice change in body shape, changes in menstrual cycle and slight changes to their regular speaking voice.
Causes of Hirsutism:
Usually hirsutism is caused by hormones being out of balance, where the female body is producing too much of a certain male hormone, resulting in the appearance of more masculine features and physical traits such as hair growth.
How is Hirsutism diagnosed?
Upon a visual assessment of the extent of any hirsutism, your doctor may also require a hormone test to see the level of hormonal activity present in your body.
How is it treated?
Whilst they symptoms of hirsutism can be treated by a range of common hair removal techniques, the underlying hormonal imbalance requires treatment with medication.