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About Female Hirsutism

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Hirsutism is the excessive hairiness on women in those parts of the body where terminal hair does not normally occur or is minimal - for example, a beard or chest hair. It refers to a male pattern of body hair and and may be a sign of a more serious medical condition, especially if it develops well after puberty.

Causes

Hirsutism can be caused by either an increased level of androgens, (the male hormones) or other symptoms associated with a high level of male hormones include acne and deepening of the voice and increased muscle mass. Growing evidence implicates high circulating levels of insulin in women to the development of Hirsutism. This theory is speculated to be consistent with the observation that obese (and thus presumably insulin resistant women are at high risk of becoming hirsute.

The following may be some of the conditions that may increase a woman's normally low level of male hormones:

Polycystic ovary syndrome - the most common

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia in turn mostly caused by 21-α hydroxylase deficiency

Cushing's disease

Tumours in the ovaries or adrenal gland

Certain medications

Insulin resistance

Obesity: As there is peripheral conversion of androgens to estrogens in these patients, this is the same mechanism of PCOS

Treatment

Many women with unwanted hair seek methods of hair removal. However, the causes of the hair growth should be evaluated by your GP with the help of a qualified trichologist can conduct blood tests, pinpoint the specific origin of the abnormal hair growth, and advise on the treatment.

We understand that hair and scalp disorders can be traumatic and can have a severe affect on a women’s well-being, which in turn affects the patient’s health in general, after all hair is well documented as the barometer of health. Our female hair loss clinics provide a service encompassing both the medical and cosmetic issues relating to scalp and hair health. Each clinic is dedicated to providing expert advice and treatment for all types of hair loss and scalp problems, to cosmetic damage. Call now on 0330 660 0648 to book your appointment.

Protein supplements are excellent for hair growth.

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