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Hirsutism causes excessive hair growth. It can be triggered by a medical condition, and you may be more likely to experience it after the menopause. 

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    What is hirsutism?

    Hirsutism is where women have thick, dark hair on the chest, face, neck, back, buttocks or thighs. It’s caused by an increase in hormones called androgens. The most common cause is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but in many cases there is no obvious cause. 

    Androgens are hormones connected to male traits but are present in both men and women. In women, androgens are converted into oestrogen – the ‘female hormone’. 

    During puberty, they stimulate the growth of pubic hair and also play a role in managing the function of organs like the kidneys and liver. 

    In adult women, they help to strengthen bones and play a key role in sexual desire and satisfaction. 

    How common is hirsutism?

    Around 10% of women have more androgens than they need in their bodies, and this is what causes the thick hair growth associated with hirsutism.

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    What causes hirsutism?

    Hirsutism can be caused by the presence of excess androgens, or by an increased sensitivity to them. There can be a range of reasons why you have excess androgens in your body or why you’re more sensitive to them. 

    For 70% of women with hirsutism, the cause is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS causes the ovaries to produce more androgens than the body needs and leads to the growth of thick, dark hair. 

    In some rare cases, hirsutism has been linked to more serious illnesses such as glucocorticoid resistance syndrome, hyperprolactinemia and Cushing’s syndrome. In these cases hair growth happens suddenly and rapidly. Certain medications can also trigger hirsutism. 

    Can hirsutism lead to other problems?

    Although it can have a negative impact on self-confidence and mental health, the hair growth associated with hirsutism isn’t a problem in itself. 

    But it can be linked to other more serious conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome, and for this reason it’s important to consult a clinician to find out what’s causing hirsutism. 

    What medications are there for hirsutism?

    Hirsutism is caused by an imbalance of hormones in the body, so treatment needs to work to redress this balance.

    Treatment often includes a combined hormonal contraceptive like Dianette. This medicine has antiandrogenic properties and helps to reduce the amount of androgens produced by the ovaries. 

    There’s also a non-hormonal treatment available called Vaniqa, which contains an active ingredient called eflornithine. This takes the form of a cream that is applied directly to the face to limit hair growth. Studies have shown that eflornithine can lead to a 26% reduction in facial hair when it’s used regularly for 24 weeks.

    Is there a ‘best’ treatment for hirsutism?

    The treatment that you take for hirsutism is about personal choice. One of our clinicians will chat with you about your symptoms and help you to define your goals so that treatment can be tailored to you and your lifestyle. 

    Does hirsutism always need treatment?

    The hair that grows as a result of your hirsutism isn’t a threat in itself and you only need to treat it if you want to. Many women manage their hirsutism simply by removing the hair by shaving, waxing or laser treatment. Others opt for a more long term solution and take medication to help stop the hair growth. It really comes down to personal choice. 

    Hirsutism can have a negative effect on mental wellbeing because it affects confidence and self-image. Studies have shown that hirsutism can have a similar effect on quality of life as conditions including asthma, epilepsy and diabetes. Many women find that treatment helps to address this and increase levels of mental wellbeing and positivity.

    If you have an underlying medical condition that’s causing hirsutism your health could be affected, and so it’s a good idea to treat it. 

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    FAQ: Hirsutism

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    How is hirsutism diagnosed?

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    Hirsutism is usually diagnosed through analysis of your symptoms. Your clinician will talk to you about where your hair has grown and how long it’s taken to develop.

    It’s also common for a blood test to be carried out so that further investigation can take place if needed.

    Can you get side effects from hirsutism treatment?

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    If you choose to use a combined hormonal contraceptive to treat your hirsutism you may experience side effects such as weight changes and nausea. These can often be addressed through changes to lifestyle, and some may fade as your body gets used to the medication you’re taking.

    Creams like Vaniqa can cause acne when they are applied to the face.

    Does hirsutism treatment always work?

    Answer:
    There are a range of treatments for hirsutism, which is good news because not all treatments work for everyone. It’s a case of finding what works for you.

    Some people find that the hormonal contraceptive pill alone is enough to limit hair growth and reduce symptoms, but others find that they also need to apply a cream to the hair to help reduce it.

    Depending on the thickness of the hair and the area it covers, waxing or shaving might be enough to remove it. For thicker and stronger hair, electrolysis or laser removal might be more suitable. Some women see a 50% reduction in hair after using laser therapy for six months.

    It is important to give hormonal treatments sufficient time to work. Hair grows in cycles, and in order to stop growth, antiandrogen medications need to intervene at a very specific point in the growth cycle. For this reason, it can take several months for the effects of hormonal medication to be seen.

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