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What is it hirsutism ?
excessive and Unwanted amounts of stiff and pigmented hair on body areas where men typically grow hair, including the face, chest and back and legs
5 to 10 % women have it
How much facial hair on a woman is normal?
The normal amount and type of facial hair in women varies. It is most common or normal for women to have fine facial hair on the outer corners of the upper lip and also on the chin.
Do I have hirsutism or am I just hairy?
The main difference between typical hair on a woman’s body and face (often called “peach fuzz”) and hair caused by hirsutism is the texture.
Hypertrichosis is hair All over body
Vellus hair are Terminal and Once vellus to terminal it can not go back
Is it common condition
Why it happens
Hirsutism can result from excess male hormones, called androgens.
Increased sensitivity to male hormones even if normal level
Any condition with high androgen
slowly result in excess hair growth, irregular periods, obesity, infertility and sometimes multiple cysts on the ovaries
High levels of insulin can stimulate the ovarian cells to produce androgens.
High levels of insulin may also activate the insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-1) receptor in those same cells, similarly increasing androgen production.
Cushing syndrome. This occurs when your body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol. It can develop from your adrenal glands making too much cortisol or from taking medications such as prednisone over a long period.
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia. This inherited condition is characterized by abnormal production of steroid hormones, including cortisol and androgen, by your adrenal glands.
Androgen producing Tumors.
danazol, which is used to treat women with endometriosis;
Decreased breast size
Increased muscle mass
How to diagnose it
No test needed
Otherwise test done
Is it Gradual or sudden
In pcos – Gradual
If sudden than it is of concern. Adrenal issue
Does thyroid problems cause hirsutism?
Can you have hirsutism without PCOS?
Yes like in Idiopathic hirsutism is hirsutism without a known cause.
Does hirsutism get worse with age?
The prevalence of hirsutism and acne decreases with age.
Can menopause cause facial hair growth?
During menopause, a woman’s body stops circulating estrogen but continues to circulate the same amounts of testosterone. The imbalance of hormones causes the appearance of some male secondary sex characteristics, like coarse facial hair.
Does hirsutism go away?
often improves with medical management. Prompt medical attention is important because delaying treatment makes the treatment more difficult and may have long-term health consequences.
Is there a pill to stop facial hair growth?
Ocp mainly for pcos. contain estrogen and progestin
Insulin sensitivity increases
block androgens from attaching to their receptors in your body.
How long does it take
6 to 12 months
What foods to avoid if you have hirsutism?
Avoid refined foods, such as white breads, pastas, and especially sugar. Red meat
What vitamins help reduce facial hair?
Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E
Dietary supplements that contain vitamins B6 and E are also believed to help get rid of unwanted hair growth in the facial areas.
Can I get pregnant with hirsutism? Yes
Eflornithine after 4 months
Remove hair before
Used with lasers
hair removal cream (Depilation. cream )-
Electrolysis in old times
What is the prognosis (outlook) for people who have hirsutism?
Hirsutism can be emotionally distressing. Some develop depression.
Hirsutism generally isn’t preventable. But losing weight if you’re overweight might help reduce hirsutism, particularly if you have polycystic ovary syndrome.
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