Hirsutism is a condition that causes excessive growth of male-like dark thick hair in areas such as the face, chest and back in women. It is usually caused by an excessive amount of male hormones (androgens), mainly testosterone. There are personal care methods and effective treatment options available in the treatment.
Symptoms of Excessive Hair Growth (Hirsutism)
Hirsutism is hard dark body hair. It occurs in areas such as the face, chest, back, inner thighs, lower abdomen, where there is normally no hair. If an advanced level of male hormone increase is present, other symptoms called virilization may develop.
* Male pattern hair loss,
* Thickening of the voice,
* Increase in November muscle mass,
* Decrease in breast size.
Causes of Excessive Hair Growth (Hirsutism)
* Polycystic ovary syndrome-PCOS,
* Cushing's syndrome,
* Congenital adrenal hyperplasia,
* A tumor in the ovaries or adrenal gland that produces male hormones,
* Certain drugs (minoxidil, danazol, testosterone, methenolone, dehydroepiandrosterone-DHEA),
• If your partner uses topical products containing androgens, you may also be affected through skin-to-skin contact.
Family history, obesity, insulin resistance, presence of metabolic syndrome
Complications of Excessive Hair Growth (Hirsutism)
Infertility, depression, menstrual irregularities can accompany hirsutism.
Diagnosis of Excessive Hair Growth (Hirsutism)
The diagnosis is reached by cross-sectional imaging methods (such as Tomography, Emar-MRI) when androgen levels are examined from the blood, ovarian ultrasound is required.
Treatment of Excessive Hair Growth (Hirsutism)
In the treatment, personal care methods such as hair removal, shaving, waxing, laser, electrolysis, as well as medications are used. The best response is obtained when both treatment methods are used together.
The drugs used in the treatment include birth control pills and anti-adrogen drugs. In order for these drugs to be effective, they must be used for at least 6 months.