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Find out about hirsutism, a condition that causes excessive hair growth in women, including the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of hirsutism.
Symptoms of hirsutism
Hirsutism causes excessive hair growth in women. The hair is usually thick and dark, rather than fine and fair.
Causes of hirsutism
Hirsutism is caused by male sex hormones called androgens. Androgens are present in all women, but those with hirsutism have either an increased production of, or an increased sensitivity to androgens.
Diagnosing hirsutism
If you think you have hirsutism you should see your GP as soon as possible. Although the condition can be embarrassing, the sooner it is diagnosed and treated
Treating hirsutism
Hirsutism can't be cured, but there are treatments to help control the condition.
Complications of hirsutism
As well as the physical signs of excess hair, hirsutism can cause psychological (mental) harm including depression, embarrassment and lack of self-confidence.