Hirsutism is essentially male pattern hair growth on women. Certain hormonal imbalances within the reproductive system can cause an increase in the amount of testosterone, while at the same time decreasing the feminine hormones. This can result in the growth of thicker, darker colored hair on areas of the body that normally only apply to men. Women who tend to experience this type of health condition are those who have had problems with their thyroid gland or with the hormone producing glands of the reproductive system. Women who have reached the age of menopause often experience this type of issue, at least to a small degree.
The most common causes of Hirsutism have to do with the delicate hormone balance within the body. If the hormones go out of balance, testosterone can cause women to grow abnormally dark and unruly hair in places where only men have it. The chest, back, face, and abdomen are common places for hair on a man's body. When a woman's hormone balance is disrupted by polycystic ovary syndrome, excess production of testosterone from the adrenals, menopause, or the use of hormonal medications for medical purposes, male-patterned hair growth (and loss) may occur. Their voice may also deepen and other male characteristics may become visible.
Hirsutism is commonly treated by correcting the abnormal glucose metabolism in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome in an attempt to restore the proper hormone balance within the body. Uncovering the cause of the condition is the first step in the process. Once the doctor knows why a woman's hormones are out of balance, he or she can begin to prescribe the right type of medication to help resolve the problem. If the cause of the problem stems from the use of a medication or other health concern, the doctor can address those issues. This will help the woman to find other solutions that will address both the cause as well as the symptoms allowing her to regain her health on all levels.
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