Hirsutism

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Hirsutism

Hirsutism is excessive hair growth in certain areas of the body. It's a problem that mainly affects women. It's relatively common, although some women may find it embarrassing or distressing to live with. It's often a long-term problem, but there are a number of treatments that can help keep it under control. Symptoms of hirsutism The excessive hair in hirsutism is usually thick and dark, rather than fine and fair.

It develops in areas where men often have hair, such as the:

  • face
  • neck
  • chest
  • tummy
  • lower back
  • buttocks
  • Thighs

You may also have some additional symptoms, such as oily skin, acne, a deep voice, irregular periods or no periods at all.

Let Iridium help you :

It's a good idea to see our GPs if you have hirsutism. They can look for any underlying cause and advise you about the treatments available.

Our GP may:

  • examine the areas of excess hair growth
  • ask about any other symptoms
  • ask about your medical history, such as whether you're taking any medication
  • carry out a blood test to check your hormone levels
  • Depending on what your GP thinks may be causing your symptoms, they may treat you themselves or you may be referred to a specialist.