What is Hirsutism?

Hirsutism, also known as unwanted male-pattern hair growth in women, occurs more often than you think. Anywhere from 5-15% of women are living with this condition. Hirsutism can cause a lot of unwanted stress and self-confidence issues among women.

Many people have never heard of the term Hirsutism. However, once explained, many people have that lightbulb moment. More common than you think, Hirsutism occurs when a woman has unwanted male-pattern hair growth on her body. Our body hair is primarily determined by genetics. Hair color and thickness varies based on genetic traits. However, excessive male-pattern hair growth occurs when there is an excess of androgens, usually, testosterone in the body. If you are concerned about Hirsutism, our experts at Dermatology & Skin Health can help. Our providers can come up with a customized treatment to fit your personal needs.

What are androgens?

Both men and women’s bodies produce androgens; they just generally produce different amounts. Generally, the most thought of androgens are male sex hormones. The most common one being testosterone. They are responsible for the production of male characteristics and attributes in the human body. In a woman’s body, androgens mainly exist to be converted into estrogen, a female hormone. Androgens in women are generally produced in the fat cells, ovaries, and adrenal glands. The overproduction of androgens is what leads to excessive male pattern hair growth in women.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptom is excessive dark hair growth in unusual places for women, such as the face, upper lip, and chest. Basically any place where a man would naturally grow hair.

Other common symptoms include:

  • a decrease in breast size
  • balding
  • deepened voice
  • increase in muscle mass
  • enlargement of the clitoris
  • onset of acne

How can you treat Hirsutism?

First, your provider must identify the cause of your excessive hair growth. From there, the determination of the underlying cause will lead to further tests, examination, and a definitive course of treatment. Some common treatments include: medications, topical solutions, and laser therapy. At Dermatology & Skin Health, we use the ProWave device for hair removal.

Schedule a Consultation in Seacoast, NH or North Shore, MA

If you believe you are living with Hirsutism, please contact one of our offices in either the Seacoast region or the North Shore. During your consultation, we will determine if ProWave is right for you. Call (603) 742-5556 (Dover & Newington), (978) 525-0100 (Peabody), (603) 965-3551 (Londonderry), (603) 742-5556 (Bedford), or request your consultation on our website to get started.

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