Excessive hair growth (also called hirsutism) can occur in both men and women, although the effects are most noticeable with women. People who experience hirsutism usually have excessive growth of dark, coarse body hair that may appear on the face, chest, abdomen, back, and other unwanted regions.
The cause of excessive hair growth varies with the individual. Common causes include genetics, endocrine disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome, and medications such as hormones, steroids, and birth control pills. It can be normal depending on race and geographic origin, especially when it runs in families. Some rare causes include menopause, puberty, pregnancy, ovarian tumor, and drugs.
Symptoms associated with excessive hair growth may include:
- Increased muscle mass
- Excessive facial hair growth
- Menstrual changes
- Decreased breast size
Treatment of excessive hair growth depends on the cause of the problem, although our office is fully equipped to handle your specific needs. If excessive hair growth is racial, ethnic, or family trait, no medical treatment may be necessary or prescribed.
Contact our office to receive some general information or schedule a consultation to see a physician to determine what treatment will work best for you.