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Abnormal Hair Growth Overview

Another name for Abnormal Hair Growth is Hirsutism.

What is hirsutism?
A woman with hirsutism has excessive body hair that grows in the same locations as in a male. Most cases are caused by a mild hormone imbalance. Rarely, hirsutism is caused by an underlying illness. About 8 percent of women in the US have hirsutism. Drug treatment effectively prevents additional hair growth, but does not reduce existing hair.

What are the symptoms of hirsutism?
Symptoms of hirsutism include excessive hair growth, acne, infertility, deep voice, enlarged clitoris, heavy menstrual periods, and irregular menstrual periods.

How does the doctor treat hirsutism?
Treatment for hirsutism may include oral contraceptives, corticosteroids, and spironolactone.

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Last Updated: Feb 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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