Hirsutism Information and Treatment
Hirsutism is defined as excessive and increased
hair growth in women in locations where the occurrence of terminal
hair normally is minimal or absent. Generally it refers to a male
pattern of hair, i.e. in the moustache and beard areasor more hair
growth than usual on the arms and legs. Hirsutism is very common.
Hairs may also grow on the chest or extend from the groin area on to
the abdomen and thighs. What is considered normal for a woman and
what is considered hirsute depends on factors such as culture and
race. It is a fairly common condition, affecting about 1 in 6 people
in the United States. Signs of the disorder typically begin to
appear between the ages of 12 and 16, about the same time as PCOS
symptoms begin to exhibit for the first time.
Hirsutism is a condition in which too much hair
grows on the face or body. Although hirsutism can occur in both men
and women, usually only women consider it a problem. In most women,
vellus hairs grow on the face, chest, and back and give the
impression of "hairless" skin. Terminal hairs are the longer,
coarser, darker, and sometimes curly hairs that grows on the scalp,
pubic, and armpit areas in both adult men and women. The facial and
body hair in men is mostly of the terminal type.