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Hirsutism. BY: Tiffany Lawson. What is it?. Excessive hair growth in certain areas of a woman's face and body. Such as the mustache and beard areas. It creates a "male pattern" of hair. . What causes it?.

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BY: Tiffany Lawson

what is it
What is it?
  • Excessive hair growth in certain areas of a woman's face and body.
  • Such as the mustache and beard areas.
  • It creates a "male pattern" of hair.
what causes it
What causes it?
  • Hirsutism in women means that their hair follicles are being over-stimulated by testosterone or other androgen hormones.
    • Androgen hormones are sex hormones present in men.
    • Testosterone increases the size and intensifies the growth and pigmentation of hair.
  • It usually starts during puberty but can start before or after it.
what s the symptoms
What’s the symptoms?
  • Mild Form-
    • A significant growth of hair that is mature.
      • On the upper lip
      • Chin
      • Sideburn area
      • Lower abdomen.
  • More Advanced Form-
    • Mature hair growth on the….
      • Upper Back
      • Shoulders
      • Sternum
      • Upper abdomen
  • Other Symptoms-
    • Oily Skin
    • Acne
    • Alopeia (hair loss)
    • Receding hair line
    • Voice changes ( deeper voice)
what is some treatments
What is some Treatments?
  • You can decrease the levels of androgens with cosmetic treatments and medical treatments.
  • Laser hair removal techniques which use light to generate heat inside the hair follicles destroys the ability of hair to grow from the follicle.
  • Plucking, shaving, waxing, and chemical hair softeners can be used to treat mild hirsutism, but must be repeated.
  • Several medicines can alter the impact of androgen hormones on the body and skin.
    • Like birth Control which counterbalances the masculine effect
how many people get it
How many people get it?
  • It effects up to 8% of women
random facts
Random Facts….
  • What is considered hirsutism in one culture may be considered typical in another.


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  • http://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0615/p2565.html


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