“Hirsutism is where women have thick, dark hair
on their face, neck, chest, tummy,
lower back, buttocks or thighs”.1

Umbrella
What may the Hirsutism Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Hirsutism
  • Male-Pattened Hair Growth
  • Ovarian Hyperthecosis

Definition

What is hirsutism?

DotS the definition of hirsutism may vary. The (United Kingdom) NHS’s definition is:

“Hirsutism is where women have thick, dark hair on their face, neck, chest, tummy, lower back, buttocks or thighs”.2

The (United States) Mayo Clinic’s definition is:

“Hirsutism (HUR-soot-iz-um) is a condition in women that results in excessive growth of dark or coarse hair in a male-like pattern — face, chest and back”.3

Cause

What may cause hirsutism?

In Excessive Hair Growth (Hirsutism) the (United States) Cleveland Clinic explain:

“Hirsutism may be caused by high levels of androgen, menopause-related hormone changes, or disorders of the adrenal glands or ovaries”.4

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Is there an association between polycystic ovary syndrome and hirsutism?

In Hirsutism the (United States) Endocrine Society elaborate on:

“Hirsutism is common and is usually a sign of an underlying endocrine disorder, most commonly polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In women with PCOS, weight gain probably contributes to its development or worsening. There are available treatments that can help decrease and slow hair growth to improve overall quality of life”.5

Menopause

Is menopause associated with an increase in facial hair?

The Cleveland Clinic note:

  • “The hormonal changes of menopause may lead to increased facial hair (mustache and whiskers)”.6

Is the increased facial hair associated with menopause, the same as hirsutism?

In Excessive Hair Growth (Hirsutism) the NHS explain:

“If you have lighter, finer hair on your face or body, it’s probably not hirsutism. Most women get more of this type of hair as they get older, particularly after the menopause”.7

Treatment

How may hirsutism be treated?

In Hirsutism: Diagnosis & Treatment – Treatment the Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

“Treatment of hirsutism with no sign of endocrine disorder is not necessary. For women who do need or seek treatment, it may involve treating any underlying disorder, developing a self-care routine for unwanted hair, and trying various therapies and medications”.8

Health Care Provider

What if I think I have hirsutism?

If you think you have hirsutism, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. Together you can clarify your signs and symptoms, discuss your options and if required, agree on who may be the most appropriate health care provider to help you.

The NHS note:

“See a GP if it’s a problem for you. It might be caused by a medical condition that can be treated”.9

Who is a GP?

DotS and/or DotC (Depending on the Country) a GP may be a qualified and registered general practitioner, a medical practitioner, a medical doctor or a doctor.

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  1. Excessive Hair Growth (Hirsutism). Page Last Reviewed: 15 March 2022. NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hirsutism/ Accessed: 23 May 2022
  2. Excessive Hair Growth (Hirsutism). Page Last Reviewed: 15 March 2022. NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hirsutism/ Accessed: 23 May 2022
  3. Hirsutism: Symptoms & Causes – Overview. 12 October 2021. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hirsutism/symptoms-causes/syc-20354935 Accessed: 23 May 2022
  4. Excessive Hair Growth (Hirsutism). This Document Was Last Reviewed on: 13 January 2018. Cleveland Clinic https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/14523-excessive-hair-growth-hirsutism Accessed: 23 May 2022
  5. Hirsutism. 23 January 2022. Endocrine Society https://www.hormone.org/diseases-and-conditions/hirsutism Accessed: 23 May 2022
  6. Excessive Hair Growth (Hirsutism): Overview – What Causes Hirsutism? This Document Was Last Reviewed on: 13 January 2018. Cleveland Clinic https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/14523-excessive-hair-growth-hirsutism Accessed: 23 May 2022
  7. Excessive Hair Growth (Hirsutism): Overview – What Causes Hirsutism? Page Last Reviewed: 15 March 2022. NHS  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hirsutism/ Accessed: 23 May 2022
  8. Hirsutism: Diagnosis & Treatment – Treatment. 12 October 2021. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hirsutism/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354941 Accessed: 23 May 2022
  9. Excessive Hair Growth (Hirsutism): Overview – What Causes Hirsutism? Page Last Reviewed: 15 March 2022. NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hirsutism/ Accessed: 23 May 2022

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