Hirsutism can be passed down through families. Additionally, it could also be a result of:
- Excessive production of androgens
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Disorders of the glands (i.e., pituitary, adrenal, thyroid glands)
- Tumors on the ovaries, making extra androgens
- Cushing syndrome
- Use of steroids (anabolic or corticosteroids)
- Use of medicines to treat endometriosis
- Certain other medications that can cause hair growth (phenytoin, minoxidil, diazoxide, cyclosporine)
- Severe insulin resistance
- Hormonal changes due to menopause
Meanwhile, there are some cases wherein the root cause is left unknown. Medical experts refer to this as idiopathic hirsutism.
To be able to determine the extent of hair growth, the doctor will perform a physical examination. Aside from checking on the physical signs, the doctor may also run a series of tests to rule out other conditions.
How Can You Treat Hirsutism?
There are many different ways to remedy abnormal hair growth. The remedy often depends on the preference of the person who wants to take action for it.
Doctors may first recommend losing some weight for those who are overweight. This can help in the reduction of androgen levels.
Some temporary yet easy topical remedies to remove hair at home are as follows:
- Depilatory creams
- Prescription cream, lotion, or gel to slow down hair growth
You may also consider taking some medications, doing electrolysis, or even laser hair removal to treat hirsutism.