Monday, February 18, 2013

Hirsutism - When women grow hair like men do


Few decades ago, bearded lady was a subject to be applaud of on the circus. But nowadays, medical experts are more concerned about the danger of hirsutism.

Hirsutism or excess hair growth on women may indicate serious health problem. It's sometimes accompanied by acne and greasy skin. Women who have excess androgen or free testosterone level  may suffer hirsutism. Excess androgen combined with diabetes and obesity may lead to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) which is the main cause of infertility. Therefore, the treatment have to be not only cosmetical, hormonal as well. Estrogen and progesterone combination often work best, as long as the patient reduce their body weight through exercise and lower the sugar level.

The psychological effect also become a great consideration. Women who have men-like hair may feel wrong, shame, and depressed. This may cause further health problem, since 60% of disease are caused by stress. Appointment with psychological experts may solved the problem.

Reverse growth of hair (hair grow backward to the skin) sometimes occurs, and lead to severe skin damage. Laser treatment is the best way to remove the hair. The other way is using hair growth inhibitor medication.

Other effects including irregular menstrual cycle, early menopause, endometrial cysts, allergic, and many skin problems.


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