The presence of facial and body hair is normal for women. However, the texture of the hair is usually very fine and light in color. With hirsutism, hair sprouts in a thick, dark, and coarse male-type pattern and can be seen on a woman’s:
• Chest and periareolar area
• Lower abdomen
• Upper and lower back
• Upper inner thighs
When Should Excessive Hair Growth Be a Concern?
• A deepening of the voice
• An increase in muscle mass
• An enlargement of the clitoris
• Male pattern balding
How Is Hirsutism Diagnosed?
• For women, the hair may grow in places where men often have a lot of hair, but women often don’t. This includes the upper lip, chin, chest, and back.
• It can run in families. It may also be caused by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or other problems. In some cases, the cause isn’t known.
• Treatment depends on personal preference. Hair growth causes no physical harm. The decision to remove or reduce hair varies from person to person.