Hirsutism is the name given to a condition which causes excessive or increased hair growth in women. The disorder is extremely common and may differ vastly dependent upon the race or ethnicity of the sufferer.

Causes of Hirsutism

In many cases, the cause of Hirsutism is the result of an excess of the male hormone “androgen” in the female system. Although all women have this hormone to an extent, just as all men have oestrogen in their systems, an excess could be responsible for the additional hair growth.

However, androgen is not the cause in all cases and other factors could be genetic predisposition and polycystic ovary syndrome among others.

Treatment of Hirsutism

As with any disease, the medical treatment for Hirsutism will very much depend on the medical diagnosis. A problem caused by a thyroid condition will have different treatment for a strain of the same disease caused by a hormonal imbalance. However, many sufferers find that once they find the reason, the treatment prescribed begins to have the required effect.

Because the growth of excess hair can be both noticeable and embarrassing, many women find themselves in the position of wanting a treatment which will not only cure the disorder but will allow them to cover or hide the condition in the meantime. For this reason, many sufferers utilise the many medical treatments that are available, and also vanity treatments, such as laser hair removal.

In the past, many people avoided treatments such as hair removal because of the old wives’ tale that removing hair (through any method) could make it grow back thicker and faster. We now know this to be untrue and there is no medical evidence to suggest that any method of hair removal can stimulate hair growth.

Laser hair removal provides an effective treatment because the results last longer than shaving or plucking, which can be painful and have to be repeated often to maintain results. On average, laser hair removal sessions should be spaced four to six weeks apart. In comparison, a woman would probably need to shave at least twice a week within this time to get the same results.

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