Excessive hair growth, or hypertrichosis, is diagnosed when a woman has more than average hair all over her body, and is more common amongst those of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern descent.
Another technical term for excess hair growth is hirsuitism, although this is not the same condition – in hirsuitism, the hair grows in a ‘male’ pattern such as a beard or moustache, or sometimes on the shoulders and back. Hirsuitism often occurs in those who have the condition polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, but not all cases are linked.
Other reasons for excessive hair growth in women
There are several things that may explain why one woman is excessively hairy while others can be almost hairless by comparison.
Some women are genetically predisposed to being hairier than others, as those with darker skin tones tend to have hair that is both darker and thicker than their fairer counterparts. This also makes their hair much more noticeable.
Hormonal imbalances result in higher production of androgens, generally much higher in men than in women. This excess of hormones can result in hirsutism – this is usually the case when hirsutism is linked to PCOS.
Hirsutism can also be caused by taking certain medications and supplements, Steroids, as well as medications for diseases such as endometriosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy and breast cancer, can all cause hair growth because of their effect on hormones.
If you have a health condition that is causing hirsutism, you can address the problem with consultation from your doctor. In some cases, unfortunately, hirsutism occurs spontaneously and you may never know the cause – you can, however, address the hair growth with laser hair removal treatment.
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