Saturday, April 5, 2014

Hirsutism

What is hirsutism?

Hirsutism is a term used when a woman is too much body or facial hair in a pattern occurring normally only seen in men is increasing.


What are the causes of hirsutism?

Androgens are often called "male hormones," but I thought, in fact, both men and women produce them - men, usually in larger amounts than women. Testosterone is the most well-known androgen, but there are some others. Hirsutism may be caused either by abnormally high levels of androgens or sensitive hair follicles than usual in normal androgen.

A small minority of women with hirsutism produce too much androgen, and sometimes it is due to the underlying disease. In addition, some medicines may cause hirsutism - including hormones, steroids, and sometimes oral contraceptives.

In fact, the majority of women with hirsutism no hormone imbalance or the underlying disease. Many women develop more on the face and body gradually as they get older, especially after menopause. Few people know how widespread it is - but at least 25% of the normal middle-aged women to remove unwanted facial hair. In addition, women from various ethnic groups of different patterns of hair growth, where it is normal that some hairs on the face, abdomen or nipples are.

Hirsutism is hereditary?

Hirsutism tendency to run in families and is not an excess of androgens. It is full of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern origin normal in some families.

What are the symptoms of hirsutism?

When too much hair can be very uncomfortable and cause serious problems.

What is hirsutism look like?

Exceeding the thick, dark hair can often be seen on the back of the face, chest, abdomen, and upper. Women, some ethnic groups have more hair than others bodies and for them it can be quite normal that some hairs in these areas.

As the diagnosis of hirsutism?

Women with mild hirsutism and regular menstrual cycles often have an underlying medical problem. However, if there is a medical problem, your doctor should be able to recognize it, and then ask you if it is necessary, performing blood tests.

It is important to work with your doctor to see if your hirsutism:

heavy
Develop quickly (within 1-2 years), or until the onset of puberty
Accompanied by menstrual pain
Associated with features suggesting an increase in androgens, such as thinning of the scalp hair, baldness, deepening of the voice, or
Accompanied by obesity or diabetes