Medical Q&As

Excessive hair growth - get rid of it?

I am 21 years old and have hair growing on my face, breasts, arms and legs. The hair growth is almost like a manís. How do I get rid of it?

You say that the growth of hair on your body is almost like a manís, which suggests that you may have hirsutism, which is the medical term for excess body hair. Lesser degrees of hair growth can be satisfactorily controlled with depilatory creams and electrolysis however if the growth is truly excessive you should be medically assessed. Hirsutism can happen for a variety of reasons therefore the first step in solving the problem is to identify the underlying cause and treat it. The condition may be inherited or it may happen as a result of a medical condition such as polycystic ovary syndrome. In that latter situation women also complain with menstrual irregularity and some may be obese. You might like to read more about hirsutism on this site by following this link: http://irishhealth.com/index.html?level=4&id=2210. You can also read more about polycystic ovary syndrome by following this link: http://irishhealth.com/index.html?level=4&id=128. The essential point I am making is that if you do have hirsutism you must establish the cause of the problem otherwise you may simply be treating symptoms and not dealing with the cause.