Hirsutism refers to the abnormal growth of dark, coarse (terminal) hairs on parts of a woman’s body that are sensitive to androgenic (male) hormones- such as the face, neck, chest, areola, abdominal strip, back and thighs. It is a relatively common condition affecting about 5%-10% of women of reproductive age.

Hirsuitism should be differentiated from hypertrichosis, which is a generalised excessive growth of hair that can be seen either in men and women and it is related to genetic traits or as a side effect of certain medications.

What causes Hirsutism?
How can Hirsuitism be treated?