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Dr. Emily Altman
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Excessive Body Hair (Definition)

The normal amount of body hair varies widely among women. Usually, a woman will only grow fine hair (peach fuzz) on her lips, chin, chest, abdomen, or back. When women grow coarse, dark hairs in these areas, the condition is called hirsutism. This pattern of hair growth is more typical of men. All women normally produce low levels of male hormones (androgens). Unwanted hair growth (hirsutism) in women may occur when the body makes too much male hormone. In most cases, the exact cause is never identified. It tends to run in families. In general, hirsutism is a harmless condition. But many women find it bothersome, or even embarrassing. Call your doctor if: * The hair grows rapidly. * The hair growth is associated with male features such as acne, deepening voice, increased muscle mass, and decreased breast size. * You are concerned that medication may be ...Read more


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Expert opinions? Is there any cure to reduce excess body hair?

Expert opinions? Is there any cure to reduce excess body hair?

Your optinos: Trusting you're a male naturally "blessed" with a lot of body hair. Most other men are at least a little bit jealous, and many hairy guys love it, but it's your choice (and your partner's, if you've got somebody). There's a whole culture of "manscaping" with trimming and even styling of body hair. Shaving, waxing, and (if you're sure) electrolysis / lasers are all options for you. ...Read more

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Is excess body hair a medical problem?

Is excess body hair a medical problem?

In a man, no: There's a quack claim that a man with excess body hair has a "hormone imbalance" that needs to be "treated'. This is baloney. If you're naturally hairy, enjoy it, or trim what you don't want. Cheers. ...Read more

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How can I manage excess body hair in pregnancy?

Hair remover: It it due to the high levels of Progesterone which acts like a male hormone. It can cause hair growth. ...Read more

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Can protein shakes cause excessive body hair?

Can protein shakes cause excessive body hair?

No: Chances are that you're a young man who's hitting the gym and that's a good thing. How much body hair you get is genetic and you'll know by your early 20's. It's "excessive" only if you don't like it -- and that's your business. Shaving, waxing, or electrolysis / lasers are your options -- the latter only if you've found your life partner and it's the right choice for you both. ...Read more

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Best solution to get rid of excessive body hair? I'm a 14 year old girl and am really insecure about it.

Evaluation: Hirsuitism or excessive body hair could be due to genetic factors or to hormonal disorders. A dermatologist or an endocrinologist can evaluate you, order any tests felt to be advisable,and,depending upon their findings, either treat you or refer you to a skilled cosmetologist. ...Read more

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In my late puberty i was treated with testosterone to help me grow, could this be related to my excessive body hair growth?

In my late puberty i was treated with testosterone to help me grow, could this be related to my excessive body hair growth?

Side effects: Yes, testosterone can cause excessive hair growth. I would advise you to see your pcp for additional recommendations regarding this issue. Take care. ...Read more

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23 yr.Not overweight(115lbs, 5"3'). Get periods 10-11 times a year. They are always late but they usually come. Excessive body hair. Could I have pcod?

Possible: Most, but definitely not all, women w/pcos are overweight = but up to 30% of women are estimated to have some degree of pcos, so there are some of normal weight. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

Body Hair (Definition)

Hair follicles are distributed throughout the skin with the exception of the palms, soles and glaborous skin of the genitalia. The hair follicle first forms in the eyebrows, upper lips, and chin at 9 weeks gestation. The bulk of the remaining follicles begin to develop at 4 to 5 months gestation in a ...Read more


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