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10 Medical Reasons You’re Hairier Than You Want to Be

Gynecologist, birth control pill lying on a calendar

You have a hormone imbalance

Up to 10 percent of women havehirsutism, which is hair growth in a typical male pattern, according to the Mass General Research Institute. This means you can get hair where you dont want it, like your face, belly, thighs, or butt. According to Mount Sinai Medical Center, about half of cases are caused byhigh levels of male sex hormones or androgens, like testosterone. A frequent culprit is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Women with PCOS usually have excessive growth of facial or body hair because the condition produces excessive amounts of androgens, saysGhasak Amer Mahmood, MD, an endocrinologist at PIH Health in Whittier, California. So how to get rid of body hair? This commonly improves with treatment, which includes medications to help regulate the function of the ovaries and reduce the amount of androgens they secrete, Dr. Mahmood says. The first line of treatment is usually the birth control pill; if that doesnt work, other anti-androgen medications are availablealthough you shouldnt take them if you are trying to get pregnant, as they can cause birth defects.

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