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How do hormones cause hirsutism?

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High levels of male hormones called androgens and hirsutism are common in women who have:

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome , which causes small cysts, or fluid-filled sacs, to form on your ovaries.
  • Cushing's syndrome, which you get when you have high levels of the stress hormone cortisol for long periods of time.
  • Tumors in your adrenal glands (which make hormones like cortisol) or your ovaries.

From: Hirsutism WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Hirsutism.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hormones and the Skin.”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “Removing Hair Safely.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 10, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Hirsutism.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hormones and the Skin.”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “Removing Hair Safely.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 10, 2018

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