The female sex hormone oestrogen makes body hair fine and soft. Androgens are male sex hormones, including testosterone, which are responsible for masculine characteristics such as facial hair and coarse body hair. In most cases, hirsutism in women is thought to be caused by an abnormally high level of androgens. Other masculine features such as a deepened voice and increased muscle mass may also develop, and menstrual periods may cease amenorrhoea. Treatment and management will depend on the underlying cause.
Excessive hair growth (hirsutism)
Excessive or unwanted hair in women: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia
Hirsutism HUR-soot-iz-um is a condition in women that results in excessive growth of dark or coarse hair in a male-like pattern — face, chest and back. With hirsutism, extra hair growth often arises from excess male hormones androgens , primarily testosterone. Self-care methods and effective treatment options are available for women who wish to treat hirsutism. Hirsutism is stiff or dark body hair, appearing on the body where women don't commonly have hair — primarily the face, chest, lower abdomen, inner thighs and back. People have widely varying opinions on what's considered excessive.
Causes of excess facial hair in women
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Most of the time, women have fine hair above their lips and on their chin, chest, abdomen, or back. The growth of coarse dark hair in these areas more typical of male-pattern hair growth is called hirsutism. Women normally produce low levels of male hormones androgens.