Hirsutism refers to the growth of dark body hair on parts of the body where it is generally not expected amongst women, such as the face, lower abdomen, chest, back, and/or inner thighs. For many women, the condition is associated with embarrassment and lowered self-esteem levels.
It is easy to forget that some amount of body hair is natural and required in women. The Ferriman-Gallway score was a mechanism devised to help you understand whether you need to be concerned.
If you scored between 8-15, you may be experiencing mild hirsutism.
If you scored greater than 15, you may be experiencing moderate to severe hirsutism.
What you need to know.
Hirsutism is associated with an increased level of male hormones, called androgens. This may be due to a variety of reasons.
- Endocrine disorders or hormonal imbalances
- Idiopathic disorders (which means the cause of high androgen levels may be unknown)
- Family history
It is important to understand the causes behind your hirsutism as in some cases high androgen levels could manifest in more complications over time. These include acne, deeper voice, hair loss, and reduced breast size, amongst others.
Explore treatment options that works for you.
Acne, hirsutism, and hair-fall, are three major causes of concern. Remedies range from topical (ointments and medical lotions), oral (antibiotics and tablets), dietary supplements, cosmetic creams, procedures (hair removal) and many more.
Our tool lets you explore and select a method of treatment that works for you.