Unwanted hair growth makes many women to embarrassed and uncomfortable especially when they are in the midst of other women. There are different factors that lead to unwanted hair growth and may be include genetic factors, underlying illness, and hormonal imbalance that may result due to sickness. You have to know that without knowing the cause of an ailment, you cannot find the cure. The same thing applies to unwanted hair growth if you don’t know the cause you can treat it or even control it. Below are discussed some causes and factors that could promote unwanted hair growth in women.
Hirsutism is the medical name for excessive or unwanted hair growth in women. The main characteristics of this condition are growth of terminal hair (long, coarse, curly or dark) hairs on parts of the body they are not supposed to be. The regions where this terminal hair isn’t supposed to be include the leg, face, shoulder, abdomen or even the chest. Unwanted hair growth can be mild and can also be severe. When it is mild, it can be caused by some factors which include genetics and ethnicity. By genetic factor, it means inheriting traits and genes of someone else that has had the condition of unwanted hair growth. In a more severe and advanced case, it can be due to hormonal imbalances and diseases.
Treating unwanted hair growth all depends on the cause of it. When the ovaries or adrenal glands are affected with tumor, it can alter the function of the organs. This will cause the glands to produce excess hormone and promote unwanted hair growth in women. When the ovaries or adrenal gland are producing too much androgen, part of the ovary or adrenal gland that has being affected can be surgically removed. Medications can also be used to suppress the excess hormones that way it curbs excessive hair growth. Since birth control pills function to block ovulation, it can be used suppress the androgen production.
A medication called dexamethasone also functions to block excess androgen production in the adrenal gland. There are rare cases where unwanted hair growth in women occurs without abnormal level of hormone in blood. If this occurs, it can be treated by reducing the androgen level in the woman with hormone inhibitors such as flutamide. Spirinolactone has being proven to help treat unwanted hair growth in women also, herbal extracts such as saw palmetto are effective in the treatment of hirsutism.
You should know that once a woman has unwanted hair growth, you can slow it down or control but the only way to get rid of it is by electrolysis. Electrolysis is the permanent removal of unwanted hair growth by using current.