(Excess Male-Pattern Hair Growth)
- Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
- Some forms of Cushing syndrome
- Adrenal tumors
- Ovarian tumors
- Pituitary tumors
Certain drugs, including:
- Anabolic steroids
- Progestin-containing medications (such as oral contraceptives)
- Excess hair growth (on the face, arms, back, armpits, groin, or chest)
- Abnormal or absent menstrual periods
- Male-pattern baldness
- Deepened voice
- Increased size of clitoris
- High blood pressure
- Enlarged ovaries
- Enlarged adrenal glands
- Abnormal cholesterol levels and glucose intolerance
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- Blood tests—to measure the amounts of certain hormones
- Stimulation or suppression tests—to measure how hormone levels in the blood respond to changes
- Ultrasound—a test that uses sound waves to examine the inside of the body
- CT scan—a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of the inside of the body
- MRI scan—a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of the inside of the body
- Finasteride (Proscar, Propecia)
- Oral contraceptives
- Metformin (Glucophage)
- Eflornithine (Vaniqa)
- Chemical treatment (depilatories)
- Laser treatment
- Intense pulsed light (IPL)—uses high-intensity pulses of light to remove hair; unlike laser treatment, IPL uses a range of wavelengths.
Treatment of Other Conditions
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9/2/2010 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us: Haak CS, Nymann P, Pedersen AT, et al. Hair removal in hirsute women with normal testosterone levels: a randomized controlled trial of long-pulsed diode laser versus intense pulsed light. Br J Dermatol. 2010 Aug 20. [Epub ahead of print]
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/93/2012 -