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- n. Heavy growth of hair, often in abnormal distribution.
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- n. excessive and increased hair growth in women in locations where the occurrence of terminal hair normally is minimal or absent
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- n. excessive hairiness
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According to the National Institutes of Health, excessive hair growth, known as hirsutism, can indicate a medical issue, but it often has no cause at all and can be hereditary.
Report author, Dr Rebecca Swingler, a specialist registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol, said the condition, known as hirsutism, is distressing and can be particularly upsetting for young women.
It should be done whenever a woman presents with menstrual irregularities and signs of excess androgens such as hirsutism or severe acne.
In women, this can lead to an over-production of testosterone, which in turn can cause irregular menses, acne, hirsutism (excess hair growth) and infertility.
Late-onset, non-classical CAH - Presents in the late teens and 20's with menstrual irregularities, severe acne or hirsutism, and sometimes, infertility.
I ask because I've been diagnosed with hirsutism and excess androgens for several years, and was never given an explanation other than, "well, we checked for PCOS and it's not that."
Women who are on testosterone therapy should be monitored for increased lipids, excessive hair hirsutism and acne.
Hair sprouting in undesirable places, especially on the face and chest (hirsutism), often signals a hormonal imbalance from such conditions as Cushing's syndrome and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
Some develop side effects from the medication hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, mouth ulcers, hirsutism, significant weight gain, diarrhea, skin cancers, etc., and some are a prescription refill away from hospitalization.
The film begins with an "opposites attract" love story between the repressed, lonely doctor Nathan (Tim Robbins) and the animalistic Lila (Patricia Arquette), who is afflicted with the rare condition of hirsutism, which causes her body to be covered in hair.