The problem of excessive hair growth (hirsutism), which can occur in women of all ages, can indicate many diseases from polycystic ovary syndrome to cancer. Hirsutism increases the tendency to psychosocial problems, especially social isolation, and depression, and negatively affects the quality of life. Therefore, excessive hair growth can cause both physical and psychological problems.
Excessive hair removal, which women are afraid to talk about and prefer to find short-term solutions with cosmetic applications rather than focusing on the source of the problem, requires a multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatment approach.
In this direction, Yeditepe University Excess Hair Growth (Hirsutism) Clinic was established for the correct diagnosis and treatment of hirsutism. Prof. Dr. Fahrettin KELEŞTEMUR is seeing patients at Yeditepe University Kosuyolu Hospital and Bagdat Street Polyclinic.
How Common is Hirsutism in Society?
About 10 percent of women of reproductive age have excessive hair growth. The increase in the level of awareness and awareness in this regard has led to an increase in the rate of physician admission and the number of women diagnosed with hirsutism.
After the menopause period, an increase in hair growth may occur due to the relative increase in androgen hormones with the shift of the estrogen/androgen ratio in favor of androgen as a result of the decrease in estrogen hormone in women. That is completely normal.
Hirsutism is not a disease on its own. It is a sign of a different underlying disease. Excess secretion of androgen hormones may cause hair loss along with hair loss in women. These symptoms can occur alone or together. With the increase in hormones, complaints such as thickening of the voice, formation of acne, and an increase in muscle mass can also be seen over time.