Excess or unwanted hair is a universal problem for both men and women. Excessive facial or body hair has become a taboo in modern society and, as such, many people want to remove it. Excessive hair growth in women is known as hirsutism and is often linked to an underlying hormonal condition, such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
We all have hair on our bodies and what is considered "excessive" or not is subjective. The male hormone testosterone is the main trigger of excess hair growth. In women who suffer from hirsutism, the cause is abnormal levels of the male hormone or androgens, or an over sensitivity to normal levels in their body. This may be caused by PCOS.
Excess hair can appear anywhere on the body however the main areas of concern for men are the back, neck and chest while for women it is the face, chest, underarms, legs and bikini line.
Both men and women can get excess hair growth. Women who suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) are more likely to suffer from it.