Hirsutism is the term used to describe excessive hair growth in women. This is usually hormonally driven and can be linked with conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). The hair is usually dark and coarse/thick and can grow on the face, chest and even on other parts of the body.
Hirsutism is thought to be triggered by higher levels than normal of the male hormone testosterone in a woman's body. Women who suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) are most likely to suffer from it.
Hirsutism usually manifests on the upper lip and chin although the chest, back and even buttocks can be affected.
Hirsutism is a term used to specifically describe excessive hair growth in women. It is very common, although its severity can vary greatly. One in three pre-menopausal women may suffer from it, according to the NHS, with more women being affected post-menopause when levels of oestrogen are depleted. This is known as ovarian hyperthecosis and can affect as many as three quarters of women.