- by Dr. Vivekanand N Bhat
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- Apr 20 2018
Excessive Facial Hair in Women: Causes and Home Remedies
Women and her hormones, always fighting with one another! Not to be surprised that these hormones are the culprit behind the excessive, unwanted facial hair.
Excessive hair growth in areas such as the chest, face, neck, or tummy, in women, is called Hirsutism. This indicates that the woman possesses more male hormones (androgens) than normal. But don’t worry it is a common and treatable problem.
What Causes Hirsutism?
1. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
The prime cause of Hirsutism is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). In PCOS, the ovaries of the woman may develop numerous benign (non-threatening) cysts which may affect the hormone production, resulting in hormonal imbalance that can cause Hirsutism.
Symptoms of PCOS:
- mood swings
- pelvic pain
- sleep disorders
Medications having progesterone in them may create hormonal imbalance and trigger Hirsutism.
Examples of few other medicines that contribute to Hirsutism are:
- Anabolic steroids
- Birth control pills
Obesity may cause an increase in the levels of free testosterone in women hence, this triggers Hirsutism.
Also, the excess amount of abdominal fat can result in insulin resistance. Hence, high levels of insulin may also heighten androgen production.
Hirsutism can sometimes be genetic. If a woman belongs to ethnic groups carrying the genes that trigger this condition then yes, the extra hair is normal in such a case.
Home Remedies for Hirsutism
Herbs can be an alternative medicine to treat such a condition. Some of them are given below:
- Studies suggest that that consuming spearmint tea (two times a day) decreases the testosterone levels of women, therefore; it is useful in combating Hirsutism.
It has been found that the anti-androgen properties in neem can fight Hirsutism.
2. Diet and Exercise
Obesity is a major cause of Hirsutism; therefore, knocking off those extra kgs by exercising religiously and maintaining a balanced diet can help control the underlying causes of Hirsutism.
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