Hirsutism | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of hirsutism?

Women who have hirsutism can have dark, thick hair on their face, chest, abdomen and back. This thick, dark hair is different from the hair that some women have on their upper lip, chin, breasts or stomach, or the fine "baby" hair all over their body.

Women from certain ethnic groups are more likely to develop hirsutism, including women of Middle Eastern, South Asian and Mediterranean descent.

Other symptoms of hirsutism may include:

  • Acne
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Deepening of the voice
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Decreased breast size

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 11/95

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