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Woman with hair on chin and neck : PCOS ?

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hi! my problem is an dequate growth of hair on my chin jawline and neck. on my last visit the doctor said he cannot help me anymore as my hair has become light in colour and the machine is having trouble targetting it(2 months ago). since then, my hair is getting thicker again and new hair growth has started. i dont know what to do!! this is so embarrassing. i am a woman yet i look like a man! this making me deeply unhappy now. help!


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replied June 26th, 2007
Hair Loss, Hair Disorders Answer A2965
Given the data you've provided (irregular cycles, overweight and hair growth) ... you could be experiencing poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Hair growth, or "hirsutism", is often due to this type of endocrine disorder. During PCOS, the ovaries produce more male hormones (androstendion) that cause hair-growth, obesity and menstrual disorders (lack of ovulation). Hirsutism during PCOS is followed by symptoms of virilisation (clitoris growth, breast atrophy, voice changing, irregular cycles, obesity etc.). If there aren’t signs of virilisation, hair growth can be considered a skin disorder and treated by a dermatologist but if there are additional signs of virilisation (as in your case) you should visit a gynecologist-endocrinologist for further help.


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