Hirsutism Specialist

Abington Endocrinology

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Thyroid Specialist located in Horsham, PA

Hirsutism is a hormonal condition that causes excessive hair growth in women. It’s a common condition that affects up to 10% of women of chilbearing age. Endocrinologist Ned Weiss, MD, at Abington Endocrinology in Horsham, Pennsylvania, takes a personalized approach to the diagnosis and treatment of hirsutism. To schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options, contact the office by phone or book an appointment online today.

Hirsutism Q & A

What is hirsutism?

Hirsutism is a condition that causes male-pattern hair growth in women. It’s a common condition and causes the growth of dark coarse hair on your:

  • Face
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Lower abdomen
  • Upper Arms
  • Upper legs

You may be at greater risk of developing hirsutism if it runs in your family or you’re obese.

Though you may find the condition an embarrassing problem, hirsutism is treatable, and Abington Endocrinology provides comprehensive and compassionate care. 

What causes hirsutism?

The underlying cause of hirsutism isn’t always known. However, it most often occurs when women overproduce the male hormones, called androgens. 

These hormonal changes may develop from a gynecological condition that affects hormone production, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or menopause.

Hirsutism may also develop as a side effect from various medications, such as anabolic steroids, glucocorticoids, cyclosporine, or phenytoin (Dilantin®).

Though rare, androgen-producing tumors that grow on your ovaries or adrenal glands may also cause the unwanted hair growth. 

What can I expect during an evaluation for hirsutism?

When you come in to see Dr. Weiss at Abington Endocrinology, you can expect a full evaluation. The goal of this assessment is to find the underlying cause of your hirsutism so you can get the most effective treatment.

During your exam, Dr. Weiss asks detailed questions about your medical and gynecological history, your family history, and your current medication and supplement use.

He performs a physical exam and requests diagnostic tests, such as blood work to assess hormone levels or an ultrasound to evaluate your ovaries and adrenal glands. 

How is hirsutism treated?

Dr. Weiss develops a personalized treatment plan for the management of hirsutism. The specifics of your plan may depend on the underlying cause and may include:

  • Weight loss
  • Hormonal birth control
  • Medication to suppress androgen production
  • Low-dose steroids
  • Medication to decrease insulin levels
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist to decrease androgen production

He may also recommend various treatments to remove your unwanted hair, such as electrolysis or laser treatments. He may also prescribe a topical medication to decrease hair growth. 

Hirsutism is an embarrassing, but treatable condition. For comprehensive personalized care from an experienced physician, call Abington Endocrinology or book an appointment online today.