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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE HIRSUTISM DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is hirsutism during pregnancy?

Hirsutism is a condition in which women grow body hair and/or facial hair excessively, in more of a male body and facial hair pattern than a female pattern. Such hair tends to be coarser and darker than it is normally in women. The condition results from a presence of higher than normal levels of male hormones, known as androgens, which stimulate hair follicles on the body and face to grow hair more coarsely and vigorously. Hirsutism can occur for various reasons. Most commonly, it happens, due to a range of hormonal conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), in which the proportions of different hormones produced in the ovaries are abnormal, excess growth of the cells of the ovary that make androgens, various tumors of the ovaries, adrenal glands, and pituitary gland, excess insulin (as occurs in type 2 diabetes), and the use of anabolic steroids (such as for bodybuilding) and minoxidil (a hair growth drug). Hirsutism also can during pregnancy, since pregnancy involves an increase in the levels of several types of hormones, including androgens. At the same time, hirsutism is more often associated with difficulty in getting pregnant, infertility, of which PCOS is one of the major causes, along with the various other hormonal abnormalities mentioned above.


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