(Excess Male-Pattern Hair Growth)
- Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
- Some forms of Cushing syndrome
- Adrenal tumors
- Ovarian tumors
- Pituitary tumors
Certain drugs, including:
- Anabolic steroids
- Progestin-containing medications (such as oral contraceptives)
- Excess hair growth (on the face, arms, back, armpits, groin, or chest)
- Abnormal or absent menstrual periods
- Male-pattern baldness
- Deepened voice
- Increased size of clitoris
- High blood pressure
- Increased muscle mass
- Enlarged ovaries
- Enlarged adrenal glands
- Abnormal cholesterol levels and glucose intolerance
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- Chemical treatment (depilatories)
- Laser treatment
- Intense pulsed light (IPL)—uses high-intensity pulses of light to remove hair; unlike laser treatment, IPL uses a range of wavelengths.
- Oral contraceptives
- Metformin (Glucophage)
- Eflornithine (Vaniqa)
Treatment of Other Conditions
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2012 -
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