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Am I hirsute or just a little hairy-Self Assessment

If you experience a marked change in your hair growth over several weeks or months, then it’s a good idea to have your hormonal profile checked. The speed and amount of body hair growth matter. It could be just the expression of your genetic heritage, or where you are in relation to your hormonal or life cycle. If it’s the latter, it’s best not to think about this hair growth as one piece of your current whole hormonal expression.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is the amount of hair growth unusual, given my past or family hair history?
  • Do I have other unusual symptoms, such as irregular periods, weight gain/loss, or acne?
  • Is the hair growth sudden or gradual?
  • Is the hair growth appearing in an “uncommon” place?
  • Have I recently experienced an emotional change in my life?

Knowing those answers will help your healthcare practitioner identify whether this unwanted hair is genetic, a symptom of hormonal imbalance, or a signal of something more serious, like PCOS or insulin resistance. It can also help to isolate exactly where you see more hair than usual, in order to know if you’re hirsute, or just a little hairy.

The body areas to look first for androgen sensitivity are the places where terminal hair usually grows on women. Here they are in descending order of sensitivity:

  • pubic area
  • underarms
  • perianal area
  • sideburns
  • upper lip
  • periareolar (around the nipple) areas
  • the chin and “beard” region
  • arms and legs
  • between the breasts
  • shoulders
  • buttocks
  • back
  • abdomen

If hair is growing in any of the above areas and it’s coming in more heavily or earlier than normally seen, such as in puberty, it can be a sign of androgen excess. If caught early enough, it can often be treated relatively easily by returning hormones to their regular healthy levels. To know whether unwanted hair growth is something you should bring up with your healthcare practitioner, you can evaluate your hair growth first with a scoring tool known as the Ferriman–Gallwey score.

This test measures the degree of hairiness or hirsutism a woman is experiencing.You can look at the images and gauge where your hair growth ranks from 0 (no terminal growth) to 4 (maximal growth). Print the chart and bring it in to your healthcare practitioner to talk about what’s normal for your own personal hair growth versus what’s been happening lately. Although the results can vary women with scores higher than “3” are considered to have hair growth outside the norm.

The last step is making sure that the hair you’re seeing is truly unusual for you. Dramatic events in our external lives can sometimes trigger changes in how we perceive ourselves, as well as how we think others perceive us.

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References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hirsutism

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hirsutism/basics/causes/con-20028919

http://www.healthline.com/health/excessive-or-unwanted-hair-in-women#Overview1

http://www.womenshealthnetwork.com/skin-and-beauty/facial-hair.aspx

https://onlinedoctor.lloydspharmacy.com/uk/info/causes-of-excess-facial-hair

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/121038-overview

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