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What Causes Excessive Hair Growth On The Chin And Lips?

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Posted on Mon, 14 Aug 2017
Question: I am a 58 year old woman who suffers from excessive hair growth on my chin and lip and sideburn areas.This has gone on for 46 years.Is there a medical treatment that can help?
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Answered by Dr. Mirjeta Guni (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
About hirsutism in menopause;

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thank you for asking!
As you mentioned, you have had hirsutism since you were about 20 years old, it means that 2 pathologies may have caused it; PCOS or adrenal enzymes deficiencies.
Anyway, you need to check testosterone level and an abdominal ultrasound.
The treatment will consist in antiandrogenics; spironolactone or cyproterone acetate. But if you are obese and have insulin resistance, metformine may help.
Hashimoto thyroiditis may cause hirsutism in rare cases, especially if left untreated. If your TSH is within the normal ranges, hypothyroidism is ruled out as a cause of hirsutism.
Hope the information will help.
Kind regards,
Dr.Mirjeta

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What Causes Excessive Hair Growth On The Chin And Lips?

Brief Answer: About hirsutism in menopause; Detailed Answer: Hello and thank you for asking! As you mentioned, you have had hirsutism since you were about 20 years old, it means that 2 pathologies may have caused it; PCOS or adrenal enzymes deficiencies. Anyway, you need to check testosterone level and an abdominal ultrasound. The treatment will consist in antiandrogenics; spironolactone or cyproterone acetate. But if you are obese and have insulin resistance, metformine may help. Hashimoto thyroiditis may cause hirsutism in rare cases, especially if left untreated. If your TSH is within the normal ranges, hypothyroidism is ruled out as a cause of hirsutism. Hope the information will help. Kind regards, Dr.Mirjeta