Hirsutism is a hormone issue that causes thick, coarse hair to grow on the face, back, or chest of females. Females with increased androgens or male testosterone may experience this condition. To treat the condition, patients may require certain medications. At Madeliene Elaine in Chevy Chase, MD, Dr. Madeliene Elaine Gainers offers a compassionate perspective and will closely listen to your needs. Her goal is to find a treatment option that helps reduce the symptoms. Please schedule an appointment to learn more about hirsutism.
What Causes Hirsutism?
Hirsutism is caused by increased androgen levels. Androgen is found in testosterone and is an important part of male sexual and reproductive function. In females, androgen irregularity is often caused by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), Cushing syndrome, tumors, and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. You also have a higher chance of developing hirsutism if you have a genetic predisposition.
What Treatment Options Help With Hirsutism?
During your consultation, we will go over your concerns and develop a strategy that aligns with your needs. Dr. Gainers offers several treatment options to help manage androgens. She may prescribe certain medications or topical creams to reduce the growth of hair. Additionally, while it takes the body a while to get used to the new hormone levels, we can effectively eliminate the hair with laser hair removal treatments. Dr. Gainers will also discuss if you plan on becoming pregnant soon because this could impact your treatment options.
Treat Your Hirsutism Symptoms
Offering a compassionate and detailed approach, Dr. Gainers will treat your hirsutism holistically. Based on blood work or previous diagnosis from your physicians (PCOS or Cushing syndrome), Dr. Gainers can help manage the issue with medications, topical creams, and laser hair removal. If you feel embarrassed about hirsutism, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible at Madeliene Elaine in Chevy Chase, MD.