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Frequently asked questions

How is hirsutism diagnosed? Plus Icon

Hirsutism is typically diagnosed through a combination of medical history assessment, physical examination, and, in some cases, additional tests. This will be done by your GP or other private specialist.

  •  Medical history: You will be asked questions about your menstrual history, family history of hirsutism or related conditions, any medications you are taking, and any other symptoms you may be experiencing. They will also enquire about the rate and pattern of hair growth, any changes over time, and the impact of the excess hair on your daily life.
  • Physical examination: During a physical examination, an assessment of your hair growth patterns on various parts of your body, including the face, chest, back, abdomen, and extremities will be completed. They may also examine your skin for any signs of underlying conditions associated with hirsutism, such as acne or acanthosis nigricans.
  • Blood tests: Depending on the findings from your medical history and physical examination, blood tests to evaluate hormone levels may be recommended. These tests typically include measurements of androgens (such as testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate) and other hormone levels. Blood tests may help identify underlying hormonal imbalances or conditions that contribute to hirsutism, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

If we suspect you may have hirsuitism after discussing your medical history and assessing your hair growth, we would recommend that you go to your GP for a blood test. After you have received a diagnosis, if applicable, we can recommend laser hair removal.

Is hirsutism treatable? Plus Icon

Yes, hirsutism is treatable, although the treatment approach depends on the underlying cause and individual circumstances.

The aim of treatment is to manage any underlying hormonal imbalances, and address any associated symptoms or concerns such as excessive hair growth.

Treating hormonal imbalances and associated symptoms will be done by your GP, but at sk:n we can help by recommended a course of laser hair removal to reduce hair growth.

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