The most important cause is increased level of androgens in the body. The condition of excessive hair growth has also been linked to oversensitivity of the hair follicles to androgens. The male hormones stimulate hair growth and intensify its pigmentation. High levels of male hormones also cause acne, irregular menstrual periods and deepening of the voice. Such traits, being hereditory, normally run in families.
Another cause of excessive hair growth is high insulin level in the women. The lower the insulin level, the lesser is the chance of a woman suffering from excessive hair growth. Obese women are more likely to be plagued by this problem. It has been found out that insulin in high concentrations stimulates the ovarian cells to produce androgens.
When male hormones in a woman start to proliferate it is clear that she is suffering from one of the following disorders: polycystic ovary syndrome, cushing's disease and ovarian, congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Some medications like birth control pills, hormones and anabolic steroids can also push up the level of male hormones in women.
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