What Is Hirsutism?

Hirsutism is excessive hair growth in women in areas where mature hair is usually minimal or absent. High levels of insulin are thought to stimulate the ovarian theca cells to produce androgens (male hormones), and an increased level of androgens in the body or an oversensitivity of hair follicles to androgens can lead to hirsutism. Additional studies may be helpful in order to identify an underlying hormonal imbalance.