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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: ; Ogheneochuko Ajari, MB.BS, MS [2] Rasam Hajiannasab M.D.[3]

Overview

Common risk factors in the development of hirsutism include ethnicity, particularly women of Mediterranean (Southern European, Middle Eastern), Nordic, East Indian, and Asian ancestry, obesity, and hyperinsulinemia.

Risk Factors

Common risk factors in the development of hirsutism include:[1]

  • Familial hirsutism
    • More common in certain ethnic groups:
      • Mediterranean (Southern European, Middle Eastern)
      • Nordic
      • East Indian
      • Asian ancestry
  • Obesity
    • May cause insulin resistance
    • May cause reduction in sex hormone-binding globulin
  • Hyperinsulinemia
    • May trigger excess ovarian androgen production and decreased sex hormone-binding globulin

References

  1. Franks, Stephen (2012). "The investigation and management of hirsutism". Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. 38 (3): 182–186. doi:10.1136/jfprhc-2011-100175. ISSN 1471-1893.