The presence of excessive bodily and facial hair in females is often called hirsutism. Hirsutism may develop in children or adults as the result of androgen excess due to tumors or due to the increased production of androgen in the adrenals which affect the female reproductive organs with a masculine influence.
There are many conditions that may lead to high levels of androgens, the following are a list of possible causes, however it is recommended to seek a definitive diagnosis.
HIRSUTISM TESTS TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE
It is recommended to perform a blood test looking at hormones present in the blood such as raised levels of DHEA, testosterone and androgen and testing for thyroid dysfunction or tumors. If high levels of these hormones are present, diagnosis of the underlying cause needs to be established and may be due to adrenal gland disorders. An ultrasound to determine if there are tumours or cysts present on the ovaries or adrenal glands may also be of assistance. It may also be advisable to test your blood glucose levels as insulin resistance may be implicated in the developement of hirsutism.
Orthodox doctors may prescribe estrogen based pills which act on the ovaries to decrease the production of androgens or by prescribing androgen receptor blockers or androgen suppressor agents. Naturopathically it is advisable to treat the cause of the condition by addressing not only the symptoms but also the underlying hormonal imbalance. It is recommended to treat the adrenals as well as the ovaries and reproductive system in the case of hirsutism.
These are all symptoms of androgen excess and mascularization of the female reproductive system.