Excessive hairiness in women is not just a cosmetic problem but is likely to be a sign of an underlying medical condition, so says Dr. Rebecca Swingler, a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol, UK.

According to, five to 15% of women have excess hair and Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the cause in 70% to 80% of cases. Women with this condition should not be afraid to seek help, mild cases can be treated cosmetically, she said, but in moderate to severe cases, hormone therapy, such as the oral contraceptive pill and other treatments are available.

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