Hirsutism means excess hair. Hirsutism can be defined as
growth of hair in places where it is usually minimal or absent.
The term hirsutism is restricted to the male type of hair growth in women. These places at the body are called androgen stimulated areas and they include areas like face, chest and areola among others.
To put it in simple terms, growth of hair on the face, chest and areola in men is normal; growth of hair in those places in women is abnormal and is called hirsutism.
The causes of concern about hirsutism on one hand are its cosmetic effect with frequently associated psychological distress including poor self esteem. On the other hand hirsutism may be associated with serious medical problems.
This website will provide you with information about causes, diagnosis and treatment of hirsutism.