For most people, especially men, growing thick hair on the body is a symbol of virility. But for women, a hairy body may indicate a disorder called hirsutism. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, 8 percent of women have thick hairy bodies such as men including the thighs and buttocks. Even the mustache and fine hairs on the face. Well, he said, this excess hair growth can be caused by eating lots of sweet foods. Is that right? See the explanation below.
A woman with a hairy body is a sign of excess testosterone
Ghasak Amer Mahmood, MD, an endocrinologist in Whittier, California states that the hairy body cases experienced by women are caused by high testosterone levels, male sex hormones. This can be a symptom of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Women who have polycystic ovary syndrome usually have excessive growth of facial or body hair because their bodies produce excessive amounts of androgens. Well, if examined further, the condition of polycystic ovary syndrome is also associated with the problem of excess insulin, which is also influenced by blood sugar levels that are too high.
Basically, if the body receives a lot of sugar content such as cakes or sweets, those foods with high glycemic content will be able to release energy quickly. As a result, this will inhibit the production of the hormone insulin to control blood sugar levels.
When insulin is blocked, it means that the hormone becomes less effective in reducing blood sugar levels, so the body must produce more than it should. The problem is, high insulin levels can trigger the ovaries to produce testosterone. So not infrequently, the results can cause hair growth or excessive hair on your body.
Various other things can make the body of a hairy woman more bushy, besides sugary food
1. You are taking certain drugs
The appearance of excess hair on the body can also be affected if you are taking steroid drugs, such as prednisone or danazol, which are useful for treating endometriosis. This is because these drugs come from androgen hormones.
When you use these drugs to stop or slow down hair loss. The drug can also cause side effects such as increasing hair growth in unwanted areas of the body.
2. Like to pull out feathers
Sandy S. Tsao, MD, a dermatologist from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston states, if you like to pull or pull hair out of the follicle, it can make your body's hair slower. In addition, hair or fine hair that is removed can stimulate hair growth. In addition, plucking the hair can cause injury or irritation to the surface of the skin. Dr. Tsao recommends shaving or using a hair removal cream to remove it from your body.
3. You are pregnant
Like other normal hormonal changes, pregnancy can cause excessive hair growth on a woman's body. Usually, the growth of fine hair will appear on the abdomen, breasts and thighs. The American Pregnancy Association says, for the safety of mothers and fetuses, it is recommended to prefer shaving compared to using hair removal creams.
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