Three Causes of Excessive Hair Growth

Posted by Nashua Electrolysis on April 30, 2015

Excessive and unwanted hair growth in women, often referred to as hirsutism, can occur on many areas of the face and body. Some of the most common areas include the chest, abdomen, upper lip, chin, and back. While there are many different causes of hirsutism, here are three common causes in which electrolysis treatments can permanently remove unwanted facial and body hair.


A family history of excessive hair growth can significantly increase the risk of developing hirsutism amongst females. If you have female relatives who also display excessive and/or coarse hair growth, there is a strong possibility that genetics play a part in your hirsutism development.

Medical Conditions

When family history is not a possible contributing factor to your excessive hair growth, certain medical conditions can be to blame. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS is a condition in which levels of sex hormones in the body are imbalanced. This can lead to the loss of, or irregularity in menstrual cycles, infertility, cysts on ovaries, as well as excessive hair growth in females.

Cushing’s syndrome is another medical condition that can cause hirsutism. This condition is a result of increased levels of cortisol in the body, which can come from either excess production in the adrenal glands, or the long-term use of the medication prednisone.


In addition to medical conditions, certain medications can result in excessive hair growth. Some of these include testosterone, danazol, anabolic steroids, glucocorticoids, cyclosporine, and phenytoin. These can cause an imbalance of male hormones in the body, resulting in an increase of male-pattern hair growth not regularly displayed in females.

Electrolysis is the only FDA-approved treatment option for permanent hair removal, and can help those with hirsutism rid the body of unwanted or excessive hair growth.

When you are looking for a permanent solution for hair removal around Merrimack, NH, come to Nashua Electrolysis. For more information or for your free consultation, call 603-888-3803.