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What Causes Excessive Hair Growth During Menopause?

Excessive Hair Growth and Menopause: Understanding the Link.
October 19, 2023

One of the lesser known symptoms of menopause is excessive hair growth, which can be distressing for some of you.

During menopause, the body experiences a decline in estrogen levels. But at the same  time, the levels of androgens, or male hormones remain the same, tipping the balance in favor of these androgens. Excessive levels of these androgens, compared to the female hormone estrogen, may cause a male pattern of hair growth like increased facial hair, particularly around the chin and upper lip. You may also experience excessive hair growth on your arms, legs, and back.

Women who have had PCOS before are more likely to experience excessive hair growth during menopause. There are several treatments available for hirsutism - or increase of hair growth, including medications such as birth control pills, spironolactone, and finasteride. In some cases, laser hair removal or electrolysis may also be recommended. It is essential for you to consult with your doctor to determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan.