Published: 2016-02-18

Idiopathic hirsutism – medical and psychological aspects

Clinic of Gynecology of the Department of Perinatology and Gynecology, Division of Developmental Gynecology and Sexuology of the Department of Perinatology and Gynecology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
Department of Clinical Psychology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
Division of Gynecology, Department of Perinatology and Gynecology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
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Introduction. Hirsutism is a condition which results in excess of male pattern hair growth - the androgen dependent hair in females. Excessive hair growth usually starts around puberty. The aim of this study was to show the significance of hormonal diagnosis in female adolescent hirsute patients.
Material and methods. The material consisted of medical documentation of 128 female adolescent patients aged 13–22 years who came for a consultation because of excessive male pattern hair growth (second degree of hirsutism according to the Ferriman-Gallwey scale) which they considered unacceptable. The history was indicative of considerable discomfort, decreased mood in subjects and low self-esteem (especially regarding patient’s femininity).
Results. Results of the analysis were confronted with the results of a group of an equal number of participants.
Conclusions. Hormonal tests in female patients with hirsutism were proven to constitute a major diagnostic element allowing for correct diagnosis of the cause of hirsutism, planning further tests and treatment methods.Considering its causes and effects, hirsutism in adolescent patients is a serious concern for developmental gynecology. This disorder is a endocrinological or gynecological problem, which influences patient's well-being.


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Jarząbek-Bielecka G, Warchoł-Biedermann K, Kędzia W. Idiopathic hirsutism – medical and psychological aspects. JMS [Internet]. 2016Feb.18 [cited 2020Aug.11];83(4):294-8. Available from: