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New Guideline Released on Hirsutism

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) has today released its latest clinical practice guideline, Hirsutism: Evaluation and Treatment, published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada

Hirsutism is the growth of excess hair on the female body in areas usually attributed to male hair patterns. It is an endocrine disorder affecting 5% - 10% of women of child-bearing age. Often, the condition can occur for no known reason, however, the condition is also found in women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Consuming steroids or certain medications and, more rarely, the presence of androgen-secreting tumour can also be causes.

“Hirsutism can be devastating for a woman’s morale. We are pleased that updated information on this condition has been compiled to help clinicians diagnose and treat the disorder and help patients avoid potential long term discomfort,” said Dr. Jennifer Blake, CEO of the SOGC.