Every woman has fine, light hair on the face and body. The problem is, if dark and coarse )like in man's beard) begin to grow on the upper lip, cheeks, chest and lower abdomen.

This condition is medically called hirsutism.

According to statistic data, nearly 5-8% of American women suffer from unwanted hair growth. It runs in families, so your chances of hirsutism are really high, if your mother or sister have it.

It’s about hormones, as usual.

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It was found that most women with hirsutism have increased levels of male hormones androgens. Your body normally produces low amount of them.

But sometimes certain conditions may trigger excessive generation of androgens in female organism, leading not only to hirsutism, but also to weight gain, infertility, extreme permanent fatigue and severe headaches.

Polycystic ovary syndrome is one of the most frequent reasons for unwanted hair growth. In this disorder too high androgen levels result in menstrual irregularities, cysts in the ovaries, reduced fertility and mood swings.

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Other possible causes include adrenal cancer, Cushing's disease and taking some medications (like anabolic steroids, minoxidil and cyclosporine).

However it's not always possible to recognize exact cause of excessive hair growth. Doctors call it idiopathic hirsutism.

If underlying condition is detected, your doctor might prescribe you oral contraceptives, anti-androgen medicines or other drugs, which could help restore hormonal balance.

In addition to this, there are some natural ways to get rid of excessive hair growth:

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#1. Keep weight under the control – excessive weight can bring you a lot of problems. Being overweight or obese is associated with insulin resistance. Reduced sensitivity of your body cells to hormone insulin makes the pancreas to create more of this chemical, in order to overcome resistance. This boosts your risks of type 2 diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome. Studies show that shedding extra pounds can help you improve hormonal balance and get rid of unwanted hair.

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#2. Follow healthy diet – add more antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, health-friendly oils and whole grains to your ration. It's important to avoid refined carbs, trans fats and to limit your alcohol consumption. These nutritional changes can be really effective in maintaining healthy weight and lowering androgen levels.

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#3. Be more active – lack of physical activity is a risk factor for obesity, PCOS and wide variety of other diseases. It is advised to exercise at least 30 minutes most days of the week. It's also a perfect way to enhance your mood and self-confidence.

#4. Try herbs – there is no scientific evidence that herbal teas and supplements can help you fight off hirsutism completely. However some of them, such as saw palmetto, black cohosh, spearmint tea, lavender tree oil and chaste tree, can be really helpful in lowering androgen levels. Don't take any herbs before consulting with medical professional. Be aware that even natural supplements can interfere with your regular medications, lead to pregnancy complications etc.

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#5. Remove hair – waxing, depilatories and laser won't help you balance your hormones, but they can remove unwanted hair from your body.

#6. Acupuncture – small research found that acupuncture can make excessive hair thinner and shorter. Furthermore, it is supposed to decrease levels of male hormones. However more study is needed.

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