Hirsutism can sometimes be emotionally distressing. Some women feel self-conscious about having unwanted body hair. Also, although hirsutism doesn't cause physical complications, the underlying cause of a hormonal imbalance can.

If you have hirsutism and irregular periods, you may have a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome, which can inhibit fertility. Women who are taking certain medications to treat hirsutism should avoid pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects.

Feb. 19, 2014