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Hirsutism is stiff and pigmented body hair, appearing on the body where women don't commonly have hair — primarily the face, chest and back.

When excessively high androgen levels cause hirsutism, other signs may develop over time, a process called virilization. Signs of virilization may include:

  • Deepening voice
  • Balding
  • Acne
  • Decrease in breast size
  • Enlargement of the clitoris
Feb. 19, 2014