Preparing for your appointment

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor. He or she might refer you to a doctor who specializes in hormone disorders (endocrinologist) or skin problems (dermatologist).

What you can do

When you make your appointment, ask if you should avoid removing your unwanted hair, so the doctor can better evaluate your condition. Make a list of:

  • Key personal information, including other medical conditions and changes in your menstrual cycle or sex drive
  • All medications, vitamins and other supplements you take, including doses
  • Questions to ask your doctor

For hirsutism, some questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's likely causing my symptoms?
  • What are other possible causes for my symptoms?
  • What tests do I need?
  • Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
  • What's the best course of action?
  • What are the alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
  • I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Should I see a specialist?
  • Are there brochures or other printed material I can have? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask other questions.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, such as:

  • When did your symptoms begin?
  • Has your menstrual cycle changed, or have you stopped having your period?
  • Have you gained weight?
  • Have you developed new acne?
  • Has the size of your breasts changed?
  • Have others commented that your voice has changed?
  • Are you planning to become pregnant soon?
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References
  1. Barbieri RL, et al. Evaluation of premenopausal women with hirsutism. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Aug. 16, 2016.
  2. Hirsutism. Merck Manual Professional Version. http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/dermatologic-disorders/hair-disorders/hirsutism. Accessed Aug. 16, 2016.
  3. Barbieri RL, et al. Treatment of hirsutism. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Aug. 16, 2016.
  4. Bode D, et al. Hirsutism in women. American Family Physician. 2012;85:373.
  5. Blume-Peytavi U. An overview of unwanted female hair. British Journal of Dermatology. 2011;165:19.