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Recently, I’ve been seeing 2-3 thick, dark hairs on my jawline and neck every week. Could this be a sign of hormone imbalance or PCOS?

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I'm a cis woman with relatively fair skin and hair. Recently, I've been seeing 2-3 thick, dark hairs on my jawline and neck every week. Could this be a sign of hormone imbalance or PCOS?

Hirsutism is the term used to describe abnormal coarse hair growth patterns on a woman’s body in areas such as chin, neck, upper lip, chest, nipples, upper abdomen, lower back, and inner legs. There is a scoring system that doctor’s use before someone is told they have hirsutism known as the ferriman gallwey score. It can be a sign of excess androgens (i.e. testosterone) that is one of the three factors used to determine if someone has PCOS. The other factors include anovulatory cycles (not ovulating regularly) and signs of polycystic ovaries found on a pelvic ultrasound. Ask your doctor to help you determine if this diagnosis is accurate for you.

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