His research amongst medical students in America found that 45 per cent of male trainee doctors were "very hairy", compared with less than 10 per cent of men generally.
In Kerala, southern India, research among medical and engineering students and manual labourers showed that both groups of students had more body hair on average than manual workers.
Treatment response should be monitored for at least six months before making adjustments.
Hirsutism is defined as excess terminal hair that commonly appears in a male pattern in women.
And a study of 117 Mensa members (who have an IQ of at least 140) were also found to have a tendency to thick body hair.
Some of the most intelligent men appeared to be those who had hair on their backs as well as on their chests.
In patients who are not planning a pregnancy, first-line pharmacologic treatment should include oral contraceptives.
Evidence for the effectiveness of electrolysis and laser therapy is limited.
Hirsutism develops in women when there is excessive growth of terminal hair in these areas, typically due to androgen excess.9In addition to hirsutism, hyperandrogenemia can manifest as acne, menstrual dysfunction, or alopecia, or could be asymptomatic.1 The severity of hirsutism is variable at a given level of androgen excess, suggesting that hirsutism is also related to the sensitivity of hair follicles to androgens.1011 PCOS is defined by the presence of at least two of the following three signs: menstrual dysfunction, clinical or biochemical evidence of hyperandrogenemia, and polycystic ovaries on ultrasonography.
Other characteristics of PCOS include obesity, infertility, and insulin resistance.
Further workup is guided by history and physical examination, and may include thyroid function tests, prolactin level, 17-hydroxyprogesterone level, and corticotropin stimulation test.
Treatment includes hair removal and pharmacologic measures.