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Health warning to excessively hairy women

17th April 2009

A report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has warned that most women who suffer from excess hair growth could have a hormone disorder.

Between five to 15% of women in the UK have hirsutism and around 70% to 80% of cases are due to polycystic ovary syndrome. The report's author Dr Rebecca Swingler, a specialist registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol, said: "Often women have spent many years trying to cope with their hirsutism before they seek professional help."

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