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The Story Plot of Living the Embarrassment of Hirsutism

Published:April 24, 2013DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnu.2013.02.003
      Hirsutism is a complicating health challenge that impacts the lives of women. It is a condition characterized by unwanted, male pattern hair growth. Often times this hair is noted on the face, back, or chest (
      • Dawber R.P.
      Guidance for the management of hirsutism.
      ). This physical disorder impacts every aspect of life. Very few studies on the psychological impact of unwanted facial hair exist. Those that do suggest that unwanted facial hair has a detrimental impact on a woman's body image and quality of life; and is a source of emotional distress and social embarrassment (
      • Blume-Peytavi U.
      • Atkin S.
      • Shapiro J.
      • Lavery S.
      • Grimalt R.
      • Hoffman R.
      Unwanted facial hair: Affects, effects, and solutions.
      ). Women with hirsutism have increased levels of anxiety and depression. In addition, they feel ashamed of their appearance, and lack self-confidence (
      • Lipton M.
      • Sherr L.
      • Elford J.
      • Rustin M.
      • Clayton W.
      Women living with facial hair: The psychological and behavioral burden.
      ).
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