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What if I develop excess body hair with amenorrhea?

Excess body hair, or hirsutism, can develop on the face or body and can indicate a hormonal imbalance when paired with amenorrhea. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the more common causes of amenorrhea. Other possible causes include tumors of the adrenal gland, pituitary gland, or ovaries, a reaction to some drugs, or hypothyroidism.  Other symptoms may include developing a deeper voice, acne, obesity, or extreme fluctuations in the menstrual cycle. Determining the cause of and treating the amenorrhea should help stop the development of excess body hair.

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