What is Hirsutism?

The word hirsutism is pronounced (HUR-soot-iz-um). It is a condition in cisgender women and some intersex people that is the result of excessive growth of dark or course hair in a cisgender male-like pattern on the body. For clinical standards cisgender male-like pattern is based on societies cultural standards.

Hirsutism can be anywhere on the body but it predominately on the face, neck, chest, abdomen and back. It may occur on the arms and buttocks were hair is thick and course like a cisgender male.

This is a medical condition that can be treated with the removal of the hair. The removal of the hair can psychologically improve one’s well-being and reduce dermatological damage and infection.

California’s Gender Nondiscrimination Act

Under California law, transgender people have a legal right to be treated equally and fairly as the gender they identify with. This means, that hirsutism would legally apply to transgender woman the same as a cisgender woman that has a medical condition that causes hair growth like cisgender men.

Gender-Nonconforming and Intersex People

Gender-nonconforming and intersex people may also have hirsutism depending on the gender expression they are expressing. Their right to gender-affirming healthcare to treat their hirsutism would be protected under California’s Gender Nondiscrimination Act.

Medications and Surgeries

Some medications and surgeries can cause hirsutism like testosterone creams or a hysterectomy. Treating this medical condition improves the quality of life of the person. It also improves the psychological state of mind of the person and reduces risky behaviors that accompany depression.