What is the prognosis (outlook) for people who have hirsutism?

Hirsutism will require ongoing treatment. None of the treatments make the hair go away completely, but they make hair grow more slowly and help to significantly decrease the amount of unwanted hair. Most women are happy with their results once they find an effective treatment regimen that works for them. Once an effective treatment is established, it may be continued indefinitely.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/13/2018.


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