Prevalence of Hirsutism in The Islamia University Bahawalpur, Pakistan

  • Shifa Shaffique Islamia University, Bahawalpur
  • Saeed Ahmad Islamia University, Bahawalpur
  • Hafiz Muhammad Asif Islamia University, Bahawalpur
  • Haseeb Anwar GC University, Faisalabad
  • Ghulam Hussain GC University, Faisalabad
  • Saba Javed Islamia University, Bahawalpur
Keywords: Prevalence, Hirsutism, Islamia University.


Objective: Population based studies on hirsutism, variability with age and distribution, their associated symptoms are limited in Pakistan. Knowledge on the awareness about hirsutism, variability and their associated symptoms and treatment option is necessary for the patient education and evaluation of underlying causative factor.

Study design: A cross sectional study was conductedFebruary 2017 to April 2017 to determine the prevalence of hirsutism, and their associated symptoms as well as dissemination among students of Islamia University Bahawalpur. Questionnaires were developed and distributed among the consenting participants. Thirteen hundred and sixty five females were included in the study.

Results: Ferriman-Gallwey score was used to determine the distribution of hairs. Results revealed the prevalence of hirsutism is n=388(28%) while distribution was following n=56(14%) having hair distribution on chin, n=328 (84%) on upper lip, n=52(13%) on lower abdomen, n=28(7%) on upper abdomen, n=212(54%) on arms, n=220(56%) on legs, n=24(6%) on middle of chest, and n=12(3% ) hairs on upper back. n=36(9%) participants were belonging to upper class, n=342(88%) from middle class, n=12(3%) from lower class.

Conclusion: It is concluded from present work that n=89(22%) were presented with mild=187(48%)had moderate and n=112(28%)were having severe hirsutism. Associated symptoms were also note down current study suggested that n=88(24%) participants were with ailment of irregular mences, n=76(19%) with weight gain, n=20(5%) presented with infertility, n=12(3%) from the complaint of deep sound and in n=192(49%) with no other specific is concluded that n=89(22%) females were having mild=187(48%) having moderate and n=112(28%) were having severe hirsutism.