The effect of an oral contraceptive containing ethinylestradiol and desogestrel on hair growth and hormonal parameters of hirsute women

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A group of 22 hirsute women was treated with a combination of 0.030 mg of ethinylestradiol and 0.150 mg of desogestrel (EE-DG) for 6 or 12 months. After 6 months the hair growth was decreased in 17 patients. There was a significant decrease in testosterone/sex hormone binding globulin (T/SHBG) ratio and serum dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEAS) levels. The changes in the hirsutism and the T/SHBG ratio showed correlation (rho 0.36, P < 0.05). The patient groups with the best and the poorest clinical response differed in terms of summed changes in the T/SHBG ratio and DHEAS. These findings suggest that the therapeutic effect of the EE-DG is based on combined changes in the related hormone levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-368
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1986
Externally publishedYes



  • Androgens
  • Dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate
  • Desogestrel
  • Ethinylestradiol
  • Hirsutism
  • Oral contraceptives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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