I was reading up on ethnic groups in which the women are naturally more hirsute (such as South Asian women) in the context of evolving standards of beauty. I came across this statement on a forum:
Hirsutism is much more common in South Asian women (particularly North Indians such as Punjabi Sikhs) asymptomatically because they tend to have higher levels of circulating androgens than your typical [North or Western European ethnic group]. This is also true of Eastern European women to an extent.
Per Wikipedia, I learned:
Circulating levels of androgens can influence human behavior because some neurons are sensitive to steroid hormones. Androgen levels have been implicated in the regulation of human aggression and libido. Indeed, androgens are capable of altering the structure of the brain in several species, including mice, rats, and primates, producing sex differences.
So: do circulating androgens trigger higher testosterone production in some women? Is this what yields higher instances of "hirsutism" among certain populations? How are some women more prone to this than others? (That is, per the forum post, why are South Asian women more likely to have this than Western European women?)