Why Do Women Grow Beards? All you need to know

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Have you ever wondered why some women grow beards? Well, I was in the same shoe as you until I did research and found out what I needed to know.

So why do women grow beards? Some women grow beards due to a high level of unbalanced male sex hormones known as Androgen. This condition is known as hirsutism, which is a symptom of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

What Is Hirsutism?

Hirsutism is a condition where unwanted hair grows in a woman’s face, chest, and back. It sounds abnormal and embarrassing when a lady grows hair on parts of the body like the opposite sex.

However, nature makes it work that way, and there is nothing we can do about it.

Here are some factors that contribute to the growth of beards in women.

Causes Why Women Grow Beards

It is medically proven that excess androgen secretion in females leads to this condition.

Research also shows there are other reasons why women grow hair on chests and beards like men.

1. Genetics

Experts confirmed that gene characteristics are passed from parents to offsprings.

Hereditary is one of the most common factors that contribute to beard growth in women. So if you have beards as a lady, It’s either your father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, or any other person in the tree had the experience.

2. Corticosteroid Medications

Experts said this isn’t common, but Corticosteroid medications can cause Cushing syndrome that produces unwanted facial hair in females. In some cases, drugs also fasten the process.

3. Old Age

This doesn’t happen in all women. But if you escaped the Hirsutism effects at your youth age, your tendency to grow the missing hair as you grow old.

4. Overweight

Did you ever notice that some fat or chubby ladies grow hair on their chin or face? Although studies have not proven this, But I still think this could be one of the causes.

I recently compiled a gallery of the best hairstyles for overweight and women over 40, do well to check it out, if this is something you’re interested in.

5. Change and Development in Body

Yeah, body change and development can also contribute to growth of facial hair in women.

And I  totally agree with Madam Stephanie who contributed to this part.  You can read the comment section and see what she got for you.

Is Growing Beard In Females Reversible?

Nature isn’t reversible, so there is nothing you can do to reverse any condition programmed by nature for now. Maybe before 2070, Experts will be able to reverse some conditions caused by nature.

You can alter the growth rate, But thinking of reversing it is a No!

What Does Public Think About Women Growing Beards?

Some ladies with beards find it embarrassing to move around the public, while others accepted their fate.

What the public thinks about growing beards is none of your concern. Every man has his or her point of view when it comes to a situation like this.

Some people see it as taboo or demon’s art, while some see it as nature. I have seen a good number of women with beards moving freely and confidently in public.

To even surprise you,  while researching, I noticed that influential bearded ladies love themselves and their fans also love them for that.

So if you have beards, whether sparse, thin, or thick, Never worry about the public; move on confidently.

How To Remove The Beards In Females

For overweight women, go and reduce your weight; shave it off. This may help, but I am not sure it will rid of it totally.

  1.  I think shaving, plucking, pulling, and cream usage will work fine for a quicker, cheaper, and easier method.
  2. Another way out is Laser Hair Removal or Electrolysis, but they are not cheap, and it’s not even recommended for everybody. Just remember to consult professionals to discuss this before you tamper with your skin or beard, else you won’t like the outcome.

At What Age Should I Start Removing My Beards?

You can remove unwanted beard at any age by waxing or plucking. But If after 40 and it’s still growing out like before, I will suggest you leave it that way.

I believe that I have cleared the question of the day.

Now I would love to hear from you:

Did you find our article on why women grow beards helpful?

Or maybe you have something to contribute to my research.

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now and don’t forget to share…


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I am Stanley. A Unisex Hairstylist, Writer, and book lover. After 12 months of the apprenticeship program as a stylist, I started working with my boss for an extra one year. This time frame made me accumulate knowledge and experience in the hair industry, of which I will love to share with friends all over the world through my blog.


  1. Thanks for another informative website. Where else could I get that type of information written in such an ideal way? I have a project that I’m just now working on, and I have been on the look out for such info.

    1. Thanks for your kind words. We will continue to work hard to provide you with the necessary hair information you deserve.

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  2. I enjoyed your article because I have had facial hair growth for quite some time now. But I believe you left out one probable cause of facial hair growth in women and that is “the change” or menopause, which is when I started having facial hair growth. Also, in your article called “Best hairstyles for overweight and women over 40.” I was disappointed to see that there were no pictures. Or were there pictures, but they just didn’t show up?

    1. Hi Stephanie, I really appreciate your time and comment.

      It’s beyond helpful. I will be doing more writing on topic with your feedback.

      As for my article on Best Hairstyles for overweight and women over 40, I am truly sorry you couldn’t find any picture. Actually, the pictures are there, but the lazy loading command which I use to boost the speed of this website probably delayed the images.

      So sorry about that, I will work on that ASAP.

      Once again, I appreciate your feedback. Hope to see you around next time.

  3. I have a birth defect (that is similar to Polycystic Ovary but not the same) which causes my adrenal glands and my ovaries to pump out testosterone like mad. I produce 10 times more testosterone than a normal woman, and 3 times more than a normal man. Since I was in my 20s I’ve grown a full beard and mustache and by full I mean I could double for ZZ Top if I don’t watch out! My endocrinologist is one of the best in the country and he says if my birth defect had been caught sooner we’d have been able to get it under control. As it is I don’t grow hair on my legs, and never have, I can’t have children as I don’t ovulate because of my birth defect, I’m bald on top of my head and grow a beard.

    Saying “If you’re over 40 let it grow” is easy enough to say, but in all honesty there’s quite a bit of ridicule for a woman with facial hair, more so if it’s very thick than if it’s thin. I’ve had people ask me if I’m transitioning (I am not lol), people have asked if I’m a man or a woman, one woman told her kids to get away from me when I was playing with my niece and nephews at the park. I’ve had people flat out make fun of me, some within my husband’s family, some strangers, and some were my first husband’s friends. I donate plasma twice a week and before covid I would be told to come back clean shaven as I made other donors uncomfortable with my facial hair a few times. For some reason a woman with a beard seems to make people uncomfortable and nervous. I move through life without caring now, but that’s because I’ve dealt with my condition for over 20 years and so have grown a thicker skin about it.

    I think something to remember, especially if you have a condition that makes you grow facial hair as a female, is you are beautiful no matter what. It’s the inner beauty that shines through, and if people can’t handle that then that’s their problem not yours.

    1. Hi Danielle,

      Thanks for stopping by, and I really appreciate the time you’ve spent to write down this valuable comment.

      I totally understand your point. But most times, it boils down to choice and accepting the hair as blessing. I know this lady that taught me back then in School, for one day she never shaved her beard.

      At first we the students were not too comfortable, but overtime we started seeing her beyond the beards.

      Like you said, Women with facial hair should always remember that they’re beautiful no matter what.

      Thanks once again for your time Danielle.


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