Five Causes of Excess Body Hair in Women

Five Causes of Excess Body Hair in Women

Causes of Excess Body Hair in Women, polycystic ovary


Causes of Excess Body Hair in Women

Here are five of the most common causes of excess hair growth in women. Visit a healthcare professional to diagnose the exact cause of sudden hair growth.


Some women are genetically hairier than others. Women of South Asian and Mediterranean descent tend to be naturally more hair than Caucasians and those with black skin. Whatever your background some families are naturally predisposed to some degree of hairiness. Excess hair caused by genetics can be treated temporarily by shaving or waxing, also more permanently with laser therapy. Contrary to popular belief waxing and plucking do not make hair grow back stronger.

Unhealthy Diet

A diet rich in refined carbohydrates and sugars from processed foods can cause hairiness by encouraging insulin resistance. Regular doses of sugars and carbohydrates make your body produce spikes of insulin. Your system gradually builds up an insulin resistance and produces more and more insulin to compensate. Excess insulin can trigger the production of testosterone in the ovaries, leading to hair growth. Visit your doctor if you are experiencing excess hair growth and think it may be due to your poor diet. Being overweight can also trigger insulin resistance and hair growth.

Polycystic Ovaries is most common Cause of Excess Body Hair in Women

Up to 10 percent of women suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The syndrome caused by egg-containing follicles that do not develop properly and form cysts on the surface of the ovaries. Also, these trigger the release of testosterone and cause excess hair growth. Other symptoms of PCOS include painful and irregular periods, and reduced fertility, greasy skin and also weight gain. If you suspect that you suffer from PCOS, visit your doctor for a scan and a blood test.


The onset of the perimenopause and menopause often causes an increase in hair growth because of changes in hormone levels.  As estrogen levels drop, testosterone takes over, leading to symptoms such as acne, male-pattern baldness and hair growth on the face and torso. The North American Menopause Society estimates that up to 15 percent of women grow thicker hairs on their faces during the menopause. This condition is known as hirsutism. Consult your doctor about the best form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to combat hirsutism as some forms of HRT can make it worse.


Some medicines trigger excess hair growth in women. You don’t even have to be taking them yourself as some medications, such as testosterone cream, can be transferred by contact with your partner. Consult your doctor if you suspect that your medicine is causing unwanted hair growth. Common drugs that can trigger hairiness include steroids and cyclosporine (used to treat psoriasis, eczema, and arthritis).


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