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Wonder if butt hair is normal? Here’s everything you need to know about it

Published on:11 October 2021, 16:58pm IST
Hair on your butt cheeks is basically just like any other hair on your body; it’s often thicker than usual. Read on to know more.
Aayushi Gupta
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You might wonder if having butt hair is normal, right? Don’t worry, you’re not the only woman who’s experiencing this! It’s just that it never gets talked about in the open, because talking about women’s butt hair is taboo, leading to shame and embarrassment. 

There is no reason to freak out about butt hair because a large number of women have hair on their buttocks. When we talk specifically about butt hair, we aren’t talking about those wispy hairs around your butt but those dark and easily seen long hair. 

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Butt hair is more common than you think. Image courtesy: Shuttersock
So what’s the deal with hair on the butt?

Butt hair is not the only unusual growth of hair. In fact, women often experience chin hair and nipple hair as well. And just the way chin or nipple hair may seem like a cause of worry, but are not a cause for concern; similarly, hair on the butt is also a normal finding. What’s more, butt hair is as normal as hair on your legs and hair down there (aka pubic hair). In fact, most people have hair on their butt cheeks, in between them, or both. 

They’re basically just like any other hair on your body. It’s often downy, fairly light, and can be thicker and dark in growth. Meanwhile, hair between your butt cheeks (and near your anus) is often similar to pubic hair — and serves many of the same purposes.

In most cases, butt hair is normal, but sometimes, it may be an indication of an underlying medical condition. Here are some health concerns that could be causing butt hair:

1. Hormonal fluctuations

If you’ve noticed dark and long hair growth around the butt area, it can be due to hormonal changes. Hormonal changes can occur due to various reasons, ranging from puberty and menstruation to pregnancy and menopause. These changes can trigger hair growth anywhere in your body, including your buttocks.

Also, read: Shape your butt like a peach with these exercises and foods for the glutes

2. Genetics

Genetics influence hair in a big way, playing a part in everything. Some women can have extra hair on their bodies and some can have less body hair due to genetics. So if you have hair on your buttocks, your parents have most likely passed this trait onto you. 

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Yes, your butt hair can be genetic. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
3. Cushing syndrome

Hair on the buttocks can be due to adrenal diseases; adrenal glands produce androgens. These hormones can trigger the growth of body hair in both females and males. Adrenal diseases that can include butt hair symptoms can be Cushing syndrome, and hyperplasia

4. Certain medications

Taking certain kinds of medication such as danazol, anabolic steroids, testosterone, metyrapone, phenytoin can trigger unusual hair growth around the butt. 

5. PCOS

Ovaries play an important role in balancing hormone levels in the body. Some conditions that affect ovaries such as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and hyperthecosis can lead to excessive hair growth. 

Ladies, having hair on the butt is not a big deal!

Aayushi Gupta Aayushi Gupta

Candid, outspoken, but prudent--Aayushi is exploring her place in media world.