A woman who calls herself dakotasbeard on TikTok has gone viral over her unusual decision to embrace her facial hair. She not only decided to throw away her razor, but she also chose to show off her impressive beard on social media.
Dakota Cooke, 30, first realized she had excessive hair growth when she was 13. For years, she underwent painful procedures such as monthly waxing.
Nothing gave her a permanent solution. At some point, her doctor suggested that she visit the gym for at least 2 hours every day to burn off the excess testosterone.
Strangely, even with the increased physical activity, her hair got longer and darker with the "peach fuzz" turning into a "dark peach fuzz."
At some point, she had a "small beard."
In the end, she talked to an endocrinologist, and he was supposed to treat issues related to her hormones. This happened when she was 19, believing she might have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
The NHS estimates that one in ten women in the UK suffers from the condition, which comes about when a woman's functions in the ovaries are affected and their periods get irregular. The woman also experiences acne, ovarian cysts, hirsutism, or excessive hair growth.
After several tests, experts determined that Dakota did not suffer from this condition. The tests were negative, and the endocrinologist told her it was really weird.
After a second test, the results were still negative, and they could not determine what was happening.
Even today, no doctor has told her what could be wrong. Doctors think she might have "adrenal glandular disorder," which makes her produce too much testosterone.
Although she does not have answers about her bizarre condition, Dakota is not letting her situation hold her back. She is not shy to show off her beard and does not mind making "$250 an hour" as a performer.
NHS describes hirsutism as a situation whereby a woman develops thick and dark hair on the face, neck, chest, tummy, lower back, thighs, and buttocks due to a treatable medical condition.
The problem is typically connected to a treatable medical condition, which manifests when androgen levels or the body's sensitivity to them rises.
Medications can also cause PCOS if they can affect hormone levels. Hormonal conditions like Cushing's syndrome and acromegaly can also cause unusual hair growth in women.