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by godsinstrument (godsinstrument)
at December 15th, 2011 (10:29 pm)

Ookay, so today I paid a visit to our friendly neighbourhood gyno. 
Anyway.  (and trust me, this post IS about hair...)  I've had the most
wacked out menstrual cycle (if you can call it that) on the face of the
planet for the past 2 years, mostly due to HBC, stress, weight loss,
etc. etc.  BUT, it was starting to freak me out a bit.  So with some
tests and whatnot, it looks like I could quite likely have Polycystic
Ovarian Syndrom (PCOS).  We'll see after next week's ultrasound. 

You
see, hairines is a common symptom of PCOS, and it was actually what
clued my OB/GYN into this whole possibility.  She was feeling my tummy,
and noticed my tiny 10-hair happy spot right below my belly button, and
my itty bitty fuzzy mustache, and said "Oh yeah, that's not normal,
that's hirsutism, it's probably PCOS"  She also commented on the backs
of my thighs being a bit fuzzarific.  So.  I've never thought of myself
as ultra-hairy, but even so, who cares, right?  I mean, I was a
no-leg-shaver for years, but I've felt like it off and on over the past
couple years.  My pits?  Bring on da fuzz.  So I'm not so weirded out by
that as by her attitude of how 'abnormal' a bit of belly button hair
is.  Is it?

How much of a mustache of happy trail do you all
have?  I have to admit, the way she said it made me feel less than a
woman.  And I am one.  And I like it.   Bah.  I need some encouragement,
folks.

TIA!  -Sheila

x-posted to fuck_shaving

Comments

Posted by: - (acetank)
Posted at: March 4th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)

Happy trails and thigh hair are NOT a sing of hirsutism or PCOS. Chin hair is a better indicator, but then again some women also just have chin hairs. Happy trails and thigh hair are not atypical in the least.

Posted by: /dripping.wi†h.alchemy/ (hollowdoll)
Posted at: March 4th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)

I've actually discovered a few small darker chest hairs recently. Not like stray nipple hairs, which I've always had, or anything like that, but legitimate tiny hairs growing here and there across my actual chest. (For reference, I actually DO have PCOS.) If that didn't take a giant chunk out of my sense of femininity...oy, I tell you. And I normally don't even fall prey to that sort of nonsense, because I know better! But it can definitely make your confidence in your sense of your own gender falter a little, I know. If you do have PCOS, it can be treated, but try not to let the symptoms bring you down. You're still a female if you identify as one, and don't let anyone else tell you otherwise.

Posted by: obscure_object7 (obscure_object7)
Posted at: March 4th, 2012 07:14 am (UTC)

The backs of my thighs are definitely hairy, I didn't even notice it until a couple years ago and was kind of shocked. I told my boyfriend and he kind of laughed and said, "Yeah, you didn't know?" He didn't seem to care, so its easier for me not to either. I've also got a noticeable mustache, you're not unusual!

Posted by: obscure_object7 (obscure_object7)
Posted at: March 4th, 2012 07:15 am (UTC)

Oops, meant to reply to post. Sorry about that!

Posted by: Stephanie (transfattyacid)
Posted at: March 4th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)

I have both a mustache and tummy hair. I find it strange that your gyno thinks this is abnormal. Maybe she's not used to seeing it because a lot of women obsessively remove their hair.

Posted by: between your thighs (_electronichaze)
Posted at: March 8th, 2012 10:54 am (UTC)

I am quite hairy (small hair on chest, across my entire stomach, my bac - very small and not really noticeable, albeit their darkness) and have polycystic ovaries, but not the syndrome. Or maybe I do have the syndrome, haven't really tested it. However, I do know that my cultural background could def. account for my hairiness (persian) so, no, it doesn't have to mean you have PCOS. You should maybe ask for a lab test and check for other potential signs.

Posted by: Macky (estoica)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
Cate

I have hair all over my body. Not coarse or long, it's just like baby fuzz but all over. I went to the dermatologist (because I also have acne, I hate my "shell") and he started asking me if this was normal and so on...thing is, my hair is hereditary, my mom's hairy and mi grandpa was as hairy as Malcolm's dad :/ I've also checked for PCOS but I'm fine...it's just that I'm a fucking peach and I get very sad when someone points that out :/

Edited at 2012-09-02 06:51 pm (UTC)

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