A woman with a beard

If you haven’t seen my big fat fabulous life with Whitney Thore you should watch it at least once.  Whitney suffers from PCOS and the show documents her struggle with the disease and her weight but she’s a fun person with a great personality and the show is quite entertaining.

One of the symptoms that Whitney often speaks about is how PCOS causes hair loss as well as hair growth.  The hair on her head seems to be falling out on a regular basis while the hair on other parts of her body grows at a rapid pace.  It’s hard to imagine hair growth on your back or your chest or chin if that’s something that you’ve never had to deal with.

But while Whitney wears hair extensions regularly and shaves off a lot of her unwanted hair, Rose Geil, another PCOS sufferer, decided enough was enough.  After shaving all that unwanted facial hair since the age of 13 she decided that it was time to forego the razor.

Rose Geil the bearded lady

Rose Geil is now a bearded lady and she claims that she’s never felt more comfortable.

I’ve read about PCOS and was familiar with it but after watching Whitney Thore and reading some of her story online I researched PCOS a bit more.  I knew that facial hair was an issue but I had no idea it was so severe.  When I saw the picture of Rose Geil I have to admit that at first I was sort of shocked.

I’m going to be real honest and admit that for years I’ve had a little mole on my neck that occasionally sprouts a hair.  I’m also going to be honest and confess that I shave that sucker off as soon as I can feel its prickly presence.  I could never ever in a million years wear a beard regardless of how often I had to shave but that doesn’t mean I don’t have made respect for Rose Geil.  I do.

Now, I want to hear from you.

Do you think you would give up your razor if you had PCOS and excessive hair growth?
Would you be comfortable walking around with a beard?
If you saw Rose Geil out on the street would you stare, try not to, or ask her about the beard?

8 thoughts on “A woman with a beard

    • I never thought of laser hair removal but I bet that would hurt. Of course shaving every day would get old too. And you’re right, you just never know until you’re in that situation.

  1. I’d have my ovaries removed. I probably couldn’t go with a beard either.

    I wouldn’t stare or really pay much attention. I usually only stare at really bad fashion choices. I’m sure if I met a woman with a beard, I’d worry I’d be noticeably distracted (or maybe I wouldn’t be).

    • I’m not sure what I would do but I may ask just because I’m curious and I think if it were me I’d rather have people ask than stare or pretend not to. Of course it would never be me because I’m waaaay too self conscious to ever wear a beard.

    • April, thank you so much for sharing and I’m so sorry that you have to deal with both of those. I too have hypothyroidism and I cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like to have both. Big hugs!

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