The PCOS diagnosis meant I began to understand my body a little better, but it didn't make dealing with the hair any easier.
When I'm on a date, it's all I can think about. What if I've missed a hair and it tickles him when we kiss? I hope I shaved my fingers in case he goes to hold my hand...
No matter how much we talk about normalizing facial and body hair on women, it's still something that many see as undesirable — taboo, even.
Half the time, no one is even close enough to see my stubbly bits, and it's important to bear in mind that most people's perceptions of your appearance are different from your own, anyway.