This woman shared pics of herself shaving her face to spread awareness about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
As women, we’re often bombarded by messages telling us how we’re supposed to be and what we’re supposed to look like, and it can be overwhelming.
The idea of embracing yourself for who you are isn’t easy, but one woman is giving us all the confidence after she bravely shared her own truth to help others feel less alone.
As Cosmopolitan UK reports, Tina Marie Beznec, who has an Instagram and Facebook page called Fight Against Fat, opened up on popular Australian blogger, Constance Hall’s Facebook about her struggle with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
"Hi my name is Tina and I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome," she wrote.
“As well as depression, anxiety, infertility, weight gain, hormonal imbalances, bloating, abdominal pains, acne, cysts, increased risk of cancer and everything else, a lot of woman [sic] including myself have to deal with facial hair! Do you know how UNFEMININE this can make a woman feel?!?” she continued.
According to the Office of Women’s Health, between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 women of childbearing age has PCOS, which is a condition that can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, ability to have children, hormones, and appearance. It has been linked to developing several risky health conditions, including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cancer, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety, and depression.
The 26-year-old included a series of images showing what she goes through to combat her unwanted facial hair, in hopes of spreading a very important message:
“I've always been super self conscious about it, but really just have to put this out there because I want [to] create more awareness around this syndrome and how much it can impact someone's life especially if they don't know they have it, she says.
“When you see someone who is overweight, has bald patches, or a woman who has facial hair DO NOT JUDGE. You never know what a person is going through and it’s unfair to put someone into the ‘lazy and unhealthy’ category without knowing their story,” Tina Marie continued.
Tina’s words couldn’t have come at a better time — September is actually PCOS Awareness Month. While others DGAF and graciously rock their body hair, it’s also totally okay for Tina Marie not to be down with hers. We give her props for being transparent about what she goes through.