While they aren’t often talked about in a public way, the side effects of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can have a huge impact on those living with the condition.
But thanks to one brave Perth-based blogger, the realities of dealing with PCOS are finally being exposed in a very open, honest and powerful way.
After sharing her story of PCOS with parenting blogger Constance Hall, Tina-Marie Beznec’s very real account of this hormone-driven disorder has made her somewhat of a viral superstar.
After introducing herself as a sufferer of PCOS and listing a number of the condition’s far-reaching side effects, the fitness blogger decided to tackle the rather taboo topic of female facial hair head on.
Tina wrote: “Hi my name is Tina and I have Polycystic ovary syndrome. 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 including myself have to deal with facial hair.”
“Do you know how UNFEMININE this can make a woman feel?!? I've always been super self conscious about it, but really just have to put this out there because I want create more awareness around this syndrome and how much it can impact someone's life especially if they don't know they have it.”
Tina – who previously lost over 36kg through clean eating and exercise after being diagnosed as morbidly obese – continued by encouraging people not to judge women who are overweight, have bald patches or possess facial hair.
Alongside pictures of her shaving her own face, Tina said: “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.”
“I know it's only natural for some of us to judge someone based on how they look but remember we are all fighting our own battles and you can never understand if you aren't willing to learn and listen.”
The blogger’s powerful message finished by encouraging others with PCOS to seek help.
Tina’s post has since received a great deal of attention online with inspired women sharing their own stories of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in the comment section.
So far Tina has responded by writing: “I’m just an average woman battling what 1/20 other women battle every day! I may be hairy like a man but I’m still a queen.”