A BRAVE woman has shared photos of her facial hair on Facebook, in the hope that others will be less judgemental when they read her story, The Sun reports. Tina-Marie Beznec, a 26-year-old fitness blogger, used the social media platform to post pictures of her shaving routine, along with a thought-provoking message.
The post, on fellow blogger Constance Hall’s Facebook page, aimed to raise awareness of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which is responsible for Tina-Marie’s facial hair. PCOS is related to abnormal hormone production in the body, and can cause weight gain, bloating and irregular periods in addition to excessive hair growth.
Tina-Marie discussed the symptoms in her impassioned post, which begged other users not to judge others until they understand their circumstances. She 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 women 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.
“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.
“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..
“If you think you may have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome please don’t be afraid to reach out and seek medical advice, it’s a hard battle but the sooner you get diagnosed the sooner you can manage your symptoms.”
Constance Hall saw the post and claimed that the raw honesty had given her goosebumps, before hundreds of other women piled in to share their own experiences.
Many suffered from the same condition, and were told that they couldn’t have children as a result – although some women overcame PCOS to become mums and defy their doctors.
After hundreds of women thanked Tina-Marie for her honesty, she replied: “I’m just an average woman battling what 1/20 other woman battle everyday! I may be hairy like a man but I’m still a queen.”