Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a disease where the body produces an unusually high level of male hormones (androgens) and women often experience side effects such as weight gain, acne, irregular periods and excess hair growth.
While the condition affects around one in 20 women, it is a disease that is rarely talked about and many women who suffer from PCOS are ashamed of the disorder.
Tina-Marie Beznec is one woman who has lived with PCOS for a number of years and in an effort to raise awareness about the little-known condition she shared a series of photos on Constance Hall’s Facebook page of her shaving her face.
Despite admitting that she is “super self-conscious about it,” Beznec opened up about her struggle with the symptoms of her disorder and how she manages them.
“Hi my name is Tina and I have polycystic ovary syndrome,” Beznec wrote on the post to Constance. “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!”
Beznec then went on to explain how her condition affects her confidence, urging people to think before they judge women who have facial hair or are overweight.
“Do you know how UNFEMININE this can make a woman feel?!?” she wrote. “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,” she continued.
Finally, Beznec highlighted the importance of seeking medical advice if you suspect that you may have the condition. “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,” she said.
While sharing her story was undoubtedly difficult for Beznec, her honesty has been greeted with overwhelming support, with the Facebook post gaining 8,000 likes, 3,000 shares and hundreds of comments from online supporters.
You go, girl!
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