A blogger has shared this image of her shaving her face to raise awareness of PCOS [Photo: Facebook/Fight Against Fat]
A woman has taken the Internet by storm after sharing images of her shaving her face to Facebook. But it wasn’t part of the recent bizarre beauty ritual that’s seen some vloggers promote face shaving to get smoother skin. Instead blogger Tina-Marie Beznec, shared the post in a bid to highlight one of the lesser known symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Tina-Marie, who runs the blog Fight against Fat, wrote a Facebook post to popular parenting blogger Constance Hall, asking her to share the message to her page to raise awareness.
“Hey Hun! You’ll probably never read this but it’s worth a try lol I would love for you to share this photo and my spiel on PCOS to help raise awareness,” she wrote. “You have so many followers (most of which are women) and I feel that this will really help spread the word!!”
Tina-Marie shared her post to Facebook [Photo: Facebook/Fight Against Fat]
“Hi my name is Tina and I have Polycystic ovary syndrome,” she continued. “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?!?”
Tina-Marie goes on to explain that she’s always been self conscious about having facial hair but urges people to think before they pass judgement.
“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 healthy” category without knowing their story,” she implores.
“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.”
Since sharing, the post has since had over 7.5k reactions and almost 2.5k shares. Parenting blogger Constance Hall was the first to comment on the post. “You gave me goosebumps, I love it so much.”
To which Tina-Marie replied: “I’m just an average women battling what 1/20 other woman battle everyday! I may be hairy like a man but I’m still a queen.”
The post clearly touched other sufferers of PCOS and prompted hundreds of women to comment about their own experiences of living with the condition.
“I wish I had the unwanted hair,” one woman wrote. “You can remove it, I can’t grow mine back. Unfortunately for me I have been blessed with the male pattern baldness that can come with PCOS! Its so humiliating, especially when people point it out and tell me I’m going bald.Thanks for making this post, its time to spread awareness for PCOS because even though it is so common, an alarming amount of people have never heard of it!”
“Thank you for sharing Tina. I’m in the same shoes as you. Have grown to tolerate my facial hair but it’s still embarrassing sometimes when you’ve missed a few plucks and realise someone is staring,” wrote another sufferer.
“I too have PCOS (was diagnosed at 18yrs old) and like you and many others, I too have facial hair. Thank you for posting this and being an inspiration to us all and getting awareness out there,” added another woman.
Tina-Marie wants to raise awareness of the condition [Photo: Facebook/Fight Against Fat]
Tina-Marie concludes her post by encouraging those who think they may have PCOS to seek medical help, so they can get a diagnosis and treatment.
“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,” she wrote.
According to the NHS website Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work. Though it is difficult to know exactly how many women have PCOS, it’s thought to affect about one in every five women in the UK, although more than half of these women don’t have any symptoms. The condition is caused by an overproduction of the male androgen hormone, which can affect the development and release of eggs during ovulation. Apart from excessive facial or body hair, side effects can include irregular periods, weight gain, lower fertility and acne.
Although there is no cure for PCOS the symptoms can be managed through treatment.
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