Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a lot more common than you'd think. Although, as its name suggests, what it means very literally is that sufferers have cysts on their ovaries, this isn't the only side effect of the condition.
And one blogger bravely uploaded a photograph to show the day-to-day realities of living with PCOS. After sharing her post on the Facebook page of Australian blogger Constance Hall, Tina-Marie Beznec—who writes for her own blog, Fight Against Fat—has received an overwhelming response.
"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 including myself have to deal with facial hair! Do you know how UNFEMININE this can make a woman feel?!?" the young woman added.
But as if admitting to an excess of facial hair on a public platform like Facebook wasn't courageous enough, Tina went one step further and uploaded four pictures of herself shaving her face.
In the post, Tina goes on to admit that she's "always been super self conscious about it," but that she's willing to overcome that because of the long-term benefit that could come from raising awareness of the condition. Not to mention the reassurance a post like this must bring for other sufferers.
And the blogger also has a pretty important message for anyone who doesn't know what it's like to live with PCOS:
"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 wrote. And that sounds pretty wise to us.
You can read Tina's post in full below:
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