Instagram goes crazy for bearded men, but guys aren't the only ones with facial hair. As Tina-Marie Beznec, an Australian blogger, reminds us in an inspirational Facebook post, women have hair on their face too—and people need to stop freaking out about it. Beznec has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal condition that affects one in ten women and can lead to weight gain, irregular periods, depression, infertility, and, yep, facial hair.
Beznec has always been self-conscious of her facial hair, but as she says in her brave post, there's nothing to be ashamed of:
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 I 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.