Writer Constance Hall is no stranger to advocating for body positivity across social media. That's why 26-year-old Australian fitness blogger Tina-Marie Beznec asked Hall to share her story.
On Saturday, Beznec posted photos of her shaving routine to Hall's Facebook page. Beznec explained that she suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Due to increased levels of levels of male hormones from PCOS, Beznec grows facial hair, which she chooses to shave.
"I've always been super self conscious about it, but really just have to put this out there because I want more awareness around this syndrome," Beznec wrote on Facebook.
Beznec's message included a plea for people to avoid judging women for their physical appearances — in particular, for having facial hair, a bald patch or a few extra pounds, which are all symptoms of PCOS.
"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 on Facebook. "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."
As of September 12, her Facebook post has received over 7,500 shares.
As many as 10 percent of women of childbearing age have PCOS. According to the Mayo Clinic, other symptoms of PCOS include enlarged polycystic ovaries, irregular periods and severe adult acne.
While there is no cure for PCOS, it is important for women with possible warning signs to speak to a medical professional to begin treating the symptoms. So Hall's viral post about her symptoms could help alert women to the syndrome — and help them get medical attention sooner.
Hall, for her part, immediately shared Beznec's Facebook post and wrote that she loved it so much that it gave her "goosebumps."
A Plus reached out to Beznec for a comment.