Twenty-six-year-old fitness blogger Tina-Marie Beznec, posted a photo on her Facebook page of her shaving, commenting: “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 [sic], including myself have to deal with facial hair.”
PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a common condition of the ovaries whereby higher levels of the ‘male hormone’ androgen is present in the body and can cause excess facial or body hair. Ovaries also become enlarged and periods are often irregular. It’s thought that one in every five women in the UK may have PCOS but many aren’t aware of it. In fact it’s a topic that Grayshott Health Spa come across frequently, and support their clients by offering health and nutritional advice to complement treatment.
The blogger decided to put aside her own insecurities about the matter aside in order to encourage women who have similar but undiagnosed symptoms to seek support. “It’s a hard battle but the sooner you get diagnosed, the sooner you can manage your symptoms,” she wrote.
She also used the post as a calling card to ask people not to judge others too quickly: “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.”
Of course, she’s absolutely right. For our own part, it’s one of the misconceptions we often find about the spa world that we’re keen to change; that these are places for impossibly perfect people when in actual fact it’s somewhere you can go and let your guard down.
A spa is somewhere unlike anywhere else; put on your fluffy white robe, take your make-up off and relax knowing that everyone has their armour off and everyone is safe from judgment because this is a space that’s all about looking after you and your body.
How wonderful to live in a world with people like Beznec around.
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