While many people simply think of digestive health issues when they think of UC, the disease can actually impact many aspects of a woman’s life, including her self-image, says Dr. Schairer.
“It can cause hair loss, being thin with low muscle mass, and potentially surgical scars,” he says. “The medications can cause weight gain, acne, and hair loss.”
And beyond body image issues, UC can lead to other insecurities, too. But you can overcome them — here’s how one woman did it.