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Brave ​PCOS Sufferer Decides To Ditch The Razor And Embrace Her Hairiness

Brave ​PCOS Sufferer Decides To Ditch The Razor And Embrace Her Hairiness

A woman with poly-cystic ovary syndrome has decided to embrace the side effects of her condition by ditching her razor, leaving her excess body hair to grow out.

Leah Jorgensen, 33, is a behavioral health technician from Madison, Wisconsin, who suffers from the hormonal disorder that can cause male-pattern hair growth.

From the age of 14 she'd been bullied by cruel people branding her a 'man', meaning she felt she had to wear full-sleeved, high-necked shirts and long trousers to hide the excess hair.

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By her late 20s, Leah was even spending hours shaving to remove the thick hair on her chin, cheeks, upper lip, chest, stomach, arms, legs and back.

Leah said: "I had never seen women who looked like me. I was so ashamed that I didn't want to talk about it.

"My way of coping with that shame and embarrassment was to hide. My daily goal for a long time was to just get through the day without anyone noticing how hairy I was.

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"Because I have so much of it, it was very difficult to hide it. I developed a terrible case of anxiety and it really took a toll on my mental health."

She added: "In junior high school a classmate noticed the hair on my face and there was this group of girls that would tease me about it and call me a man.

"I felt ashamed, embarrassed and scared, like I was somehow less of a woman."

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In December 2015, Leah was hit by a car and had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance, where paramedics had to cut her clothes off before she underwent surgery and therapy - meaning that for the first time people saw the extent of her hair growth, up close.

"I realised no one cared what I looked like, they just saw me as a person. It really helped me to get over it," she said.

Around the same time, she also met a man who found her attractive - regardless of her hang-ups - and while she's no longer with him, the fact that he embraced her excess hair gave her the push she'd always needed.

She continued: "I realised that I never really disliked how the hair looked. The problem was not with the hair, it was with people's perception of it."

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Leah stopped removing her body hair just over a year ago, and has since felt empowered, managing to wear low-cut, sleeveless tops and reveal her legs in public and even donning a bikini last summer - sharing photos of her new look with her thousands of Instagram followers.

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The sense of liberty also prompted her to quit her insurance job and return to college, where she's currently study social work. She also recently got a new job working with autistic children.

She said: "I used to be scared of people noticing my hair but now I embrace it and let it grow. I'm unique and that is perfectly fine.

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"I do still shave my face because I like how my face looks without hair but I used to shave multiple times a day and now I will go a couple of days.

"It has been incredibly empowering."

For Leah's next brave move, she'll becomeone of 100 women photographed next month for a book for Underneath We Are Women, a project promoting diversity.

"I hope that sharing my story will give others courage," she added. "And to women who have hirsutism - you are not alone."

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]