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5 Celebs Who Have Been Diagnosed with Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a long-term condition where tissue, like the lining of the womb, starts to grow in other places – such as the ovaries, the lining of the stomach and fallopian tubes – causing pain.

According to The Endometriosis Association of Ireland, 1 in every 10 women in Ireland suffer with the condition, and over 176 million women worldwide.

There is no cure for endometriosis, but there are several treatment and management options. The best treatment depends on your individual situation, so make sure to go to your doctor to discuss your options.

A host of well-known faces have been diagnosed with the endometriosis, and some have even undergone surgery to treat the condition.

Here are six celebrities who have opened up about their battle with the painful condition:

Molly-Mae Hague

Molly-Mae Hague was diagnosed with endometriosis earlier this year.

The Love Island star admitted it took a long time to finally get a diagnosis, and she will be undergoing surgery to treat the condition soon.

In a YouTube video, the 22-year-old said: “I’ve told you guys for so long now that I suffer with excruciating periods and so many of you guys were commenting on my videos telling me to check for endometriosis.”

The reality star said she was diagnosed by a private specialist, after doctors repeatedly told her she didn’t have the painful condition.

“Straight away they said ‘You absolutely do have endometriosis, it’s clear as day’. So I guess that’s kind of a good thing because at least I know now what it is.”

“It’s not a good thing that I have endometriosis, because obviously it can affect fertility and loads of other things, and you can never really cure it.”

In another video, Molly-Mae said: “I know it’s not a topic that everyone wants to hear about or understands because it’s not a topic that everyone is affected by…”

“I’m just glad I can now get it sorted and get the surgery and hopefully once and for all get rid of the period pains that are probably on the same level of labour.”

“It gets to the point that I literally can’t stand up, I’m screaming in pain, no pain killer will make me feel any better. I have to take days and days off work. I feel like I have literally been in a car crash after I’ve been on my period – it’s just not normal.”

Amy Schumer

In a December 2019 episode of Dr. Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy podcast, Amy Schumer revealed she giving birth to her son Gene via C-section was difficult due to complications from endometriosis.

The actress said: “I was throwing up through the first hour of my C-section. It’s supposed to take about an hour and a half — mine took over three hours because of my endometriosis and that was really scary.”

Just last month, the comedian had her uterus and appendix removed due to endometriosis, and shared a video from the hospital with her Instagram followers.

The 40-year-old said: “So, it’s the morning after my surgery for endometriosis and my uterus is out. The doctor found 30 spots of endometriosis that he removed. He removed my appendix because the endometriosis had attacked it.”

“There was a lot, a lot of blood in my uterus and I’m, you know, sore and I have some, like, gas pains,” the I Feel Pretty star added. “If you have really painful periods, you may have #endometriosis.”

Amy later revealed doctors found a tumour when removing her uterus.

She said: “I’m feeling stronger and thrilled about life… I had a tumor in my endo ravaged appendix. Chocolate cysts in both ovaries. Endo of the uterus, psoas all over all my lifelong pain explained and lifted out of my body.”

“I am already a changed person. I am busting with joy for the new energy I have to be with my son. And anyone wondering if this is connected to my difficult pregnancy and hyperemesis I say f*** yes!”

“I can’t answer medically because there is no research on this s*** because they only happen TO WOMEN and there is no time to study them because all resources need to be funneled into researching ERECTILE DISFUNCTION.”

“THERE IS BARELY ANY RESEARCH ON ENDOMETRIOSIS WHICH OVER 10 percent of women have. ALL FUNDING SEEMS TO GO TO DICKMEREGENCIES.”

Chrissy Teigen

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Chrissy Teigen underwent endometriosis surgery earlier this year, and opened up about the procedure with her Instagram followers.

The cookbook author said: “Usually I’m really good after [surgery]. This one’s a toughie.”

“My whole belly got numbed. It’s gonna be numb for like, a couple days. Couple of the next days, hopefully they’ll stay that way.”

“It makes it hard, every little cough and stuff. But it is truly still better than the contractions and the pain of endo,” she added.

Halsey

Halsey went under the knife back in 2017 to help treat her endometriosis.

Following the surgery, the singer took to Instagram, and wrote: “Today I braved multiple terrifying surgeries. The most important of which being the surgery that would hopefully treat my endometriosis.”

“For those of you who have followed this battle of mine or who may suffer with it yourself, you know the extremes to which it can be mentally exhausting and physically painful.”

“I’m in total agony right now… (and I’m going to be in excruciating pain for a while cause I had quite the cocktail of procedures today).”

“In my recovery I am thinking of all of you and how you give me the strength and stamina to power through and prosper,” she continued.

“If you suffer from chronic pain or a debilitating disease please know that I have found time to live a crazy, wild, rewarding life AND balance my treatment and I hope so much in my heart that you can too,” Halsey added.

Lena Dunham

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Lena Dunham underwent surgery for endometriosis in 2017, after years of pain from the condition.

Writing about the procedure for her Lenny newsletter at the time, the Girls creator said: “My surgery went off without a hitch. When I emerged, cotton-mouthed, [Dr Randy Harrus] told me something I hadn’t expected to hear, maybe ever: there was no endometriosis left.”

“Between my surgeries and hormonal intervention, I was disease-free. That doesn’t mean it can never return, but for now, once my sutures have been removed and my bruises have changed from blue to yellow to green to gone, I will be healthy.”

Lena had previously been hospitalised three times for the disease, and admitted it was going to be strange to be get used to being pain-free after years of suffering.

“I had two modes: working and hurting. I was convinced there was nobility in it. There was certainly routine,” she wrote.

“Now, because of the unbelievable privilege of having thoughtful doctors, my body has been granted a reprieve. And I’m embarrassed to say that the excitement is mixed with loss. Pain and illness defined a time in my life.”

For more information on endometriosis, visit hse.ie.

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