Endometriosis is a chronic disease where endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterus. Famous people are not immune to this disease, and there are actually quite a few celebrities with endometriosis. It can be painful, and even cause infertility. Despite the fact that millions of women across the globe are affected by endometriosis, there is still a need for a lot more research on treating and preventing the condition.
Several celebrities have helped to raise awareness by sharing their own experiences. For example, after having surgery to remove her uterus and appendix, Amy Schumer said that her “lifelong pain” associated with endometriosis was gone. Lena Dunham had a hysterectomy at age 31 due to the condition. Some surgeries for this disease focus on removing the endometrial tissue from where it shouldn't be. Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi had five such procedures.
Read on below to learn about the female celebrities who have spoken out about their struggle with getting diagnosed with endometriosis, and how they felt after undergoing surgery for it.
Gabrielle Union struggled to get pregnant due to adenomyosis, a type of endometriosis that involves endometrial tissue growing on the wall of the uterus.
“Towards the end of my fertility journey I finally got some answers, because everyone said, ‘You’re a career woman, you’ve prioritized your career, you waited too long and now you’re just too old to have a kid – and that’s on you for wanting a career.’ The reality is I actually have adenomyosis,” she said at a 2018 event.
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Halsey has had multiple surgeries for endometriosis, and they somehow often coincide with the Grammy Awards ceremony.
“As luck would have it, I’m attending [The Grammys] tomorrow for the first time in years, and I had surgery again (you guessed it) 3 days ago. Only posting this to say, if you see me be gentle lol I’m fragile. Fragile but excited :),” they wrote on Instagram in 2022.
Padma Lakshmi has been a vocal advocate for people with endometriosis for years.
“It wasn’t until a year after the surgery that I started getting really pissed,” she said in a 2020 interview with Women's Health. "Like, ‘Wait a minute, I lost a week of my life every month of every year since I was 13 because of this sh*t, and I could have had this operation at 20 rather than 36?’ I’m shocked that a health professional didn’t say, ‘This is weird. Your cramps are above and beyond what they should be.’ ”
In September 2021, Amy Schumer had her uterus and appendix removed after being diagnosed with endometriosis.
"All my lifelong pain explained and lifted out of my body," she said following the surgery. “I am already a changed person. I am busting with joy for the new energy I have to be with my son.”
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Lena Dunham discussed her decision to have a hysterectomy at age 31, after experiencing symptoms of endometriosis for a decade, in a 2018 essay for Vogue.
She wrote in part, “Adoption is a thrilling truth I’ll pursue with all my might. But I wanted that stomach. I wanted to know what nine months of complete togetherness could feel like. I was meant for the job, but I didn’t pass the interview. And that’s OK. It really is. I might not believe it now, but I will soon enough. And all that will be left is my story and my scars, which are already faded enough that they’re hard to find.”
In her late-20s, Emma Roberts learned that she had undiagnosed endometriosis since she was a teenager.
“I started opening up to other women, and all of a sudden, there was a new world of conversation about endometriosis, infertility, miscarriages, fear of having kids. I was so grateful to find out I was not alone in this. I hadn’t done anything ‘wrong’ after all,” she said in a 2020 interview with Elle Magazine.