They’re Just Like Us: Celebs with Endometriosis
The debilitating pain can be isolating. When climbing out of bed seems like an incredible feat, women who suffer from endometriosis can feel completely alone in their struggles.
But a new wave of celebrities are coming out of the Hollywood-works and discussing their fight against the chronic condition. Individuals have long suffered in silence while struggling with the disease that occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of the organ.
These stars are changing the taboo around endometriosis. Read below to learn more about how these celebrities were diagnosed with the disease and their treatment decisions.
• Lena Dunham: Although the writer and actress began having serious pain with her first period, she wasn’t diagnosed with endometriosis until 25. Dunham’s delayed diagnosis isn’t uncommon, endometriosis is often misdiagnosed or missed all together. The “Girls” star ended up deciding to have a full hysterectomy. While that decision means she will no longer be able to carry a child, it was the only way she could get the crippling pain to finally stop.
• Julianne Hough: For years the professional dancer just thought that all that pain was what a period feels like. But when she was rushed to the hospital while strutting on “Dancing with the Stars,” Hough found out she suffered from endometriosis. She is now an advocate, discussing her struggles on the SpeakENDO campaign.
• Padma Lakshmi: The “Top Chef” star hid her condition for so long that she believes it led to the end of her marriage. Being in such severe pain, not being able to get out of bed and abstaining from sex caused a lot of bitterness and fighting.
• Daisy Ridley: When you hear her name most people think about BB-8 and Finn not endometriosis. But the “Star Wars” actress has suffered from the condition since being diagnosed at 15. She has had laparoscopy but still deals with pain and accompanying skin and allergy issues.
For women who suffer from endometriosis but don’t want to undergo a full hysterectomy, endometrial ablation is an option. To find out if you’re a good candidate for this procedure or for a free consultation contact Dr. Ghozland’s office at 310.299.7143.