Amy Schumer has informed fans that she is recovering well after having her uterus and appendix removed in an attempt to lessen the symptoms of endometriosis.
The 40-year-old comedian and actress shared a picture of herself in hospital post-surgery and added the caption: 'If you have really painful periods you may have #endometriosis.'
The star also posted a video, captured the morning after the operation by husband Chris Fischer, in which she explained: '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 is no 'cure' for endometriosis, but there are treatments that can help to alleviate symptoms, such as surgeries to remove any growth from affected areas. Having a hysterectomy - a major operation - is only ever recommended if other treatments have proven unsuccessful, and there are plenty of options to try, before reaching that choice. Read more at Endometriosis UK.
She added: 'There was a lot, a lot of blood in my uterus and I'm, you know, sore and I have some, like, gas pains.'
Schumer has always been open about her endometriosis pain and the impact on her fertility, and recently discussed the challenges of trying to have a second child. She and Fischer welcomed son Gene David in 2019.
'We did IVF, and IVF was really tough on me,' Schumer told Sunday Today with Willie Geist last year. 'I don't think I could ever do IVF again. I decided that I can't be pregnant ever again. We thought about a surrogate, but I think we're going to hold off for right now.'
Endometriosis can at times be an incredibly painful condition which sees cells similar to those that line the womb proliferate outside the womb. It's estimated that around 176 million women worldwide suffer from it. In order to get a conclusive diagnosis, many must endure an average 7.5 year struggle from the onset of symptoms.
What should you do if you suspect you have endometriosis?
First step, book an appointment with your GP and explain your symptoms - it may help to track these as you move through your monthly cycle, so you can refer back. For questions and support, contact Endometriosis UK.
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