Olivia Culpo talks about endometriosis and what it means. She says that people often don’t pay attention to the signs, so she had to dig deep into Reddit and YouTube to find out what might be wrong with her body.
In an Instagram post, the model said that she had surgery to treat her endometriosis. In the caption, she said that she wanted to bring attention to the disease.
I had surgery for my endometriosis ❤️ Not a very glamorous post but I felt like I needed to share this to create more awareness around this disease. Endometriosis is a condition where tissue from the uterine lining decides to grow in other random parts of your body, causing pain. This can interfere with fertility and overall health and honestly – happiness. To top things off it is excruciatingly painful but nearly impossible to see through an ultrasound (unless you have endometrioma/chocolate cysts on your ovaries- that’s what I had). I have been in agony for years around my period and I was misdiagnosed countless times by doctors. “Just take Tylenol every day” “ultrasound looks normal,” “ I think you just need to rest more, periods are always uncomfortable for people,” etc. I know a lot of people out there in the Endo community are familiar with these diagnoses which is why I am so passionate about this. Painful periods are not normal!!! I want to say thank you to @drvilasagar_endosurgeon and the amazing hospital staff at @atriumhealth who took care of me. You guys were literally angels to me and I am so grateful. To anyone out there who has endometriosis, I understand the depression and overall loneliness that can occur with a condition that is so painful yet so hard to be interpreted by other people outside of the body. It’s hard when chronic pain is not validated and you don’t get an answer or understanding. To my Endo warriors, I will continue to spread more awareness around endometriosis so that your symptoms can be validated. You are not alone and you are so strong !!!!
Culpo first talked about having endometriosis when she was diagnosed in August 2020. She says that doctors have often given her the wrong diagnosis and that many of them have told her that period pains are normal.
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Endometriosis is a painful condition that Culpo explains in her Instagram caption happens when the endometrium, which is the tissue that normally lines the uterus, grows outside of the uterus and in other random places in the body.
She also talks about feeling pressured to have kids and worrying about whether or not she will be able to.
In an interview she gave recently, Jennifer Aniston also talked about her struggle with infertility and how the tabloids had hurt her mental health by making many rumors about her being pregnant.
Fertility is a sensitive topic for women because 1 in 10 of them have PCOS or endometriosis, which can make it hard to have children.
Women, whether they are famous or not, are often asked probing questions about their bodies and whether or not they want to have kids.
If the media paid more attention to women’s issues, it would help a lot of sick women around the world figure out what’s wrong with them and how to get better.