Amy Schumer Opens Up About Surgery To Remove Uterus, Endometreosis
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Comedian and actress Amy Schumer opened up to fans this week about having surgery to remove both her uterus and appendix due to the “debilitating” pain caused by endometriosis.
The 40-year-old star posted two videos and a photograph of herself in a hospital gown, explaining what she endured in an effort to combat the pain.
“So, it’s the morning after my surgery for endometriosis, and my uterus is out,” says Schumer in the video, before adding that the “the doctor found 30 spots of endometriosis that he removed” and also took out her appendix “because the endometriosis had attacked it.”
Schumer also shared that “there was a lot of blood in my uterus,” but alluded to her energy level already being better than it had been before the first video cut off.
She continues in a second video and says that she believes the surgery is “gonna change my life” and that she wanted to “share this story at some point to raise awareness because so many people don’t even know the word endometriosis.”
Women are made to feel like they are just supposed to ‘tough it out’ ... We have a right to live pain free. Have you ever heard of endo?
“It’s really painful and debilitating and you don’t have to live with it,” she said.
That video was also captioned with the statement: “Women are made to feel like they are just supposed to ‘tough it out’ ... We have a right to live pain free. Have you ever heard of endo?”
Endometriosis is a disorder that causes tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (endometrium) to grow outside of the uterus. The Office of Women’s Health in the United States says it may “affect more than 11% of American women between 15 and 44” and is “especially common among women in their 30s and 40s.”
Common symptoms or signs of endometriosis include painful periods, pain with intercourse, pain with bowel movements or urination, excessive bleeding, infertility, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, and bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods, says the Mayo Clinic.
Schumer was widely lauded for telling her story, and many fans and fellow celebrities thanked the comedian for her openness.
Author, model, and TV host Padma Lakshmi thanked Schumer “for sharing your endo story. Over 200 million women worldwide suffer with this. Hope you feel better soon!” while actress Debra Messing wrote: “Oh my goodness, 30?! So happy they are gone and you won’t have that pain anymore. Heal well, Am!”