COMEDIAN Amy Schumer has been forced to have her womb removed following her battle with endometriosis.
Around one in ten women in the UK have endometriosis with 10 per cent of women worldwide suffering from the condition – that's 176 million cases.
The 40-year-old posted an update to her 10.8 million followers, which included a picture of her in a hospital with the caption 'if you have really painful periods then you might have endometriosis'.
Amy, who is a mum to two-year-old Gene also posted a video the morning after her surgery for endometriosis.
She said: "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 was a lot of blood in my uterus, I'm sore and I have some pains."
Many of her followers sent her well-wishes, with others praising her for being so honest about her condition.
But what is endometriosis and what are the signs you should never ignore?
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a chronic condition which occurs when tissue from the lining of the womb is found outside of the organ.
This could be the pelvis, the outside of the uterus, and you can get it anywhere in the body – including the lungs.
The tissue responds to hormones of the menstrual cycle.
This means that when you have your period, this tissue also tries to shed and bleed, leading to inflammation and scarring.
It can cause recurrent scarring and this is sticky. In time it can stick the lining of the organs together and that's what causes symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
While it can be hard to get a diagnosis for endometriosis, you have a better chance if you know what to look out for.
Dr Philippa Kaye previously explained: "Endometriosis is different for everyone but a classic symptom is painful periods.
"If you have painful periods and you aren't sure when to see your GP the answer is when you can't manage the pain you are experiencing then it's time to get help."
While painful periods are the main symptom, there are 11 other signs you should know.
OTHER symptoms are:
- Pain during ovulation
- Pain felt in the pelvis
- Pelvic pain when not having sex
- Bad pain when you have a poo
- Bleeding from the bowel OR IBS type symptoms like diarrhoea and bloating which is worse around your period
- Pain passing urine
- Back pain
- Leg pain
- Fatigue and tiredness
When you speak to your doctor it's important to share as much information as possible.
Dr Philippa said you need to go back to your GP if you feel as though your concerns aren't being addressed.
She added: "You can always see a different GP or ask the receptionist if there is a doctor who specialises in women's health.
"The only way to truly diagnose endometriosis is with key hole surgery as it often isn't seen on scans but doctors can treat it without surgery".
Dr Philippa says there are many different options to treat endometriosis – many of which are available over the counter.
"Hot water bottles, pain relief, hormone treatments are all options."
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