Amy Schumer Is Detailing Her Surgery In Order To Raise Awareness For Endometriosis - Women's Health

Amy Schumer Is Detailing Her Surgery In Order To Raise Awareness For Endometriosis

After her doctor found “30 spots of endometriosis” during her hysterectomy, Schumer is recovering from hospital where she found the courage to detail a post-op update with fans.

by | Sep 21, 2021

Even in the darkest of times, Amy Schumer is still first and foremost a comedian. In the throes of pregnancy and morning sickness, she was going up on stage to perform stand-up comedy, bringing raucous laughter to her adoring fans near and far, even at the expense of her own energy. Now, Schumer is raising awareness for endometriosis after having undergone surgery as a result of the condition, but she’s still taking time to see the humour – even if from her hospital bed. 

In a recent video posted to her Instagram, Schumer shared a post-op recovery update from her hospital room. “If you have really painful periods you may have #endometriosis,” she wrote in the caption. Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows on nearby organs. Aside from the general sense of discomfort, for some the condition can be debilitating and cause extreme pain and even infertility. It’s for this reason that many who suffer from endometriosis can be made to feel like they’re suffering from a silent or invisible disability, as others are unable to see the cause of their pain, or understand the extent of it. 

The actor underwent surgery to have a large amount of endometrial tissue and two organs removed. As Schumer details, “So it’s the morning after my surgery for endometriosis, and my uterus is out.” Schumer then describes how her surgeon saw the extent of her endometriosis during the procedure, claiming to have found “30 spots of endometriosis.” Schumer adds, “There was a lot, a lot of blood in my uterus.”

Along with a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), Schumer also had her appendix removed due to the presence of endometrial lesions. “He removed my appendix because the endometriosis had attacked it,” said Schumer. 

Appearing in her hospital gown, Schumer was in good spirits if not a little groggy and sore. She said she was experiencing some soreness and gas pains. Her video comes at a time where more and more celebrities are speaking up about their own struggles regarding endometriosis and infertility. Stars like Daisy Ridley, Gabrielle Union and Lena Dunham have previously detailed their own struggles with Padma Lakshmi, who also suffers from the condition, replying to Schumer’s post: “thank you so much for sharing your endo story. Over 200 million women worldwide suffer with this. Hope you feel better soon!”

According to the Johns Hopkins Medicine website, endometriosis currently affects between two and 10 per cent of menstruating people between the ages of 25 and 40. The most common symptoms are painful periods, pain during sexual intercourse, and excessive bleeding. While the cause for the condition is unknown, there is no cure and those who suffer from it rarely receive the medical attention and care they deserve. Treatment for the condition will vary for each individual, with early treatment options including hormonal birth control to help manage tissue buildup and various therapies to relieve pain. 

By Jessica Campbell

Jess is a storyteller committed to sharing the human stories that lie at the heart of sport.

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