Singer Halsey has had painful periods since she hit puberty. And we're not talking about bad cramps—her periods often led to her vomiting, passing out, and even being hospitalised. That's because she has endometriosis—and she's opening up this week about how it's affected her career and her health.
Halsey appeared on a panel on The Doctors Thursday alongside actress Kate Bond and ob-gyns Nita Landry and Thais Aliabadi to talk about the warning signs of endometriosis and the steps women can take to get diagnosed and treated.
The singer also shared more details about the brutal miscarriage she had on stage at a concert. She learned she was pregnant just a few months after finally being diagnosed with endometriosis, she said.
“And before I could really figure out what that meant to me and what that meant for my future, for my career, for my life, for my relationship, the next thing I knew I was on stage miscarrying in the middle of my concert,” she said on the show. “And the sensation of looking a couple hundred teenagers in the face while you’re bleeding through your clothes and still having to do the show, and realising in that moment that I never want to make that choice ever again of doing what I love or not being able to because of this disease.”
After that moment, Halsey said, she knew she had to get more aggressive about her treatment, and ended up getting surgery last year. “Two weeks later, I walked the Grammys red carpet with stitches,” she said.
She also revealed that at 23 years old, she’s freezing her eggs. “When I tell people that, they’re like, ‘You’re 23, why do you need to do that? Why do you need to freeze your eggs?’ Doing ovarian reserve is important for me, because I’m fortunate enough to have that as an option, and I need to be aggressive about protecting my fertility [and] about protecting myself,” she said. “Taking these measures to make sure that I get to have a hopefully bright future and achieve the things that I want to achieve by doing the ovarian reserve is really important.”
This article originally appeared on Women's Health US