American comedian Amy Schumer had her uterus and appendix removed to relieve her pain related to endometriosis, a chronic disease that affects nearly one in ten menstruating people.
September 13, 2021, Amy Schumer didn’t walk the Met Gala red carpet in an extravagant long dress. And for good reason, it is dressed in a hospital gown, from her post-operative room, that she addressed a few days later to her 10 million subscribers for talk about the major operation she had just undergone.
In order to treat endometriosis from which she has suffered for several years, the actress had her uterus and appendix removed.
In a short video and photo taken from her hospital room, Amy Schumer (who will star in Stephen Karam’s upcoming film, The Humans), briefly described the procedure she had just undergone to relieve her endometriosis.
” It’s the morning after my endometriosis operation, and my uterus has been removed. The doctor found 30 endometriosis points which he removed. He removed my appendix because endometriosis had attacked it. There was a lot of blood in my uterus, and I’m sore. “
In the comments, among the messages of support, the testimonies of people having undergone the same type of operation or preparing to do so multiply. No wonder, when you know that the disease affects nearly one in ten people who have a period !
If the star expresses little about her private life, she had already spoken about her state of health, especially after her cesarean delivery which had dragged on because of the disease.
No, having pain during your period is not normal
” If you have a really painful period, you may have #endometriosis », Warns the actress on the Instagram post in question.
Endometriosis is an inflammatory, chronic disease in which the tissue that lines the uterus grows outside of it, usually in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and pelvic area, making menstruation pain difficult. to endure and may cause fertility problems.
In some cases, such as actress Amy Schumer, it can develop in the rectum, bladder, kidneys, lungs, appendix and cause extremely debilitating pain.
When medical treatment fails, more often than not, people with endometriosis have to go under the knife to remove the lesions involved.
In France, endometriosis affects nearly 10% of women of childbearing age. But even today, the disease remains little and belatedly diagnosed, health professionals being poorly trained to diagnose it (when they do not minimize the symptoms felt by their patients). Radiologist Erick Petit, an expert in endometriosis, explains:
” We live on the myth of normal painful periods. We classify female pelvic pain in the psychic category, and we eliminate the problem. Female pain is not considered a topic “
Hence the various disease awareness campaigns and the voice of many stars who are affected.
Because Amy Schumer is not the first to shed light on this disorder: a few years ago, Lena Dunham explained her decision to undergo a hysterectomy at the age of 31 to relieve the pain associated with her endometriosis. Most recently, Chrissy Teigen was speaking on Twitter after her miscarriage regarding her surgical operation to treat her endometriosis and to seek advice from her subscribers on the management of postoperative pain.
If the few words of the stars will probably not be enough to resolve the lack of training of health personnel or to improve the care path, they have the merit of lift the veil on the disease. And who knows, maybe some will identify with these celebrities’ journeys and get the treatment they deserve!
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Photo credits: @amyschumer