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Amy Schumer has shared a video on Instagram revealing that she has undergone surgery to remove her uterus and appendix due to painful endometriosis.

“If you have really painful periods you may have #endometriosis”, Amy wrote on her Instagram post yesterday.

The 40-year-old comedian shared a video to Instagram, revealing more details, “It’s the morning after my surgery for endometriosis and my uterus is out. The doctor found 30 spots of endometriosis he removed. He removed my appendix because the endometriosis had attacked it.”

Her husband, who was filming her speaking, let out a belch during the video, and then Amy continued, ““There was a lot of blood in my uterus and I’m sore and I have some gas pains, but other than that I already feel that my energy…” The video abruptly ends there.

The comments were filled with support from her fans, fellow celebs and other endometriosis sufferers. Top Chef host, Padma Lakshmi wrote, “Thank you so much for sharing your endo story. Over 200 million women worldwide suffer with this. Hope you feel better soon!”

Will and Grace star Debra Messing added, “Oh my goodness, 30?! So happy they are gone and you won’t have that pain anymore. Heal well Am!”

WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?

Specialist Endometriosis site Jean Hailes explains, “Endometriosis, pronounced end-o-me-tree-oh-sis (or just endo), is a progressive, chronic condition where cells similar to those that line the uterus (the endometrium) are found in other parts of the body. It most commonly occurs in the pelvis and can affect a woman’s reproductive organs.”

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

The symptoms of endometriosis can be very different for every woman. While some women have no symptoms, others may have many symptoms and severe pain. Also, the severity of the symptoms may not reflect the severity of the condition. The symptoms that women experience, and the severity of those symptoms are often related to the location of the endometrial tissue rather than the amount of cells growing.

CAN WE PREVENT ENDOMETRIOSIS?

Unfortunately, endometriosis can’t be prevented but according to Jean Hailes a woman is less likely to develop endometriosis if she reduces the number of menstrual cycles she has during her fertile years. This includes factors like taking the oral contraceptive pill, having children (the change of getting endometriosis can decrease with each pregnancy), being younger during her first pregnancy, extended breastfeeding and/or regular exercise (for more than four hours in a week).

Are you a fellow endometriosis sufferer?

  • Poor chick!

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  • Poor thing! I have a few friends with endo and it sounds horrible to live with.

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  • Very brave of her. I hope she is feeling better and recovering well

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  • I used to have really bad period pains, endometriosis was never diagnosed. Happy to report I’m now in menopause, glad to be rid of periods that’s for sure

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  • How brave. Good on her.

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  • Good article. I can’t imagine what it must be like to have endomentriosis. It is good that more people in the limelight are sharing their stories to the public. People are more aware of it now and know that other people are suffering with endo like them.

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  • Wow, that is brave going public so soon after surgery. I’m glad she will no longer be in pain.

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  • Awww, I’m so sorry for Amy. I’m not sure if she wanted more children, but to be so young and have this happen. However, I can understand and imagine why. I wish her all the best and thank her for sharing her story.

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  • Going public is brave, and it will help others in a similar situation.

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  • I’m so grateful that I haven’t had to endure endo

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  • My best wishes to her for her recovery.

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  • Very informative

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  • Having suffered from endometriosis all my child bearing years I finally had my hysterectomy at 45 years of age as it had started to grown outside of my uterus also. While it was definitely major surgery I remember feeling so much relief of not having the constant pain & hemorrhaging I had lived with for so long. Get Well, soon you will be feeling comfortable like me.

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  • I’m glad you’re feeling better. I was diagnosed with endo when I was 30 after suffering with agonizing period pain for 16 years. Mine was attached to the bowel and I needed microsurgery to separate the bowel from the womb. I went for a check-up and the doctor decided to remove my ovaries but left a section so I could go into menopause naturally. Because he did this without the specialists go ahead and not putting me on hormone replacements I went through menopause at the age of 31. The heavy bleeding still didn’t stop so another doctor suggested lasering the lining of the womb and I’ve not had a bleed since.

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  • I finally had my uterus out at 55. I suffered from endometriosis which was diagnosed at the age of 14. I would bleed so heavily that I had many treatments for iron difficiency just from the blood loss. Add to that the painful periods, anxiety caused by flooding incidents when in public and I couldn’t wait any longer for menopause. I had hoped to wait it out but that wasn’t happening so I finally got my bits taken out. I also had a lot of fibroids and my uterus was stuck to my bowels and one ovary so I was really a mess in there. Not all of my endo could be removed when the hysterectomy was performed but it was truly the best decision and I really wished I hadn’t waited so long hoping that menopause would happen at the more usual age of around 45-50. But anyway, I also took the opportunity to have my cervix removed along with my uterus so no more pap smears…yay me. I still have my ovaries so I will enter menopause naturally. I’m 57 and have yet to have any symptoms, but thankfully I have no more bleeding, although I do still get some of the endo symptoms just because there is still quite a bit of it left inside.

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