Amy Schumer had revealed her pregnancy complications were a result of endometriosis when she delivered her son in 2019.
“I was throwing up through the first hour of my C-section. It’s supposed to take about an hour and a half. Mine took over three hours because of my endometriosis, and that was really scary,” she said.
Her recent post thanking her surgeons Dr. Tamer Seckin and Dr. Hayama Brill for her endometriosis surgery echoed throughout the globe.
Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of tissue resembling the lining of the uterus elsewhere in the body causing tremendous pain and in some cases, infertility. It is a condition that often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Laparoscopic excision surgery performed by a skilled surgeon like Dr. Seckin is the gold standard treatment for this disease that affects around 1 in 10 women of reproductive age.
The exact cause of endometriosis is not clear. However, doctors think that a combination of genetic and environmental factors leads to the development of the disease. Symptoms include painful periods, pain during sex, gastrointestinal abnormalities, neuropathy, and infertility. Unfortunately, there are still many people who have never heard about the disease and healthcare professionals who are not familiar with it.
“If you have really painful periods, you may have endometriosis,” wrote Amy Schumer.
She gave an account of her operation on Instagram in a video that her husband Chris Fischer took as she recovered in hospital on Saturday.
Raising awareness about endometriosis
Women like Amy Schumer, Padma Lakshmi, and Lena Dunham have been raising awareness to ensure other women with the disease do not suffer in silence.
In 2009, Dr. Tamer Seckin and Padma Lakshmi co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America (Endofound) to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research.
“Thank you so much for sharing your endo story,” Padma Lakshmi told Amy Schumer. “Over 200 million women worldwide suffer from this. Hope you feel better soon!”
We wish Amy Schumer a speedy recovery. She continues to be a powerful voice for women’s health, bringing awareness and education to millions who have endometriosis.