Olivia Culpo has undergone surgery for her endometriosis and she’s sharing her experience in the hopes it might help others with the condition know they’re not alone.
The model, actress and influencer posted a series of photos of herself lying in a hospital bed on Instagram, describing what she’s been through:
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“Not a very glamorous post but I felt like I needed to share this to create more awareness around the disease,” she begins.
“Endometriosis is a condition where tissue from the uterine lining decides to grow in other random parts of your body, causing pain. This can interfere with fertility and overall health and honestly – happiness.”
She describes the pain as “excruciating” and says her period has been causing her “agony for years.”
“Painful periods are not normal!!!” she writes.
Olivia thanks the doctors and hospital staff who took care of her during her surgery before telling her followers who might also be living with the condition that they are not alone:
“To anyone out there who has endometriosis, I understand the depression and overall loneliness that can occur with a condition that is so painful yet so hard to be interpreted by other people outside of the body. It’s hard when chronic pain is not validated and you don’t get an answer or understanding. To my Endo warriors, I will continue to spread more awareness around endometriosis so that your symptoms can be validated. You are not alone and you are so strong!!!”
Olivia is one of a number of celebrities who have spoken out about having endometriosis – chef and TV host Padma Lakshmi, actress and model Sophie Monk and Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins have all been open about their experiences too.
Endometriosis is estimated to affect at least 1 in 10 women.
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