Comedian Amy Schumer has revealed that she underwent surgery recently for endometriosis.
The 40-year old posted an Instagram video on Saturday where she shared the results of her operation. “So it’s the morning after my surgery for endometriosis and my uterus is out,” said Schumer. She continued, sharing that “he removed my appendix because the endometriosis had attacked it.”
Schumer revealed that her doctor “found 30 spots of endometriosis” that were removed and that there was “a lot of blood in my uterus” but that she is on the mend, though dealing with soreness and “some gas pains.”
The social media post, which was captioned “if you have really painful periods you may have #endometriosis,” quickly garnered support from fans and celebrity friends alike.
Actress Jennette McCurdy commented that she was “just told this by my gynecologist” and revealed that she is “bedridden for 24 hours once a month” before thanking Schumer “for talking about this.”
Musician Vanessa Carlton commented that it “looks like life is about to get way less painful” before teasing “but not less gassy.”
Padma Lakshmi, who has also shared her struggles with endometriosis, wrote “thank you so much for sharing your endo story. Over 200 million women worldwide suffer with this. Hope you feel better soon!”
Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue, that usually grows inside of the uterus, instead grows in places outside of it like the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other organs. It can cause severe pain and discomfort. Lakshmi, who was diagnosed at 36, told People that every time she had her period, it would leave her “bedridden.”
According to Johns Hopkins University, an estimated two to 10 percent of women in the United States between the ages of 25 and 40 are affected by endometriosis.
This is not the first time that Schumer has opened up about her health. In 2020, the actress announced that she was diagnosed with Lyme disease and was currently on doxycycline. She explained that it’s possible she had it “for years” and encouraged fans to give her advice.
If not treated early, Lyme disease can spread and can cause paralysis, agonizing joint pain, neurological problems, severe headaches, problems with memory, hearing and vision, inflammation of the brain and inflammation of the heart.