Amy Schumer praises ‘incredible’ endometriosis surgery following ‘lonely battle’
Amy Schumer has opened up about her endometriosis struggles in the lead up to a new docuseries. The comedian feels “like a new person” after undergoing surgery for endometriosis last year.
The 41-year-old described her journey with the condition as a “lonely battle” in a preview clip for The Checkup with Dr David Agus (which streams on Paramount+ from Tuesday, 13 December).
Shumer, who suffers with endometriosis and painful periods, underwent a hysterectomy and an appendectomy in September 2021 to treat the extreme cramps. “You tell someone you get really bad cramps, and they're like, 'Oh, it's being a woman, ' and you're like, 'no, it's irregular,'” Schumer said in the preview clip.
“I've been in so much pain, you know, my whole life – not just the week of my period. It's during ovulation,” she continued. “I would hopefully get a good week a month where I wasn't in pretty significant pain, still trying to achieve, still trying to go through life. It's been really difficult.”
Shumer shared with Dr Agus how she felt the difference immediately post surgery and how much it has impacted her life. “I felt like a new person. It was incredible. I feel like someone lifted this veil that had been over me and I just felt like a different person and like a new mum,” she explained.
Shumer revealed that while the surgery has left scars behind, she doesn’t mind: “If the trade off is that you have a little scar on your belly, well… I think scars are cool”.
Endometriosis can affect women of any age. According to the NHS, Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes. It's a long-term condition and there's no cure for it, but treatments including surgery can ease symptoms.
The documentary revealed that the star not only has endometriosis, but she also has trichotillomania – a disorder (also known as trich) where someone cannot resist the urge to pull out their hair.
People with the condition routinely pull the hair from their scalp, eyebrows, beard or moustache in a compulsive way, often leaving bald patches on their scalp.
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