We can’t talk about celebrities with endometriosis without giving heavy recognition to Padma Lakshmi. The actress, author, model, and show host says she went on birth control in her 20s in hopes of alleviating the symptoms she experienced as a teen, but struggled for years and at one point needed surgery to unwrap endometrial tissue off of her small intestine. Lakshmi finally received a diagnosis from an advanced gynecological surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Tamer Seckin. She and Dr. Seckin went on to co-found the Endometriosis Foundation of America—an organization committed to raising awareness, providing proper training to doctors, and more all in the name of helping individuals with the disease.
Earlier this month, Irish singer-songwriter Ruth-Anne Cunningham made an impactful post on Instagram revealing what it feels like to live with endometriosis. The 34-year-old’s image revealed her abdomen with body paint to show how the condition can feel like barbed wire, with words written all over that describe the types of symptoms it can cause, including “infertility”, “scars”, and “pain”, among other unpleasantries.
Dancer, singer-songwriter, and actress Julianne Hough has been speaking publicly about her battle with endometriosis since 2008. Hough, who was then just 20 years old, was rushed to surgery when doctors found endometrial tissue outside of her uterus, including on her appendix and right hip. Since then, the Dancing with the Stars champion continues to discuss this difficult condition, including the lifestyle changes she’s made to help her through the pain. “”Being educated and understanding what I have makes me feel powerful,” she told Glamour. “Not understanding it, ignoring it, and saying I was fine put me in a weaker position.”