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Actress Helps other Women Avoid Her Pain

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 9:42 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - You may know Amy Schumer as an actress, a comedian, and a trend setter.

Recently, she gained national attention wearing a hospital gown, trying to get the word out to women that what happened to her is very common and terribly painful but fixable.

In an Instagram post, she said “So it’s the morning after my surgery for endometriosis and my uterus is out.” With that post, she got about 1.5 million views.

She also got the attention of health experts at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Jennifer Phy, a Fertility Specialist and Texas Tech Physician, applauded the post about Endometriosis. She says, “Many women suffer with endometriosis and because of the sensitivity of it being kind of related to pelvic pain and pain with intercourse and heavy periods, it’s maybe not something that gets mentioned very often out loud in the public.”

Dr. Phy says endometriosis is extremely common, affecting 1 in 10 women in general and up to 50% of women who are having trouble getting pregnant.

It’s a condition where the tissue that lines the uterus begins to spread outside the uterus.

In Amy’s surgery, she says they found 30 spots where the tissue had spread... even onto her appendix.

Dr. Phy says, “It can be all the way up to the diaphragm and the rib area on the intestines and so 30 spots, it is a lot, but there can be even many more than that.”

Even worse, Amy said in her post that endometriosis is very painful.

Dr. Phy agrees, “Yes, every dot, every one of those 30 dots that she had, it’s like a tiny little knife stabbing you in that place.”

The key is to find it and treat it early. Dr. Phy says early treatment can include hormones or removing the spots with heat or a laser light in a simple outpatient procedure.

Lucky for Amy, she was finally able to conceive and deliver a child, a son, before coming to realize that her best treatment option was to have major surgery, a hysterectomy, earlier this week.

It was in the recovery room that she felt a need to post her experience and help bring awareness to Endometriosis so other women might find it early and avoid years of pain.

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