Amy Schumer has been open about the treatments she has received for endometriosis, and she hopes that her experience will give those who are suffering the courage to speak up.
As part of an in-depth interview with CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus for the new Paramount+ original docuseries “The Checkup with Dr. David Agus,” the comedian discussed the “lonely sickness” and the stigma around periods.
On Tuesday, December 13th, the 30-minute episode will be made available online.
Schumer, 41 at the time of the occurrence, stated, “I’ve been in so much agony, you know, my whole life — not just the week of my period,” adding, “it’s been extremely awful.” Schumer had been feeling severe pain for decades since she first got her period.
Endometriosis, as defined by Dr. Agus, is an illness in which the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes, the ovaries, or other tissue surrounding the pelvic area, resulting in excruciating cramping throughout your period.
Endometriosis causes more than just painful periods; the Mayo Clinic lists pain during sexual activity, urination, or bowel motions as common symptoms alongside cysts and infertility.
The Office on Women’s Health at the United States Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 11% or more of American women between the ages of 15 and 44 suffer from endometriosis.
To alleviate the symptoms of endometriosis, Schumer underwent a hysterectomy last year. She had an appendectomy after doctors discovered a tumor in her “endo-ravaged appendix,” which she revealed in an Instagram post.
“I’d been in pain for months, you know; it’s just that this is pain that can’t be seen. In addition, there is the bias toward concluding that women are usually exaggerating their feelings “As Schumer explained in the interview.
Schumer has taken to social media to reassure those who, like her, suffer from cramping or agony during their periods that their experiences are normal and valid.
“You can’t imagine the misery I’m in right now. I feel your anguish. Self-interest demands that we speak up for ourselves. Speak up, we must. Also, you know what?
Even though I’m concerned that this video will be annoying, I’m posting it anyway in the hopes that it will encourage at least one woman to investigate the source of her suffering “According to an Instagram video posted by Schumer on September 21, 2021, which has since racked up over 1.5 million views.
Schumer claimed the operations were successful because she had almost instantaneous relief.
“In a sense, it was as if a curtain had been drawn back, allowing me to see things more clearly. And I truly felt like a brand-new version of myself, a mother “to which Schumer responded.
Schumer was hospitalized with hyperemesis during her pregnancy with her son Gene in 2018.
Schumer’s now 3-year-old son was hospitalized in early November with a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), but he has since made a full recovery.
Schumer thanked medical employees in an Instagram post on November 6. “My son is home and better,” he wrote.