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Amy Schumer Reveals She Had Her Uterus and Appendix Removed to Combat Endometriosis

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  • Amy Schumer shared that she had her appendix and uterus removed in a video posted to Instagram.

  • The actress underwent the surgery to combat endometriosis, a disease she has been dealing with for some time.

  • The 40-year-old indicated her energy levels were already up post-surgery.

Comedian Amy Schumer posted to her Instagram over the weekend revealing she had her appendix and uterus surgically removed to help her endometriosis. The 40-year-old posted a photo of herself in a hospital gown with the caption, “If you have really painful periods you may have endometriosis.”

In the same post, she included a video (taken by her husband Chris Fischer) showing herself laying in a hospital bed post-surgery. In the video, the actress explained why she was in the hospital and shared an update on her post-op recovery.

“So, it’s the morning after my surgery for endometriosis and my uterus is out. The doctor found 30 spots of endometriosis, and he removed my appendix because the endometriosis had attacked it. There was a lot, a lot, of blood in my uterus,” Schumer said in the video.

Post-surgery, she reported soreness and gas pains but otherwise indicated her energy levels were already up. While a hysterectomy (the removal of the uterus) might seem extreme (and yes, it does mean that she cannot carry a pregnancy in the future), it's actually not uncommon for those battling endometriosis to undergo the procedure.

Schumer isn't the only star to suffer from the disease, Lena Dunham, Padma Lakshmi, Bethany Frankel, and Susan Sarandon are just a few others who have spoken publicly about their battles with the condition.

Endometriosis affects 2 to 10% of American women between the ages of 25 and 40. The condition is categorized by endometrial tissue (tissue that lines the uterus) that grows outside the uterus, often on other organs inside the pelvis or abdominal cavity. During a woman’s menstrual cycle, this tissue will break down just as regular endometrium does, but will leave bleeding inside the pelvis. This leads to inflammation, swelling, and scarring of the normal tissue, according to John Hopkins Medicine.

Common symptoms of endometriosis include painful periods and in-between period pain, painful intercourse, infertility, discomfort when going to the bathroom, heavy menstrual cycles, and spotting between periods.

Schumer's endometriosis diagnosis is not the first time in recent years she's battled with difficult medical conditions. In late 2020, Schumer opened up about her battle with lyme disease that may have gone undiagnosed for years. She also suffered from a horrible kidney infection in 2018 that landed her in the hospital for five days and caused her to miss the London opening of her film I Feel Pretty.

And, that's not all the comedian has had to endure—she has a history of back and hip pain. In late 2018, she pointed to boxing workouts as a way to relieve her excruciating pain due to a herniated disc, bulging disc, and a labral tear in her hip.

Then, the comedian had her son Gene, via c-section in 2019. She famously canceled part of her tour because of severe morning sickness due to the pregnancy. A year after the birth of her child, the back and hip pain returned. She had an MRI that showed herniated discs (that occurred before her pregnancy) were flaring up but she ended up not needing surgery to solve the issue. Schumer turned to her trainer to help her work through this discomfort and heal.

We wish Schumer a speedy recovery and can't wait to see what the future has in store for the writer and actress!

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