Amy Schumer has been candid about the symptoms and procedures she has undergone to treat— and hopes her story helps others struggling with grief find their voices.
The comedian opened up about “lonely sickness” and the stigma associated with periods in an intimate interview with CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus for the new Paramount+ original docuseries. “The Checkup with Dr. David Agus”. The 30-minute episode will be available to stream starting Tuesday, December 13.
“I’ve been in so much pain, you know, my whole life, not just the week of my period,” Schumer, 41, said in the episode, adding that “it’s been really hard,” Schumer said she’s been experiencing severe pain for decades since you had your first period.
Endometriosis is a disorder that occurs when the uterine lining grows outside the uterus in places like the fallopian tubes, ovaries, or other tissue around the pelvic area, which can cause painful period cramps, Dr. Agus explained in the episode. In addition to painful periods, other common endometriosis symptoms include pain during intercourse, painful urination or bowel movements, cysts, infertility, and more. Mayo Clinic says.
More than 11% of American women between the ages of 15 and 44 may be affected by endometriosis, according to the Office of Women’s Healthwhich is part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
Last year, Schumer underwent a hysterectomy, a removal of the uterus, to help treat her endometriosis. She also underwent an appendectomy, explaining in an Instagram post at the time when doctors found a tumor in his “endodevastated appendix”.
“You know, for months I had been complaining of pain…it was just this pain that you can’t see. And, you know, there’s always an inclination to think that a woman is just being dramatic,” Schumer said in the interview. .
Schumer has used her social media platforms to reassure other people experiencing discomfort or pain during their menstrual cycles that their concerns are valid.
“My pain is real. Your pain is real. We have to stand up for ourselves. We have to talk. And you know what? I’m worried that this video is upsetting, but I don’t care, because I hope it helps a woman figure out why she feels so bad. pain,” Schumer said in a Sept. 21, 2021 statement, instagram videowhich has garnered nearly 1.5 million views.
Schumer said the scars from the surgeries were worth it because he felt immediate relief.
“I felt like someone lifted the veil that had been on me. And I felt like a different person … like a new mom,” Schumer said.
In 2018, when Schumer wasshe was hospitalized with hyperemesis, a severe type of morning sickness.
Schumer’s son, now 3, was) but has since recovered.
“My son is home and doing better,” Schumer said in a Nov. 6 Instagram post, thanking hospital staff.
Air the first three episodes of “Checkup with Dr. David Agus“, with revealing interviews with celebrities, including and his twin brother Michael, Oprah Winfrey and Maria Shriver, and Howie Mandel, who open up to Dr. Agus about health issues affecting them and their families.