Olivia Culpo Shares Updates On Endometriosis Journey And Life-Changing Surgery
Model Olivia Culpo has continued her mission to spread awareness about endometriosis. She has been sharing her own journey battling the disorder on social media. The 28-year-old just underwent surgery in November after the condition caused tissue from her uterine lining to very painfully “grow in other random parts” of her body.
Olivia Culpo Shared Her Endometriosis Journey With Her Fans
Olivia posted side by side photos of what her stomach looked like immediately after the surgery and two weeks after the surgery. She herself was shocked by the difference in how bloated she was and included a mind-blown emoji.
“I’m not going to post a ton more about my Endo progress on IG but I have been vlogging my pre+post surgery experience and will share that with you guys eventually to help more girls who are navigating their Endometriosis journey,” she wrote on her Instagram story. “Sending love to all my Endo warriors out there- thank you guys for all the DMS and support! I’m here for you and admire your strength.” Endometriosis affects about one in every 10 women during their reproductive years.
Back in the summer, Olivia shared her endometriosis diagnosis on Instagram. She said that she did not really want to get the surgery and instead managed her pain by using heating pads, lots of water and lots of Midol. She urged her followers to do their research and get checked if they ever fear something is wrong. Things changed when it became “excruciatingly painful” for her after doctors discovered cysts on her ovaries, prompting her to choose to get the surgery.
“I have been in agony for years around my period and I was misdiagnosed countless times by doctors,” she wrote on Instagram after her surgery. Doctors urged her to take Tylenol and get more rest but it didn’t help which was definitely a tipping point for her. “I know a lot of people out there in the Endo community are familiar with these diagnoses which is why I am so passionate about this. Painful periods are not normal!!!” she wrote.
She Offered Advice For Those Going Through The Same Experience
Olivia has been very openly offering advice to her followers about this disorder that affects so many lives. “To anyone out there who has endometriosis, I understand the depression and overall loneliness that can occur with a condition that is so painful yet so hard to be interpreted by other people outside of the body,” Olivia wrote on Instagram. “It’s hard when chronic pain is not validated and you don’t get an answer or understanding. To my Endo warriors, I will continue to spread more awareness around endometriosis so that your symptoms can be validated. You are not alone and you are so strong !!!!”
Olivia’s story is so relatable to other women. It highlights the importance of getting regular health checkups if you fear something is wrong with your body. You can find more information about endometriosis and resources here.