Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley has opened up about her struggle with endometriosis, a condition that affects female reproductive organs.
Endometriosis occurs when the uterus lining grows outside of the uterus and attaches itself to other organs. Symptoms can include chronic pelvic pain and infertility.
Ridley has revealed she’s been living with the condition — and the skin problems that come with it — for eight years.
“At 15 I was diagnosed with endometriosis,” she posted on Instagram. “One laparoscopy, many consultations and 8 years down the line, pain was back (more mild this time!) and my skin was THE WORST.
“I’ve tried everything: products, antibiotics, more products, more antibiotics and all that did was left my body in a bit of a mess.”
Recently, Ridley learned that she has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which has exacerbated her condition.
“Finally found out I have polycystic ovaries and that’s why it’s bad,” she wrote. “I can safely say feeling so self conscious has left my confidence in tatters. I hate wearing make up but I currently don’t want to leave the house without it on.
“HOWEVER PROGRESS IS BEING MADE! With some help from a dermatologist and cutting out dairy (waah, except for spontaneous ice creams) and cutting down sugar (bigger waah but gotta do what you’ve gotta do). Finally. Finally.”
Ridley certainly isn’t alone in her struggle. Endometriosis affects 10 per cent of all women, and actresses Lena Dunham, Whoopi Goldberg and Padma Lakshmi, singer Halsey, Aussie radio personality Mel Grieg and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk have all spoken about their struggle with the condition.
Ridley’s message? Listen to your body, see a doctor if you have a concern, and don’t stop until you’re satisfied with the outcome.
“My point is, to any of you who are suffering with anything, go to a doctor; pay for a specialist; get your hormones tested; get allergy testing; keep on top of how your body is feeling and don’t worry about sounding like a hypochondriac.
“From your head to the tips of your toes we only have one body, let us all make sure ours is working in tip top condition, and take help if it’s needed.”