Sophie Monk has posted a series of Insta Stories revealing her endometriosis diagnosis, featuring the former Bachelorette, Love Island host and much loved media personality lying in a hospital bed.
The first post has Monk’s doctor explaining that they found endometriosis. She writes “So many women live not knowing they have endometriosis. If you have annoying cycles. You should ask your dr.”
The second films her under anaesthetic, being cared for by surgeons and surgical nurses in the operating room. She writes: “Only I’d ask to be filmed under ! Best sleep I’ve had in years.”
In each she thanks the legend/angel staff at Monash IVF Clinic.
Radio host Mel Greig reposted Monk’s Story to her own account, writing:
Incredibly proud and saddened that @sophiemonk is going through this but it took massive balls for her to do this post and talk about it, you and I have had chats and suspected it but not all doctors know how to diagnose or recommend treatment. Darling girl you aren’t alone and it’s more than 1 in 10. #endometriosis #nocure#7yrstodiagnose #endosisters #strength
Monk makes a really good point about how you should get checked if you experience real bad period pain. You should also see your doctor if you suffer fatigue; pain on or around ovulation; pain during or after sex; pain with bowel movements or while urinating; pain in your pelvic region, lower back or legs; frequent urination or incontinence; or heavy or irregular bleeding.
Essentially ladies, if something about your period or your downstairs seems off, if you’re experiencing frequent pain, do not hesitate to see your doctor.
More than 700,000 women are estimated to be living with endo in Australia according to the Department of Health‘s National Action Plan for Endometriosis released in July this year.
Endometriosis Australia explains endometriosis as a chronic condition when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus exists outside the endometrium, causing pain and/or infertility.
Treatment for the disorder can include taking the pill, or using another form of contraception that releases progestogens, like an IUD or the rod, to shrink the affected tissue. A surgical treatment like a laparoscopy or laparotomy may be an option, where they remove tissue thought to contain endometriosis.