All the celebrities who have opened up about having endometriosis

The chronic condition is still often misdiagnosed.

Endometriosis, a chronic condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the womb, affects millions of women worldwide.

Despite its prevalence, there’s still a veil of silence surrounding this debilitating illness.

However, several prominent figures in the world of entertainment, from Hollywood stars to music icons, have bravely shared their struggles with endometriosis, shedding light on the challenges faced by those battling the condition.

Read on to see which celebrities have candidly discussed their experiences with endometriosis, providing inspiration and solidarity to countless individuals navigating the complexities of this often misunderstood disorder.

Ricki-Lee Coulter

Australian singer Ricki-Lee Coulter candidly shared on Instagram in April 2024 that she had undergone surgery for endometriosis after a 10-year battle with the condition.

“For over a decade I’ve been dealing with chronic pain that has progressively gotten worse,” Ricki-Lee began.

“Over the years I have seen so many doctors and specialists, and have been down so many different paths to try and figure out what was going on – and for so long I thought the pain was just something I had to deal with.

“But the past couple of years, it has become almost unbearable, and is something I’ve been dealing with every single day,” she continued before revealing that a new GP and specialist said surgery was the only option left.

“So this week I had a laparoscopy and excision surgery — and they removed all the endometriosis they found, and I can only hope that is the end of the pai️‍n.”

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg has shared she suffered from endometriosis but was “lucky” because doctors caught it straight away – something most women sadly don’t experience.

“I was lucky enough to get to [a doctor] who said, ‘This is called endometriosis’ and they were able to treat me with antibiotics. But that’s because [they] knew what they were looking at,” Whoopi shared during an episode of her talk show The View.

The Ghost actress opened up about her journey with endometriosis as she and her The View co-hosts were interviewing Hillary Clinton about Below the Belt – a documentary Hillary executively produced that aims to raise awareness about endometriosis.

“When I saw this documentary and I heard that it takes them 6 to 10 years to even get the diagnosis, I don’t understand that! What are they doing in medical school!?,” Whoopi continued.

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Hillary Clinton

Speaking of Hillary and Below the Belt, the former United States Secretary of State has never confirmed or denied having endometriosis herself, but throughout her career she’s used her platform to advocate for women who do suffer from the condition.

“Endometriosis affects millions of women and girls. But we don’t talk about it. I’m proud to have been an executive producer of Below the Belt, a documentary airing on PBS on June 21 that breaks the silence. Don’t miss this moving, informative, and infuriating film,” Hillary wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter) in 2023.

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Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 36-years-old and was told she likely couldn’t have children. Despite her diagnosis, she went on to have three children.

Over the years, Susan has spoken out numerous times about her condition – most famously when she was a guest speaker at the Endometriosis Foundation of America’s 2011 Blossom Ball.

“When all you know is pain you don’t know that that is not normal,” she said. “It is not a woman’s lot to suffer, even if we’ve been raised that way. It is not okay to miss a part of your life because of pain and excessive bleeding.”

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Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton revealed in her book Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton that she had been diagnosed with endometriosis and was forced to undergo a partial hysterectomy in her early to mid 30s as a result.

This diagnosis and subsequent surgery hit the Jolene singer hard; she told Closer, “It was an awful time for me. Every day I thought, ‘I wish I had the nerve to kill myself.’

“Suddenly I was a middle-aged woman. I went through a dark time, until I made myself snap out of it.”

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Emma Bunton

Emma Bunton, AKA Baby Spice from the iconic 90s girl group Spice Girls, was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was just 25-years-old – around the same time the Spice Girls broke up and Emma was ready to settle down.

“That nearly broke me. I knew I had the right partner; I knew I wanted to be a mum,” she told Stellar Magazine.

“I didn’t give up hope, but it wasn’t happening,” she continued. Ultimately, Emma was able to fall pregnant after years of fertility issues and now has two sons, Beau and Tate, with her long-term partner Jade Jones.

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper is another celeb who was diagnosed with endometriosis and, as a result, feared she wouldn’t be able to fall pregnant – but in typical Cyndi fashion, she didn’t sit back and take it.

“When you have an operation, they give you a contract to sign. Well, I looked at the stuff and I crossed out what I didn’t like, and I called the doctor over and told him, ‘We’re not doing this, and we’re not doing this. You are not touching one tube, or one ovary, you’re not doing anything but getting rid of all the bad stuff,’’ the singer/songwriter told The Independent.

Ultimately, Cyndi did conceive a child: her son Declyn.

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Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer has been extremely candid about her battle with endometriosis. For instance, she shared on Instagram that in 2021, she had to undergo surgery and have her uterus and appendix removed.

Furthermore, Amy spoke out about how “difficult” it is for women experiencing severe pain to get diagnosed with endometriosis.

“I’ve been in so much pain, you know, my whole life — not just the week of my period. For months, I had been complaining of pain. It was just this pain you can’t see, and there is the inclination to always think a woman is just being dramatic,” she said during an appearance on The Checkup With Dr. David Agus.

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Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late Aussie icon Steve Irwin, shared just last year that she’d been diagnosed with endometriosis. She did so in order to shed more light on the disease.

Bindi revealed via Instagram that she had been suffering from severe pain for years but doctors could never figure out why – until she underwent “extensive” surgery and they found “37 lesions, some very deep and difficult to remove, and a chocolate cyst.”

Read more about Bindi’s journey with endometriosis here.

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