Alexa Chung has shared her struggle with endometriosis in an effort to raise awareness of the condition.
The model and designer, 36, was diagnosed with the common condition last year, and she took to Instagram to urge her fans and followers to get themselves checked out.
“Endometriosis is a long-term condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes,” Alexa captioned a shot of her wearing yellow surgical socks as she awaited surgery in hospital. “It can be excruciating. The pain can effect (sic) your mental health, ability to work, relationships, your fertility, the list goes on. The only way to officially diagnose that you have it is by performing a laparoscopy.”
"A year ago I put on these snazzy socks in preparation for my laparoscopic surgery," she continued, referencing the minimally invasive procedure which helps diagnose the condition by inserting a telescope into the abdomen.
The Next in Fashion host went on to thank her friends and family for helping her recover and nurse her back to health with “action movies and nourishing food”.
“Also thank you to the doctors who spotted the problem and acted on it,” Alexa continued. “I understand I had the privilege of being believed and listened to. On average it takes seven years to diagnose and it’s a disease that affects one in ten women.”
She urged for more research to be done into the condition, as there are currently no known causes of endometriosis, and also no cure.
"Maybe let’s get some research going into this women’s health issue so it can go from something “not clear” aka myssssttterrrrious to known about and treatable," she concluded.
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