Actress and dancer Julianne Hough always felt severe pain when she was experiencing her menstrual cycle. She always thought that it was normal–until one day, a doctor told her that something was wrong.
“This feels like sharp, dagger pains and it’s almost instant,” Hough said. “It comes out of nowhere and all of a sudden I’ll be like, ‘Oh, crap,’ and then it will last for a minute and then go away. And then another sharp pain, and then it will subside.”
“And for me, that usually happens three or four times a day, for a span of five minutes,” she added. “And then I’m fine.” Recently, though, Hough was diagnosed with endometriosis, which affects 1 in 10 women. According to sources, It occurs when the lining of your uterus (or endometrial lining) grows outside the uterus on other parts of your body instead of growing inside of your uterus.
“The rough part was that it took a long time to get a proper diagnosis,” she told Today. “We went to three or four different doctors in the span of three days.”
But being diagnosed was very important for Hough, and that’s why she encourages other women to seek help if they think they might be experiencing the same thing.
“It sort of gives you peace of mind, like a name to the pain,” she told Today. “Just knowing that I’m not the only one who feels this and that I’m not overreacting. Giving myself more compassion for how I’m feeling. I’m like, ‘It’s OK, you don’t have to be the friggin’ champion of the world right now. Just sit down Julianne, you know?”
Will you please send prayers for her?