The Doctors welcome singer Halsey and "MacGyver" star Kate Bond to speak about living with endometriosis.
Kate is one of the approximate 176 million women worldwide who is dealing with endometriosis, which is when the lining of your uterus grows outside of the uterus and can cause debilitating pain. The actress shares she endured painful menstrual cycles for most of her life and at times she says it felt like a "gut punch." She tells us the pain grew as she has gotten older. She says she has even fainted and at times will end up in bed with pain for days. She suspected she could have endometriosis, as she has a family history of it. After seeing numerous doctors she says she was told it was very difficult to diagnose endometriosis and says at no point was she told about any possible treatments to help her.
The actress says she was losing all hope until she met OB/GYN Dr. Thais Aliabadi, who finally diagnosed her with endometriosis. Kate had surgery just two weeks ago and says she is doing well, noting that her post-surgery pain was less than her previous menstrual cramps.
Another woman who has dealt with endometriosis is singer Halsey, who says that she initially thought she had to just deal with "a really bad period." She says as her career took off, the pain and complications worsened and there were times when it caused her to faint. She tells The Doctors that she was misdiagnosed with chronic fatigue and anxiety. In one particularly scary incident, Halsey says she began excessively bleeding along with experiencing extreme pain, collapsed in the street and was rushed to the hospital. Like Kate, she finally got her endometriosis diagnosis when she met with Dr. Aliabadi.
"It was so bittersweet because the relief of knowing I wasn't making it all up and I wasn't being sensitive, and it wasn't all in my head, but it also kind of sucked to know that I was going to be living with this forever," she shares.
Halsey tells The Doctors that a few months after she was diagnosed with endometriosis, she also found out she was pregnant but sadly suffered a miscarriage during a performance. This horrendous event caused Halsey to take charge of her health.
"I put my foot down and I got really aggressive about seeking treatment and had surgery a year ago and I feel a lot better," she tells The Doctors.
Dr. Aliabadi devised a plan to help Halsey deal with her endometriosis, which included the implementation of IUD, a surgery to address her endometriosis, and the 23-year-old says she plans to freeze her eggs.
"Taking these measures so hopefully I can have a bright future and achieve the things that I want to achieve... is very important," Halsey says. "We need to make sure that women know that being in pain when you're menstruating is not normal... we can't minimize these people's pain."
The Doctors suggest anyone who is experiencing significant pain related to their menstrual cycle to seek out a second opinion or a new doctor if needed. Dr. Aliabadi shares her three red flags for endometriosis, which include:
- Painful periods
- Periods that cause someone to miss work or school due to pain during your period
- Ending up in the emergency room with pain from a period