Sophie Monk shocked her Instagram followers by sharing a picture of herself lying in a hospital bed this week.
The 38-year-old revealed she had just had a procedure for endometriosis after attempting to have her eggs frozen.
Sophie thanked Monash IVF in the pic, which featured on her Insta stories. “So many women live not knowing they have endometriosis. If you have annoying cycles. You should ask your dr,” she wrote.
Sophie Monk opens up about her endometriosis diagnosis
In another post, Sophie can be seen being filmed while she was under general anaesthetic ahead of her operation.
She captioned the pic: ”Only I’d ask to be filmed under! Best sleep I’ve had in years. @monashivf your staff are angels.”
In an interview with 9Honey Celebrity, the Aussie TV personality reveals she found out she had endometriosis after attempting to freeze her eggs.
“The reason I found out I had endometriosis was I went to freeze my eggs at Monash — I’m just in discussions about it,” the Love Island Australia host revealed.
“[My doctor] suggested — because I’m in a lot of pain, and I’m in and out of hospital a lot that people don’t know about, and no one could find what it was — he suggested I might have endometriosis, and found it. That’s how it came about.”
The blonde beauty added that the procedure was successful.
Sophie has been very open in the past about her desire to freeze her eggs so she can become a mum.
In an interview with A Current Affair in February, Sophie revealed she’s still determined to start a family despite breaking up with Stu Laundy, who she met on The Bachelorette.
“I’d love to [have kids] because I know they’d be so loved. I’d love to be a mum but I’m going to have to freeze eggs,” she told reporter Leila McKinnon.
We’re glad the procedure was successful, Sophie. Hope you feel better soon.
Endometriosis: What Is It And How Does It Affect Fertility?
Every month a woman creates a new endometrial lining in her uterus, which, if she does not fall pregnant in that month, is shed during menstruation.
However, for 10 per cent of women, they also make endometrial tissue OUTSIDE of the uterus, says Endometriosis Australia. This tissue is commonly found in the ovary, but it is can also be found in fallopian tubes, cervix, vagina, bowel, and bladder.
Like the endometrial lining of the uterus, this tissue responds to the monthly hormonal fluctuations, and it builds up and sheds. But unlike the tissue in the uterus, which are expelled monthly, it has no where to go.
This results in pain. Lots of pain. The endometrial tissue forms adhesion’s that may look like a spiderweb, connecting organs internally that usually have space between them. The tissue causes inflammation, scar tissue and cysts.
If you have any concerns, talk to your GP.
The Most common symptoms associated with endometriosis are:
- Painful periods
- Pain before period
- Pain during ovulation
- Lower back pain
- Pain during and after sex
- Pain with bowel movements
- Pain when urinating
- Abnormal bleeding is linked as well, such as super heavy periods, or spotting. Some women however, do not experience any of these symptoms and only find out when they unsuccessfully try to conceive a baby.
20-50 Percent Of Issues With Fertility May Be Caused By Endometriosis
This occurs for a number of reasons. The adhesion’s may block tubes; it distorts the proper anatomy of the pelvic organs and may interfere with egg development. With the way the egg moves down the tubes, or with implantation. This could be due to scar tissue, or it could be due to the endometrium itself not developing correctly anymore.
The only way to get a definitive diagnosis is through a laparoscopy. When the ablations are removed the chances of conception greatly improve.
What Causes Endometriosis?
There is no single reason why endometriosis occurs. So, finding out the reason why it is occurring in each individual may take some time, but by exploring the reasons, you may help prevent recurrence. Most common reasons are issues with anatomy, genetics, hormonal imbalance, exposure to environmental toxins, and autoimmunity or dysfunctional immune response.
Treatment Options For Endometriosis
The main medical treatments are aimed at inhibiting growths, but to do this, they cease periods, thus ceasing ovulation, and fertility is not improved. Most symptoms return when stopping medications when you undertake this treatment option.
Ablation or removal of adhesion’s is an effective treatment for stage I and II endometriosis.
There are very little natural based medicines that are “evidence based” treatments for endometriosis. Acupuncture and TCM and Mediterranean style anti-inflammatory diet may help.
Traditional herbal medicine may help reduce symptoms such as cramping and inflammation and help balance hormones.
For more information on endometriosis, click here.