11 Celebrities Whose Endometriosis Stories Helped Create an Important Conversation

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Many women suffer in silence from the symptoms of endometriosis. Once diagnosed, the more than 170 million women worldwide who have the disease struggle to manage it.

A chronic disease where the lining of the uterus grows on surrounding organs causing infertility and debilitating pain, on average, endometriosis takes an average of seven years from symptom onset be properly diagnosed. In recent years, more celebrities have begun to speak openly about their own experiences with this disease, which affects so many other women the world over.

Here are 11 of them.

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