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Daisy Ridley Shares Her Struggle With Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Daisy Ridley, British actress and fresh new face in the Star Wars galaxy, opened up in a candid Instagram post about her diagnosis of endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Endometriosis occurs when cells from the lining of the uterus grow in other areas of the body, it causes pain and cramping. Acne is a common symptom of PCOS, prompting Ridley to vent her frustration over her need to constantly treat her skin.


Daisy Ridley Shares Her struggle With Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Like many women with PCOS, Ridley shares a story of the long road to diagnosis and the self consciousness and anxiety that often accompany the condition. Symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Infertility
  • Irregular periods
  • Hirsutism (increased hair growth) on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs or toes
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Acne, oily skin, or dandruff
  • Weight gain or obesity
  • Thinning hair
  • Patches of skin that are thick or dark
  • Skin tags
  • Pelvic pain
  • Sleep apnea

But most importantly, Ridley shares an empowering message to women struggling with any health concerns, “Don’t worry about sounding like a hypochondriac. From your head to the tip of your toes we only have one body, let us all make sure ours are working in tip top condition and, take help if it’s needed.”

Celebrity chef and author Padma Lakshmi talked with us about her long journey to a diagnosis of endometriosis and the foundation that she formed to fight the disease.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can be an extremely frustrating condition to live with. Women with PCOS often struggle with weight gain, hair and skin problems, and infertility. Several women shared with us how they have managed their condition and are learning to live well with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

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Alison Relyea-Parr

Alison Relyea-Parr

Alison is the editor and contributor of A UW-Madison graduate, Alison is also an illustrator and educator.

1 Comment

  1. Ann
    June 27, 2016 at 11:57 am — Reply

    Just another reason to love Daisy Ridley. She carries herself with class and dignity…and her attitude is awesome. All the best Daisy!

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