Media personality, Bindi Irwin reveals 10-year battle with endometriosis on International Women’s Day
Bindi Irwin, an Australian actress, conservationist, and zookeeper, announced on Wednesday, March 8 that she had undergone surgery to treat endometriosis. This was after a decade-long struggle with the condition that affects the uterus.
“For 10 years I’ve struggled with insurmountable fatigue, pain, and nausea,” Irwin shared in posts on social media alongside an image of her in a hospital bed.
“A doctor told me it was simply something you deal with as a woman and I gave up entirely, trying to function through the pain.”
Irwin’s posts came on International Women’s Day and Endometriosis Awareness Month, March 8, 2023.
Endometriosis is “a condition in which the tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus,” according to the United States National Institutes of Health.
Symptoms of the disease can include pelvic pain, heavy bleeding during periods, and fertility issues.
Irwin, 24, said doctors had found 37 lesions, some of which were “very deep and difficult to remove,” but she was now “on the road to recovery.”
“I’m sharing my story for anyone who reads this and is quietly dealing with pain and no answers. Let this be your validation that your pain is real and you deserve help,” she added.
Approximately one in 10 people born with a uterus has endometriosis, according to the World Health Organization. The disease affects around 190 million women and girls globally.
Soon after her posts, her family took to social media to share their support.
Her husband Chandler Powell said, “Seeing how you pushed through the pain to take care of our family and continue our conservation work while being absolutely riddled with endometriosis is something that will inspire me forever.”
Irwin is a celebrity conservationist who has starred in “Crikey! It’s the Irwins,” a reality TV show.
She won “Dancing With the Stars” in 2015 and comes from a family of conservationists that includes her father Steve, the late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ who was killed by a stingray while filming in the Great Barrier Reef in 2006.
She gave birth to a daughter, Grace, in March 2021.
“Please be gentle and pause before asking me (or any woman) when we’ll be having more children,” Irwin wrote in her post-Wednesday. “After all that my body has gone through, I feel tremendously grateful that we have our gorgeous daughter. She feels like our family’s miracle.”