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‘I was on stage miscarrying in the middle of my concert’: Singer Halsey reveals she is going to freeze her eggs at age 23 to ‘protect her fertility’ after battling agonizing endometriosis
- The Bad at Love singer suffered very painful periods for years
- Her mom said it was genetics, and doctors told her it was due to stress, brushing off her symptoms
- She was finally diagnosed and had surgery to help treat it
- At one point, she discovered she was pregnant, but miscarried on stage before she had time to deal with it emotionally
- Halsey is now being proactive about her fertility and freezing her eggs
Grammy-nominated singer Halsey has opened up about her struggle with endometriosis in a candid new interview, sharing how it led her to suffer a miscarriage while performing on stage and eventually decide to freeze her eggs.
The 23-year-old Bad at Love singer suffered horribly painful periods for years, but her symptoms were repeatedly minimized and misdiagnosed by doctors.
But speaking on a new episode of The Doctors, Halsey revealed how her validating diagnosis — and a traumatic miscarriage in front of thousands of fans — persuaded her to get serious about her health and her fertility.
Truth: Grammy-nominated singer Halsey spoke about her struggle with endometriosis
Yikes: She sat down on a new episode of The Doctors to share how she had horrible periods for years, which her mother led her to believe were unavoidable
Halsey has spoken about her endometriosis before, but was particularly candid in a new TV interview alongside the doctor who treats her.
The star explained how it took her so long to be diagnosed, after years of what amounted to both doctors and family telling her to just deal with it.
‘The thing about endometriosis is a lot of it comes down to — doctors can tend to minimize, you know, the female experience, when it comes to dealing with it,’ she said.
‘My whole life, my mother had always told me, “Women in are family just have really bad periods.” It was just something she thought she was cursed to deal with and that I was cursed to deal with, and that was just a part of my life.’
But run-of-the-mill PMS and cramps are one thing — what Halsey experienced, and what other endometriosis sufferers experience, is something much worse.
‘When I started touring and playing concerts and traveling, the stress and the strain on my body really started to enhance the symptoms and make the experience a little bit worse,’ she recalled.
‘I was fainting all the time. I got misdiagnosed with chronic fatigue, anxiety, they were telling me I was fainting because I was anxious.’
Misdiagnosed: Her periods were incredibly painful but doctors attributed her problems to stress
On one of her first tours, she said, she woke up ‘in so much pain’ and ‘bleeding so much’ that she stumbled off her tour bus into a nearby hotel, thinking she was going to vomit.
‘And a couple minutes later I woke up on the floor in that bathroom and I pulled myself up and walked back out the parking lot and collapsed in the street outside of the bus. And my tour manager had to take me to the hospital,’ she said.
Still, doctors told her it was dehydration, stress, and anxiety.
‘A lot of the time, they can make you think it’s in your head,’ she said.
Finally, she managed to get a real diagnosis, from a woman named Dr. Thais Aliabadi.
‘It was so bittersweet because it was 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 gonna be living with this before.’
After the diagnosis, she was on tour when she found out that she was unexpectedly pregnant. But she didn’t have time to cope with it before she miscarried.
‘Before I could even figure out what that meant to me, and what that meant for my future, my career, my life, my relationship, the next thing I knew I was on stage miscarrying. In the middle of my concert,’ she said.
Horrifiyng: She ended up getting pregnant and miscarrying (which can often happen with endometriosis) while on stage at a concert
Precautions: Now with a proper diagnosis, she is being proactive about her health and plans to freeze her eggs soon
‘Being in pain when you’re menstruating is not normal,’ Halsey said
‘The sensation of looking at a couple hundred teenagers in the face while you’re bleeding through your clothes, and still having to do the show…’
Halsey has shared the story of the miscarriage before, including it in a poem she read at this year’s Women’s March.
‘I realized in that moment I never want to have to make that choice again, doing what I love or not being able to because of this disease. So I put my foot down and I got really aggressive about seeking treatment.’
Dr. Aliabadi started her on an IUD, which made things better. And a year ago, she had surgery.
‘Two weeks later I walked the Grammys red carpet in stitches,’ she said.
And it wasn’t the last major medical procedure she will have to undergo: The star said she is also planning to freeze her eggs.
‘When I tell people that they are like, “Why would you do that? You’re 23,”‘ she said. ‘[But] doing an ovarian reserve is important to me because, you know, I’m fortunate enough to have that as an option — I need to be aggressive about protecting my fertility, protecting myself.
‘Reproductive illness is so frustrating because it can really make you feel like less of a woman,’ she went on, explaining how when she’s sick she feels terrible about herself.
‘You don’t feel sexy, you don’t feel proud, and you don’t feel like there’s much hope, and so taking these measures to make sure that hopefully I get to have a, hopefully a bright future and achieve the things I want to achieve by doing an ovarian reserve is really important.’
Scary: She got her diagnosis from Dr. Aliabadi (right), who revealed it often takes women over seven years to be diagnosed
‘I need to be aggressive about protecting my fertility, protecting myself,’ Halsey said
It’s also important to catch it young, which doesn’t happen often. Dr. Aliabadi said that, on average, it takes seven and a half years to get a diagnosis, and the average age of a woman when she finds out is 32.
That’s because so many of the symptoms overlap with other common conditions, and there is no test for endometriosis.
‘Being in pain when you’re menstruating is not normal,’ Halsey said. ‘It’s not OK. We can’t minimize these people’s pain and tell young women, “Oh, get over it, you’re so sensitive, it’s your period” — because there could be an underlying issue that could kill them. It’s very serious and it’s not OK.’
Dr. Aliabadi also shared her three red flags for endometriosis, all of which have to do with pain.
The first is if a patient brings up painful periods herself during a check-up. The next is if they say they can’t work or go to school because of it. And the third is if they ever end up in the ER due to a painful period.
‘[I’m] trying to normalize the conversation and say, “It’s okay to talk about reproductive illness, this doesn’t make you weak, this makes you strong and you should be proud and vocal,’ Halsey said at the Endometriosis Foundation of America‘s Blossom Ball in March.
‘And the more you talk about it, the more likely you’re going to help one of your friends who might not know that they have it because they may be afraid of speaking about it, too.’
What is endometriosis? How the disorder results in pelvic pain and internal scarring
Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus — the endometrium — grows outside the uterus.
It most commonly affects the ovaries, Fallopian tubes and the tissue lining the pelvis.
The primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain although many women also experience cramping during their menstrual cycle.
Symptoms also include painful periods, pain with intercourse, pain with bowel movements or urination, excessive bleeding and infertility.
Often misdiagnosed, many women only discover they have the condition during infertility treatment.
Approximately half of women diagnosed with endometriosis have difficulty getting pregnant.
Source: Mayo Clinic
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