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Women are thanking Daisy Ridley for speaking out about her struggle with endometriosis

The Star Wars actress was diagnosed with the gynaecological disease at 15 years of age.

STAR WARS ACTRESS Daisy Ridley famously keeps it real on social media, posting spot cream selfies and notes about her struggles with self-esteem.

I did feel an incy bit like a princess tonight ☺️☺️☺️ thank you @chloe for this GORGEOUS gown! AND @louboutinworld for these gorgeous heels! Along with @petraflannery and @karayoshimotobua and @robertvetica on the GLAM AND SOUL and @hlopata and #hyldaqueally and #shelbyweiser for the career stuff Source: Instagram/daisyridley

Now, women are thanking her for speaking up about her experience with the painful disease endometriosis.

Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition that affects an estimated one in ten women – symptoms include heavy periods and severe cramps.

At 15 I was diagnosed with endometriosis. One laparoscopy, many consultations and 8 years down the line, pain was back (more mild this time!) and my skin was THE WORST. I've tried everything: products, antibiotics, more products, more antibiotics) and all that did was left my body in a bit of a mess. Finally found out I have polycycstic ovaries and that's why it's bad. I can safely say feeling so self conscious has left my confidence in tatters. I hate wearing make up but I currently don't want to leave the house without it on. HOWEVER PROGRESS IS BEING MADE! (With some help from a dermatologist and cutting out dairy (waah, except for spontaneous ice creams) and cutting down sugar (bigger waah but gotta do what you've gotta do)). Finally. Finally. (Throughout all this I've only had people being wonderful and encouraging and occasionally making me realise I'm being ridiculous and there's more to life)... My point is, to any of you who are suffering with anything, go to a doctor; pay for a specialist; get your hormones tested, get allergy testing; keep on top of how your body is feeling and don't worry about sounding like a hypochondriac. From your head to the tips of your toes we only have one body, let us all make sure ours our working in tip top condition, and take help if it's needed. #wasthispostlongenough #maybethesehashtagscanbulkitupabit #alsohowmanybracketsdoesonewomanneed #ifyourereadingthisiapplaudyou #thisisaclaymaskincaseyourewondering Source: Instagram/daisyridley

In an Instagram post, Ridley said she was diagnosed with endo at age 15, but recently found out she has Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) too:

The pain was back (more mild this time!) and my skin was THE WORST. I’ve tried everything: products, antibiotics, more products, more antibiotics, and all that did was leave my body in a bit of a mess.
Finally found out that I have polycystic ovaries and that’s why it’s bad. I can safely say feeling so self-conscious has left my confidence in tatters. I hate wearing makeup but I currently don’t want to leave the house without it on.

Feeling all fancy and loving life last night before the CAA party ☺️☺️☺️ @robertvetica (hair) @karayoshimotobua (face) @petraflannery (outfit) as always, giving me LIIIIIIFE Source: Instagram/daisyridley

She said that she was making progress with the help of a dermatologist, and encouraged women to get tested if they feel that something is not quite right.

From your head to the tips 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.

Women have been thanking Ridley for sharing her experience and drawing attention to what is otherwise an “invisible illness”:

Ridley isn’t the only high-profile woman with endometriosis – last year, Lena Dunham wrote an essay about her life with the disease.

Solidarity with all the endo sufferers out there.

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