JULIANNE HOUGH SPEAKS OUT ABOUT ENDOMETRIOSIS
Hough Encourages Women to SpeakENDO and Stop Suffering in Silence
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month
Understanding endometriosis can be difficult. For many women, being an advocate for their own care and expressing their symptoms can prove to be even more difficult. Unfortunately, if women don’t learn speak up about their endometriosis symptoms, their doctors might assume they are not in serious pain, their condition may go undiagnosed and they will continue to suffer in silence.
Actress, dancer and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Julianne Hough knows about the pain of endometriosis first-hand. Like many women, she did not complain – rather, she tried to ignore the pain and “just deal with it.” She was finally diagnosed in 2008 after heavy bleeding and extreme pain forced her to leave the set of Dancing with the Stars. Her diagnosis inspired her to spread awareness for this chronic and painful disease – both privately and publicly.
Through an inspiring new national endometriosis campaign called SpeakENDO, Julianne Hough has committed herself to encourage women to speak up about their endometriosis symptoms with their healthcare provider, or explain endometriosis to a family member or a friend – so no woman has to suffer in silence as she did.
SpeakENDO is a campaign for women who want to learn more about endometriosis, those trying to find out what may be causing their symptoms as well as women already diagnosed with endometriosis. SpeakENDO offers the latest information and resources to help women have a better conversation with their healthcare provider.
Endometriosis is chronic and painful disease that affects an estimated 1 in 10 women of reproductive age, but despite being one of the most common gynecological disorders in America, there is a lack of awareness and prioritization of endometriosis as an important women’s health issue. Symptoms can be debilitating and may interfere with day-to-day activities. Women with endometriosis can suffer for 6 to 10 years before proper diagnosis.
Julianne speaks about her journey with endometriosis and its effect on her life. Sheis be joined on set by Dr. Rebecca Brightman OB/GYN. Together, they will work to educate women and change the way endometriosis is understood.
Learn more at SpeakENDO.com and join the conversation online by sharing #SpeakENDO.
Julianne Hough (pronounced: Huff), Emmy Award-winner Julianne Hough is known around the world for her success in the worlds of film, television and music. She was a two-time professional champion on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” before becoming an award-winning recording artist and accomplished actress. Julianne played Sandy in FOX Television’s ratings hit, “Grease Live!” and stars in the upcoming feature film, “Bigger.” She is a successful producer with her own production company, Canary House Productions, and she and her husband Brooks Laich, launched their charitable mission, Love United, last year. Julianne and her brother Derek produced, co-directed and starred in MOVE Live on Tour, which sold out across North America. She launched juliannehough.com in 2015 and is active in a wide range of philanthropic endeavors, charities and humanitarian efforts, including endometriosis awareness and numerous causes and organizations that serve women and girls.
Dr. Rebecca Brightman, OB/GYN, Dr. Rebecca Brightman is a Board Certified OBGYN in private practice in New York City. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Dr. Brightman graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 and received her Medical Degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1986. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Brightman serves on the advisory board of Women’s Day Magazine. She has discussed endometriosis on Health Magazine Facebook Live, the local affiliates for NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox, USA Radio, Dallas Real Talk Radio, Denver News Radio, and other local radio stations.