London born actress Daisy Ridley is the new face of the ever popular Star Wars franchise and serves as a reminder that even Hollywood’s elite aren’t immune to health problems. Ridley recently shared a now viral tweet about her struggle with endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In the following short conversation, Marla Ahlgrimm praises Ridley and answers questions about PCOS.
Q: Who is Daisy Ridley?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Daisy Ridley is a British actress who plays Rey in the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. Prior to this role, she had only been in a handful of productions but has since been catapulted into worldwide fame. In June, Ridley used her newfound status to bring awareness to two rarely discussed conditions, polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis.
Q: What is endometriosis?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Endometriosis is a reproductive disorder that triggers endometrial tissue growth outside the uterus. It is a common issue but one that can have devastating consequences. Women with endometriosis may suffer from chronic pain in the lower abdomen, feel constipated or nauseous constantly, and experience heavy or irregular menstrual periods. Infertility is perhaps the most troubling result of endometriosis.
Q: How does polycystic ovary syndrome mimic endometriosis?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Like endometriosis, PCOS can present with menstrual disturbances and infertility. However, it may also trigger weight gain, severe acne, uncharacteristically male features, and Type II diabetes. Polycystic ovary syndrome cannot be cured as the causes are not completely understood, though hormone therapy and self-care may help alleviate pain and discomfort.
Q: What lifestyle changes have helped Ridley control her symptoms?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Ridley tweeted that one of her biggest issues is acne. She is now seeing a dermatologist and has cut out dairy and reduced her sugar intake. One thing she has learned from her journey is to stay on top of how she’s feeling. She encourages other young women to take control of their own medical care and to seek help when needed without fear of being accused of paranoia.