Endometriosis is medical condition, where tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus, known as the endometrium, grows outside the uterus. The tissue is often found on a woman’s ovaries, fallopian tubes, the outer surface of the uterus and other organs within the pelvis.

The disorder causes severe pain, especially during menstruation, sexual intercourse or bowel movements. The primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. Although many experience cramping during their menstrual periods, those with endometriosis typically describe menstrual pain that’s far worse than usual. Fertility problems also may develop as a result.

There is no exact cause to endometriosis, according to a report from the World Health Organization. It is a complex disease affecting many women globally from the onset of their first period through menopause. Some factors that may contribute to its development includes retrograde menstruation, cellular metaplasia and stem cells.

Endometriosis impacts women, regardless of race or social status. Roughly 10 percent of reproductive age women and girls have the chronic disease globally. Check out some of our favorite Black celebrities who are endo warriors, enduring the disease with style and grace.

Gabrielle Union

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Actress Gabrielle Union has been candid about her battle with infertility, which stemmed from adenomyosis, a form of endometriosis. She disclosed her heartbreaking journey, including eight or nine miscarriages, before finally welcoming her daughter with husband Dwayne Wade in 2018.

Jessica Williams

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Comedian and actor Jessica Williams opened up about her struggles with endometriosis. Despite experiencing debilitating pain for years, Williams was only diagnosed recently, underscoring the need for increased awareness and support for those battling this condition.


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Brazilian singer Anitta shared her endometriosis journey through a series of candid tweets, urging others to seek multiple opinions when dealing with recurring health issues. She highlighted the importance of persistence in finding a diagnosis.


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Monica’s journey with endometriosis took a significant turn when, in her late 40s, she discovered the source of the persistent pain. Following an extensive surgery that lasted almost eight hours to address cysts, fibroids and a hernia, Monica found relief and a renewed sense of health.

Tia Mowry

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Tia Mowry has adopted a proactive approach to managing her endometriosis by focusing on her diet. Recognizing that endometriosis thrives on inflammation, Mowry prioritizes foods that reduce inflammation, such as fruits, vegetables, seeds and whole grains. She steers clear of processed and packaged foods, opting instead for nutrient-rich options that support gut health and combat inflammation.

Whoopi Goldberg

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Whoopi Goldberg’s endometriosis battle started approximately 40 years ago. However, due to attentive doctors who caught it early, she was able to alleviate her symptoms. Goldberg’s experience with endometriosis inspired her to create Whoopi & Maya, a line of products designed specifically to relieve menstrual pain.