Whoopi Goldberg Opens Up About Her Struggle with Endometriosis

“I didn’t know what was going on,” Goldberg shared.

Whoopi Goldberg opened up about her endometriosis journey on “The View” this week.

On Wednesday (Nov. 8), Hillary Clinton appeared as a guest and discussed her role as an executive producer for "Below the Belt," a documentary on raising awareness about endometriosis. The reproductive condition involves the growth of uterine tissue outside the uterus, leading to cramps and persistent pain.

Goldberg, 67, shared her frustration about the common occurrence of women receiving a diagnosis for the painful condition only after experiencing symptoms for many years.

“It drives me berserk that we are still constantly having to beg for health care,” she said.

“We pay taxes. Women pay taxes. I don’t understand why when doctors go to school forever, they’re not taught about a woman’s body. And then you have all of these people making these comments and you know [they] have no idea how this works.”

Everyday Health reports that an estimated one in 10 women have endometriosis. A study in the February 2023 Journal of Clinical Medicine indicates that women might endure endometriosis for five to 10 years before being diagnosed. This delay can happen because there are either no symptoms or the symptoms resemble those of other conditions.

Goldberg shared her lived experience with the condition.

“For me, I had it once. And I was lucky enough because I had a urinary tract infection that I did not take care of,” she said. “Note to people: don’t let that stuff go. Because stuff happens in your body and I ended up with what looked like — and I don’t mean to gross you out — but suddenly there was a smell and it looked like cottage cheese and I didn’t know what was going on.”

“And I was lucky enough to get to somebody who said, ‘This is called endometriosis’ and they were able to treat me with antibiotics. But that’s because somebody knew what they were looking at.”

When Goldberg saw Clinton’s documentary and learned that it takes six to 10 years to even get a diagnosis, she said, “I don’t understand that! What are they doing in medical school!?”

She is among several celebrities who have openly discussed their experiences with endometriosis. Tia Mowry, Gabrielle Union, Robin Quivers and Jessica Williams have also shared their challenges.


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