Halsey has delivered a powerful speech about living with endometriosis – and reminded sufferers everywhere that they should never be made to feel ashamed about their condition.
Halsey was recently honoured by the Endometriosis Foundation of America during its ninth annual Blossom Ball, where she was presented with an award for raising awareness about the disease.
And, speaking out about what it’s really like to be a female artist in the male-dominated music industry, Halsey explained that having to deal with the disorder’s often painful period symptoms while working around men has forced her to become more open about her experience.
Indeed, with 40% of women saying they had seen a doctor 10 times before being referred to a gynaecologist and 67% saying they obtained most of their information on the subject from the internet, the findings from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women’s Health reveal a lack of awareness around what is considered ‘normal’ menstruation and what indicates a more serious issue.
Thank goodness, then, that so many high-profile women are using their platforms to raise awareness of the condition: as well as Halsey, Lena Dunham, Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley, Dancing with the Stars’ Julianne Hough and Olympian Emily Seebohm have discussed their own experiences of endometriosis – and encouraged sufferers to stop feeling ashamed and seek help from their doctors.