Padma Lakshmi is recognized as a model, author, and host of Bravo TV's . What most don't know is that Padma suffered such debilitating endometriosis pain that it interfered with her life and her work for more than 20 years.
That unbearable pain was associated with her monthly menstrual periods. After working with a handful of doctors over those decades to determine the source of the pain, Padma finally got the answers and solutions she sought.
She learned she had endometriosis.
Today Padma Lakshmi no longer suffers each month as she used to. Further, she has given birth to a daughter, Krishna. She had feared, like many women with endometriosis, that she would never be able to get pregnant.
Our patient empowerment interest in Padma's story is her new endeavor as a cofounder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America. The foundation's goal is to help other women get the diagnosis and treatment they need.
Interview with Padma Lakshmi on the Endometriosis Foundation of America
I had an opportunity to talk to Padma about her experience, the Endometriosis Foundation of America and its goals.
Question: Tell me about your symptoms, but lack of diagnosis. How did you know you weren’t getting the right answers from the doctors you saw?
Padma: I had very heavy periods and a lot of pain. Backache, cramping, headache, bloating, nausea. I spent days in bed each month, and nothing seemed to relieve my symptoms.