Sophie Dillman: Living with endometriosis

When we recorded this podcast, our guest Sophie Dillman was holding a hot water bottle to her stomach. The Home and Away actress is one of approximately 176 million women around the world who have endometriosis.


This condition occurs where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found in other parts of the body, most often in the pelvis, and it can affect the reproductive organs. Symptoms can include bloating, bleeding, tiredness and pain around periods, during sex and going to the bathroom. Some women have no symptoms at all; others struggle all the time. Many suffer in silence, because of the misunderstanding, misdiagnosis and lack of awareness around this complex condition that affects one in 10 women.


That’s why Sophie became an ambassador for Endometriosis Australia, to try and help women just like her. We sat down, hot water bottle and all, to talk about her endo journey, the Summer Bay sisterhood and the power of a good workout. 

 

In our chat, Sophie also covers:

  • Her surprising career before joining Home and Away
  • The strategies that help her manage her endometriosis
  • How she works to cultivate self-love and a positive body image
  • Why she wants us all to talk more about female health


Credits:

Your host is Alex Davies, WH Features Editor @adavies234

With thanks to special guest Sophie Dillman @sophiedillman

Your producer is Jake Taylor


Links:


Endometriosis info and resources:

endometriosisaustralia.org – Endometriosis Australia

https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/endometriosis – Jean Hailes

 

Nearly Half Of All Aussies Have Never Heard Of This Condition Affecting 1 in 10 Women – Women’s Health

(https://www.womenshealth.com.au/41-percent-of-australians-have-not-heard-of-endometriosis)

 

What is adenomyosis? – Jean Hailes

(https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/vulva-vagina-ovaries-uterus/adenomyosis)

 

What is Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? – Jean Hailes

(https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/pcos)


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