Emily Seebohm

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Mar 19

I won Olympic golds with endometriosis. Anything is possible | Emily Seebohm

Exclusive: The Olympic swimming champion tells how she discovered she had the disease and why she’s decided to talk about it now

It was before the Rio Olympics that I finally realised there was something wrong with me – that the cramps, back pain, stomach ache, irregular menstrual cycles, cravings and fatigue weren’t just the result of my gruelling training regime.

My gynaecologist suggested I could have endometriosis but the only way to diagnose that is through surgery and, in an Olympic year, there was no way that was going to happen. It wasn’t a possibility so I just had to deal with it.

Related: Endometriosis: 20 things every woman (and every doctor) should know

I never second guessed my dedication to swimming. I just thought, yeah, training is hard

Related: ‘I’m not a hypochondriac. I have a disease. All these things that are wrong with me are real, they are endometriosis’

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