Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins is making the “difficult decision” to pull out of The Wiggles tour to undergo surgery to treat her endometriosis.
The 28-year-old – the first female Yellow Wiggle – has been living with the pain of the condition for years.
“The diagnosis was a really big shock,” Watkins told Channel Nine’s Today this morning.
“Over the last couple of years I had noticed a lot of [period] pain and I think even as a girl you are just used to dealing with what you have to deal with, and I think as it started to progress to get a little bit worse I thought I should get it checked out.”
Endometriosis is a condition that sees the lining of the uterus grow outside the womb, too. It can line the ovaries and fallopian tubes, causing crippling and irregular menstruation.
According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms include pain, headaches, infertility and pain during intercourse.
“I just thought it was a really bad period and really heavy bleeding and I didn’t really think much of it,” she told Today.
“Then I started getting headaches during the show and I thought, okay, this is probably a little bit too much now.”