When it comes to our health and overall well-being, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, and that’s the message Busy Philipps is spreading after her recent ovarian torsion diagnosis. On Saturday night, Philipps was out and about celebrating the birthday of her BFF Michelle Williams (in matching BFF jackets) when she started experiencing an intense pain in her lower right abdomen. The pain became so excruciating that it landed the actress in the hospital.
Philipps used her health scare to educate her followers. “Last night ended super weird,” the actress wrote on Instagram. “But if you listen to my podcast, you know our advice is always, don’t be a hero, go to the doctor.” Busy co-hosts a health and wellness podcast called “We’re No Doctors” with Steve Agee, fellow actor and self-professed hypochondriac.
The two often talk about the importance of listening to your body, which thankfully, is exactly what she did.
After a long night at Mass General Hospital in Boston, doctors finally figured out the cause of Busy’s pain.
An ovarian torsion occurs when your ovary twists around or flip over the ligaments by which they’re suspended, cutting off blood supply and causing excruciating pain. This sounds absolutely terrifying and we’re grateful Phillipps has shared her experience because many women may be unaware of this risk.
According to Prevention, ovarian torsion is most common among women of childbearing age. Mike Hoaglin, M.D., an emergency room physician at Duke University Hospital says, “With young women, the tissue is more flexible, and the ovary can move and twist with hormonal changes.” That said, it’s not impossible for this problem to occur in postmenopausal women or in prepubescent girls.
While speaking to Cosmo, Dr. April Batcheller, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist at the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine, said ovarian torsions can come out of nowhere, but they’re also associated with pregnancy, a history of torsion, tied tubes, or enlarged ovaries linked to ovulation, ovarian cysts, or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). If you currently have any of the above risk factors, vigorous physical activities like working out or even having sex could increase your likelihood of experiencing a torsion.
The condition often requires surgery, but luckily Busy didn’t need it since her ovary “flipped back by itself,” as she stated in her post.
And we’re inclined to agree. We know it can be easy to go the “wait and see what happens” route, but we should never take a gamble when it comes to our health.