She made headlines for her on-screen romp on Love Island last summer – and Zara Holland is keen to move past all that and has spoken out about her battle with endometriosis.
The 21-year-old wants to raise awareness about the common chronic condition, which means the tissue that normally lines the womb is outside the uterus.
She told OK! Online: ‘Living with endometriosis is terrible. I have had heavy bleeding, I’ve had to take time off work, I wouldn’t eat, [I’ve had] painful sex and [am] so tired. Endometriosis can affect fertility too, which really really scares me.’
Secret battle: Zara Holland has revealed that she has been suffering with the chronic condition endometriosis… as she hopes to raise awareness about it
The former Miss Great Britain, who was stripped of her crown after her exploits on Love Island, revealed she was diagnosed with endometriosis three years ago.
But she added that the condition appears to be in control, saying: ‘I am ovulating so all good for now!”
Zara posted a photograph of herself holding an endometriosis awareness leaflet on Twitter, which she captioned: ‘Girls night! Raising awareness for @EndometriosisUK #endometriosisawarenessweek #endothenight’
Speaking out: The 21-year-old wants to raise awareness about the condition, which means the tissue that normally lines the womb is outside the uterus
She revealed that she has undergone surgery for the condition, with doctors using a laser to destroy the endometriosis tissue.
The reality star also said she has been fitted with a Mirena coil, which is commonly used to treat the condition.
Endometriosis is estimated to affect around two million women in the UK – with most patients being diagnosed between the age of 25 and 30 – and can be extremely debilitating.
Former beauty queen: Zara was stripped of her Miss Great Britain crown following her on-screen romp on Love Island last summer
The most common symptoms include painful and heavy periods; pain in the lower abdomen, pelvis or lower back; pain during and after sex; bleeding between periods and difficulty getting pregnant.
The blonde bombshell, who shot to fame after romping with contestant Alex Bowen on Love Island, has recently found love again.
She recently spoke to The Sun about her new beau, Elliot Love, and how she has put on half a stone since the relationship began.
Zara said: ‘He didn’t watch one episode of Love Island – he was the first guy I met after coming out of the villa who didn’t know who I was in fact.
‘We’ve been official for a couple of months now. It just happened naturally and that’s the best way.
‘But he just likes me for me which was so refreshing.’
New leaf: The reality star has recently found love again with her new beau, Elliot Love