London, Feb 17: Padma Lakshmi has revealed that she use to suffer crushing fatigue and mood swings before she was diagnosed with 'endometrosis' at he age of 36.
The model-turned-TV-chef said that her case was so advanced by the time it was spotted that specialists told her she would be unlikely ever to have children, even with the help of IVF.
Lakshmi revealed that it was a surprise for her to discover that she was pregnant after a brief relationship with Adam Dell, brother of computer firm founder Michael, in 2010.
She said that even her doctor described the conception as 'nothing short of a medical miracle'.
The 42-year-old, who is a proud and protective mother to daughter Krishna today, said that she had spent most of her life trying not to get pregnant and it was only after stopping taking birth control - because she was told that she couldn't conceive, but it happened.
The former wife of celebrated author Salman Rushdie said that she would like to have more children, although she admits her age and history make it unlikely.
According to Lakshmi if she had been diagnosed at 15, 20, or even 30, her life would have been different. That would have been four or five days every month that she wouldn't have been incapacitate or tired, nauseous and cranky.
Lakshmi, who co-founded The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) to encourage women to look out for the symptoms of the illness, further added that she was galvanised by the Chronic pain she went through her life.
She had surgery in 2001 to remove two ovarian cysts and was rushed to hospital when she was 34, suffering pain and bleeding that she now knows was endometriosis-related.
Lakshmi, who do not want others to suffer like she did, says that the earlier endometriosis is diagnosed, the easier and less invasive it is to manage.
"Knowing what I've been through, the moment my daughter reaches puberty I will make sure that I closely watch her symptoms, 'I would encourage anyone reading this to think about it because the chances are they have a friend, sister or daughter who has endometriosis but they don't know it," the publication quoted her as saying. (ANI)