, I was going to attend a field trip with my twins for their first movie theater experience! Except, #becauseofpain
, I couldn’t make it today. They are also missing their first swim practice right now because I’m not well enough to get us all out of the house.
See, there’s this condition, and you might have heard of it: #Endometriosis
. It occurs when when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (womb) grows outside of the uterus. Most often, endometriosis is found on your reproductive organs, but other sites can include the bowels, bladder, or rectum.
PAIN is the most common symptom. Women with endometriosis may have many different kinds of pain. These include: Very painful menstrual cramps. Chronic pain in the lower back and pelvis. Pain during or after sex. Intestinal pain. Painful bowel movements or pain when urinating during menstrual periods.
It also causes stomach/digestive problems and infertility.
I N F E R T I L I T Y .
Researchers think it affects 11% of women between the age of 15 and 45, but it’s likely more than that due to women *not being diagnosed properly*. Countless women suffer for YEARS before finding a provider who will take their pain seriously and offer them a diagnosis and meaningful help.
My heart BREAKS for the teenage girls (GIRLS!) who are told their painful cycles are normal, only to discover they are infertile when they try to start their families years later because endometriosis has ravaged their bodies and reproductive organs!
My menstrual cycles have always affected my life, even since my very first period. For years, endo pain has caused me to miss countless days of school and college, interfered with my social life, affected my marriage, landed me multiple surgeries and many MANY tests and scans, and made me feel like less of a woman because of it.
BUT, I am grateful for doctors who took my complaints seriously from the start.
No one should have to suffer in silence with endometriosis. If your cycles are affecting your life, or if you’re experiencing any symptoms listed above, talk to your OB/GYN. And if your OB/GYN is not listening to you, FIND SOMEONE WHO WILL.
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