LIFE ★ ENDOMETRIOSIS
Definition: It occurs when tissue similar to the
endometrium (the lining of the uterus) is found outside
the uterus on other parts
of the body.
Who Has It: Me - along with 176 million women worldwide
(1 in 10 women).
Symptoms: Includes painful periods, painful ovulation,
heavy bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, fatigue, and infertility
and can impact
on general physical, mental, and social well being.
Thoughts: Okay, so this may seem like a pretty personal /
topic you only discuss with you bestie, but I feel
that it's honestly time to speak up! Ladies, we can not be
afraid anymore. Unfortunately, some people have
this same diagnosis in a much more severe case. I,
however only recently discovered that I have this
(about 5 years ago) when I had an ectopic pregnancy. I
have always had tremendously
difficult pains during that Gd forsaken time of the
month. But, "deal with it" / "take a midol" / "oh, you're just
exaggerating, just get out of bed" was all
I ever really heard.
SO, as the good girl that I am, I grinned, rolled out of bed,
and dealt with it... all of it - from the before
extreme moods, to the during extreme pain (debilitating)
and not withholding the scary continuous flow.
Before I was finally told that I had Endometriosis (it was
discovered during an ectopic pregnancy I had -
which is a main cause),
I had not a clue in the world. After the Doctor's briefing, I
was so relieved. I felt like I
was "normal." Like there was something there that finally
made sense. There was a reason to this madness!
Yes, there is a term and an understanding as to what is
going on, but there is still no "cure." There's only one
real option to stop the entire symptoms - but, it's a catch
22. I still suffer with symptoms and try to live as best
I can - as long as you have the support and understanding
from those around you, you can get through
Do you too suffer from endometriosis?
Please, feel it a safe place to share with me your experiences, or any advice you may have - i would love to hear!