So I decided to talk about this because a lot of women aren’t aware of what it is and also some don’t even know they have it. Also because I recently went to the doctor *this is a lengthy blog post*
Now I have had my period since I was 14 years old and I didn’t have that bad of cramps because I was somewhat active in high school. As I got older around 17/18, that’s when the pain started to develop. I was young, and I just thought it came along with the period.
Fast forwards to 20 I just had my first child that’s when it had got worst. My periods were heavy, but the pain was bearable because it lasted for 3-4 days little did I know at the time I had endometriosis.
So fast forward to me in my late 20s, I am dating someone, so I decided to go to the doctor and get birth control, cause I honestly at the time did not want another child. So she’s asking questions, and I mention my pain and how severe it is. She says ” It sounds like you have endometriosis.”
So she goes into explaining what it is, and it’s everything that I have been experiencing.
So for women who don’t know and may think you have it here are some symptoms & explanation of what endo is.
Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that typically lines the inside of your uterus ( the endometrium) it grows outside of your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and the tissue lining of your pelvis. It is rare, but it can sometimes spread beyond your pelvic organs.
Facts about Endometriosis
Endometriosis affects between 6-10% of women worldwide.
Most women go undiagnosed, and it can take up to 10 years to receive a diagnosis
Pain during intercourse
Pain using the bathroom
To be diagnosed with Endometriosis you must go to the doctor I am not medically trained to diagnose you. The purpose of this blog was for awareness of the disease.
Treatments for Endometriosis:
Hormone therapy (birth control helps someone with mild endo)
Complications with Endometriosis:
Infertility which affects 50% of those with Endo
Increased risk of developing ovarian cancer
To help manage symptoms of Endometriosis here are a few tips:
Yup, that’s about it for pain management LOL.
I think it is essential for women to know these type of things because as a black woman it is less likely for a doctor to listen to us and understand out symptoms.
Look at me it took me until I was 27/28 to find out what I had. I think the only thing I am disappointed about it is the struggle I will have attempting to having another child if I even want one at this point. I know by the graces of God if and when I do decide to have another child it’ll happen I just have to pack a bag full of patience.