National Endometriosis Awareness Month

The month of March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month. I wanted to get some thoughts out of my head & hopefully connect with anyone who deals with endometriosis. This seems to be a disorder that some have heard of and even fewer are fully aware of what it is. Endometriosis is a disorder in which¬†tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus, causing extremely and uncomfortable menstrual cycles. I turned 30 years old this summer, and shortly after, began experiencing incredibly painful menstrual cycles. Painful to the point where I couldn’t move or get out of bed for hours and sometimes days. I assumed it was just a fluke or a one time experience.Until it continued month after month. I finally went to a gynecologist where she told me about this word I had heard before, but was not fully aware of what it meant- endometriosis. It was scary to hear that word and to also hear that I may experience infertility if/when I decide to have children. I left that day wondering why my body decided to turn on me, why my body decided to punish me. I also left that day with a prescription for birth control, to help regulate my hormones. A lesbian on birth control, oh the irony in that sentence. (By the way, shout out to my incredible fiance who brings me anything I need including warming up my heating pad when I’m experiencing an episode. She saves me.)

Since being diagnosed and beginning birth control six months ago, my symptoms have calmed. I periodically have episodes (which have become at random, not just during my cycle) however, I am not as afraid of my body as I was before. I wanted to raise awareness of this common disorder and for any woman who cannot properly function during their cycle, stop suffering. See a doctor and discuss a course of action. It is not normal to be hurled over in pain. It is not normal to miss work or school. There is a better way to live and feel.

To all my babes who cope with endometriosis, I feel your pain (literally!).

 

Cheers!

2 Comments

  • Milena

    March 25, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Love that you shared our story so bravely. I’m surprised your doctor didn’t do an ultrasound to make sure there wasn’t actual endometriosis that needed to be removed, but if the birth control is helping then I guess surgery wouldn’t be necessary! Best of luck to you! It took me ten years and a surgery to get my diagnosis, and my doctor STILL didn’t educate me on it. After my surgery he just said “oh it was just a little endometriosis” like my life was going to go back to normal after that! Ha!

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    • shopsalatte

      March 25, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Thank you doll! I am so afraid of surgery so we wanted to see how my body reacted to being on birth control. I’ve also heard several stories of women having the surgery and having the same symptoms after. I’m sorry to hear your doctor was insensitive. Such a bummer when you just want to feel better!!

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