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!).