hey so it’s march now aka the beginning of endometriosis awareness month and i feel obligated to remind you that debilitatingly painful periods are not normal. if you or someone you know is ending up sick or bedridden every month, you are not crazy and deserve medical attention from someone who will take you seriously

Sympathy is only for the able.

People only care that you are sick as long as you are going to get better. Once they find out it is a forever thing, their sympathy suddenly has an expiration date.

Ok so

I have a disease where my body produces cells that grow in the wrong place. They grow on my bowels and intestines. This causes severe pain, chronic fatigue, dizziness and lightheartedness, infertility, hormonal issues, and other symptoms that impact my life on a daily basis. 

In just that context it sounds serious.

But when I give it condition its proper name–endometriosis–people roll their eyes. People say “oh it’s just a period, everyone with a uterus has to deal with periods, periods suck, toughen up.” People insult me when I say I can’t get out of bed I can’t stand up or keep food down or function. 

Endometriosis is serious. It’s debilitating. It’s not just “a bad period.” Please don’t make people with endometriosis feel like they have to justify their symptoms. Please understand the awful reality of this condition 

Does the reality of having a chronic illness ever just slap you in the face? Its like wow I’ll never be able to do that thing that I’ve always wanted to do.

Hey there friends since it’s Endometriosis Awareness Month (and also Endo Awareness Week I’m pretty sure) here’s some important info about it:
  • Endometriosis affects one (1) in ten (10) people assigned female at birth
  • It’s when the lining of the uterus grows outside in other areas of the body
  • Its common symptoms are pelvic pain, abdominal pain, lower back pain, heavy/abnormal menstrual bleeding, painful intercourse, nausea, extreme fatigue, digestive problems, and sometimes fertility problems
  • You don’t need all those symptoms to have endometriosis
  • Anyone at any age, race, and identity can be affected as long as they’ve started their period
  • It doesn’t just affect you during your cycle (I’ve been wiped out from this for months now so trust me, I know.)
  • Many doctors, GP’s, and even gynaecologists don’t know much about it
  • Halsey, Whoopi Goldberg, Chaz Bono, Dolly Parton, Daisy Ridley, Marilyn Monroe, Cyndi Lauper, Yuki Murofushi, and even Hillary Clinton all have endo
  • Surgery isn’t the only solution, and birth control, acupuncture and natural medicines usually end up working better anyway
  • There currently isn’t a cure for it

And remember: heavy and painful periods aren’t normal, they’ve just been normalised. You aren’t making it up or overrreacting, and you don’t deserve to suffer like this.

Love n spoons 💕

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Why do so many people think that birth control is just used to stop pregnancies? It’s used for so many other things. People with endometriosis take it to control their symptoms. People with really horrible periods have to take it. There are some people who have to take it or else they’ll get really sick. So don’t you dare tell me that birth control is a fucking choice and not used to treat a medical condition.