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
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
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.
lol when endometriosis and other reproductive diseases are only taken seriously when they cause infertility because we live in a society that only cares about women’s health when it comes to being able to pop out a baby and not the debilitating pain these women endure everyday
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.