Approximately 176 million women worldwide suffer from Endometriosis. It’s time to talk to about it
What the hell is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis occurs when endometrial tissue grows outside of where it’s supposed to grow.
Common symptoms: Very painful cramps or periods, heavy periods, chronic pelvic pain (which includes lower back pain and pelvic pain), intestinal pain, pain during or after sex, and infertility.
In other words, it freaking hurts. Here are some questions not to ask.
1. “Oh, so you have some cramps?”
Do you have a death wish?
2. “I barely ever have cramps!”
THAT’S REALLY GREAT FOR YOU.
3. “My period lasts like 2 days!”
I literally have no idea what you’re talking about. Is that even possible?
4. “You should take some Midol!”
Oh, what a brilliant idea. Look out everyone, we have the next Albert Einstein over here.
5. “You’re probably just stressed.”
Or my uterus is trying to kill me? One or the other.
6. “Have you told your doctor?”
Only every month.
7. “Maybe you should try to exercise?”
I’ll get right on that. As soon as I can walk again.
8. “You should eat better!”
You should shut up.
9. “Didn’t you just have surgery for that?”
On average, women will have more than one surgery in their lifetime for continuing Endometriosis. There is no definitive cure.
10. “At least you don’t have ______.”
Please don’t compare this condition with any other. Remember, just because someone else might have it worse doesn’t make this pain lessen.
11. “Just wait until you have kids. Then you’ll know pain.”
Am I giving birth? Nope. So explain to me again why I’m experiencing this pain?
12. “Weren’t you just sick last week?”
This isn’t a cold. It doesn’t work like that.
13. “My friend had that and she was never sick!”
Endometriosis affects everyone differently…much like any other condition. There are no set guidelines for how it will affect women.
14. “Wait, so can you have kids?”
30-40% of women with Endometriosis experience infertility, while others never experience any problems. No one knows. But thanks for that little ray of sunshine.