March is Endometriosis Awareness Month
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. I sometimes joke about how I only have one ovary, but endometriosis isn't funny.
It can be very painful, in some cases women suffer from chronic pain. It can cause infertility and can be very expensive to treat.
What is endometriosis?
It has to do with the lining of the uterus. The uterus and other reproductive organs grow sores on the outside and when the scar tissue and sores keep building up it can be very painful and cause problems with the bladder and bowels.
Endometriosis can cause severe pain, especially during the menstrual cycle. It is much worse than a normal menstrual cycle and can be very harmful to the reproductive organs.
While it is not fatal, there is no cure and it is something that women diagnosed with Endometriosis have to deal with and treat their whole lives.
I'm not a doctor, however, so I found this enlightening informational video to explain the disease, its diagnosis, and treatments.
Padma Lakshmi has been very vocal in spreading awareness and raising money for research. Padma is the co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America. You can find out more about endometriosis and ways to help by going to the foundation's website endofound.org
Diagnosis of Endometriosis can be so hard because it shares symptoms with a lot of other ailments. Also, there isn't a blood test or a simple swab that can diagnose Endometriosis. There is no non-invasive way of knowing for sure. But once you know you have it, there can be a relief.
So to all my #EndoWarriors out there, stay strong. And if any of this sounded familiar to you, talk to your doctor.
Wear yellow sometime this month to spread awareness and show support for all the women living with endometriosis.
Personally, a couple of years ago, I had to switch treatments because a treatment I had been using for five years was causing me to lose bone density. So, after talking with my doctor and getting a second consult, we decided on a treatment for me. I still have good and bad days, but overall my quality of life is much better now. But it took a long time to get here. I've had cysts, surgery, shots, trial, and error with different medicines, and in the beginning, I was a bit of a mystery. I didn't have a diagnosis for a while. It really is a never-ending battle, but hopefully, with research and awareness, we will eventually win the war.
In the last few years, a couple of more famous faces have come out with their stories about having and living with Endometriosis. Halsey, Lena Dunham, Padma Lakshi, and Julianne Hough have all shared their experiences with Endometriosis.