If you have a minute please stop and read. ⠀⠀
A few of you know I have #endometriosis. If you’re a girl and you don’t know what that is then we have a serious issue. Hence why this post is important.
Endometriosis is a disease which effects over 10% of women worldwide. That’s 176 MILLION yet I bet most of you have never heard of it. In fact, one in ten women in the UK have endo but don’t even know it exists. Endometriosis can cause infertility, depression, painful sex and chronic pain when you’re on AND off your period.
I grew up thinking my painful periods were ‘normal’. Whenever I went to the doctors and talked about the chronic pain, the fact I couldn’t leave bed during that time of the month, I was laughed at by a female doctor and told ‘it’s painful for all of us’. I felt ridiculous for even mentioning it and just dealt with the pain for years. Eventually my periods became so painful I would pass out whilst exercising. I would need to sit down and pull my legs to my chest after walking for more than 30 minutes due to the pain of what I soon realised was growths on my ovaries and uterus tearing and bleeding internally. I would make sure to NEVER book anything for the 7 days of my period because I wouldn’t leave my bedroom due to pain.
Currently there is no cure for endo. The only way to help the pain is to have operations. So far I’ve had one operation to remove the growths which took almost 2 months to recover from but even this isn’t a cure as the growths come back as soon as my next cycle begins.
This happens to SO many girls and women and we’re made to feel like it’s ‘normal’, that periods are ‘supposed to hurt’. I wish someone had told me sooner that nothing about the above is normal and we need to be educated. ⠀⠀
That’s why @endometriosis.uk is trying to get the government to add Menstrual Wellbeing to the sex education and relationships, PSHE curriculum. Please click the link in my bio to sign the petition and help change the future of so many girls. And finally, if you think your period pains aren’t normal, go to the doctors and KEEP pushing them for help. You are not alone ❤️