Yesterday (7th October) endometriosis was trending on Twitter. Largely in part to This article. Now why would I possibly be bothered by this, or why would anyone be bothered by this? Well according to Endometriosis uk the current figures indicate 1 in 10 women have the condition….. and I’m one of them.
So slightly different post from me this time…. I’m going to talk to you about endometriosis. And guys, if any of you are reading this, before you roll your eyes and think ” oh it’s just girls moaning about that time of the month” let me tell you endometriosis is NOT just period pain, it is more than the odd stomach cramp.
Anyone who thinks endometriosis is just a period is sadly mistaken. I’m self employed, every month I take 3 days off to coincide with the start of my period…. but why? Surely just man up Gemma? ( incidentally let’s stop telling everyone to “man up” it’s not helpful) well because every single month, on day one I go from being ok, to being bent double from pain – I mean think having your stomach used as a punch bag type pain,, and you’re getting there. The nausea is awful, if you eat too you’re sick, the pain extends up to my ribs and somehow creeps through your legs down to your feet.
The ache is unremitting, it literally feels like all joy has been sucked out of you, and actually if I could remove my pain receptors for those days, that would be amazing.
I was about 15 when the pain started, the school nurse though I was trying to get sent home, the doctors suggested the pill, my mum took me seriously…. it took years ( about 9 ) to get a diagnosis.
That’s not the best of it…. you often get fertility problems and the ” don’t you want more children?” Questions… My reply” yes another would be lovely but my womb is that scarred that babies don’t like it”
Other joys are Miscarriages, scans, operations, ( I mentioned pain didn’t I?) and a deep frustration that only women in similar situations can empathise with. Why frustration though? Because no one believes you that it is, or can be, that bad. Even my GP said to me at 25 that I had nothing to worry about…. and a few painful periods were part of the course- apparently having a baby would help. I mean seriously those were her words….. you can imagine how that made me feel. I’m not alone either- scores of women all over the country will tell you of similar stories. This is both sad and disheartening.
This all needs to change, attitudes around this condition needs to change. More funding is needed and above all women need to be taken seriously. This is a horrible condition and I for one am pleased it’s had some recognition this week.
Ladies if you think you may have symptoms of endometriosis please do get it checked.
Seek help, if you are struggling I’d recommend Twitter…. the communities on there really are the best. You’ve got this girls…… you are not alone.