Happy Endometriosis Awareness Month!
Photography: Martin Studio Photography
This is such a special month for me! I can’t wait to share, celebrate, inform, and shed a few tears with my fellow Endo Girls.
What is Endometriosis?
According to Endo-Online, Endometriosis is a painful, chronic disease that affects at least 6.3 million women and girls in the U.S., 1 million in Canada, and millions more worldwide. It occurs when tissue like that which lines the uterus (tissue called the endometrium) is found outside the uterus — usually in the abdomen on the ovaries, fallopian tubes and ligaments that support the uterus; the area between the vagina and rectum; the outer surface of the uterus; and the lining of the pelvic cavity. Other sites of these endometrial growths may include the bladder, bowel, vagina, cervix, vulva, and in abdominal surgical scars. Less commonly they are found in the lung, arm, thigh and other locations.
Endometriosis is a lifetime journey, and for those women who walk the path know that you are not alone. To all the other women out there who are dealing with painful cycles and don’t know why this is the time to start asking questions to your doctor about it. There are a lot of women who go undiagnosed because not all doctors welcome the idea of doing a Laparoscopy to find out what is going on.
Here is a quick video about Endometriosis.
Here are a few past posts about my Endometriosis Journey: