ME in EndoMEtriosis

Get in the Know about ME in EndoMEtriosis is a women’s health campaign dedicated to inspiring women to learn about and understand endometriosis. The campaign seeks to educate and empower women to evaluate whether they are the “ME in endoMEtriosis” by learning how to identify and address symptoms of endometriosis with their healthcare professional. Did you know Endometriosis affects an estimated one in every 10 women?

I wanted to bring awareness and talk about this campaign since I am someone who suffers from Endometriosis. The exact information I got from my Doctor was “You have been diagnosed with endometriosis, a disease that affects your reproductive organs and your monthly menstrual cycle. It can cause cramps and pain during your periods or pelvic pain throughout the month. Some cases cause infertility (the inability to become pregnant). There is no cure for endometriosis, but you can be treated.”

Wait…What infertility? But I am still young, I want more kids. My son wants siblings. The minute this was all crossing my mind I couldn’t help but think of something my boss told me when I told her I was pregnant a few years ago. She said something along the lines of “maybe this is a blessing in disguise. My friend got pregnant at an early age and she can no longer have any more children”.

For a while, I knew something was wrong. I have always had painful, irregular, & heavy periods. I just assumed it was part of being a girl. A few months after having Bentley the pain got worse & it became more irregular. I tried talking to my doctor, I would tell her all the pain I was in. That I could feel something was wrong.  I knew periods shouldn’t be more painful than giving birth….but it was, for me. Endometriosis is not well known. If it wasn’t for my mom, who also had it, I would not of known anything about endometriosis at all. I wouldn’t have pushed it on my doctor that I thought that is what I had. I am lucky I knew enough about it to be aware. I felt like my doctor kept pushing it off..prescribing me medicine but never doing anything more. I was sick of hurting and her not seeming like she cared. She actually said since I have already given birth, it was highly unlikely that I had endometriosis. I finally decided to get a second opinion and I am so happy I did. Although knowing I have endometriosis may not change anything. I am glad to know, I feel better knowing why I am in so much pain. Trust your gut, if you think something is going on, get it checked.

Although we are not trying for a second child right now, what happens when we do… What happens if we have trouble? It is scary to think that I am only twenty-four years old and may not ever have another child. Every single time someone asks “when are you having another one?” (And let’s be real, I hear that daily) all I think is what if I can’t... Of course, I just tell them the time isn’t right.

The pain I could deal with, don’t get me wrong…it hurts, but it’s possible infertility that honestly scares the shit out of me. It isn’t always painful, but when it is, it is the worst pain I have ever felt. I have given birth, with the epidural not fully kicked in, and my endometriosis can be more painful than pushing a 6 pound 13-ounce baby out. I have a high tolerance for pain, but when you get that instant pelvic pain that makes you unable to even move…..unable to stand up straight. All you want and can do it curl up in a ball. The pain only lasts a few seconds, and it comes & goes.

Endometriosis is much more than just pain & infertility. It’s the embarrassing moments when you get your period out of the blue, or when it lasts for two weeks at a time. Or the times when you’re bloated so badly that you actually look pregnant. Those are the times that make Endometriosis suck.

Endometriosis is associated with pain symptoms which can be debilitating and may interfere with day-to-day activities. Symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Painful periods
  • Pelvic pain between your periods or throughout the entire month
  • Pain with sex

There is no cure for endometriosis, but there are options to help manage it. Doctors may recommend different treatments (i.e., medications or surgery) at different times, depending on pain level and stage of life. My first doctor treated me with multiple different medications, while my second doctor went with the Surgery route. The surgery helped with the pain more than I thought possible, however, seven months later and the pain is back.

Endometriosis affects your relationship. It’s hard to explain the pain you’re in. The random moods you get. The stress everything that’s comes with endometriosis. Having someone who semi understands and accepts everything that comes with endometriosis has been a huge blessing and help to me.

If you think you might be the 1 in 10, use this information to empower yourself to speak to your doctor about how to address your symptoms.

*Southern Mommas was compensated to write this article on www.southernmommas.net