Endometriosis Pain is a debilitating chronic disease affecting one in 10 women, but few know what it is and many go undiagnosed for up to 10 years. For Endometriosis Awareness Month, Kathryn Perrott shares her story. Do you think pain could be an emotional thing for you?” the doctor asked.I sat, crippled with searing stomach pain, in the office of a GP I managed to get an appointment with at the last minute. And now I was fighting the urge to strangle her with her stethoscope.
I didn’t know it at the time, but I had Endometriosis Pain — a chronic and debilitating disease when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows in other places, including on the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the pelvic side-wall, bowel, bladder, uterosacral ligaments and in the Pouch of Douglas.In rare cases, it has been found to grow as far as the lungs and brain.Endometriosis Pain irritates surrounding tissue and causes severe pelvic pain, inflammation, heavy or irregular menstrual bleeding, scarring and bowel and bladder symptoms.
It is also a common cause of female fertility problems. Up to 50 per cent of women with the disease have difficulty becoming pregnant.But 10 per cent of women have the disease — so why do I have to explain what it is?
In the past, menstrual health has only been spoken about in hushed tones, leading to a lack of research and understanding of Endometriosis Pain, which experts say may have been put down to “women’s hysteria”.
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Today, the lack of awareness means it takes seven to 10 years on average to be diagnosed.
It took 10 years for me, during which I was sometimes labelled a hypochondriac and “always sick”.
Although he regrets it now, my dad would usher me off to school, doubled over in pain, saying: “Other girls get their period too you know, and they go to school.”