Sometimes when things don't seem.. right.. we're great at burying our heads and just doing whatever we can to get through the pain.
But- we're not doing this anymore.
Why? Because it's 20-19 and as humans, as people, as women, as men, we have to stand up and fight together when it comes to our health and the issues we're facing everyday.
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month and while it may not affect you, there's every chance your bestie, your Mum, you daughter, your sister, your friend, a woman in the office or a relative will be touched by it.
According to Endometriosis Australia the condition is summarised as:
Endometriosis is present when the tissue that is similar to the lining of the uterus (womb) occurs outside this layer and causes pain and/or infertility. The lining layer is called the endometrium and this is the layer of tissue that is shed each month with menstruation (period) or where a pregnancy settles and grows.
Symptoms can include:
Pain that stops you on or around your period.
Pain on or around ovulation.
Pain during or after sex.
Pain with bowel movements.
Pain when you urinate.
Pain in your pelvic region, lower back or legs.
Having trouble holding on when you have a full bladder, or having to go frequently.
Heavy bleeding or irregular bleeding.
The hardest part is the ever-lasting affects this can have on your fertility if you have the condition. Many women put up with the pain, because they believe there's nothing that can be done and they've just got to live through it. While many doctors are now listening to women who present with these symptoms, surgery can be explored, medicine and some are even turning to natural alternate medicines.
No one should have to live through the excruciating pain on a daily basis but the sad reality is that thousands of people across Australia do. The Federal Government has developed the National Action Plan for Endometriosis which we hope will see conditions, diagnosis and treatment recognised through all medical health practitioners and we can see more funding put towards finding help for the 740,000 women who suffer from the condition.
The first step: TALK about it. Let's all get behind our endo warriors this month.
Head to the Endometriosis Australia website HERE to find out how you can help.