Ever wonder why it seems like your period is worse than your friends’? Do you ever feel like a wimp when it comes to your period? Why is it so much easier for others to deal with? Does your period make you miss out on school, sports, or social events? If so, you have come to the right place!
Endo – what?! How do you even say that word?
Endometriosis (pronounced end-oh-me-tree-oh-sis or endo for short) occurs when the lining of your uterus (the stuff that is normally shed during your period) is present outside the uterus in places it doesn’t belong. These can include the internal organs, reproductive organs, bladder, rectum, or intestines. It is like you are having mini periods wherever these lesions are growing, in addition to your normal period! It affects 10% of girls and women of reproductive age, and can affect you as soon as you get your first period.
Endometriosis usually gets worse over time. That’s why it is really important to speak to a doctor if you think your period is not normal. If treated early endometriosis can be managed so it does not get worse.
Visiting the doctor for any reason can be hard, but it is especially difficult when dealing with reproductive health. The good news is, we can help! Tracking your symptoms can help the doctor to understand what you are going through, and you can do this on your phone through apps like Glow. You can also use our papertracking system (click here) and read our tips for seeing the doctor (click here).
Have additional questions about your period and endometriosis? Want to know more about next steps if you think you might need to see a doctor? Check out our FAQ page ! You can also email our ENPOWR staff for answers to your questions at ENPOWR@endofound.org or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram .