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Here’s how this NY State bill could change the way we talk about endometriosis and menstrual health

Here’s how this NY State bill could change the way we talk about endometriosis and menstrual health

by Diana Falzone / BuzzFeed Contributor

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The pain came on like a tidal wave. It felt like a knife stabbing me over and over again in my abdomen; nausea and heavy bleeding followed. I was 17 years old and away from my family during a weeklong seminar. Although surrounded by other young women, I was so scared and embarrassed to talk about what was happening to my body. I did not know what was wrong with me. When I returned home, I confided in my mom. She took me to see a gynecologist, who recommended I start taking a birth control pill.

For years, I chalked up these abnormal episodes that occurred between my period as normal. After all, no one told me anything different. Periods were supposed to be uncomfortable, the pain was a part of it, and we just had to deal with it, right?

#letstalkperiod