A woman shares how it's like to live with endometriosis

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One woman bravely talks about her experience living with endometriosis and the impact it has on her life.

Thessy Kouzoukas, creative director and co-owner of SaboSkirt, recently posted about the impact living with endometriosis has on her life. In a candid and heartfelt post to her over 100,000 Instagram followers, she recounts her experience of having a ruptured cyst and talks about the havoc the hormones she’s taking have wreaked on her body.

Kouzoukas wanted to reach out to her community and help other women who suffer from the same condition and most importantly, make sure that they know that they are not alone.

Some of the women who have commented on Kouzoukas’ posts give tips based on their experiencing managing their own endometriosis, however, many others write about their feelings of helplessness when doctors are unhelpful or because they have not found a way to manage the condition in their own bodies.

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This is quite shocking to people. This is me. This is endometriosis. I never intended to share these photos hence why I'm naked, but my god I can't believe the amount of DM's I've received from girls who have endo too and feel alone. The left is my stomach 3 weeks after a ruptured cyst (5 weeks ago). The right is me now, on a drug called "synarel" that has stopped all my hormones and sent me into menopause at the age of 27. My upcoming trip to Greece along with this drug is in hopes to get me prepped and in the best condition both physically and mentally for an operation I'm receiving in late August. Endo is no joke. I'll be operated on for 7+ hours and hospitalised for a week. Please, spread the word about endo. And If you know anyone with bad period pain PLEASE tell them to get checked for this. And to my girls with endo.. you're not alone ❤️

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Endometriosis is one of the most common medical conditions. It affect women, yet, relatively few people know about it and many women remain undiagnosed and untreated.

Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue that lines the uterus is also found in other areas of the body. In the uterus, this lining is shed monthly during menstruation, however, when this tissue is present in other areas, there is no way for it to leave the body. The condition can present anywhere in the pelvic cavity.

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Physicians estimate that up to 176 million women worldwide are living with endometriosis and yet, many women report doctors telling them the pain they are experiencing is simply in their minds.

Women who suffer from severe menstrual pain are all too familiar with how extreme it can be, especially when none of your normal tricks are helping to mitigate it.

The main symptom that women should be aware of is pelvic pain, especially if it is occurring outside the normal menstrual cycle and reaching debilitating levels.

Additionally, women who have the condition may feel pain during sex or when using the toilet. Ultimately, endometriosis can contribute to infertility due to the ovaries being affected by the condition.

If you suffer from these symptoms, be sure to speak to your doctor about your concerns. 

sources: Endometriosis.org, Mayo Clinic, National University Hospital Women’s Centre

This article was originally published on theAsianparent Singapore

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