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18 Women With Endometriosis Reveal What They Want Everyone To Know About Their Struggle

It's not just a bad period.

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"It took me nine years (of agony) to be diagnosed with endometriosis!"
Fiona Phillips

"It took me nine years (of agony) to be diagnosed with endometriosis!"

2.

"I'm scared I may never have my own baby... and that is all I want!"
Jessica Brandon-Nelson

"I'm scared I may never have my own baby... and that is all I want!"

3.

"They told me I was imagining my pain, but it was endometriosis."
Althea Atherton

"They told me I was imagining my pain, but it was endometriosis."

4.

"Every time I had my period, I felt like I had the flu."
Andrea Hess

"Every time I had my period, I felt like I had the flu."

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"I've always had 'bad' periods. A recent endo diagnosis felt validating and islolating."
Ashlee Rohnert

"I've always had 'bad' periods. A recent endo diagnosis felt validating and islolating."

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"Because of my endo I was never able to run or do any type of exercise that involved jumping or bouncing."
Susan Parker

"Because of my endo I was never able to run or do any type of exercise that involved jumping or bouncing."

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"I saw over five different OBGYNs by the time I was 18."
Madison Featherston

"I saw over five different OBGYNs by the time I was 18."

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"[Endometriosis] makes me feel defeated and angry."
Gabriel, Karishma

"[Endometriosis] makes me feel defeated and angry."

9.

"I would have one 'good' week a month."
Tamara Main

"I would have one 'good' week a month."

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"I assumed that my pain was 'normal' for YEARS."
Lia Seth

"I assumed that my pain was 'normal' for YEARS."

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"The pain is 24/7. Endometriosis has become my other half... that scares me."
Jessica O'Connor

"The pain is 24/7. Endometriosis has become my other half... that scares me."

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What it feels like:- Imagine the worst cramps you've ever had - Now multiply that pain x10- Now imagine that pain being a NORMAL, FREQUENT part of your life.
Danielle Lavieri

What it feels like:

- Imagine the worst cramps you've ever had

- Now multiply that pain x10

- Now imagine that pain being a NORMAL, FREQUENT part of your life.

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Kelsey Kaste
Kelsey Kaste

"Pain, hospital visits, medications, imaging, pelvic exams, ultrasounds, exhaustion, massive procedures, trial and error, rectal exams, and unknown have all become routine."

"But yet, nobody has an answer because endometriosis can't be seen on the outside and I look "OK!"

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"My treatment put me through menopause at 23, and left me with chronic migraines."
Olivia Kindschuh

"My treatment put me through menopause at 23, and left me with chronic migraines."

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"It took four years of being called a hypochondriac before I was diagnosed."
Narmin Jarrous

"It took four years of being called a hypochondriac before I was diagnosed."

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"I get so bloated that I legit look 5 months pregnant."
Lara Parker for BuzzFeed

"I get so bloated that I legit look 5 months pregnant."

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"My doctor believed that I was lying about the pain for years just to get drugs."
Corrine Mihailovic

"My doctor believed that I was lying about the pain for years just to get drugs."

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"I was medically put through menopause at the age of 15."
Brittany Curtis

"I was medically put through menopause at the age of 15."

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