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17 Things Women With Endometriosis Are Tired Of Explaining

"You don't look sick." WELL, I AM.

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1. Exactly what endometriosis is.

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Endometriosis is a common health problem in women. It occurs when the endometrium tissue grows outside of the uterus on other organs or structures in the body.

Symptoms of endometriosis can include: extremely painful cramps, chronic pain in back and pelvis, intestinal pain, infertility, fatigue, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea.

2. Why you don't "look sick."

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Just because you don't look ill doesn't mean that you aren't. Endometriosis is an internal illness and even though you can't see it on the outside...it's still very much there.

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5. Why you can't just suck it up, take a Midol during your period, and keep working like everyone else.

6. Why you keep having the same surgery.

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Because it doesn't cure you, it only removes lesions at the time of procedure. There's no telling if or when the lesions will return.

7. Why you've been on some form of contraceptive for years now.

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Nope, it’s actually not because I was promiscuous at age 14. Birth control helps keep the pain in check, so a life without it is a life that no one with endometriosis should have to live.

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10. That it causes extreme emotional pain on top of physical pain.

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Dealing with chronic pain every day is enough to cause anyone emotional pain. And not having your condition taken seriously? Even more reason.

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15. That it's incredibly common in women, but that still doesn't mean people take it seriously.

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"If so many women have it, why isn't it talked about more?"

That's a wonderful question.

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