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15 Things Anyone With Endometriosis Needs You To Know

Just because you can't see our illness doesn't mean it isn't there.

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1. It's not just a "bad period."

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Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus actually grows outside of the uterus (typically on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, or pelvic organs). This can cause severe pain, inflammation, and even the formation of scar tissue. Pain from endometriosis can occur at any time of the month, and is not limited to menstrual cramps.

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8. There's a good chance that we've tried every single "cure" available on the internet.

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So while we appreciate your concern, we don't want to know about the weird pill your Facebook friend from high school messaged you about.

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12. But it's still common to be misdiagnosed for years.

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Research suggests that there is an average of 7.5 years between a woman seeing a doctor and actually getting the endometriosis diagnosis.

14. Telling us our illness "could be worse" is incredibly insensitive.

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Absolutely, there are other problems and illnesses in the world. But that doesn't change the fact that we are living in daily physical pain.

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