Endometriosis – Five Signs March is Endometriosis
Awareness Month and I think this is the most important thing ever! As soon as I found this out, I was really
excited because I know that this is an opportunity for us to talk about endometriosis and to
raise awareness and to bring it to the forefront. You know, just talking about it and giving
other women a chance to understand it a little bit better and give support is so good. So. Today’s video is going to be the first video
that I am going to do this month about endometriosis. I have a few more ideas that I am going to
kind of see how they play out over the month. The best we can do is start with one. So, I wanted to do a “Five Signs That You
Might Have Endometriosis” and I think this is so crucial because endometriosis goes un-diagnosed
soooo often and the biggest reason of that is, because you can only officially be diagnosed through
a surgery, through laparoscopic surgery. I mean, how many people do you know are just
getting laparoscopic surgeries and being diagnosed with endometriosis? Not very many! It’s a really hard disease to diagnose and
another unfortunate part of that is just the lack of knowledge and that being on our end
as the, you know, women in the situation and then on the doctors end as well and people
who are supposed to be providing information. Because people usually keep this sort of thing
private and don’t often talk about you know, like periods and sex and stuff like that out
loud with other people. I find that there is like a misconception
overall with so many women and especially young women because you do not know what is
considered “normal.” You just think, “Okay, well these cramps,
everybody has cramps on their period. Yeah, I can’t walk two seconds without wanting
to cry or puke, or have a physical response, but that’s normal because everybody has cramps.” But it’s not normal, and by talking about
these kinds of things, we are able to kind of spread that information and help these
women realize that there might be something wrong and that they should seek a doctor,
and that they should advocate for their health.So anyways, I kind of went on a tangent i was
not expecting to. I want to read just a definition of endometriosis
in case you are new to this. “Endometriosis happens when endometrial tissue,
which normally lines inside the uterus, grows elsewhere in the body, like on the ovaries
or in the fallopian tubes. This abnormal growth causes an inflammatory
response and this tissue is then able to reproduce itself as part of an inflammatory process.” So it can grow anywhere, it can grow on your
bowels, on your ovaries. It can make its way, like many different places,
and it’s awful. It’s really awful! So, I want to get right into the five signs,
that you could have endo and so yeah, let’s get into it! Okay, number one and the biggest one for me
is, painful periods, and I’m talking cramps, like where your heat pack, is your best friend
and you can’t imagine going through your period without your heat pack. Where you’re taking medication, like Tylenol
or something to help with the pain. Where you are having that response, where
it’s hard to move or some people even feel nauseous because the pain is so bad. It’s essentially, if you think about what
a period cramps should be, if it’s anything more than that. And this goes back to what I said, that we
don’t know what the normal level is because it’s not really a universal thing. But if any of those things like ring true
to you, if you feel the heat pack or any of that, than that might very well be a sign
for you. That was a big one for me but I just spent
so many years thinking that, that was normal, that that level of pain was what all women
were supposed to experience and that I just needed to toughen up and I jsut needed to
get through the day and, “too bad so sad, being a women sucks and you just have to keep going!” But, the truth was, not at all! That was absolutely not the way I was supposed
to be feeling. It actually makes me really sad thinking back
on all that time that I spent being in pain and thinking I was just being a wuss. It makes me sad to know that it was quite
the opposite. So along with periods is heavy flow, heavy
excessive bleeding when you are on your period and that is something that I experienced as
well and just thought that that was normal or I would just, you know, got like, I just
got SOL and had to deal with that and it was too bad. But that, especially in conjunction with the
painful cramps, could definitely be something there. The next one is actually having pain when
you’re having bowel movements or when you’re having gas or anything like that. That is like the endometrial cells growing
on maybe your bowels or around there. And that is definitely a big sign too. Is pain with those things. Now, let’s take it one step further into the
TMI zone and that is having pain during intercourse. And I just want to tell you right now, pain
during intercourse that is not supposed to be, that’s not supposed to be how it is and
unfortunately that is what a lot of people with endometriosis are dealing with. So if that’s something that you’re experiencing,
that could definitely be a sign as well. And then the last one, number five, isn’t
so much a cut and paste kind of sign, because there is so many different reasons why this
could be caused. But I think that all of theses signs are kind
of, play into part with each other. So if you’re finding that you have many of
these or, you know any of them ring true for you, then the fifth one is infertility. And coming from myself, dealing with endometriosis
stage 3 and having infertility, it all makes sense. As soon as I was diagnosed, I was like, “Oh! Okay! Haha, it makes sense now!” So essentially, if you know, you’re having
trouble conceiving or if you’ve been through IVF, or been through treatments and they haven’t
been successful, that endometriosis is definitely something that you should bring up to your
doctor and talk about, especially if you have some of these other signs as well. So I just want to say I am not an expert,
in fact I am actually not quite fully aware of the endometriosis in my own life. I don’t really know all the best ways to deal
with it or what to do, but I do know myself and I know the signs that I’ve felt and I
can only speak to my experience. So I want to encourage you, to advocate for
yourself, that’s something that I am trying to do more and more as I become more knowledgeable. If you bring some of these things to your
doctor and you know, they just shrug it off, like, “Oh you’re just, you just have more
cramps than the average person,” but you really feel like this is a possibility for you, push
a little harder. I think it’s important because unfortunately,
like I said before, a lot of, you know, the stigma is that women just have painful periods
and just have heavy flows and that’s just “oh well!” Like your life is kind of crappy haha and
you just move on. But that might not be the case and it’s important
to be, you know, an advocate for yourself. Okay, so those are my FIVE SIGNS, and all
of these things, are things that I, when I look back, I’m like, “How did I not know?!” Haha. If you want to get to know my story a little
bit more, I will link some of the videos that I have done in the past couple years around
my journey of being diagnosed and everything and I will link them down below. But I will have kind of an “Endometriosis:
My Story” video coming out really soon to go over everything. So I hope you guys enjoyed and I hope you
got something out of this. If you feel like you need to share it with
someone that you think could use this information, by all means, that would be wonderful! And subscribe if you haven’t already haha
and we’ll see you in our next video! Which, will probably be a vlog. Thank you guys! Bye! And you had to know Ellie was right there,
cause she always is. Haha.


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