Endometriosis is an often misunderstood disorder affecting an estimated 176 million* individuals around the world, during what should be the prime years of their lives. Mistakenly believed to be a disorder of menstruation that only affects older women, endometriosis can occur in teens and adolescents including non-menstruators and gender diverse individuals. Endometriosis goes beyond age, race and socioeconomic status, affecting people from all backgrounds. Commonly characterized by periods that may be so painful they interrupt your daily routine (along with other symptoms), endometriosis is far more. Although some discomfort during menstruation may be experienced, “killer cramps” are NOT normal – despite what the media, our friends and even well-intentioned loved ones may tell us. Pain is the body’s way of saying something is wrong. Symptoms that get in the way of your school, work, extracurricular or social life are an indication that something is going on...but there is something you can do about it! You don't have to suffer in silence. Talk to your doctor about getting a diagnosis and effective treatment. There is hope...and help!
*Hummelshoj; World Endometriosis Research Foundation