Endometriosis Awareness Month
by Briana Harry
Alongside Women’s History Month, March is also shared with Endometriosis Awareness Month. Rightfully so, as endometriosis is a disease that affects 1 out of 10 women during their reproductive years. More likely than not, we all have a woman in our lives who has been one of these women. Our founder, Brittany Harris is one of these women, and she’s dedicated herself to the work around creating products for women who have suffered like her, and for all women. She also puts so much into creating the space for women to learn about topics such as endometriosis as it isn’t information that has been freely shared with girls and women, historically.
Endometriosis is a disease where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus implants and grows outside of the uterus, and potentially, onto other organs. The symptoms most women experience when dealing with endometriosis are painful, heavy, and irregular periods, pain during sex, chronic fatigue, issues with digestion, and infertility. It’s important that we’re talking to girls as they enter their reproductive years about potential irregularities in their cycles, as, on average, it takes 7 to 10 years to even be diagnosed. It’s also important to note that there is no medical cure for endometriosis and excision is the best known medical treatment.
So, as we celebrate women this month, let’s continue to empower conversation and information that will help us to help ourselves and one another. None of us should have to suffer in silence. Despite what we’re taught growing up about the general “pain of being a woman”, there is absolutely nothing normal about extremely painful periods. Being and remaining informed will help us all to see the signs, and even help identify them for our fellow female.
Here’s to our health.