Sunday Mirror columnist Saira Khan on endometriosis, the condition that has been causing debilitating menstrual pain since she was a teenager and affects one in ten women
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Just as women have brought menopause to the fore, I want to do the same for endometriosis.
I want to raise awareness for one in ten women like me who have this condition. It wasn’t until I was 34 that I was diagnosed with stage 3 endometriosis.
My fallopian tubes were so scarred that I had less than a 5% chance of having a baby.
Had I been diagnosed earlier or had I known the symptoms to look out for, I could have sought help and received treatment before the condition got this bad. It would have increased my chances of conceiving naturally.
Endometriosis is where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus begins to grow in other places, such as the B. in the ovaries and fallopian tubes. It’s a chronic and debilitating condition that causes painful or heavy periods. It can lead to infertility, fatigue, and bowel and bladder problems.
I’ve had debilitating menstrual pain since I was young.
My mother gave me an aspirin, told me not to be so dramatic, and sent me to school with extra pads.
I found that girls didn’t talk about their periods, so there was no benchmark for me to judge if the level of my period pain was a cause for concern. It was my body telling me something was wrong.
As I got older and went to work, I became more and more anxious and stressed as my period approached.
I was paranoid about leaks; My bloated stomach was so uncomfortable that I ran out of energy.
It wasn’t until my thirties, after four years of unsuccessful family attempts, that I went to the doctor. I was referred for laparoscopy and received the devastating news that I had stage 3 endometriosis.
It was the first time I ever heard the word. I remember being told that the only way to become a mother was through IVF.
I was lucky that my first IVF cycle worked and my son Zac was born in 2008. In 2011 I adopted my daughter Amara.
Endometriosis causes chronic pain, premature hysterectomy, premature menopause, infertility and depression.
Those who suffer from it must be taken seriously and supported at school and at work.
Stories of thousands of women being misdiagnosed, suffering and becoming fertile break my heart.
Women in the UK in 2022 shouldn’t have to suffer like this.
I call for education in schools, better training for general practitioners in diagnosing symptoms and flexible working for those affected.
I urge parents to talk to their daughters about their periods and to get help if they suspect something is wrong.
There is no cure, but there are effective ways to treat the condition and prevent infertility. visit endometriosis-uk.org for more informations.
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