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My first endometriosis flare occurred when I was 34, about 2 years after coming off oral contraceptives. My period came and along with it was a stabbing pain on the right side of my stomach. I though I had appendicitis. I was super nauseous...

The day before I get my period is the worst day. Suddenly, I’ll get the most intense pain in my pelvic area. It’s so bad that I physically can’t move without wanting to scream. I’ll take Naproxen and go into the shower and allow the...

Endometriosis is invisible. I'm pretty sure if someone looked at me, they would not be able to tell I am in pain. I hide it well because I don't have a choice. I need to go to school and work, I need to do things...

It took decades for me to find a doctor that would listen to me about the negative impacts my periods were having on my life. I have only ever been offered various pain prescriptions. Hospital visits offered the most (albeit temporary) relief through a combination...

I cannot be spontaneous and have missed many social gatherings. My illness makes me unreliable at times. As someone who is un-partnered, dating has been difficult due to ablelist mentalities & my inability to predict my symptoms nor timeline of treatment....

Lower back + pelvic + abdomen pain, sharp stabbing pain in my ovaries, weakness in my legs and occasionally trouble walking, fatigue, trouble breathing through the pain, insomnia, nausea, chills/shaking, pressure in lower abdomen, bloating....

The biggest impact has been in failing to conceive for over 18 months, and going through fertility treatment cycles with no success. Since I've always wanted children, this has been a challenging journey, and one I feared most when receiving my diagnosis. Financially, it is...

It started with stabbing, shooting pain. Vaginal and rectal pain so severe I couldn’t walk because every time I put a foot down the pain would sear through me like a knife. Aching across my abdomen from left to right, from my belly button down...

Ever since going through gender transition 25 years ago I've been completely open about who I am, because my family, GP, and other people in my life have been accepting. That support is amazing and definitely helped me deal with the discrimination and ignorance I've...

It is exhausting and can be discouraging; however, I feel that this will change. I can sense a lot of positive action is coming our way, and that everyone has to advocate for themselves and really push for more funding for research to be done,...

At this point in my disease, it affects all aspects of my life. I am not free to be spontaneous, because my diet is so restricted and I need meal plans. Even with planned "safe" meals, I still get digestive pain often times. I'm exhausted...

I believe that all general practitioners, psychologists, and clinics should be equipped with a basic level of information to understand that if a uterus-having person is experiencing pain, that is not normal. There is so much of our culture that confirms that period pain is...