There is one important message I need you to know…painful periods are N O T normal. Let that sink in for a minute…
If you have ever been told painful periods are normal, this is not acceptable. That this is what women normally go through, it is not acceptable. Have you ever been told to have a baby to fix your Endometriosis? Again, not acceptable.
Whilst we might be told that it could be normal…this is NOT NORMAL. Period pain to the point where you need to take time off work or school, pain that stops you in your tracks, pain that makes you vomit, pain that feels like your insides are been ripped apart, pain in your rectum. Flooding through a super tampon to a pad, clots between the size of 5 cent piece to a golfball is not normal, menstrual blood that is purple in colour, black in colour, deep crimson red is not normal.
Each time you bleed your body’s innate intelligence is sharing crucial information with you on your overall and menstrual health. The thing is, so many of the symptoms we’ve been conditioned to think of as normal, are absolutely not. Just because they’re common, don’t mistake this for what we should consider normal. Please ladies be your own health advocate. Find a team of practitioners (conventional and allied) that will take the time to listen to you. Your menstrual history shares so much vital information to your overall health and diagnosis of health issues.
Becoming your own health advocate is so important for these reasons:
~ The average diagnosis for Endometriosis takes around 7-10 years.
~ The average age for a woman to be diagnosed is 28 years (too long).
~ The disease affects 1 in 10 women
~ For many women, painful periods begin in their teens and mis-diagnosis continues until their reproductive years.
~ Women living with endo impacts both their physical and mental wellbeing
~ Endo suffers face huge economic burden managing their condition.
~ 176 million women suffer worldwide
Let’s hope within our life time we find a cure. How many years did it take for you to be diagnosed with Endometriosis or Adenomyosis?
Amanda is the founder of Angea and has over 12 years of experience working with women to support their health journey. In addition to being a registered doctor of Chinese medicine, Amanda is a yoga teacher and founder of Mindful Pregnancy Yoga Training. Amanda offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and womb healing treatments at Angea.