Endometriosis Awareness Month – somedays

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It takes an average of 7+ years to get an Endometriosis diagnosis.

This year, somedays has partnered with Lasa Health to launch a clinically validated online Endometriosis Assessment tool. The purpose of this tool is to learn more about your symptoms and provide guidance about next steps on your journey to a faster diagnosis!

We asked our IG community to share their stories to help raise awareness for endometriosis. Share yours using hashtag #maybeitsendo

5% for Research

Throughout the month of March somedays will be donating 5% of proceeds to the BC Women's Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis.

The Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis conducts research and offers an interdisciplinary approach to chronic pelvic pain that includes a combination of pain education workshops, pelvic floor physiotherapy, clinical counselling, medical management and surgery (including advanced excisional laparoscopic surgery).

My name is Lux and I want you to get the care you deserve, faster.

I had my first experience with debilitating period pain when I was hospitalized for it at 9 years old. For the next 20 years, I was passed from physician to physician, trying to find answers and relief. I was finally (formally) diagnosed with Endometriosis in 2021.

Somedays is my retaliation for the 20 years I spent being invalidated, dismissed and ignored by a system that told me my pain was normal. Helping people find the relief and support they deserve has always been our mission and I'm honoured to be able to launch this clinically validated Endometriosis Assessment tool in partnership with Lasa Health for Endometriosis Awareness Month.

Endometriosis Symptoms 101

Endometriosis is a condition that can have a range of symptoms, varying in their severity and frequency. Some of the most common symptoms include:

Painful menstrual cramps: Some individuals with endometriosis experience severe cramping during their menstrual cycle. The pain is most commonly felt in the lower abdomen, lower back, and pelvic region, and can last for several days.

Pain during sex: Endometriosis can cause pain during or after sexual intercourse. This can be due to the location of endometriosis, which can cause discomfort or pain when pressure is applied, or due to the inflammation and scarring caused by the condition, which can make certain movements painful.

Chronic pelvic pain: Endometriosis can cause chronic pain in the pelvic region, which may be constant or intermittent. This pain can be severe and debilitating, and can impact an individual's quality of life.

Fatigue: Many individuals with endometriosis experience fatigue or exhaustion, which can be caused by the pain and discomfort associated with the condition, as well as by hormonal changes and sleep disturbances.

Infertility: Endometriosis can cause scarring and adhesions in the pelvic region, which can impact fertility. Some individuals with endometriosis may have difficulty conceiving or may require fertility treatments to become pregnant.

Painful bowel movements: Endometriosis can grow on the bowel or rectum, causing pain during bowel movements. This pain can be accompanied by bloating, constipation, or diarrhea.

Bloating (Endo Belly): Endo belly is a term used to describe the bloating that can occur in individuals with endometriosis. This bloating can be caused by a number of factors, including inflammation, hormonal changes, and digestive issues. Endo belly can be uncomfortable and can make it difficult to fit into clothing or perform daily activities.

It's important to note that not all individuals with endometriosis will experience these symptoms, and that the severity of symptoms can vary widely from person to person. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or are concerned about your reproductive health, it's important to speak with a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.