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I’ve been dealing with endometriosis, cystic ovary and fibroid -Nigerian singer, Saeon

In celebration of international women’s day, Nigerian singer and rapper, Saeon decided to share the story of her battle with endometriosis. Read below.

‘Last year I went through a tough ordeal. I had been experiencing really excruciating menstrual cramps for a year and they got worse with every cycle. I eventually found out I had been dealing with Endometriosis, a Cystic Ovary and Fibroids; all of which I had to be operated on for.

Prior to the diagnosis, I hadn’t really heard of or paid attention to Endometriosis and I catch myself wishing I had been educated on it as this knowledge could have helped in earlier diagnosis and my not having to go through the stress of some symptoms I dealt with.

Here are some researched facts about Endometriosis from Endometriosis.org:

• Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus called “the endometrium”, is found outside the uterus, where it induces a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in scar tissue.
• Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years (ie. usually between the ages of 15 to 49), which is approximately 176 million women in the world.
• Endometriosis can start as early as a girl’s first period.
• Symptoms include painful periods, painful ovulation, pain during or after s*xual intercourse, heavy bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, fatigue, and infertility, and can impact on general physical, mental, and social well being.
• A general lack of awareness by both women and health care providers, due to a “normalisation” of symptoms delays diagnosis.
• There is no known cure and although Endometriosis can be treated effectively with drugs, most treatments are not suitable for long-term use due to side-effects.
• Surgery can be effective to remove endometriosis lesions and scar tissue, but success rates are dependent on the extent of disease and the surgeon’s skills. • Women have a higher risk of developing endometriosis if their mother and/or sister(s) are also affected.

Join the Endometriosis Support Group Nigeria (ESGN) @EndoWalk  and myself as we walk for a cure to #SquashEndo #WalkAgainstEndo #Endometriosis #WomensHealth #IWD2018 #InternationalWomensDay

Source – Kemifilani

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