A lot of people think talking about periods and endometriosis is taboo, but it shouldn’t be. Endometriosis is a chronic condition that currently has no cure, and it’s something that severely affects people’s daily lives. In fact, endometriosis affects 1 in 10 in New Zealand, so it’s not uncommon.
If you have someone in your life with endometriosis, take the time to understand them and the symptoms they’re going through. The best thing you can do for them is to let them know that they’re being heard and seen. That’s an important – and sometimes difficult – conversation you should have. New Zealand has an endometriosis specialist group which can be found here for more information. If your GP isn’t taking your symptoms seriously, it’s important to keep pushing for an investigation, or find someone who will listen.
After my diagnosis, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be a poster child for endometriosis, since there are so many voices out there that also need to be heard. But following my surgery, I’ve realised that I should do some good with the platform I’ve been given. I can share my own experiences while helping others amplify their own voices – raising awareness and aiding others through their own journeys.