Endometriosis: What Is It?

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A big word with a few too many vowels in it. If this is the first time that you are seeing this word, you’re not alone.

Endometriosis affects over 176 million women worldwide, but it’s rarely talked about. It’s shrouded in myths and often goes undiagnosed.

An anthropomorphised illustration of the female reproductive sustemWhen Girls writer and actor Lena Dunham recently cancelled all of her premier events due to an endometriosis flare up, I thought that the publicity would finally change the conversation.

Sadly, once again endometriosis hit the headlines and was written off as a ‘female menstrual problem’ instead of a serious, debilitating condition. However, if you or someone you know has endometriosis then you know it is so much more than that.

So, since March is International Endometriosis Month, let’s talk endometriosis!

I feel like the first question after ‘what is endometriosis?’ is ‘but can it kill you?!’

No, endometriosis cannot kill you. But for those with the condition, especially those with severe symptoms, the pain experienced during a flare up can be one of the worst pains you might ever experience (a friend of mine compared it to the pain childbirth once!)

But what is it!?

Find out more about endometriosis. Talk to your friends about it. Ask your GP about it. It might just change your life!

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12745591_10107866947525914_7348283545438728725_nJenn Glinski is a PhD researcher on violence against women at the University of Strathclyde and a women’s rights advocate. She has a LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex and has been active in human rights for eight years. She has organised international conferences on maternal mortality, taught human rights at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh, and co-authored the Harvard Initiative on Violence Against Women report on Scotland. Jenn, originally from Michigan, USA moved to Glasgow in 2011 and lives there with her fiancé and their black lab, Hector. Tweet her @jennski_27.

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