What is endometriosis?

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Endometriosis Is A Chronic Disease!

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Katherine Berkoh

Founder of Endometriosis Charity Organisation Ghana (ECOG)

Endometriosis Ghana Ambassador

I am passionate about raising awareness for women’s health and talking about the “taboo topic”, which is why I am proud to be an Ambassador for Endometriosis Ghana.

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis occurs when tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found in other parts of the body. This lining can start to cover the ovaries, fallopian tubes, parts of the stomach and bladder or bowel. The condition can also affect fertility. Endometriosis mainly affects girls and women of childbearing age

Symptoms

• Pelvic pain before and during menses
• vomiting
• Diarrhea and/or constipation
• Low back pain
• Chronic fatigue
• Irregular heavy menses
• Cramping pain during intercourse
• Cramping pain during bowel movement or urination

The effects…

My self-esteem was crushed, I had to work so hard on it.
Was completely paralyzed in my left leg for almost a year since the tissues
It affected my school and work; I had to be off for long periods of time.
I realized that society can be very cruel. They do not feel your pain. I was told that wearing high heels have caused my barrenness....

Treatment

Medically induced menopause treatment (Zoladex injections). I get hot flashes and mood swings with this treatment.
The zoladex use over the years have weakened my bones (Arthirtis in my wrist and shoulder) very painful.
I have had seven (7) surgeries but the struggle continues.

My advice to others…

I hope my story will encourage someone going through some sort of pain that there is hope. My challenges have molded me into the woman I have become (Endo Warrior Adwoa). We will fight this chronic disease so help us Lord.
If you suffer from Endometriosis please know that you are not alone. I know how discouraging this disease can be. Feeling like a prisoner in your own body; worried about never having kids or dealing with crazy treatment suggestions.
Please know that I am here for you.

  • What is endometriosis?

    Endometriosis occurs when tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found in other parts of the body. This lining can start to cover the ovaries, fallopian tubes, parts of the stomach and bladder or bowel. The condition can also affect fertility. Endometriosis mainly affects girls and women of childbearing age

  • Symptoms

    • Pelvic pain before and during menses
    • vomiting
    • Diarrhea and/or constipation
    • Low back pain
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Irregular heavy menses
    • Cramping pain during intercourse
    • Cramping pain during bowel movement or urination

  • The effects…

    My self-esteem was crushed, I had to work so hard on it.
    Was completely paralyzed in my left leg for almost a year since the tissues
    It affected my school and work; I had to be off for long periods of time.
    I realized that society can be very cruel. They do not feel your pain. I was told that wearing high heels have caused my barrenness....

  • Treatment

    Medically induced menopause treatment (Zoladex injections). I get hot flashes and mood swings with this treatment.
    The zoladex use over the years have weakened my bones (Arthirtis in my wrist and shoulder) very painful.
    I have had seven (7) surgeries but the struggle continues.

  • My advice to others…

    I hope my story will encourage someone going through some sort of pain that there is hope. My challenges have molded me into the woman I have become (Endo Warrior Adwoa). We will fight this chronic disease so help us Lord.
    If you suffer from Endometriosis please know that you are not alone. I know how discouraging this disease can be. Feeling like a prisoner in your own body; worried about never having kids or dealing with crazy treatment suggestions.
    Please know that I am here for you.

When to Speak to a gynecologist!

  • Painful period?
  • Pelvic pain in between period?
  • Pain with sex?

It could be endometriosis!

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