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My Battle With Endometriosis

Hi! My name is Jennifer, I’m 30 years old & live in Mobile, AL.

Since March is endometriosis awareness month, I’d like to share my story with you about my battle with this disease. I hope that in sharing my story it will give others with the disease hope, & help raise awareness to those who may not know about or understand endo.

Jennifer ObertI have lived with endometriosis since I started having a period, although I didn’t get an “official” diagnosis until I was 21. I live in constant pain. Some days are better than others, but there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t hurt in some way. My periods are completely unpredictable, and absolutely ridiculous. Some months I may have a typical one week period & some I’ll bleed for 2-3 weeks out of the month. I think my worst one was a couple of years ago I bled for 4 months, yes months, straight. I feel like I’m always at my gyn’s office for one reason or another. I’ve tried just about every treatment option available at least twice, and they ultimately never work in my case. I have had 8 surgeries to try and help ease the pain, and they do, but for only a short period of time. When the pain returns, it’s often worse than it was before surgery. It is very defeating, and I won’t lie, I do have my “why me” moments.

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Endometriosis: Melissa’s Story

Melissa MeyerThe EndoAngel, Melissa shares her story…

“I guess you could say that my story begins like many other Endo Stories begin: with a nasty diagnosis while starring blankly at your doctor…. I know for me, it took days for the information to actually settle. To finally know what was causing my pain but also to confront those dreaded words of “there is no cure”, “your fertility can be affected” and “there are limited choices on what we can do”.

It felt like everything in my life had suddenly come to a grinding halt. I was only 19 and here I was, having to make decisions about my future children and what I could do to prevent this disease from spreading. I was only presented with two choices: operations and hormonal treatments. I didn’t particularly like the sound of either one and so, my doctor worked out a system where I could go on the lowest possible hormone treatment and just have an operation every year and a half to “clean me out”. I really believed for many, many years that I was on a good path. I had entrusted my body to a specialist and he had heaps of experience with women and Endometriosis. Surely, he must know what was best for me?

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Menstruation and Shaming for Profit

By Lester Andrist

I remember walking to class one morning as a 10-year-old boy, and for no particular reason, my gaze drifted from the open door of my classroom to my right, just in time to catch a classmate exiting the girl’s restroom. It was a split second glance into the forbidden zone, and something fluttered in my stomach as though I was stealing a glance at a confidential file or listening in on a private conversation.  Why, I wondered, was the mirror in the girl’s restroom twice as large as the mirror in the boy’s restroom? A more pressing question was to the nature and purpose of that large white box bolted to the side of the bathroom wall.

Whatever goodies that glorious white box dispensed, I decided that the facilities, and indeed the experience of using the girl’s restroom were irrefutably better than could be had in the boy’s restroom. Some time later, I pieced together enough information to conclude that the box held a supply of tampons or menstrual pads, which had something to do with women and their periods. As to how often girls used these soft cotton marvels of technological innovation was a complete mystery, and I knew even less about how they used them.

That fleeting glance of the white box that day stirred my curiosity, but somehow I intuitively understood that to broach the topic of women’s menstruation was to risk embarrassment, so I never brought it up. I eventually learned the basic mechanics of an average menstrual cycle, but it wasn’t until after high school that I developed some very close relationships with women, and through our conversations, I was finally able to name this bizarre mystique surrounding the topic of menstruation.

I’ve always been a curious guy, so it’s fitting that I became a sociologist. As a sociologist, I’ve recently been thinking about just how pervasive this fear of menstruation is in American society. I’m wondering why it exists at all. One could look at Hollywood movies as a rough gauge the ubiquity of the fear. The kinds of stories we transform into blockbuster movies, and even the jokes we tell in those movies, say a lot about our society. Take, for instance, the popular 2007 film Superbad, starring Jonah Hill as Seth. In one memorable scene, Seth finds himself dancing close to a woman at a party and accidentally winds up with her menstrual blood on his pant leg. Click to continue reading… »



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Endo And Me

It is hard to say when my story began.  From the age of 16, I started having ‘problem’ periods.  My GP put it all down to my age.  I was put on the Pill and sent away.  People told me that my periods would become lighter, regular and much easier on the Pill.  Really?  Not mine.

Julie KoretzOver the years, I’d go back to my various GPs, as pain, heavy and irregular periods would rear their ugly heads.

At the age of 22 I was told that if I ever wanted children, I’d need help.

In 2003, at 37, things got much worse.  I suddenly became very ill.  My periods would last much longer than normal, sometimes one would just merge into the next.  I was having a constant battle with anemia.  As fast I was receiving iron from the tablets, it would just drain away again.  The pain was becoming unbearable and outside of my cycle (but then again what was my cycle?)  Even with the Pill my periods were all over the place.  It was like my body had lost control of itself. I remember watching others around me, getting on with their lives, having a period each month didn’t seem to stop them in their tracks, they didn’t need to take time off sick, so why did I?  Perhaps I was just a bit pathetic and couldn’t cope like others?

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Menstrual Cup Q&A

By Softcup

Q: What is a menstrual cup and what are the advantages of using one?

A: There are two kinds of menstrual cups: the first is a soft, flexible cup that is worn internally, in the natural space under the cervix and behind the pubic bone where it conforms to your body. You can wear it for about 12 hours at a time, after which it is disposed and a new one is inserted.

Other menstrual cups are bell-shaped, and inserted internally to form a suction seal once inside the vagina. These are emptied, cleaned and re-inserted and the same one is used for each menstrual cycle. Both types of menstrual cups are designed to collect your menstrual flow rather than absorb it.

A study in the Journal of Women’s Health showed that women prefer a soft menstrual cup to their current form of protection in terms of comfort, dryness, irritation, odor, length of wear, and interference with various activities.

There are several advantage to both types of menstrual cups.



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Endometriosis: Sarah’s Story

Sarah Dunwood

Some days my pain is so excruciating that it takes every little last bit of willpower I have to drag myself out of my bed and face the world. Those days used to be a few out of every month, now those days are every day.  I know the cause of my pain.  I know what the solution is.  I know when that solution is coming and it is only a few weeks away, but time seems to somehow dilate and those few weeks seem as far away as the stars and planets that I stare at on those few cloudless nights we have in the grim north!

So here is my story.  Long and tedious it may be, but it is my story nonetheless and it is time that I put it all down in one place.

I have just turned 40.  I feel it.  In fact, add another 20 years on…that’s how I think I feel. This state of mind is not normal for me but it has been the status quo for over 2 years.

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5 (count’em 5!) Lunette Cup Giveaways!!!

What is just as much fun as our monthly Tweet Chats?

Answer. Our GIVEAWAYS!!!

On April 13th, 2012 Be Prepared Period and You ARE Loved will come together to host a special Get to Know Your Menstrual Cycle event! We are proud to announce we have two special guests, Dr. Joan Moon of Women’s Health Dynamics and Alison Sanchez of Feby.com joining us this month.

To help promote the event and encourage participation Lunette has generously donated 5 Lunette Cups for us to give away to 5 very lucky participants. (And an extra BONUS: You get to pick the size and color!)

Over the past 70 years, a woman’s choice for internal menstrual care has pretty much been limited to tampons. Wouldn’t you like something better, something . . . nicer?

Now there is an alternative that is healthier for our bodies, our environment and our pocketbook — the Lunette menstrual cup.

Made in Finland, the Lunette menstrual cup is an easy-to-use, safe, and clean alternative to pads and tampons. Using a Lunette is similar to using a tampon but requires less changing. Made of medical-grade silicone, a non-friendly environment for bacteria, menstrual cups are simply washed and reused. Not to mention, menstrual cups create zero waste. That’s nice!

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Feby (Female Empowerment) Bracelet Giveaway!!!

What is just as much fun as our monthly Tweet Chats?

Answer. Our GIVEAWAYS!!!

On April 13th, 2012 Be Prepared Period and You ARE Loved will come together to host a special Get to Know Your Menstrual Cycle event! We are proud to announce we have two special guests, Dr. Joan Moon of Women’s Health Dynamics and Alison Sanchez of Feby.com joining us this month.

To help promote the event and encourage participation Feby.com has generously donated 3 Female Empowerment bracelets for us to give away to 3 very lucky participants.

Feby Female Empowerment BraceletThe Female Empowerment Bracelet helps you get in touch with your Body and your Self! Feby’s unique color system makes it easy to identify the natural cycles of a woman’s body.

How it works:

Red is for blood signifying the days of your period. The first bead is the most important.

White is neutral. We always have hormones coursing through our bodies but these days are calmer.

Pink indicates ovulation. These are the days we are most fertile or able to become pregnant.

Black beads represent the days we may suffer from premenstrual syndrome or PMS.

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Endometriosis: Danielle’s Story

Danielle GrocottMy name is Danielle, I’m 23 and I was diagnosed with endometriosis in January 2012.

I had my first period when I was 11 and they were always painful, but my older sister was the same and doctors just said it was normal. I went on the pill when I was 17 to help make my cycle more regular, but I still suffered a lot with the pain and I always bled very heavily. I suppose I just accepted it.

I remember one month when I was 19 the pain was worse than normal. I came home from work and went in the bathroom to change, and within seconds there was a trail of blood on the floor. As I said, my periods had always been heavy but I’d never seen anything like this. My parents took me up to A&E but we didn’t really get any answers. They didn’t want to examine me because it would have been uncomfortable for me as I was bleeding. I’d had a boyfriend for over two years at the time and we were sleeping together but we always used protection, so I didn’t think I could have been pregnant but they said that was a possibility. My boyfriend at the time wasn’t very nice – I called to let him know I was in the hospital and his response was that he was going out with his mates, so I didn’t feel comfortable discussing the issue in front of my parents! The doctor told me I should come back in a few days to be examined, but stupidly I never did. Other than that, they told me to tri-cycle my pill to make my periods lighter and they sent me home. Click to continue reading… »



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“Go Green” on St. Patty’s Day!

With so many wonderful eco-friendly products out there, we challenge you to “Go Green” on St. Patty’s Day. Your body and our environment will thank you!



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