This week's guest blog is by Aisha - Coach, and founder of mindbodyrevival_coach.
Aisha is an endometriosis, miscarriage and childfree-after-infertility advocate. It’s Endometriosis Awareness Month and Aisha shares her story of endometriosis - a debilitating, chronic illness that has impacted her fertility and quality of life.
When Aisha stopped her long infertility journey, she thought about what she really wanted from life. In 2020, she quit her job to begin coaching and creating community through Instagram.
Endometriosis and Me; an Imperfect Relationship
During my 10-year infertility struggle, undergoing fertility treatment became my priority. I put all my effort into trying to conceive, which meant my chronic illness took a backseat. When I eventually embraced my childfree-after-infertility life, the realisation that I’d been living with endometriosis finally sank in. It needed to become the focus of my attention.
For those who may not know, endometriosis is a condition where tissue, similar to the lining of the womb, grows in various locations throughout the body.
1 in 10 people assigned female at birth suffer with endometriosis. Unfortunately, there is no cure. Endometriosis is a full body disease, and common symptoms of this debilitating condition vary. Symptoms include; brain-fog, migraine, painful periods, excessive bleeding, rectal bleeding, bowel and urinary disorders, nausea and vomiting, pain during sexual activity, bloating or endo belly, chronic fatigue and infertility. It can also involve pain in the pelvis, abdomen, vagina, buttocks, shoulder, legs, not to mention the upper and lower back.
It takes 7.5 years on average to get an endometriosis diagnosis from onset of symptoms. This is an appalling statistic, which drastically needs improving. Despite having seen a number of doctors over the years, it took 15 years for my diagnosis.