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Olabimpe Fapohunda: Physical & Emotional perspectives of Endometriosis & Adenomyosis

Olabimpe Fapohunda sheds light on Endometriosis and Adenomyosis

Endometriosis and Adenomyosis are two conditions that have shaped the lives of countless women around the world. They are often misunderstood and overlooked, causing significant physical and emotional challenges for those affected.

My experience with Endometriosis began when I was 13 years old. I experienced excruciating pain during my first period. The pain was so severe that I couldn’t attend school the next day. It radiated down my legs and throughout my pelvic area, immobilizing me. To make matters worse, the mere smell of food made me nauseous. Desperate for relief, I sought medical attention, hoping for answers. The doctor prescribed pain medication and anti-nausea medication, assuring me that my symptoms would improve soon. However, contrary to their assurances, my condition worsened with each passing cycle. Month after month, I found myself visiting the hospital during the first three days of my period, seeking relief from the debilitating pain. While I was repeatedly told that my symptoms were normal and would eventually subside, I knew deep down that something was amiss. My friends experienced their periods without pain, and I couldn’t understand why mine was so different.

As I grew older, the pain intensified, spreading throughout my body. It was in the 16th year of this relentless battle that I finally received a diagnosis. Those years were filled with dread and despair, as new symptoms emerged and the severity of my condition became apparent. Heavy, prolonged, and irregular periods accompanied by the presence of clots became the norm. The contractions I experienced were nothing short of agonizing.

My personal journey led me to establish the Endometriosis and Adenomyosis Foundation, a platform through which I advocate for individuals living with these conditions. I also advocate for improved access to services for individuals facing menstrual-related issues. It is my belief that no one should have to endure the physical and emotional toll of these conditions alone.

Endometriosis is a chronic condition in which the tissues lining the uterus grow outside of it, affecting girls and women during their reproductive years. Shockingly, statistics reveal that 1 in 10 girls and women worldwide suffer from Endometriosis. This figure is alarming and it’s a reminder of the urgent need for greater awareness and support. Adenomyosis, on the other hand, is a gynecological condition in which the tissues lining the uterus grow into the muscular wall, leading to heavy and painful periods.

The impact of Endometriosis and Adenomyosis extends far beyond physical discomfort. For teenagers, excruciating menstrual pain can disrupt education, relationships, and social activities. Women living with these conditions face numerous challenges, affecting their work, studies, relationships, fertility, social lives, and even the economy. Chronic pelvic pain, fatigue, and heavy menstrual bleeding are just a few of the symptoms that can significantly disrupt daily life. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding these conditions often silences individuals who desperately need support.

Education is crucial in dispelling myths, misconceptions, and promoting understanding and empathy towards those living with Endometriosis and Adenomyosis.

By raising more awareness, we can create a community that supports and uplifts individuals affected by these conditions.

Olabimpe Fapohunda
Founder, Endometriosis and Adenomyosis Foundation.

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