What to Expect at an In-Office Hysteroscopy

Last week, I had a hysteroscopy performed in my gynecologist's office. I previously had a hysteroscopy performed back in 2011 while under general anesthesia. (It was done at the same time I was getting my laparoscopy.) I was a little nervous and anxious about the in-office procedure because I would be awake and I didn't quite know what to expect. ...more

#Endometriosis Awareness Month #PelvicPainMatters #YourVoiceMatters

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. You have seen a lot of yellow ribbons, yes, they are for Endometriosis (Endo) . On 5th March Endometriosis Foundation of Kenya held its first Endometriosis Awareness Forum and I’m glad I attended it and for the organizers, thank you for hosting it. It brought a lot of tears but also information and sisterhood in this fight....more

Endometriosis Explained

As if we didn’t have enough potential health problems to worry about, women of child-bearing age are becoming more and more susceptible to a painful and distressing gynaecological condition called Endometriosis.  It is becoming more common these days, effecting up to 10% of women.  ...more

The Unexplained

Recently [this post has been sitting as a draft for some time but that doesn't really matter since this topic recurs on a regular basis] there was a discussion in the IF corner of the Twitterverse about whether it is better or worse to have an explanation for your infertility. This is an old topic that surfaces every now again - usually when someone who has unexplained (or not well-explained) infertility decides to stop treatments. She knows that stopping is the right choice for her but she still doesn't know WHY fertility treatments didn't work....more

Confession Time

I have a confession to make. I suspect I will get some flak for it. Well-meant flak, but flak nonetheless. I will just offer this disclaimer: this is how I FEEL. And there are no right or wrong feelings.So here goes: I have never felt like a true member of the Endometriosis Club. Endo and I have an extremely complex relationship. In the words of Iñigo Montoya, let me esplain....more

Fuck Uterus

Today's NaBloPoMo writing prompt is: If you could quit one bad habit instantly without difficulty, which would it be?I am going rogue today because this arrived in the mail today. And it needed to be posted....more

I'm More Than My Endometriosis

A few years ago I had the most debilitating cramps I had ever experienced, as in lying-on-the-floor-of-a-moldy-basement-I-can't-move cramps. At the time, I didn't know that they weren't "just" cramps. I thought maybe despite all the precautions (including birth control at that time) I had gotten pregnant and this is what a miscarriage felt like. Or maybe somehow I had eaten a tiny weedwacker that was going off inside my abdomen. After a few days of suffering, a trip to a walk-in clinic, a trip to an ER, 4 days in the hospital, and more people looking (and poking at) my lady-bits than I'd want in my life time, it was determined that most likely I had endometriosis. ...more
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