Emily says talk­ing helps ease the endo pain

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IT MIGHT be weird to talk to your part­ner – or your other girl­friends – about gy­ne­co­log­i­cal prob­lems, but that’s ex­actly what Emily See­bohm, one of Aus­tralia’s most suc­cess­ful swim­mers of the mod­ern era, is en­cour­ag­ing other girls and women to do.

Ms See­bohm, who at age 14 claimed her first ti­tle by win­ning the 100m back­stroke at the Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onships, is an am­bas­sador for En­dometrio­sis Aus­tralia.

She said be­ing able to talk about her en­dometrio­sis with her part­ner has made life a whole lot eas­ier.

“At the start it’s weird talk­ing to a male about the prob­lems that you’re hav­ing, but to be open with him about it has made it eas­ier for us so that he can talk to me about what I’m feel­ing or re­late to how I’m go­ing,” she said.

Miss See­bohm was the key­note speaker at En­dometrio­sis Aus­tralia’s En­doMarch High Tea.

She was di­ag­nosed with en­dometrio­sis in June last year after seek­ing help for painful ir­reg­u­lar cy­cles ev­ery three weeks that lasted up to nine days, as well as cramps, back pain and crav­ings.

Dur­ing her suf­fer­ing, she did not think any­thing was wrong and put her pain down to the fact that she was push­ing her­self dur­ing her swim­ming train­ing.

“I never re­ally saw it as some­thing else, like I would put it down to train­ing re­ally hard or think­ing that I’m not as young as I was and not as en­er­gised as I used to be,” she said.

“It’s hard to sep­a­rate the two but I think for me, it made me a stronger per­son be­cause I had to go through that and race with that.”

Ms See­bohm said talk­ing to other women helped her learn more about en­dometrio­sis.

“You don’t learn more un­til you ac­tu­ally hear other peo­ple’s sto­ries and what they go through, and it’s like ‘Oh yeah, I felt that’. It gives me more of an an­swer to things that have hap­pened and I’m like ‘Oh wow, I’ve felt that be­fore’ and I know that was com­bined with the endo,” she said.

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