No shame in the pain

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Saira Khan -

I’ve been speak­ing out on en­dometrio­sis – af­ter years keep­ing quiet. It af­fects one in 10 women and scarred my fal­lop­ian tubes, leav­ing me with a five per cent chance of hav­ing a baby.

I was di­ag­nosed at 32 but have been crip­pled with pain since I was a teen. My mum would just tell me not to be so dra­matic. I’ve heard from hun­dreds of women this week, fi­nally open­ing up about the pain, hys­terec­tomies, early menopause, in­fer­til­ity and de­pres­sion that comes with the con­di­tion.

The taboo of en­dometrio­sis needs smash­ing. The only shame comes from suf­fer­ing in si­lence.

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