Awareness of endometriosis — a potentially debilitating, often enigmatic condition that affects 1 in 10 women worldwide, according to Endometriosis.org — may be growing, but it’s still a misunderstood disease. Many think its symptoms are limited to painful intercourse and heavy periods, but the reality is that endometriosis can affect everyday life in ways far removed from the pelvic region from which it originates.
“One thing you often hear from endometriosis suffers,” says Hazel, 35, “is ‘if it’s not one thing, it’s another.'”
Hazel suffers from chronic pelvic pain and feels this has taken its toll on her mental health as well as physical health, which is no surprise when people with endometriosis have higher comorbidities with other conditions — both gynecological and non-gynecological — according to a November 2017 study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology Science.
From allergies and migraines to anxiety and chronic fatigue syndrome, here are six ways endometriosis can affect your mind and your body.
A version of this article was originally published in July 2018.
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