Endometriosis Can Be Hard for others to accept
Your Family And Friends Don’t Understand
Because it is both a female-specific disease and an invisible one, endometriosis is often dismissed or downplayed to be much smaller than it truly is. Similar to fibromyalgia, it can take a while to diagnose the symptoms for what they are, instead of just individual instances of chronic pain.
What’s more, since endometriosis is related to menstrual pain, women can often be convinced into thinking they’re just being “dramatic,” or that everyone experiences what they’re going through. Lena Dunham, an outspoken endometriosis victim, spoke about the feelings of isolation and effort to conceal her illness in an essay for Lenny Letter:
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