Your Pain IS Real: The Truth About Endometriosis
Common but often undiagnosed, Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the womb. This condition affects more than 170 million women worldwide, causing debilitating symptoms that include pelvic pain, cramping, heavy bleeding, and infertility. Though there is no cure, women like Tia Mowry have found their own ways to face their diagnosis and take control.
A lot of women have this condition and don’t even know that they have it.
How is Endometriosis Diagnosed?
There’s no way around it, periods are uncomfortable. From nausea to cramps to back pain, we’ve all gone through it—but for women suffering with endometriosis periods can be downright incapacitating. While the cause is still unknown, any symptoms you’re experiencing can clue doctors in to whether you have endometriosis. There are several ways for you doctor to find out (pelvic exams and ultrasounds) but the only way to be sure you have endometriosis is to have a laparoscopy.
From nausea to cramps to back pain, we’ve all gone through it—but for women suffering with endometriosis periods can be downright incapacitating.
Here’s what happens in a laparoscopy:
By way of your abdomen, your doctor will use a camera to get a closer look at any growths or tissue. From there, they’ll take a sample to confirm whether you have endometriosis.
How is Endometriosis Treated?
There’s still no cure for endometriosis, but there are ways to manage symptoms to help ease the pain. Birth control is the most common treatment, it helps regulates hormones to alleviate heavy bleeding or pain associated with endometriosis.
Since endometriosis occurs when tissue is located outside of the uterus, doctors many suggest surgery to remove it.
The third most common treatment is pain medications to help reduce cramps and inflammation.
“If I were to give you guys any advice, it would be to listen to your body. You are living in your body every single day. If you know that something is off or something is wrong or something is different, don’t give up.” - Tia Mowry
After enduring severe abdominal pain from her teenage years into adulthood, Tia was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2006. Having plans to start a family of her own and knowing her condition could make it difficult, Mowry searched for a lasting treatment that could put an end to endometriosis. After multiple surgeries, pain killers, and birth control still didn’t completely alleviate years of chronic pain, Tia’s doctor suggested she take a deeper look at a simple solution to healing: Food.
“This was the first time I heard that food can either exacerbate your condition or help your condition,” Tia shared in an episode of her YouTube series The Quick Fix. Mowry decided to do a complete diet overhaul by swapping out anti-inflammatory foods like dairy, processed foods, and some of her favorite junk food with healthy greens, fresh fruits, high-quality proteins, and supplements. The result? Life changing results to her overall health.
Now, a proud mom of 2, Tia wants to share the importance of wellness and create a space where we could all learn and support each other on our health journey.
“I wanted to share my experience with other people and I wanted to educate other women out there to make them aware of endometriosis because a lot of women have this condition and don’t even know that they have it,” Tia says. “If I were to give you guys any advice, it would be to listen to your body. You are living in your body every single day. If you know that something is off or something is wrong or something is different, don’t give up.”