After an Endometriosis Diagnosis, Tia Mowry Is Empowering Women to Advocate For Their Health

Tia Mowry has endometriosis, a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, and her experiences seeking a diagnosis and treatment are similar to that of countless Black women and women of color. "I was having such excruciating pain that I wanted to call an ambulance. That's how bad it got," Mowry told POPSUGAR. Prior to this incident, she had called her doctor, expressing that her menstrual cycle was "not great" and "very, very painful." Her doctor downplayed her pain and discomfort, advising Mowry to take a hot bath, ice her stomach, and exercise by running on the treadmill for 20 minutes. "And I was doing all of it," Mowry recalled, but her pain wasn't alleviated. In addition to following her doctor's recommendations, she was also taking pain medication and birth control — neither of which worked.

The pivotal moment for her was when she was in so much pain and said to her husband, Cory Hardrict, "'Can we call an ambulance?' Because I felt like there was just nothing I could do, and I had ran out of all the things that the doctors were telling me to do," she explained. Mowry had been experiencing symptoms of endometriosis since she was around 12 and said she would always go to her family doctor, who would "bypass my symptoms" and say "It's nothing." Even after ultrasounds revealed a few fibroids, Mowry explained that her doctor "never took it seriously . . . It was just really weird, and it was very frustrating and it makes you feel like you're alone, which doesn't make matters better at all."

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