Natasha Griffin was left in a state of medical trauma after a poor encounter with a doctor

In this ENDOMETRIOSIS Awareness Month, a Southwark woman shares her experience of the often misdiagnosed condition that affects 1.5 million women in the UK

Tired of feeling helpless and ignored, Natasha Griffin takes matters into her own hands.The mother of one has vowed to share her personal experiences in the hopes that it might encourage others to consider themselves to express themselves openly during the month-long awareness campaign

Endometriosis occurs when cells similar to those in the lining of the uterus grow outside the uterus in areas such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, and other parts of the body and affects one in ten women of childbearing age in the UK

This can only be confirmed by a surgical examination called laparoscopy.This is done under general anesthesia and patients can usually go home the same day

The invisible nature of endometriosis can cause it to be downplayed by family and friends because it just has one “nasty menstrual cycle” that every woman must overcome

Symptoms of endometriosis vary, but often include pelvic pain, constipation, and diarrhea.These common symptoms can lead to women being mistakenly diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)

Unfortunately, inequalities in the health system have resulted in women, especially those with black, Asian and ethnic minorities, feeling excluded from a discussion that is sometimes still considered taboo

Natasha Griffin, 39, of Camberwell, had her first period at age 14.She was excited to enter adulthood, however, this initial feeling of happiness was soon overshadowed by extreme cramps that lasted two years and she was advised to take birth control pills to ease the pain to suppress

She said, “I couldn’t keep the pill on because it was bothering me in other ways. My weight skyrocketed, I had constant headaches, and I regularly complained to my GP, who referred me for a laparoscopy

“Prior to the surgery, I was warned that there was a possibility of cracks and scars. I was told my fallopian tubes would also be checked. I almost passed out when they told me I could wake up with the tubes removed black ”

Mother of a Natasha became pregnant with her son shortly after her first laparoscopic surgery, and although pregnancy can suppress endometriosis, she can return after birth

Natasha added, “My postpartum cycles were worse than ever. It was so hard to balance motherhood, chronic pain, and heavy bleeding. I was referred for a second laparoscopy, which confirmed the endometriosis had regrown

“I tried to push for a third surgery but it was refused The doctor I spoke to was incredibly dull. He told me that my options all led to medical induced menopause. I explained that I was still.” was young – I was 36 years old at the time – and he replied in a raised voice: “Well, you make up your mind and tell me what exactly you want” This put me in a medical trauma because the doctor made my pain so shocking dismissed ”

Natasha’s endometriosis trip inspired her mom to start a nonprofit called Embracing Moi to support and advocate for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities

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