Health

Woman's Shocking Photos Show What Endometriosis Really Does to the Body

July 21st 2017

By:
Ngozi Ahanotu

It’s estimated that one in 10 women are affected by endometriosis during their reproductive years, which is between ages 15-49.

On July 11, a fashion model and entrepreneur posted shocking before and after images of her battle with the health condition on Instagram. It quickly went viral.

 

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“This is quite shocking to people. This is me. This is endometriosis. I never intended to share these photos hence why I'm naked, but my god I can't believe the amount of DM's I've received from girls who have endo too and feel alone," Thessy Kouzouka wrote in the caption of the post. "The left is my stomach 3 weeks after a ruptured cyst (5 weeks ago). The right is me now, on a drug called 'synarel' that has stopped all my hormones and sent me into menopause at the age of 27.”

The post garnered over 9,000 likes and hundreds of comments, with followers understanding her plight as well as offering support.

 

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Many people wrote comments thanking her for opening up and others shared their own experiences with the condition. The common thread: people felt it was important to just speak out about it.

The comments in her viral post revealed that many share the same diagnosis and condition, while others seemed to not know anything about the health condition that often women can suffer from at a young age.

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Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus is found outside the uterus, inducing a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in scar tissue. It's primarily found on the pelvic peritoneum, on the ovaries, in the recto-vaginal septum, on the bladder, and bowel.

This condition can begin in girls as soon as their menstrual cycle starts but is often ignored or dismissed by health care professionals. The symptoms of endometriosis, include painful periods or ovulation, chronic pelvic pain, fatigue, and infertility. A recent study shared two-thirds of women that suffer from the chronic condition have painful intercourse, fertility issues, and lack of climaxing.

Actress and TV host Tia Mowry shared her story of having the highly-inflammatory condition since a teenager on "Dr. Oz" earlier this year. She explained:

"I had two surgeries because of it and my doctor said, 'Tia, if you do not want to continue having these surgeries and if you want to conceive and have a child, you are going to have to change your diet.'"

Mowry removed dairy and added more greens to her diet, using food as medicine to ease the pain often caused by the disease.

Singer Halsey posted a selfie on Instagram June 6, with her wearing a heating pad, where she discussed her battle with endometriosis, writing, "As many of you guys know, I live with #endometriosis. It can be really hard. Sometimes I feel like I can barely stand. But on nights like tonight, I slap on a heating pad and take some medicine and go hustle it out."

 

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The World Endometriosis Research Foundation reports that there's no known cause for endometriosis but it's likely that certain genes predisposed in women help develop the disease.

As Kouzouka's post spurs many in the right direction to hopefully learn more about the condition, the foundation continues the research and work to ensure ways women can find comfort and less suffrage when diagnosed.