MY PERIOD Story! Living with Endometriosis | Infertility Awareness by Stephanie St. James

Don’t be fooled by the title of this video.  For many women, including me, Endometriosis is light-worlds away from a disease that is only problematic during menstruation.

My experience started out in my teenage years, with intermittent but agonizing pain during my period, however the severity of the pain was so intense that I never even associated the two.  It took years for me to realize that the excruciating and debilitating pain flare-ups, which would bring me to my knees or curled up in the fetal position, sometimes causing loss of consciousness and sending me to the emergency room, had anything to do with my monthly cycle.  My pain was so profound during those times that I could not even tell where it was coming from, which makes sense now knowing that peritoneal quality pain can encompass so much of the lower body.

It really wasn’t until my late twenties and early thirties, when infertility became a factor, that I started to connect the dots.  Honestly, I suspected Endometriosis before that time (and even mentioned that suspicion to my doctors), but as far too many women experience, my symptoms were not taken as seriously as they should have been and were often dismissed by doctors, leaving me to suffer in silence with no answers, diagnosis, or treatment. Continue reading