Former Media personality Janet Mbugua Ndichu has come out to talk about her struggle with the little known reproductive disease Endometriosis as part of her 3 day Yellow Campaign in line with the Endometriosis Awareness month this March.
In her recent Instagram post the mother of two posted about her journey with the disease saying that in 2005 she had undergone a laparoscopy for deep ovarian endometriosis commonly known as ovarian cysts which causes the formation of cavities within the ovary that fill with blood.
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Day 1 – This was me in 2015. Ten years earlier, in 2005, I had just undergone a laparoscopy for deep ovarian endometriosis, also known as endometriomas or ovarian cysts. It causes the formation of cavities within the ovary that fill with blood. It had been years, literally since high school, of painful, prolonged periods that sometimes, on the rare occasion, render me unable to go to class or to the office, especially during the first few days of my cycle. Finally getting a diagnosis was such a breakthrough and I was put on birth control thereafter and have had to continue using this, except for the times we were trying for a baby. Until today, if I don’t take my medication, I’ll struggle during my period. Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years (ie. usually between the ages of 15 to 49), which is approximately 176 million women in the world. So, let’s wear yellow and stand with endo warriors like @elsie_odhiambo, @jahmbykoikai, @cirumuriuki and many others. Let’s talk periods and most importantly, let’s talk period pain. Because ladies (and gents), a very painful, prolonged period is NOT normal. #Period. #PeriodConversations #MenstruationMatters #EndometriosisMonth #YellowForEndometriosis
In the post, she also narrated that for years since her high school days, she struggled with painful prolonged periods that was finally diagnosed and was put on birth control as a treatment for the cysts. She added even to this today if she fails to take the medication she encounters problems with her menstruation.
Janet who champions for various causes including Helping A Child Reach 5 with LifeBouy is now championing for more women to talk about menstruation matters, something that in some communities viewed as a taboo while women suffer in the pretense that painful and prolonged periods are normal.
Speaking to The Sauce, the influential personality said that she is passionate about menstrual health because many women suffer because of lack of information. She added to that she hopes to use her voice to help other women because awareness is key and access to proper menstrual health products is the right of every woman.
As reported by The Sauce, in 2017 Endometriosis was said to affect an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years between the ages of 15 to 49 which is approximately 176 million women in the world.
Former Kenyan media personality Njambi ‘Fyah Mama Jahmby’ Koikai who is currently receiving treatment in the USA for Endometriosis has been very vocal about her journey with the cancer-causing disease and has called on women to create awareness on Endometriosis.
American actress Tia Mowry has also opened up about her struggle with Endometriosis for many years.