Endometriosis affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide. It's a complex disease that takes a toll on so many aspects of our lives. Endometriosis is a chronic illness without a cure and limited treatment.
So, how can our partner, family and friends help support us?
Know The Facts
Understand what endometriosis is, look into options with together, just be informed! Know what medications she's on and what they are for.
Know What She Needs
Understand her pain
Pain is very different for everyone. Learn what triggers a flare up and what to do to help in that situation.
Understand her feeling
Endometriosis is usually a cause of anxiety and depression. Hormone imbalance may cause mood swings. Dealing with infertility can be extremely emotional.
Understand when she can't meet all of your sexual needs
Painful sex is one of the most common symptoms of endometriosis. Be open about sex and ask what hurts and what doesn't.
Understand her limits
Be prepared to help sometimes. Endometriosis often comes with chronic fatigue. A day that would have been a regular day for her may now seem overwhelming.
Stand By Her
Support her choices
There are so many decisions that need to be made in a medical journey. Hep her make these hard choices and support her when she does.
Just be there for her!
My name is Kristen McRobie, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis when I was 21.