Hey ladies and gents, let's talk periods!
Yesterday on my Instagram stories I shared an illustration of undies w/ blood on them. The illustration was by @ladyyism & the post was from @endogram. The post was essentially about how menstruation should not be a taboo or shameful topic. The convo started w/ a group of ads done by an Australian personal hygiene company that got pulled down because it showed women talking about their periods & a few scenes showing blood.
I’m not here to talk commercial ethics, or sexism, although I could really go off on that! Believe me; & you’d either be here for it or I’d lose ya.
Instead I wanted to take a minute to thank the people in my life who believed my symptoms when I voiced them. Like this guy here who stands by me everyday, my mom who had so much empathy & never shamed me for feeling pain, my Dad who always talks about how tough his daughters are, family, & friends!
I still filter my words depending on who I’m talking to as not to make any one uncomfortable. I even thought, I share food on Winnow so I probably shouldn’t talk about it here. But finding out I had Endometriosis is why I started Winnow. I started eating a low inflammatory diet in order to try to manage some of my Endo symptoms. I wanted to share what I was making in hopes to inspire others who need certain dietary accommodations to find ways of easily doing that.
So I changed my Instagram profile to say, “Approachable recipes... sometimes women’s health awareness.” because that’s what I freakin want to do more of. If you’re not into talking about it at the dinner table; I get it. That’s ok, you can unfollow my instagram but before you do you’re already halfway there so you might as well read to the end ;) Oh also the good food will still be here.
I want to shed a little light on what the heck Endometriosis is & one reason I believe it’s important to talk about menstruation. Endometriosis is when the endometrial tissue that usually lines the inside of the uterus also grows in other places of your body which causes inflammation, scar tissue & scar tissue bands that can cause organs to stick together, affect fertility, cause extreme pain and fatigue, etc.
Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women worldwide. The UK NHS just put out a recent article naming endometriosis as one of the 20 most painful conditions. All this to say, a lot is still unknown about it. It takes an average of 8 years of living w/ symptoms for someone to receive a diagnosis.
I wonder what would happen if the conversation wasn’t taboo. Would it take 8 years? Would more doctors be interested in studying it? Would there be more funding? Would we find a cure? Would women be seen? Would the restaurant industry be more inclined to be sensitive to those w/ food intolerances? Would more be covered by insurance? Would surgery be safer?
Ok I have so many dreams & what ifs to keep going. I just wanted to thank the people in my circle who aren’t afraid to talk & ask questions about women’s health issues and let you know I’ll be doing that more. Not disgusting, not distasteful, unnecessary, offensive or inappropriate. Let’s just be normal mature adults ok?
Thanks for reading! Oof that was a lot!
Oh and if you’re 1 in 10! I think you’re freaking amazing and hecka strong!