“Endo is no joke. I’ll be operated on for 7+ hours and hospitalized for a week.”
Some sources estimate that it affects 11 percent of American women between the ages of 15 and 44, and is especially common among women in their 30s and 40s. But even among those who have it—an estimated 176 million women worldwide—many don’t feel comfortable talking about it.
Thessy Kouzoukas, fashion designer and endometriosis sufferer, to open up about it in a recent essay and Instagram post.
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. 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. My upcoming trip to Greece along with this drug is in hopes to get me prepped and in the best condition both physically and mentally for an operation I’m receiving in late August. Endo is no joke. I’ll be operated on for 7+ hours and hospitalised for a week. Please, spread the word about endo. And If you know anyone with bad period pain PLEASE tell them to get checked for this. And to my girls with endo.. you’re not alone ❤️
In her essay for the Huffington Post, Kouzoukas said she hoped opening up about her lifelong struggles with the disease would help other women feel with endometriosis will relate, and “to educate both men and women without the disease, on the life-altering effects it has on many women around the world, even the women around you.”
“When I first got my period as a young teenager, I got labelled ‘lazy’ when I couldn’t participate in certain sports at school, or ‘drama queen’ when I would take days off school because I was doubled over in the shower trying desperately to find relief from abdominal pain,” she said. “Why didn’t they tell us that debilitating pain isn’t normal?”
‘For girls suffering — go and see your doctor if you haven’t already; especially young women who can get on top of this early,” she writes. “Don’t be shy or ashamed to talk about endo.”