The last time we spoke with Angelica Young was episode 293, when she was our guest talking to us about her experience being Miss Captivating 2016. Since that time, a lot has happened in Angelica’s life, as well as our host Libby Ballengee’s life. Both suffered from chronic pain and illness caused by reproductive condition endometriosis and adenomyosis, which for many women, is shameful to talk about. The silence and isolation only adds to the misery. To shine light on this subject, which affects 1 in 10 women, Angelica has become the Outreach Coordinator at DO YOU ENDO, an online resource for those women.

In this episode, these two survivors kick in the doors and get really real about women’s health. This episode is not just for women, but also for the men who may not understand the reality of their loved ones pain. Angelica and Libby discuss how they learned to be their own health advocates, how they deal with constant pain and embarrassment, and the emotional toll of painful intercourse and infertility. They also discuss their different paths on this journey: Angelica’s on-going fight and Libby’s choice to have a hysterectomy.

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is when the tissue that makes up the uterine lining (the lining of the womb) is present on other organs inside your body. Endometriosis is usually found in the lower abdomen, or pelvis, but can appear anywhere in the body. Women with endometriosis often have lower abdominal pain, pain with periods, or pain with sexual intercourse, and may have difficulty getting pregnant. On the other hand, some women with endometriosis may not have any symptoms at all. When a woman with endometriosis has her period, she has bleeding not only from the cells and tissue inside the uterus, but can also have bleeding from the cells and tissue outside the uterus. When blood touches these other organs, especially inside the abdomen, it can cause inflammation and irritation, creating pain. There are several treatments available.

What is Adenomyosis?

This is the condition Libby talks about suffering from. Adenomyosis (ad-uh-no-my-O-sis) occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus (endometrial tissue) grows into the muscular wall of the uterus. The displaced tissue continues to act normally — thickening, breaking down and bleeding — during each menstrual cycle. An enlarged uterus and painful, heavy periods can result. The cause of adenomyosis remains unknown, but the disease usually resolves after menopause. For women who have severe discomfort from adenomyosis, hormonal treatments can help. Removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) cures adenomyosis.

Get resources and support from DO YOU ENDO –

NOTE: The Yellow Ribbon in March shows support for Endometriosis Awareness

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