Some people have mentruations that are just a little bit annoying, some people have cramps and don’t feel great during these days – and others are going through a hell every month. We grow up with the idea that mentrual pain is “part of the deal”. But how much pain is “normal”? We see advertisements for sanitary products and over-the-counter-pain medication showing people having their period and being happy, sporty and healthy. You could get the idea that, as long as you take “good care of your hygiene” everything is alright. Mostly we don’t learn to talk in detail about how we feel when we are menstruating, there seems to be a taboo on it. But what if you are suffering a lot under your menstruation?
Approximately 1 in 10 persons who are menstruating (probably more) has endometriosis – a chronic condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found outside the uterus. The main symptoms are chronic pelvic pain, heavy menstrual pain and subfertility/ infertility, but the list of symptoms is very long. This condition is very widespread and at the same time very unknown. How come? Well, menstrual pain was “part of the deal” – right?
In this workshop I would first like to give a short introduction with some information about endometriosis. After that it would be nice if we could share ideas about mentrual pain, how to deal with it, how to give support to each other and how to care for ouselves.