Janet Mbugua has opened up about her battle with endometriosis. Although she has spoken about it now she has battled it for more than a decade.
The sassy media practitioner loves keeping her life private but shares bits that she feels will encourage someone else.
Sharing a photo on social media Janet narrated how the ailment made her miss work and school.
This was me in 2015. Ten years earlier, in 2005, I had just undergone a laparoscopy for deep ovarian endometriosis, also known as endometriomas or ovarian cysts.
It causes the formation of cavities within the ovary that fill with blood.
It had been years, literally since high school, of painful, prolonged periods that sometimes rendered me unable to go to class or to the office, especially during the first few days of my cycle.
Finally getting a diagnosis was such a breakthrough and I was put on birth control thereafter and have had to continue using this, except for the times we were trying for a baby.
Until today, if I don’t take my medication, I’ll struggle during my period.
Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years (ie. usually between the ages of 15 to 49), which is approximately 176 million women in the world.
So let’s wear yellow and stand with endo warriors like @elsie_odhiambo @jahmbykoikai and many others. Let’s talk periods and most importantly, let’s talk period pain.
Because ladies (and gents), a very painful, prolonged period is NOT normal.
Jahmby Koikai is among other prominent Kenyan personalities who have openly talked about battling Endometriosis for more than 15 years.