A 27-year-old has shared photos revealing how endometriosis affects her body to prove the condition is “no joke”.
Thessy Kouzoukas, who is the co-owner of the fashion brand Sabo Skirt, has been diagnosed with the painful condition, which occurs when tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found outside of the womb.
These pieces of tissue can then be found in many different areas of the body, such as ovaries, on the lining of the pelvis behind the uterus and covering the top of the vagina, says the NHS Choices site. They can lead to the production of cysts.
Kouzoukas shared images showing a ruptured cyst due to the condition.
“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 DMs I’ve received from girls who have endo too and feel alone,“ she captioned the images.
“The left is my stomach three weeks after a ruptured cyst (five 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.”
A post shared by Thessy Kouzoukas (@thessy.k) on Jul 11, 2017 at 4:10pm PDT
Symptoms of endometriosis include painful periods or heavy periods; pain in the lower abdomen, pelvis or lower back; pain during and after sex; bleeding between periods and difficulty getting pregnant.
Kouzoukas added that she hopes the drug will help her get “prepped in the best condition” for an operation she’s receiving in late August.
“Endo is no joke. I’ll be operated on for 7+ hours and hospitalised for a week,” she said.
“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.”
A post shared by Thessy Kouzoukas (@thessy.k) on Jun 26, 2017 at 7:56pm PDT
More than 7,000 people have liked Kouzoukas’ post, with many women with endometriosis sending their love for the businesswoman.
“I feel your pain. I go through this every day. Inspiring you have shown this,” one user said.
Another added: “Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve had endo diagnosed since I was 17 and it’s been such an incredible struggle. Hoping all …
Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Lifestyle