When I was 20, I mostly thought about fashion, my friends, and what I was going to do with the rest of my life.
When I was 20, the last things I ever thought about were my period, my fertility and having babies.
Sure, I had always had extremely painful periods, that sometimes made me vomit or pass out and often left me bed-ridden, but I thought that was normal. I also knew I wanted children, but I always thought that I had plenty of time for motherhood.
At the time I hadn’t been diagnosed with stage four endometriosis, so I had no clue that my fertility clock was ticking every period or that my period was causing irreversible damage to my reproductive organs.
Now that I’m 28 – and after a long struggle with my reproductive health have fallen pregnant (scary but so so exciting at the same time) – the first thing on my mind is ‘I wish I was educated about endometriosis when I was 20’.