Media personality Janet Mbugua Ndichu has revealed that she has been struggling with reproductive disease called Endometriosis since 2005.
In a candid revelation on social media, the former TV news anchor said that for years since her high school days, she struggled with painful prolonged periods.
Her condition was eventually correctly diagnosed and she was put on birth control as a treatment for the cysts.
"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. Even to this day if I fail to take the medication, I encounter problems with my menstruation," Janet said in an Instagram post.
#3DaysOfYellow Day 1 - 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. #Period. #PeriodConversations #MenstruationMatters #EndometriosisMonth #YellowForEndometriosis
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Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, the endometrium, grows outside the uterus.
The mother of two further revealed that getting a diagnosis was such a breakthrough and that she was put on birth control thereafter.
She says she has remained on medication since then, except when she and her husband were trying to have a baby.
"Until today, if I don't take my medication, I'll struggle during my period," she said.