Former Citizen TV news anchor Janet Mbugua and BBC journalist Ciru Muriuki are among women who have come out to create awareness on Endometriosis, March being the Endometriosis month.
Janet Mbugua who underwent laparoscopy for deep ovarian endometriosis in 2005, shared her journey and shed light on the condition.
Ciru Muriuki went through the same procedure in 2017 and through an Instagram post urged for more research on the disease.
“We need to push for more research into this terrible disease”, part of Ciru’s post read.
Endometriosis is when the outside of your uterus acts like the inside of it. The uterine lining thickens and breaks down with your menstrual cycle. Because the tissue has nowhere to go it accumulates forming lesions which cause pain. The disease has no cure but can be managed and often at times misdiagnosed.
Laparoscopy is a procedure done to remove the lesions and most women make full recovery after the surgery.
Njambi Koikai has been making headlines with her documented endometriosis journey and this has created more awareness on the disease. The former NTV show host was unable to go on with her life normally and had to raise money to undergo surgery to contain her condition.
Elsie Odhiambo, Founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of Kenya hopes to create awareness of the disease in Kenya in faith that women will seek help earlier and encourage each other.
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Mrs Odhiambo is an Endometriosis survivor and through her foundation seeks to help young women going through the disease.
The named influencers are just a few of the 176 million women suffering from the condition worldwide.
According to statistics, Endometriosis affects 1 out of 10 women and a diagnosis can take up to 7 years.
Heavy, prolonged and painful periods are not normal and doctors advice that one should get checked if experiencing such symptoms.
The Endometriosis month which is held across the world aims at creating awareness of the disease in a bid to reduce the diagnosis period.