Emma Bunton has it, Whoopi Goldberg was diagnosed with it, Lena Dunham has even written about her struggles with endometriosis in her memoir Not That Kind Of Girl. The actress said the pain felt like “someone had poured a drop of vinegar inside of me, followed by a sprinkle of baking soda. It bubbled and fizzed and went where it would.”
But what exactly is endometriosis? The condition is the presence of endometrial like tissue in the pelvis (and other areas). This tissue, while similar to the uterine lining, is not the same. It does appear to respond to hormonal stimulation. Endometriosis is often, extremely painful.
We had a chat with Kathleen King, Chairperson of the Endometriosis Association of Ireland, who has been living with the illness herself for 28 years. Here are 9 things you may not know about the condition that affects 1 in every 10 women in Ireland.
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