Woman With Endometriosis Boldly Shows the Dramatic Changes Her Body Goes Through

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About one in every 10 women is diagnosed with endometriosis, according to the Endometriosis Foundation of America

The disease, which has no found cure, affects the female reproductive system. It's when tissue similar to the kind found inside the uterus is found outside the uterus. This can result in painful symptoms that often make a woman's life much more difficult, like lesions, killer cramps, and infertility.

But a lack of medical knowledge and research means it can take up to 10 years before a woman is properly diagnosed with endo.

  • Thessy Kouzoukas (@thessy.k) showed us how big of an impact endometriosis can have on a woman's life by sharing a candid photo of a ruptured cyst.

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    "This is quite shocking to people," Kouzoukas, the creative director and co-owner of the fashion brand Sabo Skirt, writes in the caption on Instagram. "This is me. This is endometriosis."

    On the left side is what her stomach looked like three weeks after a cyst had ruptured. The right photo is what she looked like after being put on a drug called Synarel, which stopped her hormones and caused her to enter menopause at 27 years old. 

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  • "Endo is no joke," Kouzoukas says.

    But the drug wasn't working how it was supposed to, causing her to undergo a last-minute operation in late July to remove the cyst. She originally had a seven-hour-long surgery scheduled for the end of August. 

    The operation was successful and she's currently recovering.

  • She hopes her sobering side-by-side of her ruptured cyst helps make other girls with endo feel less isolated in their battle.

    "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 writes.

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  • She also hopes that speaking out about her life with endo will increase the awareness of the disease.

    "And if you know anyone with bad period pain, please tell them to get checked for this," she says. "And to my girls with endo ... you're not alone."

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