Having endometriosis means living with pain that no one else can see or even begin to understand. Dealing with the discomfort requires a good doctor, a supportive network, and a robust sense of humor.

1. If one more person tells you that pain during your periods is normal, you will scream. Being doubled over each month IS NOT NORMAL.

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2. You know every primary care doctor, reproductive specialist, and gastrointestinal specialist in your area. It takes a village to diagnose and treat your condition.

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3. You thought you were crazy until your doctor gave your pain a name.

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4. You have your gynecologist on speed dial.

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5. To get relief, you have to put up with hormonal drug side effects like hot flashes, mood swings, and chin hairs.

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6. There’s nothing like having to tell the guy you’ve just started dating that sex might be too painful for you to contemplate

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7. You have a closet full of roomy tops and yoga pants.

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8. Every time you try a new treatment and the pain goes away, you have a mini celebration. Then it comes back.

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9. You can’t wait for menopause to arrive.

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