Olabimpe Fapohunda-Dube talked about her experience living with endometriosis and adenomyosis~NEWSEXTRA  - NEWS EXTRA ONLINE

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Monday, 13 July 2020

Olabimpe Fapohunda-Dube talked about her experience living with endometriosis and adenomyosis~NEWSEXTRA 




The CEO/Founder of endometriosis and adenomyosis foundation, Nigeria explained that endometriosis is a condition which causes a lot of pain in girls and women in their reproductive years and it may also lead to infertility.

She made this known on a live program “Moment with Sandra” on Thursday.

Olabimpe discussed her personal experience living with these conditions and how she is creating awareness through her foundation to touch people’s lives.

She talked about her experience when she started her period at the age of 13. She had pain that radiated down her legs, no appetite for food, felt a discomfort in her stomach which she described like a contraction and severe pain in her pelvic area. She experienced nausea, vomiting and diarrhea during her periods.

“Every cycle became a monthly routine to visit the hospital for the first three days. School was out of the question. I cried and rolled on the floor. My pain medications, hot water bottle and my bed were my comfort; the support from my family kept me going. 


Overtime, the old symptoms were carried forward into every cycle. Pain that radiated down my legs, nausea, vomiting, fever-like feeling and contractions. It only got worse with time as heavy period with clots, excruciating pain, bloating, fatigue and irregular periods added to the list. The pain and discomfort were just too unbearable. By the time I was 29, my symptoms were at the worst point. I bled heavily everyday of my cycle and the pain had taken over my life.”

While talking about her foundation (www.eafoundation.ng) she said endometriosis and adenomyosis are both disorders of the endometrial tissue that lines the cavity of the uterus. Although both share similar symptoms, they develop differently and they require different treatments.

However in adenomyosis the uterus wall thickens and causes severe cramping, prolonged and heavy bleeding. The uterus becomes enlarged and tender. She said it could get to a stage when adenomyosis could be life-threatening (uncontrolled bleeding). 

She added that research is still ongoing to establish the cause and cure for both conditions.

Olabimpe emphasized that not all period pain is normal and advised that girls and women with symptoms should be evaluated early enough.

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