A couple months ago singer-songwriter Monica opened up about a disorder she had been battling in silence. Endometriosis. This health disorder–which uniquely affects Black women–occurs when uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus. This tissue can settle on places like the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and even the intestines. Common symptoms are cramp-like pelvic pain, irregular periods, and infertility.
Treatment for endometriosis can vary, but for Monica, it was recommended for her to undergo an “almost 8 hour” long surgery to remove the uterine tissue, cysts, and fibroids that developed as a result of battling endometriosis. Since then, she has been committed to sharing her story in hopes to encourage other women who may be living with the condition, educate those who are unaware, and empower all women to take control of their uterine health.
Here are 3 Things Monica Wants You to Know
- “Your uterine health is very important.” – Although uterine health and associated disorders can be hard to talk about, they are very important conversations to have. Not only does endometriosis fall under this umbrella but so do many other disorders including uterine fibroids which disproportionately affects Black women.
- “Listen to your body.” – For Monica, it was recurring migraines that let her know there was something wrong. Listening to your body is extremely important. Get to know it well and understand how you feel so you can be proactive when it comes to your health.
- “You’re Not Alone” – Endometriosis affects 10% of women in the United States. That’s an estimated five million women living with this disorder. Along with Monica, other celebrities who have ongoing battles with this disorder include Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Whoopi Goldberg, and Padma Lakshmi.