Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that makes up the lining of the womb is found in other organs other than the uterus (womb). The resulting effect is pain during menstruation, ovulation, before and after sexual intercourse, chronic pelvic pain and infertility. Endometriosis also takes its toll on the emotional well being of the victim.
It is approximated that 176 million women globally suffer from the condition. ‘Normalisation’ of painful periods is a factor that contributes to delayed diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis. Stigma and mystification of women’s reproductive health also inhibits candid and effective conversations and solutions towards women’s health.
Locally, radio and TV personality Njambi Koikai has been vocal about spreading awareness on the subject, her advocacy based on her experience living with the condition.
In an effort to create further awareness and de-stigmatize the condition, the Endometriosis Foundation of Kenya will hold an awareness day on March 24th at PAWA254.
The foundation has partnered with Intracircuit Creations and Indie-gang Production to unveil a documentary featuring account of women who suffer from the condition locally and give up-to-date knowledge from experts about the condition.
The foundation is also calling out on organisations who are interested in showcasing their products or have information that will contribute to endometriosis management to reach out on +254 710 293077.