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Hi! I'm Jessica

I'm a writer, podcaster and mentor empowering others to live and thrive with endometriosis.

Endometriosis and Gender Nonconformity in Huffington Post

Endometriosis and Gender Nonconformity in Huffington Post

Endometriosis and Gender Nonconformity in Huffington Post

Endometriosis and Gender Nonconformity by Ashley R.T. Yergens

When I started This EndoLife, I faced a dilemma. Due to my background in working with women with endometriosis and working with marginalised communities, I felt that there was a group of people - specifically trans and non-binary people, who were being excluded due to our language. However, I didn't know how to address it - I'm not knowledgeable enough on the subject to make a call myself and decide what wording would be the correct wording to include everyone and I didn't have any contacts I could ask. If I had been in the right head space (I started This EndoLife when I was severely depressed, anxious and ill with endo) I would have reached out to a stranger or an organisation for advice, but I didn't, I just started writing. It's not an excuse, but it's what happened.

Fifteen months on, and it's still on my mind - increasingly so. I talk about vaginas and wombs, but I also talk about femininity. I'm not saying that's wrong, but it does mean that I'm excluding groups of people who don't conform to societies traditional gender constructs and I want to change that.

So I was so excited when Instagram account @paininthep_ussy and the EndoTwins brought to my attention a Huffington Post article written by Ashley R.T. Yergens, all about living with endometriosis as a non-binary person and the challenges and exclusions that this community are facing around the disease.

Endometriosis and Gender Nonconformity in HuffPost

You can read Ashley's article here. It's such an important topic and I think it's essential that we spread awareness and education so we can all begin supporting everybody with endometriosis. I understand that it's a complicated subject, we don't want to say the wrong thing and we don't want to offend anyone, so I think the best thing we can do is ask, listen and learn. And that's exactly what I'm going to do. I'm going to reach out, and find out how I can make This EndoLife a safe and inclusive space for everyone.

 

My Column in Endometriosis News Launches Today!

My Column in Endometriosis News Launches Today!

Why Are We Looking into How Endometriosis Affects Men's Sex Lives And Not Women's?

Why Are We Looking into How Endometriosis Affects Men's Sex Lives And Not Women's?