Raising Awareness and Creating Community for People of Colour with Endometriosis with Lauren Kornegay of ENDO Black
Lauren Kornegay is the founder of ENDO Black; a safe space and community for people of colour and African Americans affected by endometriosis. After being diagnosed with endometriosis and discovering that she couldn’t find any materials or information that represented her or didn’t centre around cis white women, she decided to go out and create it for herself and the communities that have been so underrepresented.
And Lauren’s work is so needed. Here are some shocking statistics about people of colour and the treatment they receive (or don’t receive) around their reproductive health (thanks to Maisie Hill for this info in her book):
Black women are more likely than white women to have unnecessary surgeries such as hysterectomies.
A 2012 review of endometriosis research found that only two articles were devoted to endometriosis in black women. They were published in 1975 and 1976 and found that black women with endometriosis tended to be incorrectly diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease - disease caused by sexually transmitted infections.
In the UK, black women are five times more likely to die in the childbirth year than white women, and Asian women are twice as likely to.
In fact, Maisie goes on to explain “In the American South there is a history of medical students practicing medically unnecessary hysterectomies on poor black women without informed consent” and that “it was the experimental reproductive surgeries performed on black enslaved women in the 1920s and 1930s that gave birth to modern American gynaecology”.
Lauren is working hard to create support and representation for people of colour, African Americans and other groups that the medical industry have missed when it comes to treating and managing endometriosis. She’s also looking to create change without our policies and laws, and to begin conversations and create awareness within these communities.
In this episode, we talk about Lauren’s personal story and the experiences she had as an African American women with endometriosis, the issues facing people of colour and African Americans with endo and how we can collectively work together to make the endometriosis community more inclusive and be allies to every warrior with endometriosis, not just the ones that look like us.
It was an absolute privileged to have Lauren on and share this incredibly important message with us - I am truly grateful for the work she is doing!
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