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I need a laparoscopic procedure done to formally diagnose and remove endometriosis. Pardon the blunt language, but when it feels like someone is yanking out your personal parts for more than one week a month, the pain can be hard to manage. Nevertheless, I’ve been in denial that I need the procedure done. 

For the last few years, my menstrual cycles have been growing increasingly painful. And while I know the topic of the female reproductive system isn’t the most favorable, it’s something that I believe we as men and women of the Gospel need to be willing to discuss. 

Before I got married, my husband-to-be and I decided to partake in both pre-engagement and pre-marital counseling. We’re technically still in pre-martial counseling now, though it’s evolved into marriage counseling. Yes, there’s nothing wrong with that. No, our marriage is not failing. 

We also decided to learn about sexuality and endometriosis from a healthy point of view. To this day, some of our favorite and most helpful books have been: The Great Sex Rescue (Sheila Wray Gregoire), The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex (Sheila Wray Gregoire), The Good Guy’s Guide to Great Sex (Sheila Wray Gregoire), The Mingling of Souls (Matt Chandler), Getting Ready for Marriage (Jim Burns and Doug Fields), and Know Your Endo (Jennifer Murnane).

The topic of painful sex or periods isn’t new to society. Despite the alarming fact that’s rarely spoken about, suffering has existed for centuries. The book of Genesis and 1 Chronicles further this when Eve’s pain was increased in childbearing after the fall of mankind (Genesis 3:16), and Jabez’s mother coins his name because the birth had been so painful (1 Chronicles 4:9-10). 

The World Health Organization reports that endometriosis affects roughly 10% of the population. In fact, women with endometriosis are also twice as likely to suffer from a mental health condition like anxiety or depression. But when I say the term endometriosis, I’m not just talking about a typical period or painful sex. I’m talking about a debilitating, life-altering, crippling, and agonizing pain.