Have you ever heard of Endometriosis? If you have, then congratulations because you're one of very few people in the world who knows about this condition which affects millions of women around the globe.
There are many women who actually have Endometriosis and have never even heard of it. So what exactly is it?
Endometriosis is a condition that affects women when the lining of the uterus grows outside outside of the womb. According to womenhealth.org, more than 11% of American women between the ages of 15 and 44 are affected and it is "especially common among women in their 30s and 40s and may make it harder to get pregnant."
Those suffer from Endometriosis may or may not exhibit symptoms but when they do, it could include painful menstrual cramps, pain after sex and chronic pain in the lower back and pelvis, spotting between periods, digestive problems and infertility.
Some of the symptoms listed above can occur under normal circumstances as well so many women don't link it with a more severe health problem. According to the Guardian, "one woman in 10 of reproductive age has endometriosis, it is estimated, and yet often their primary care doctors do not know what it is and the specialists to whom they are sent are ill-informed."
One of these women is Culumi Nakada , a 25-year-old Japanese model, actress and DJ, who is decided to share her hidden symptoms so other women can seek help sooner.