I was diagnosed with endometriosis at 19. Every month, immobilizing cramps forced me to call in from school and work. Since my diagnosis, I’ve been able to manage my pain and slow the tissue buildup, however, future generations’ health is on the line. Restricting those under 25 from receiving pap smears may cause pre-existing conditions to go undetected and untreated. Recent guideline changes unnecessarily put people at risk of infertility, cervical cancer, and even death. Reproductive care should be accessible and free for all. So take advantage of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and get your Pap today!
Thriving Thanks To Reproductive Care
23-year-old Chloe reflects on a scary time in her teens when she was diagnosed with endometriosis, a disorder that causes abnormal tissue growth outside the uterus, resulting in agonizing pain. Thanks to a Pap test, doctors were able to treat and manage Chloe’s symptoms. Chloe is now a law school graduate and she is speaking out on behalf of herself and future generations of young women who depend on this life-saving test.