If you were to Google “endometriosis” even a few ago, resources and medical guidance would be limited at best. Although the condition is known as a "white woman's disease," endometriosis impacts the lives of just as many Black women. According to a 2019 study by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, however, Black women are only about 40 percent as likely to be properly diagnosed. Even today, statistics for women of color with endometriosis are practically nonexistent due to the prejudices and racism that reverberate through the healthcare system.

I was diagnosed with endometriosis—a painful inflammatory condition in which tissue usually found inside the uterus grows throughout the pelvic area —in September 2019. Like most of the one in 10 women with endometriosis, however, I’ve realized that I had been dealing with the disease for more than seven years