Women who live with endometriosis (sometimes called “endo”) often struggle to manage ever-changing symptoms and their resulting lifestyle changes. Friends, family and sexual partners may have trouble understanding the full extent of this reproductive condition and the havoc it wreaks.

If you are planning to discuss your diagnosis with a loved one, keep a few tips in mind.

Prepare a short list of information

You’ve mustered the courage to have this talk, but you don’t know what to say. A good way to start is to explain endometriosis as a condition that causes scar tissue to form inside and outside the abdominal and pelvic areas. You can further explain that the tissue can cause organs to stick together and lead to intense pain, bloating, constipation, difficulty urinating and more, depending on where the inflammation is located.