• Janet said she manages Endometriosis using the birth control method.

• Janet said her worst experience with periods was after she was diagnosed with endometriosis as it was excruciatingly painful.

Janet Mbugua speaking during her Podcast launch on 25th May, 2022
Janet Mbugua speaking during her Podcast launch on 25th May, 2022
Image: Elizabeth Ngigi

Media personality, Janet Mbugua, is among the many women in the country who have lived with endometriosis.

Janet told Mpasho.co.ke in during the launch of her podcast on Wednesday that she has lived with the condition for over 15 years.

She was diagnosed with Endo when she was in her 20s and manages it using the birth control method.

"That's my medicine and that is how I bring down the bleeding and balance the hormones," she said.

The mother of two also opened up on her first experience with menses which she said left her traumatised. Janet said she was 10 years old.

"I was traumatised as I had never heard about periods. My mum was shocked since I was very young since my older sister started hers when she was 13 years."

Janet said waking up to blood on her bed made her think she was going to die or she was probably sick.

"I started screaming. My mom told me to take a shower and showed me how to put pads on a panty and told me to try and walk with them to school but don't let boys touch me."

Janet said the trauma never left as she was later diagnosed with endometriosis.

"This made me passionate about menstrual health," she said.

Later in life, she registered a foundation, Inua Dada after the 'Period of Shame' story was highlighted by Loulou Hassan and Judy Kosgei on Citizen TV.

The first story talked about period poverty.

"Periods have followed me my whole life and this made me get to a point where people can share their period stories," she said.

Janet said her worst experience with periods was after she was diagnosed with endometriosis as it was excruciatingly painful.

"Some have extreme stories and in my case, it was not different as at some point, I had to take bed rest."

Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus.

Celebrities who have spoken about the condition include; Jamby Koikai and Corazon Kwamboka.

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