For Logan Andreotta, diagnosed with endometriosis at 16, her teen years were tough.
"I was missing school in high school and it was very frustrating, very lonely," says Andreotta.
And Logan's doctor, Georgia Reproductive Specialists' Dr. Desiree McCarthy-Keith, says about 10 % of women have endometriosis, where the endometrial tissue lining their uterus spreads into the pelvis, causing inflammation and scar tissue.
"The most common symptoms of endometriosis are really pelvic pain, either pain before the menstrual cycle, pain outside of the menstrual cycle," Dr. McCarthy-Keith.
"I was physically in pain for sometimes weeks out of the month. A whole week before your period started and then several days after. Sometimes, I was having ten-day periods," says Andreotta..
To manage the pain and cramping, Logan tried birth control pills, which Dr. McCarthy-Keith says are usually the initial go-to treatment for endometriosis.
"Some women may just need to take pain pills, like a non-steroidals, around their menstrual cycle. Some women require stronger medications, or even narcotics to deal with pain," says Dr. McCarthy-Keith.
Logan dealt with her pain for years, until she got married. and began trying to have a baby.
"I have never wanted to be anything more than a mother. That was my dream, and I feel like, my purpose in life," says Dr. McCarthy-Keith
But, because of scarring, she couldn't get pregnant, and needed in-vitro fertilization. Today, at 26, she is a mom. Logan is managing her pain and symptoms with lifestyle changes. For example, she no longer eats gluten. Has cut her carbohydrates. And tries to eat a lot of healthy fats and lean protein. It may not work for everyone,
"But you just have to learn your body. And that takes patience and practice. And trial and error. Ultimately, it is so worth it to feel like you have your life back."