This week Grammy-award-winning artist Monica appeared on The Daily Blast Live to open up about her battle with endometriosis. The "Don't Take It Personal" singer got highly personal with hosts Al Jackson, Brandon London, and Tory Shulman as she went into detail about her recent surgery and why she feels it's important to erase the stigma surrounding the disease.
"Endometriosis is extremely painful, and women, monthly, feel like suffering is a part of the deal when you're a woman," she said. "But you find out when you learn about endometriosis that we shouldn't be in excruciating pain, and you learn that every age can suffer from endometriosis. So, once I was diagnosed, I initially had the first surgery, and it was not like the second. The second was very hard. I was in the hospital for a week, and I ended up having multiple blood transfusions. But now, being on the mend and recovering, I've become somewhat of an advocate because I want women to know what this disease is, and I want them to know that there is hope for them."
You can check out the full episode of Monica's appearance below.
Monica is far from alone in her endometriosis battle. A recent study by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reported that 40% of Black women who were told they had PID (pelvic inflammatory disease), in reality, had endometriosis. What's more (and, perhaps unsurprisingly), race plays a huge factor in whether women are properly diagnosed with endometriosis: Asian women are 50 percent more likely to be correctly diagnosed with the disease than white women, while Black and Latinx women are half as likely to be correctly diagnosed with the disease.
Even worse, doctors once incorrectly believed that while white and Asian women could get endometriosis, Black and Latinx women could not. (The question of whether this misconception continues to be passed down through medical lore to the detriment of Black women, of course, is one that deserves to be raised and addressed, especially given how Black women have historically been denied the proper access to good medical care, or to medical doctors that take their pain seriously.)
But as more Black women — like Monica and Tia Mowry, who has been extremely vocal in the past about her endometriosis struggle with Oprah Daily, continue to speak out about the disease, there is more awareness surrounding the issue.