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The One, Crucial Thing Sexual Abuse and Endometriosis Have In Common

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As a sexual abuse survivor, I have spent a lot of time researching the link between trauma, in particular sexual trauma, and chronic illness.

Numerous researchers, like Bessel Van Der Kolk in his seminal work “The Body Keeps The Score” and Gabor Mate in books like “When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress,” have outlined the ways in which trauma actually changes the body fundamentally at a biological level, making survivors susceptible to a myriad of diseases that are linked to increased stress.

I have often wondered if my struggle with endometriosis is in fact a way that my sexual trauma manifested within my body. I obviously have no way of proving it as direct cause and effect, but they are inextricably linked in terms of the.

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