Angie Kent Shares Excruciating Battle With Endometriosis

Angie Kent’s Endometriosis Was So Severe She Would ‘Bleed For Months On End’

by | Oct 30, 2019

We can always count on Angie Kent to keep it real on national telly. Case in point: Wednesday night’s episode of The Bachelorette, in which she opens up about her battle with endometriosis and fears it will affect her fertility.

Speaking with Mamamia ahead of the air date, the 29-year-old shared how the excruciatingly painful condition, which causes tissue similar to that found inside the uterus to grow outside of it, has impacted almost every aspect of her life.

“My symptoms were pretty hardcore,” she told the publication. “My period was really bad from high school, but it got worse as I got older, it started to get really bad in my early twenties. The main thing is I’d feel like a crazy person every single month for the three days leading up to my period, and then the pain increased during.”

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“I’d not have a period for ages or just bleed for months on end,” she continued, adding that the pain was so debilitating it became unbearable to perform day-to-day tasks.

“It got to a point where I thought ‘I can’t live life like this… I wouldn’t want to get out of bed. Sometimes I’d keep bleeding and bleeding and bleeding and wondering when it was going to stop.”

Her endo also affected her intimate relationships and prevented her from getting pap smears.

“With sex being painful, I was thinking, well this isn’t fun for me, what’s wrong with my body?” she said. “I would bloat so much leading up to my period, to the point where I’d gain three to four kilos, and when you’re bleeding all the time and in that much pain, how are you meant to feel good about yourself?”

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Soon enough, these physical symptoms started taking their toll on her mental health too.

“When you’re not feeling good down there, it can affect everything,” she said. “And the severe depression and anxiety I was getting from the thought of it coming was awful. Being diagnosed with endo answered so many questions as I hadn’t heard anything about it.”

In 2016, Angie underwent a laparoscopy to remove her endo via a small incision in her belly button, which initially helped ease her pain. She also manages the condition with a healthy diet and lifestyle, although she does worry it may affect her chances of conceiving in the future.

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“I’ve never overly worried about having a boyfriend by a certain age, I’m a big believer in universal timing, but when it comes to fertility having endometriosis, that’s my only real clock,” she admitted.

“I’m 30 soon and I don’t want babies anytime soon, but I want to start [getting on top of my symptoms] now. I don’t want to wait to get to the time when I want to have a baby because it could be a struggle.”

Her message for other women experiencing similar symptoms? Educate yourself on the common signs of endo – and speak to others about your struggle.

“After I was diagnosed was when people would say ‘oh I have that’. I then realised way more women have it but just don’t talk about it. But now we are,” she said.

For more info and support on endometriosis head to www.endometriosisaustralia.org.

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But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 

Nagnata

Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

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All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

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Nike

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Tracksmith

Session short Tights, $72

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Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

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Lululemon

Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

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Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

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