Tia Mowry is helping Black women be better at wellness by amplifying her voice this month for Endometriosis Awareness. She also shares her story.
In an Instagram Live discussion with Mama Glow, run by Latham Thomas, Tia Mowry revealed that before her diagnosis with endometriosis, she spent her early twenties dealing with excruciating pain during her period.
Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus grows outside the uterus. It most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis.
Mowry shared her experience with the excruciating inflammatory pain and said it took almost five years for her to get diagnosed. This was after being passed from doctor to doctor with no answers.
Her experience of struggling to get a diagnosis is unusual, especially among Black women. We’ve all heard way too many stories from our family members and friends, who struggle to get a proper diagnosis for so many things.
For endometriosis in particular, research shows that Black women are less likely to be diagnosed with the disorder than their white counterparts — and not because they’re less likely to have it. This disparity likely results from social factors such as institutional racism and implicit bias, says one doctor in an interview with Shape Magazine.
Luckily, Mowry was eventually diagnosed by a Black woman and shared with Forbes Magazine that this doctor was “one of the main reasons I started my wellness journey”. She says she pointed her in the right direction.
Mowry had two surgeries three years apart to remove scar tissue.
Her doctor then advised her that if she wanted to have children, and no more surgeries, she needed to change her lifestyle.
Mowry changed her diet to promote gut health and started incorporating yoga and meditation into her daily routine which lowered her stress.
She said, “As a Black woman…I hear you, I understand you, I went through and I am going through the same thing.’ And I am willing to put in my time and my effort to change this narrative.”
How Mowry is Chanelling Endometriosis Awareness
To help other Black women, Mowry launched her supplement and vitamin brand Anser in January 2020 with three products: a women’s multivitamin, prenatal vitamin and beauty vitamin.
This was just before the pandemic hit that threw Black health into focus and because more people have prioritized their health the brand is growing fast.
The wellness movement took a turn last year as the pandemic ravaged the Black community and put health and wellness at the forefront of our everyday lives after being sidelined by the health and wellness industries.
We noticed more Black women exercising daily and having those hard conversations about what they were suffering with, and seeking help to overcome them.
Heck, All About The Sisters did a hard relaunch during the pandemic, so we know!
Mowry is not alone on the Black wellness trend. New Companies have taken the lead in helping the Black community to prioritize their health and wellness. Among them are Golde, a superfood health and beauty brand, and The Honey Pot, a plant-based feminine care product brand.
We are the ones to do it for us. And Mowry believes starting with a Black doctor who understood her symptoms and lifestyle was key to her finding relief.
At least when it comes to starting with endometriosis awareness.
Her Anser brand now carries 20 different vitamins for everyone in the Black household.
The byline for her Anser brand is You are the Anser! The website also asks, “Do You Prioritize Yourself?”
Besides sharing tips on wellness, the site also shares stories of others who suffer from endometriosis and amplifies other Black-owned businesses, like Brooklyn-based naturopathic practitioner, acupuncturist and herbalist, Dr. Naika, and Dietician Vanessa Rissetto.
Mowry shared “Openly telling Black people and BIPOC that they deserve to be healthy should appeal to all people in 2021.”
These stories like Mowry’s are relevant and vital in the fight for Black health and wellness especially during Endometriosis Awareness Month and beyond. And we can support endometriosis awareness by wearing yellow.
Listen to Mowry below as she shares her story.