March is Endometriosis awareness month, aiming to shed light on the long-term symptoms it causes.
It’s likely you have never heard of Endometriosis, yet it is a condition that affects around 176 million women worldwide. March is Endometriosis awareness month, aiming to shed light on the long-term symptoms it causes.
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue, similar to the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium, starts to grow in other places of the body. These growths are called endometrial implants. Typically found growing in the pelvis or abdomen, they can also grow on linings and organs, such as the fallopian tubes and ovaries.
Endometrial implants can be severely painful, especially during ovulation, menstruation and sex. This disorder can affect women of any age and is a long-term condition that can have significant impact on their lives leading to feelings of depression and, without treatment, can even lead to chronic pain.
Other symptoms of endometriosis include:
If untreated the growths may also continue to expand and cause problems, such as:
The symptoms of endometriosis can vary depending on the person. Some women may be affected badly, while others might not have any noticeable symptoms.
Even though there is no cure for the disorder, with the advancement of medicine, science and technology there are now exams and test to detect and treatments to help ease the symptoms.
Tests to check for physical clues of endometriosis include:
Often, with proper surgical planning, your surgeon can fully treat endometriosis during the laparoscopy so that you need only one surgery.
Treatments for endometriosis include:
Every woman should discuss all their options after diagnosis with their doctor to ensure they are receiving the right treatment. Sometimes they may suggest not starting treatment immediately to see if the symptoms improve on their own.
Endometriosis can be a difficult condition to deal both physically and emotionally. As well as support from doctors, family and friends, women suffering through this condition may also find it helpful to contact a support group, such as Endometriosis UK, for information and advice.
We need to be aware that this is happening to women everywhere, our mothers, sisters, friends, partners, even ourselves; therefore, we need to make a concerted effort to push the women in our lives to take these tests and ensure good uterine and physical health.
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