#ENDOFACTS: FACTS ABOUT #ENDOMETRIOSIS

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A month of awareness on endometriosis does not mean much has been done to retreat. It only means that much more has been left untouched. The work has to continue into the next weeks, months years and into the next generation until endometriosis has zero significance in the health of our population. Why? You may ask… Because every woman deserves a chance… A chance to thrive, a chance to be heard, a chance to realize her full potential. Their health is key to this.

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March has been a short month of awareness. We would like to do more. I know you would also love to do more. So, let’s do it!!!

To keep us on the run, here are some facts about endometriosis that you need to keep in mind as you brace a brave fight against it…

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#EndoFacts

  • A disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus
  • Endometriosis can be treated by a medical professional
  • It can be chronic, lasting for ten years or going on for a lifetime
  • Medical diagnosis is required to confirm Endo presence
  • Lab tests and sometimes imaging is required during medical diagnosis

#EndoFictions

Note that the following are misconceptions shared by many about endometriosis

  • They are just bad periods
  • Endometriosis is very rare
  • It only affects women in their 30s and 40s
  • It is contagious
  • Can be cured by hormonal treatments
  • Can be cured by pregnancy
  • Can be cured by hysterectomy
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#EndoStats

The following are the latest facts and figures about endometriosis

  • 1 in 10 women of reproductive age live with endometriosis
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  • 10% of the women population in the world, which is an equivalent of 176 million women worldwide have endometriosis
  • The prevalence of endometriosis in women with infertility can be as high as 30% to 50%
  • Endometriosis is the worlds second most common gynecological condition
  • Endometriosis affects 1.5million women, this number is at par with diabetes
  • It takes an average of 7.5 years from the time symptoms appear to get a diagnosis
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  • The cause pf endometriosis is unknown, and there is no definite cure

Places outside the uterus where endometriosis grows

  • On the ovaries
  • Under the ovaries
  • Behind the uterus
  • On the bowels
  • On the bladder
  • On the uterine holding tissue
  • On the lungs (extreme cases)
  • Other parts of the body (extreme cases)
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#EndoSymptoms

  • Extremely painful menstrual cramps
  • Pelvic pain, sometimes in the intestines and lower back
  • Painful sex or pain after sex
  • Pain during bowel movements and passing urine
  • Heavy periods
  • Spotting during periods
  • Infertility

Risk factors for Endometriosis

  • Early periods (started at an early age)
  • Heavy flow
  • Long periods (lasting more than seven days)
  • Short cycle (27 days or less)
  • Genetics

How to prevent endo

  • Regular physical exercise
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid caffeine

#EndoTreatment

  • Pain medication for mild endo
  • Hormone therapy (for small areas and minimal pain)
  • Surgical treatment (for extensive endo)
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DISCLAIMER: This is not medical advice. Kindly seek medical advice from a medical professional!!!

These facts are not extensive. Only a place to start. Remember, only a medical professional can give you full information about your condition. Seek to see your doctor on every occasion.

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