March is Endometriosis Awareness month!
You might be wondering why it is important to have a whole month dedicated for endometriosis awareness. There are probably several reasons for you to have this kind of line of thought. However, the main one may be because, you have no idea what endometriosis is and as such you have no idea that one out of every ten women has had the illness.
The reality is that Endometriosis is a complicated illness that often fools many thus the known high numbers of late diagnosis and mistreatments. Also, the amount of ignorance and lack of awareness is immense. We have compiled a number of questions to help you understand the extent of the illness through proven facts and removing the soot that darkens them into misconceptions. We hope you find them helpful.
Bad period pain?
To start with, you need to understand what the term endometriosis means to respond to this question. Many in the population have dismissed it for simply a bad period. The answer to this question is a voluminous no!
Endometriosis is a scarring and a pain that is caused by chronic inflammatory reaction. This inflammatory reaction is induced by endometrial-like tissue found outside the uterus. The endometrium is a lining inside the uterus where this tissue originates from.
Some women with this condition do not experience any kind of pain, although many experience intense pain before, during, and after their periods. Endometriosis can result to dysmenorrhea (painful periods), chronic pelvic pain, painful sex, painful bowel movements, painful urination and pain in various muscles. This pain can affect normal daily routines and locomotion.
It is also one of the most common gynaecological illnesses and from our previous article approximated 176 million women worldwide, an equivalent to one out of ten women globally. It can be a difficult condition to diagnose early, because some people don’t experience symptoms.
Additionally, endometriosis is not endometritis, which is an Inflammation of the endometrium
Is it true that endometriosis only affects women in their 30s and 40s?
Again the answer is No!
According to studies, latest in 2011, endometriosis symptoms start as early as the first three periods. In this 2011 Global Study of Women’s Health, slightly over 60 per cent of the women, from ten different countries, had been diagnosed and had sought help about the illness before they were 30 years of age.
Is endometriosis contagious? Does hormonal treatments and/or pregnancy cure it?
You cannot catch endometriosis. It is not a cold. It is neither contracted nor contagious. You cannot also treat endometriosis with hormonal treatments. Hormonal treatments do not have any long-term effect on the illness itself. They do temporarily reduce the symptoms, but only while the drugs are being taken. Once you stop using the medication, symptoms often return.
No known pregnancy has eradicated the symptoms of endometriosis. Pregnancy may sometimes and temporarily suppress endometriosis but immediately after delivery they come back.
Hysterectomy, on the other hand, has been rumoured to cure endometriosis. It may in some, but not entirely necessarily. A few women without a uterus have had the illness before. The reason for this is that endometrial-like tissue can grow anywhere else. Hysterectomy can be used as a last resort. Having a hysterectomy incurs more risks than conservative laparoscopic surgery, as complications can occur, as well as the loss of fertility, and immediate premature menopause if the ovaries are removed as well. A benefit of hysterectomy (particularly with the removal of the ovaries) is a decreased chance of needing to have re-operative surgeries in the future.
How does endometriosis affect pregnancy?
20 to 50 per cent of the women population with endometriosis are affected by infertility or subfertility. Infertility may be caused by the induced inflammation that destroys and/or damages the ova and the sperm. This does not however make pregnancy impossible for people with the illness. Diagnosed early, fertility regimen can be prescribed to increase the chances of conception
Medical Health Notice!!!
If you have difficult or painful periods, see your healthcare provider and let them know you think something is wrong. For more information, read in detail about endometriosis symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. If Symptoms Persist, Seek Medical Advice.
Join the Movement!
Share your story or that of a loved one and how you were affected by Endometriosis
Join the campaign and create awareness #MarchisEndometriosisAwarenessMonth
Support and make donations to a cause that is involved in Endometriosis research
Volunteer to help a family and/or patients affected