Essential Endometriosis Facts That Every Woman Needs to Know

Endometriosis is an enigmatic condition that affects approximately 10% of American women during their reproductive years.

Unfortunately, there are still many women and men who don’t know what endometriosis is or what to do about it. The best way to begin is by becoming aware of a few essential endometriosis facts.

Start at the Beginning: What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition where “out of place” tissue forms on the outside of the uterus like a lesion. It is similar to the tissue on the inside of the uterine lining, and can go through a cycle just like the menstrual cycle. This endometrial tissue is likely to cause severe pain, painful urination, and discomfort during bowel movements.

No Single Symptom Makes Endometriosis Enigmatic

There are numerous symptoms associated with endometriosis, though not everyone will experience the same ones. There can be very painful periods, chronic pelvic pain between periods, and pain that can be felt both during and after sex. One of the worst symptoms of endometriosis is that this severe pain does not go away. In addition, a woman with endometriosis can have painful ovulation, heavy bleeding, fatigue, and infertility.

Because lots of individuals report their symptoms as “all over the place,” it may be difficult to diagnose their condition right away, which leads many assume their pain must be caused by something else. Combined confusion can delay an accurate diagnosis for years, and this results in needed treatment to be delayed.

Endometriosis Can Start in Early Puberty

The sad fact is this condition can occur as early as a young girl’s first period, prompting them to think their awful menstrual cycle is just a normal monthly occurrence. Another sad fact is that symptoms can continue during menopause due to scar tissue.

There Is No Known Cause

woman holding abdomen suffering from endo problems

Although no known single cause has been discovered yet, many researchers believe it is genetic predisposition. If your mother and/or sister had endometriosis, you are at a higher risk to develop it too.

There Is No Known Cure

Again, there is no known cure for Endometriosis, but it can be treated to relieve the worst of your symptoms.

Endometriosis Is Associated with Infertility

Approximately 30 – 50% of women with endometriosis are infertile. This is not written in stone, and it does not definitively mean that this condition causes infertility, as there are many different reasons why a woman may be infertile.

You Must Tell Your Doctor About Your Symptoms

No one else will tell them if you don’t. Be your own advocate and explain in detail the pain, how intense it is, how often it occurs, and where it is located.

Visit speakendo.com if you find it difficult to communicate with your physician. On this site you will find tips on how to clearly explain your symptoms to Women’s Health Partners.

Surgery Is an Option but Not a Necessity to Treat Endometriosis

Surgery is usually recommended as a last resort to treating endometriosis, and only if all the other options have been tried with no improvement.

OTC non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, hormone treatments, warm baths and heating pads at home, and alternative medicine like acupuncture are all possible treatments to try before considering surgery.

Only you and Women’s Health Partners can decide what treatments are best for you.

If you suspect your pain may be caused by endometriosis, contact Women’s Health Partners for an examination.

As always, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call a Women’s Health Partner’s location or request an appointment online today!

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Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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