MARCH IS ENDOMETRIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH
What is Endometriosis?
It is a hormonal and immune disease affecting girls as young as eight and women of all ages. The name comes from the word, endometrium, which is the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus and builds up and sheds each month in the menstrual cycle. In “endo” tissue like the endometrium is found outside the uterus in other areas of the body, most commonly in the abdomen.
What are the symptoms?
Common symptoms include pain with periods; pain with intercourse, urination, or with a bowel movement; and infertility.
Period Pain is Not Normal!
That’s right! It is not normal to be in pain during your period. If pain during a menstrual period cannot be relieved by over-the-counter pain medication and a heating pad, then endometriosis should be suspected. It is important to be diagnosed as soon as possible, as earlier diagnosis and treatment may reduce the progression and severity of the disease.
How are you diagnosed with endo?
A definitive diagnosis can only be made through laparoscopy—a surgical procedure whereby a small incision is made (usually through the belly button) and a scope is inserted so that the doctor can visually identify the growths or lesions of endometriosis.
Is there are cure for endometriosis?
There is no cure as yet. Treatments include surgery to remove the endometrial growths, as well as medical (drug) options. The birth control pill is commonly used as a first treatment.
How many women does endometriosis affect?
Approximately 6.3 million girls and women in the U.S., and more than 89 million worldwide.
How can I get more information about endo?
Contact the Endometriosis Association for free “yellow” informational brochures at support@EndometriosisAssn.org or 414.355.2200. (You can also request brochures written especially for girls, teens, and women in menopause.) Check out the Association’s website: www.EndometriosisAssn.org. For more in-depth information, read the Association’s latest two books: Endometriosis: The Complete Reference for Taking Charge of Your Health, and The Endometriosis Sourcebook. They are available through the Association’s website.
By Carol Drury
Education Program Coordinator/Associate Director
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