Did you know?

That infertility is one of the top causes for 30-40% of women with endometriosis? This was reported by doctors at the Cleveland Clinic. Now you are probably wondering what is endometriosis and how does it affect you. First of all, endometriosis directly affects menstruating-women and it can cause a plethora of unforeseen issues if not diagnosed and treated effectively.

Endometriosis derives from the term “endometrium.” Every woman has an endometrium and it is a collection of cells which make up tissue that line the inside of the uterus. The uterus is very important for mothers because it is where a mother carries her baby. The problem that occurs with endometriosis is that tissue begins to grow outside of the uterus in other places. When something grows or lives out of place, healthcare professionals refer to the term as it being ectopic- which means out of place.

So how can a woman identify if she has endometriosis? Endometriosis can cause painful cramps, abdominal pain, infertility, painful sexual intercourse and heavy periods. The subject of endometriosis is very familiar to me because I was diagnosed with this condition in 2007. The symptoms of abdominal pain and painful cramps were a norm until I decided to visit a doctor. Now, what is relieving about being diagnosed with endometriosis is that it is a condition that can be treated and not a terminal illness.

Like any other diagnosis, there is a psychological burden and attachment placed on a human being. Based on statistics from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), endometriosis mostly affects African-American women. Unfortunately, there are not enough women reporting their symptoms to their gynecologists and this makes it difficult for investigators and scientists to receive funding to further investigate this condition. So if you believe that you or a friend may be suffering from endometriosis, it is highly recommended that you visit a local physician immediately.

As of today, there is no cure for endometriosis but there are treatment options available. Treatment options available include pain medications, hormonal therapy (oral contraceptives), in vitro fertilization (IVF), surgery or a procedure called laparoscopy. Based on the severity of symptoms, the idea of combination therapy may be a topic of discussion after speaking with your local physician.

Endometriosis can affect any woman at any given time during her years of menstruating but when it begins to affect daily living, this is a call for immediate attention. Medicine has advanced in so many ways and you do not have to let a condition or disease control your life. This month, we at Women of Standard/Men of Standard magazine would like to help you become aware of endometriosis. Help spread the word to every woman you know to go and get checked for endometriosis. To women all around the world, do not let the fear of endometriosis cause you to live out of place with your health.

Reference:

United States. Cleveland Clinic. Facts about Endometriosis. Print. <http://my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/endometriosis/hic_facts_about_endometriosis.asp&xgt;.


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