Endometriosis affects 10-15% of premenopausal women. Once diagnosed, the symptoms can be controlled with medications and surgery.
Here are five other facts you should know about endometriosis
- Endometriosis is when the endometrial lining (uterine lining) implants outside of the uterus. It can be found on the pelvic wall, the ovaries, the intestines, and on the uterus. It can also be located outside the pelvis like the lungs and abdominal scars.
- Pelvic pain and menstrual irregularities are symptoms associated with endometriosis. Endometriosis can cause pain during your cycle, pain between cycles and pain during intercourse. Some women have severe pain, while some women may not have any pain.
- Endometriosis is usually diagnosed during surgery, not with ultrasound or CT scan.
- Endometriosis does increase the risk of infertility because it can cause adhesions of the tubes and an inflammatory reaction in the pelvis.
Endometriosis is a chronic disease that affects young women. Pain is the most common complaint and the disease can be controlled with conservative surgery, hormones and/or hysterectomy. If you are experiencing debilitating pelvic pain during your cycles and/or outside of your cycles, menstrual irregularities, and/or pain during intercourse you should discuss your symptoms with your gynecologist.
March 24th, 2018 Endometriosis Worldwide March
Worldwide Endometriosis March® (EndoMarch®) was founded as a grassroots global movement and urgent call to action to improve the quality of medical care for millions of women and girls who suffer from endometriosis, an incurable, whole-body chronic disease that can potentially cause system-wide crippling pain, organ damage, infertility, and other severe medical consequences if left inadequately treated. As stated in our original goals announced in early 2013, the fact that, in the 21st Century, endometriosis sufferers are still going undiagnosed for up to 10 years (or longer) and are still receiving grossly inadequate or inappropriate medical care constitutes a national public health crisis.
Learn more: www.EndoMarch.org