March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition that happens when tissue similar to the lining of a woman’s uterus grows outside of the uterus. The abnormal tissue most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis. Sometimes endometrial tissue may spread beyond pelvic organs. Endometriosis effects an estimated 2 to 10 percent of American women of childbearing age.
What are the Symptoms of Endometriosis?
- Painful periods
- Pain during sex
- Pain with bowel movements or urination
- Excessive bleeding, heavy periods, irregular bleeding
Is there Treatment?
Endometriosis usually develops several years after the onset of menstruation. Signs and symptoms of endometriosis may sometimes temporarily improve with pregnancy and may go away completely with menopause, unless you’re taking estrogen. Treatments usually includes medication for pain control and in severe cases surgery including partial or total hysterectomies.
More articles on Endometriosis
Where to get Support
- MyEndometriosisTeam Social Network for women suffering from Endometriosis
- Endometriosis Support by the Endometriosis Association
- Endometriosis Patient Forum Talk to other patients dealing with Endometriosis too
Books about Healing Endometriosis