What Is Endometriosis?

:: I have recently been diagnosed with Endometriosis and thought I would share some further information about this disease as I feel menstrual health is such an important topic and there is still little understanding of what the condition is ::

 

 

Endometriosis is an invisible illness, where the tissue that is similar- to the lining of the uterus grows outside it in other parts of the body, it is most commonly found in the pelvic region such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and can latch onto other organs such as the bowel and bladder and start to grow. As the body is unable to clear away this tissue, it results in inflammation, swelling and further growth of uterine tissue around the body. The exact cause of Endometriosis is not certain and is known to affect 1 in 10 women.

It is a common case that ‘Endo’ goes undiagnosed for quite some time, many women go untreated and are told that it is normal to have period pain and to simply ‘toughen up’ however what is not recognised is that Endo is also masked by a lot of other symptoms.

Every case is unique and some women will experience different symptoms or some may have Endometriosis, not experience any pain or have any symptoms at all.

Some symptoms may include but are not limited to, the following:

  • Nausea
  • Cramping
  • Dizziness
  • Brain Fog
  • Fatigue
  • Poor concentration
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Infertility
  • Bloating
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Pain during or after intercourse

 

The only way to determine if you have Endo is to go under laparoscopy surgery which involves having a local anesthetic and where a thin telescope is placed through your belly button and sometimes further incisions may be made in your abdomen and pelvic region (this happened to me in my case). There is no cure for this disease and women may experience multiple surgeries in their lifetime.

 

Pain doesn’t necessarily just occur when you have your monthly period it may also occur at other times of the month. Women may experience bursts of pain which then in turn causes one to cripple over to try and ease the severe pain however the pain can be so extreme that this does not eradicate the pain.

 

** Please note I am not a Doctor. I am merely sharing information and my experience to assist with spreading awareness of this disease. If you find you are experiencing any of these symptoms please consult your Doctor for further investigation.

Acknowledgements:

http://endometriosis.org/endometriosis/

https://www.vitalhealth.com/endo-blog/what-it-really-means-to-have-endometriosis/

Image Source: Janella Purcell