Endometriosis is a painful condition that affects a lot of women. This ebook is designed to make you more aware of endometriosis, and some things that you can do to treat it.
1. What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is where the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus in other areas. Other words for these areas can be called lesions, growths, implants, or nodules.
In North America, about 5.5 million women have endometriosis, and about 30-40 percent of these women are infertile. Endometriosis is also one of the top three causes for female infertility.
3. Where is it Found?
Endometriosis is found in these places:
• On the ovaries
• On the bladder
• Behind the uterus
• On the uterus tissues
Some of the symptoms of endometriosis are:
• Painful menstrual cramps with periods that gets worse over time
• Pain during or after sex
• Intestinal pain
• Chronic pain in the lower back and pelvis
• Painful urination during menstrual periods
• Painful bowel movements
• Heavy menstrual periods
• Spotting or bleeding between periods
5. Emotional Symptoms
Endometriosis affects women emotionally as well. It’s important to get help from psychologists or counselors to help women cope with their feelings. Some common ones are:
6. Who is Affected?
General, the women who get endometriosis:
• Have had their symptoms for two to five years before finding out they have the disease
• Have already started getting their monthly period
• Are on average about 27 years-old
7. What Raises the Risk?
Women have a higher risk of developing endometriosis if they:
• Began getting their period at an early age
• Have periods that last more than seven days
• Have heavy periods
• Have a relative with endometriosis
• Have a short menstrual cycle
8. What Reduces the Risk
There are a few studies show that you may lower your chances getting endometriosis if you:
• Avoid caffeine and alcohol
• Exercise regularly
9. Cancer Risk
There is a mild risk of ovarian cancer for women with endometriosis. One theory for this is that the endometriosis nodules themselves transform into cancer. Another theory states that endometriosis can be related to other genetic or environmental factors, and can cause ovarian cancer.