Endometriosis is one of the most feared female illnesses. The statistics gathered from around the world show that the diagnosis for this disease takes six years and eight doctors. It’s depressing to know that the patient has six years of suffering and may have to visit eight different practitioners, while ultimately, the real illness is revealed. Endometriosis affects 10 percent of women in reproductive age — about 175 million worldwide (1). But as the disease often does not cause symptoms, many women do not necessarily know they are affected.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a severe gynecological disease. It is a condition when tissue, similar to the lining inside the uterus, the endometrium starts to grow outside the womb, ultimately causing inflammation. Most commonly, it affects the ovaries, the intestines, the fallopian tubes, and the tissue lining the pelvis. But rarely appear outside of the pelvic area.
Pain in the pelvic area
Excruciating pain around the waist. Pain in the pelvic area is one of the most common symptoms. It starts a few days before the menstrual period, and it lasts for a long time or after the cycle. The fact that you have cramps is perfectly reasonable, but it does not if the pains are long-lasting and become more intolerable. If the pain remains persistent, this may be a warning sign, you must realize.
Unable to get pregnant because of endometriosis
If you’ve been trying for a long time, but you can not get pregnant, you may have endometriosis. When the endometrium is not inside the uterus, where it should be but on the surface of another organ, the body regards it as an offense against the womb. That will result in scarring and intersecting between organs. The ovary tube can get scared. Therefore, the ovules and the sperm can not get into the right place. If fertilization occurs, it is easier to develop an ectopic pregnancy.
Individual studies, however, have concluded that women with endometriosis their immune system do not function properly and attack the fertilized ovum, thereby reducing the likelihood of a successful pregnancy (2).
Often have to urinate
The constant urination stimulus can be a sign of many diseases, including endometriosis. If you experience that you frequently have to go to the toilet and have all the other symptoms, you should go to a doctor.
Many women who struggle with endometriosis claim to be more tired or less energetic than before the disease has developed.
Endometriosis also affects digestion. So the disease usually causes digestive discomfort. Patients are puffy, developing constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramps.
If you experience sharp, pulsating or blunt pain throughout your lower abdomen, not only during intercourse, but also after having sex, and sometimes at other times, you may have endometriosis.
When to visit your GP
For example, if you need to stay at home during your menstrual period because you can not walk or feel sick. It might be the symptoms that you should take seriously. Make an appointment with your GP. You have to get the symptoms investigated by the gynecologist.
To diagnose, a doctor must perform a laparoscopy and take a sample of a suspected endometriosis lesion.
Complete healing is not possible. Because the cause of the disease is unknown and its treatment is only symptomatic. For this reason, the complaint may develop again at any time.
If symptoms are mild, the gynecologist generally agrees that no further treatment, other than pain medication ( NSAIDs), is necessary.
There are also several hormonal treatments available. The purpose of treatment with hormones is to stop ovulation temporarily. Contraceptive pills can do the job in many cases.
Treatment also consists of surgery and complementary medication, to relieve the pain. Some women also benefit from alternative treatments used in conjunction with other medical and surgical therapies (3).
Surgery provides the longest-lasting symptom relief.
- Facts about endometriosis | Endometriosis.org
- Endometriosis and Immune System Dysfunction | Endometriosis News
- Endometriosis | Johns Hopkins Medicine