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All About Endometriosis: Tips for Dealing With Endometriosis

All About Endometriosis: Tips for Dealing With Endometriosis

All About Endometriosis: Tips for Dealing With Endometriosis

by | Endometriosis, Women's Health

Tips for Dealing with Endometriosis:

1. What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a painful condition that affects a lot of women. This article will help  you to be more aware of endometriosis, and some  things  that  you  can  do  to treat it.

2. Statistics

Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years (ie. usually between the ages of 15 to 49), which is approximately 176 million women in the world. Source. 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

4. Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of endometriosis are:

  • Painful  menstrual cramps with  periods  that gets worse over time
  • Pain during or after sex
  • Infertility
  • Intestinal pain
  • Chronic pain in the lower back and pelvis
  • Fatigue
  • 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:

  • Confusion
  • Disbelief
  • Frustration

 6. Who is Affected?

Generally, 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.

10. Why Diagnosing is Important

Endometriosis can make it hard for you to get pregnant. Finding out that you have endometriosis can be important because of this. There are many treatments can control the pain, and even help you to get pregnant.

11. How Endometriosis is Diagnosed

There are several tests that doctors can run to see if you have endometriosis. A few of them are:

  • Ultrasound
  • MRI
  • Laparoscopy

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