What is Endometriosis? Raising Awareness

Endometriosis is a immune system disease as well as hormonal of which cells are similar to that line the uterus *Endometrium* which produces growth outside of the uterine cavity. It is commonly on the membrane which the abnormal cavity lines to the peritoneum. Endometriosis is an excruciatingly painful feeling you get that is worse than having your menstrual cycle monthly. The most common cause is dysmenorrhea.

Endometriosis is usually diagnosed during the reproductive years, also has been diagnosed way before that as well. It can cause infertility, poly cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), you can develop many cysts, and many other conditions of the female reproductive system. It can cause irregular menstrual periods, missed periods, as well as causing dislocation of organs around the reproductive system with the bowels, bladder, fallopian tubes, uterus, ovaries. The nervous system can also be affected by Endometriosis. Hormonal imbalances can be a factor as well.

Pelvic pain can range mid to severe aches, cramps, and pain that makes you feel like you have been stabbed repeatedly. you can feel the impact to the legs, lower abdomen, back, and down to the rectal areas as well. It depends from person to person on the severity of the case. It causes urine urgency, as well as voiding painfully sometimes. It also complicates intercourse and makes it very painful.

If you are experiencing very painful menstrual cramping, it is best to go see a gynecologist, and your family doctor to send you to a specialist to see what is going on with an ultrasound, MRI, CT Scan, or whatever examinations are needed to determine the main cause of what is going on. It is always a good idea to be screened, even if you are not active in intercourse. When you are on your period and it is extremely heavy, and periods that last over 7 days, it is a good idea to get screened right away to figure out what is going on.

Unfortunately when you do get diagnosed with Endometriosis, there is no cure for it, however there are a variety of treatment options such as surgery, hormonal, and pain medication. It depends on a persons situation and varies from what stage of Endometriosis that you have.

Endometriosis is a huge thing and not many people know about it or maybe they have and some people do not know what it is. It always good to ask questions and talk to other women who have Endometriosis and to get educated on these things.

I want to spread awareness as much as possible about this as I know someone who has this and its unfortunate what she is going through. I wish her all the best with this crazy disease. Women and girls go through a lot as they are growing up and going into adulthood. The body changes so much, especially when you get your first menstrual cycle. It all begins. Sometimes even before that.
It is so important for women to see your doctors regularly. Even if you do not feel anything wrong, it is always a good idea to get checked out for a peace of mind. It really is a good idea because its better to be safe and to know. Best wishes to you.

For more information and Links of Interest in Relative to Endometriosis:

Understanding Endometriosis.
http://www.webmd.com/women/endometriosis/understanding-endometriosis-symptoms

More in depth look at Endometriosis
http://www.webmd.com/women/endometriosis/default.htm

Causes and more
http://www.endometriosisassn.org/endo.html

Women’s Health, Diagnosis and more…
http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/endometriosis.html

Other information
http://endometriosisinfo.ca/index_e.aspx

You can find more on your search engines.

5 thoughts on “What is Endometriosis? Raising Awareness

  1. priyanka says:

    Every woman should read this article. Very informative. thank you for sharing . Hope this brings awareness to all the readers, because it did for me .

  2. JSorgi88 says:

    I too have SEVERE endometriosis and it is awful. I had 4 surgeries to help with it and then the 5th was a hysterectomy. She left one ovary. Which now I know that she was complety wrong in what she was doing. I was only 24 at the time and it didn’t help at all. If I had of known that there were other treatment options I would have never let her do it. Definitely need to raise awareness!

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