LET'S TALK ENDO
WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?
Endometriosis is a gynecological condition that affects 1 in 10 women. People diagnosed with endometriosis develop tissue that looks and acts like the endometrial cells that grow within the lining of the uterus. These cells can grow on and in other reproductive organs within the pelvic cavity and the abdominal cavity. In rarer cases, endometriosis can be found in the chest (Thoracic Endometriosis).
During regular menstruation the uterus lining sheds and leaves the body through the vagina. This happens in response to changing hormone levels. These trapped cells that live outside the uterus still respond to the hormone changes of menstruation, they build up and break down the same. However, the broken down tissue can not leave the body, resulting in bleeding within the pelvis. This leads to inflammation, swelling and scarring of the endometriosis tissue.
There are 4 types of endo
SYMPTOMS OF ENDOMETRIOSIS
The following are the more common symptoms of endometriosis. Please note that not all symptoms may be experienced the same and some people may not experience symptoms at all. The severity of your pain is not an indicator of the severity of your endo also.
Irregular & painful periods
Bladder pain, frequency & irritation
Bowl pain during menstruation
Leg and lower back pain
Depression and/or anxiety
Complications with fertility
Frequent yeast infections
WHERE DO YOU START?
Sadly endometriosis is often misdiagnosed, as imaging is not a reliable source for diagnosis and can be confused with other sister conditions. Your gynecologist may request an ultra sound to look at your ovaries for endometrioma cysts, a cyst associated with endometriosis. A MRI may be requested as well, this used to look for signs of deep endometriosis. A laparoscopy is usually the final step when seeking official diagnosis. Under general anesthesia, laparoscopy allows an excision specialist to look inside the abdomen. The specialist will excise what they identify as endometriosis and send to a lab for final confirmation.
TOP 5 MYTHS
PAINFUL PERIODS ARE NORMAL
HORMONES & HYSTERECTOMIES CURE ENDO
ENDO = INFERTILITY
PAIN ONLY HAPPENS DURING YOUR PERIOD
PREGNANCY CURES ENDO
Endometriosis shares symptoms with other pelvic conditions, often leading to misdiagnosis. It is also possible to have multiple conditions occurring at the same time. A patient may have endometriosis, IC, & IBS.