Endometriosis can run in families, so if you have a grandmother, mother, or sister with endometriosis you may be more likely to be diagnosed.
- 1 in 10 women are diagnosed with Endometriosis
- Most women are diagnosed in their 30s-40s
- Endometriosis is not rare, It is the 3rd most common gynecological condition
- 176 million women worldwide are affected by Endometriosis
Link between infertility and Endometriosis
- 40% infertile women are affected by Endometriosis
- Inflammation from endometriosis may damage the sperm or egg or interfere with their movement through the fallopian tubes and uterus.
- In severe cases of endometriosis, the fallopian tubes may be blocked by adhesions or scar tissue.
- Ref1 : https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Endometriosis; Adapted from American College of Obstetricians and gynecologists; cited on 7th Sep 2019
Unexpected Challenges of living with Endometriosis
- The main symptom of endometriosis are:
- Mild to severe pain or cramping in the pelvic area
- Cramping in the lower back, buttocks, and/or legs
- Heavy periods
- Spotting or bleeding between menstrual cycles
- Some women don’t have any pain at all. If you experiencing these symptoms and it affect your life, visit with your doctor.
- Other symptoms include:
- Unusually painful menstrual cramps
- Pain during or after sex
- Intestinal pain
- Painful bowel movements or urination during periods
- Diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea
- Ref2 : https://www.acog.org/about_acog/news_room/~/media/newsroom/millionwomanmarchendometriosisfactsheet.pdf; Adapted from American College of Obstetricians and gynecologists;cited on 7th Sep 2019
- Genetic (you’re born with it)
- Abnormal creation of the estrogen hormone
- It can be diagnosed through:
Effects of Endometrosis
- It can block the fallopian tubes when growths cover the ovaries or directly affects the tubes
- Inflamation, It can forms scar tissue and adhesions
- Problems in your intestines and bladder
- There is currently no cure for endometrosis but Endometriosis may be treated with medication, surgery, or both. When pain is the primary problem, medication usually is tried first.
- Consult your Doctor for detailed information or treatment.