What woman doesn’t experience a little pain during their period, right? Menstrual cramps and abdominal pain are the norm a few days out of the month. But when your pain is severe and starts to affect your day-to-day life it may be indicative of a greater problem – like Endometriosis.
Approximately 5 million women suffer from endometriosis, a disorder that occurs when the lining of your uterus grows into other organs or structures in the body. The exact cause of endometriosis is unknown.
The lining of your uterus commonly invades ovaries, fallopian tubes, the outside surface of the uterus, the pelvic and abdominal cavity and tissues that hold the uterus in place. It has even been found – although rare – in other parts of the body like the lungs or brain.
- Blood in urine
- Chronic fatigue
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Extremely painful menstrual cramps
- Infertility or problems getting pregnant
- Irregular bleeding or spotting between periods
- Lower back pain
- Pain during or after intercourse
- Pelvic pain
*Endometriosis – Image illustrates uterine endometrium infiltrating the intestinal wall (blue islands of epithelium and stroma in the pink intestinal wall). Inset – magnified view of the endometrial gland.
The intensity of your pain can vary from month-to-month and endometriosis symptoms are different for everyone. For some women, the pain progressively worsens while others may not experience any symptoms. For the most part, the severity of your pain depends on where the endometriosis is located.
Aside from an abnormally painful period, endometriosis can take a toll on your physical and emotional health. If your symptoms are severe it can negatively impact your entire life, like your ability to maintain a job, finish school, have a healthy sex life or partake in day-to-day activities.
When To See A Gynecologist
If you suspect you have endometriosis, you should see a gynecologist for diagnosis. Your gynecologist can often identify endometriosis through a series of tests including a physical exam, ultrasound, minor surgical laparoscopic procedure or visual exam along with a tissue biopsy.
Extremely painful periods are not normal and there are treatments available to help you manage this debilitating disorder including pain medication, hormone therapy and/or surgery. Your gynecologist will provide you with the best method of treatment based on your age, health, and severity of symptoms.
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