Endometriosis

What's the scoop?

 

There is normal tissue that grows inside of the uterus (womb) called the endometrium. However in some women, similar tissue can grow outside of the uterus where it shouldn't be in places such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the pelvis, which is a condition called endometriosis.

 

The endometrial tissue in the uterus thickens and comes out of the body each month during your period, so when the endometrial tissue grows in areas outside the uterus, it has no way to filter out of the body.

 

Therefore the tissue will build up, get stuck, and start to turn into cysts and creating scar tissue that begins to act like glue sticking the pelvic tissue and organs to each other.

 

How can I fix it?

 

There is no cure for Endometriosis and symptoms can range from minimal to severely debilitating menstrual, sometimes causing infertility. Pain might not be reflective of how serious the endometrosis is as someone with little to no pain may have severe endometriosis and vice versa.

 

Who is most likely to get it?

 

Endometriosis will usually start within a few years after a woman starts her period, so you can be first diagnosed as an adolscent or a young adult. While endometriosis has no cure, the condition may improve during pregnancy and disappear after menopause if the woman does not take estrogen afterwards.

 

So, what can I do for it?

 

Fortunately there are very effective treatments for Endometriosis even though they are not permanent ranging from

  • over the counter pain killers
  • hormone medication
  • contraceptives - the pill, contraceptive pathc, an intrauterine system, and gonadotrophin-releasing hormone analogues
  • minor surgery - this would be to cut unwanted tissue away
  • surgery - to remove affected organs i.e. the female reproductive organs

 

 

What's the scoop?

 

There is normal tissue that grows inside of the uterus (womb) called the endometrium. However in some women, similar tissue can grow outside of the uterus where it shouldn't be in places such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the pelvis, which is a condition called endometriosis.

 

The endometrial tissue in the uterus thickens and comes out of the body each month during your period, so when the endometrial tissue grows in areas outside the uterus, it has no way to filter out of the body.

 

Therefore the tissue will build up, get stuck, and start to turn into cysts and creating scar tissue that begins to act like glue sticking the pelvic tissue and organs to each other.

Endometriosis

 

How can I fix it?

 

There is no cure for Endometriosis and symptoms can range from minimal to severely debilitating menstrual, sometimes causing infertility. Pain might not be reflective of how serious the endometrosis is as someone with little to no pain may have severe endometriosis and vice versa.

 

Who is most likely to get it?

 

Endometriosis will usually start within a few years after a woman starts her period, so you can be first diagnosed as an adolscent or a young adult. While endometriosis has no cure, the condition may improve during pregnancy and disappear after menopause if the woman does not take estrogen afterwards.

 

So, what can I do for it?

 

Fortunately there are very effective treatments for Endometriosis even though they are not permanent ranging from

  • over the counter pain killers
  • hormone medication
  • contraceptives - the pill, contraceptive pathc, an intrauterine system, and gonadotrophin-releasing hormone analogues
  • minor surgery - this would be to cut unwanted tissue away
  • surgery - to remove affected organs i.e. the female reproductive organs

 

 

Symptom list:

Endometriosis