Since March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, here are some common questions regarding the disease and a few pointers for dealing with it!
What is endometriosis :
Endometriosis is a condition in which the type of tissue that forms the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) is found outside the uterus.
Where are these tissues found?
Areas of endometrial tissue (often called implants) most often occur in the following places: ovaries, fallopian tubes, outer uterus, bladder, uterus, intestines, and rectum
What happens when they are located outside of the uterus?
Endometriosis implants respond to changes in estrogen, a female hormone. The implants may grow and bleed like the uterine lining does during the menstrual cycle.
How is endometriosis diagnosis?
Endometriosis is only confirmed by Laparoscopy – a procedure that allows the surgeon to view inside your abdomen . While you’re under general anesthesia, your surgeon makes a tiny incision near your navel and inserts a slender viewing instrument (laparoscope), looking for signs of endometrial tissue outside the uterus.
Is there a cure?
No, depending on your symptoms- your doctor may try a mix of pain medication or hormonal therapy.
Suggestion for dealing with Endo?
1. Join support groups – this allows you to talk with people dealing with similar problems.
2. Pay attention to your body and communicate concerns to your doctor.
3. Do you own research , it’s nice to get others and professionals opinion but also make sure to grasp what is happening and the side effects of medicine.
4. Everything isn’t for everybody- what works for others may not work for you and vice versa.
5. Pay attention to your diet; limiting meat intake and diary products have been known to alleviate pain.