What is Endometriosis??
“Endometriosis is a painful, chronic disease that affects 5 1/2 million women and girls in the USA and Canada, and millions more worldwide.” (taken from www.endometriosisassn.org) Basically endometriosis is a condition where endometrium (tissue the lines the uterus) grows in places it should not (outside the uterus). “This misplaced tissue develops into growths or lesions which respond to the menstrual cycle in the same way that the tissue of the uterine lining does: Each month the tissue builds up, breaks down, and sheds. Menstrual blood flows from the uterus and out of the body through the vagina, but the blood and tissue shed from endometrial growths has no way of leaving the body. This results in internal bleeding, breakdown of the blood and tissue from the lesions, and inflammation — and can cause pain, infertility, scar tissue formation, adhesions, and bowel problems.” (also taken from www.endometriosisassn.org). On average a woman visits 4-5 doctors about her pain & problems before she is accurately diagnosed.
Now you are probably asking yourself “why on earth is she writing about this on here?” The reason is I may have Endometriosis. I have an aunt who has endometriosis, my mother has just informed me of this. She has many of the symptoms I am experiencing according to my mother. I have been noticing more and more pain over the last two years and have previously tried talking to a doctor about this.
After visiting my doctor last week and having my annual exam done I was told that endometriosis can only be diagnosed after laparoscopy is performed. My doctor said that having the inpatient surgery just to find out if I have it is “a bit much”. So for now we are experimenting with different types of birth control to limit my periods. This is supposed to help the pain and scaring if I do have endometriosis…
Anywho, I was amazed that this is a fairly undiagnosed disease that affects many women. I just wanted to share my experience and encourage everyone to learn more about this condition…
If you have concerns about endometriosis there are several websites with helpful information: