Do you experience pelvic pain, painful ovulation, fatigue, long or heavy bleeding, severe migraines, painful bowel movements, lower back pain, nausea, diarrhoea and pain during intercourse? You could have Endometriosis. Those are just some of the symptoms. You can stop dreading those painful periods as Endometriosis can be diagnosed and treated.
Endometriosis is a common inflammatory condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (called the Endometriosis) is found outside the uterus. The tissue can form lesions, nodules and cysts which are found in the pelvis. It is estimated the condition affects 120,000 or 10% of females in New Zealand.
If you are having painful periods and your pelvic exams come back normal, it can be an early sign of early Endometriosis. If left untreated it can lead to infertility. A symptom could also be difficulty getting pregnant.
Endometriosis affects around 176 million women worldwide. There is no cure for Endometriosis but surgery can remove some lesions and scar tissue. There are also hormonal treatments (such as The Contraceptive Pill) which can help to balance and regulate periods, and medication that can help with symptoms.
There is no way to jazz up this blog post, but there is a positive note. Not only can you get treated with surgery and/or medication but symptoms of Endometriosis during pregnancy or after menopause do improve. Not everyone has all the symptoms. Some may only have bad pelvic pain. It’s important to see your doctor and get it treated. Your doctor can access the best treatment for your needs.
The more accurate way to diagnose endometriosis is with laparoscopy. This is a surgical procedure normally performed under general anaesthetic by a gynaecologist. He/she will insert a long thin tube with a tiny camera at the tip through a small incision in the belly button.
Treatment with acupuncture, homoeopathy, massage, regular exercise and naturopathy can relieve symptoms for some women. It is also important to get sufficient sleep.
Don’t wait too long before getting it seen to. The international average delay is 8 years from your first doctor visit with symptoms to a diagnosis.