Endometriosis Advice

Endometriosis Advice

Endometriosis is a painful disorder that affects women of reproductive age and often contributes to infertility. It is not well understood by doctors and scientists, and yet it affects anywhere from 5-10% of the U.S. female population. Often, however, endometriosis goes undiagnosed because it is not well understood, and women aren't aware that their symptoms indicate something other than a painful monthly cycle is occurring.

What it is
Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial cells, typically only found inside the uterus, grow outside the uterine walls. They form fibrous tissues, which often adhere to the ovaries and other organs. These endometrial tissues that form outside the uterus contribute to symptoms of endometriosis. Symptoms can include, but aren't limited to, pelvic pain during or after menstruation, infertility, constipation, fatigue, painful menstrual cycles, diarrhea, and more.

It is not entirely understood
Doctors are unsure why some women develop endometriosis, and because endometriosis is such a poorly understood disease, no cure has been discovered yet. There are, however, treatment options available to help control the symptoms of the disease so women can lead normal lives and even have children.

The most common form of treatment is also the simplest. Most doctors advise their patients to take the birth control pill. One thing that is understood about endometriosis is that it is hormone related. The pill can help keep hormones at stable levels, and it usually helps alleviate symptoms for most women.

Dealing with endometriosis
If women are trying to get pregnant, different treatment options are available, such as laparoscopic surgery and other drug treatment plans.
Every case is unique, and it is important for women to speak with their doctors to get a correct diagnosis and treatment plan.

There are ways to control the pain and other symptoms that are associated with endometriosis. Doctors can provide the most up-to-date information about treatment for the pain and/or infertility that is associated with endometriosis.