Endo is only in the pelvis
While endo mainly grows on the uterus and ovaries it is not restricted to that area. Endometriosis can be found almost anywhere in the body, Endo has been found everywhere but the spleen. When we think of endo we think of the pelvic area, we think of reproductive area, but this isn’t always the case.
Getting a hysterectomy will cure endometriosis
This is an important misconception for women to educate themselves with because this is a huge decision. Hysterectomies are not a cure for endometriosis. When you have endo tissue is found outside of the uterus meaning that often times the uterus itself is a normal and healthy organ. Removing the uterus will likely have little to no impact on your pain if other causes are not addressed as well. Hysterectomies can also negatively affect your health; it can lead to higher risk of developing coronary heart disease, increase risk of higher blood pressure, increased risk of obesity, and increased risk of dementia.
Its normal to have severe period pain to the point that it limits your life
It is not normal to have extremely painful periods, if you call into work often because of your period, are bed ridden during your period, or throw up due to cramps and pain during your period then it is not normal, and you may have endometriosis.
Women with endometriosis only experience pain on their periods
A lot of women also experience pain during or after sex, some before and after their period, and some experience pain throughout the month either ongoing or off and on. Women with small growths may have severe pan while women with large growths may have little pain or vice versa.
Teens don’t suffer from endometriosis
It takes a long time to get diagnosed with endo, most women don’t get diagnosed until their late 20s or later. This doesn’t mean they didn’t have the disease when they were a teen, many women suffer symptoms as soon as they start menstruation. With the use of laparoscope more women are able to get diagnosed but many women still go undiagnosed partly because of lack of knowledge about the disease.
If you have endometriosis you are infernal
Many women with endometriosis have children, an estimated 60%-70% of women with endometriosis are fertile. Fertility problems may increase with the severity of endo and with age. If endo is causing problems with getting pregnant laparoscopy surgery can help improve chances of getting pregnant.
Pregnancy cures endometriosis
Some women report not have symptoms post pregnancy, but the majority of women report endometriosis symptoms returning post pregnancy. Pregnancy will trigger a temporary reduction in symptoms similar to hormonal drug treatments, but it does not cure the endometriosis.
If you have any questions or concerns about the above information contact you gynecologist.
Why does endometriosis cause pain and health problems
although endometriosis growths are benign, meaning they are not cancerous, they still cause health problems.
the endometrial tissue can continue to grow causing problems such as;
- blocking your fallopian tubes when growths cover or grow into your ovaries. trapped blood in the ovaries can cause cysts
- inflammation (swelling)
- forming scar tissue and adhesion (type of tissue that can bind your organs together). this tissue may cause pelvic pain and make it more difficult to get pregnant
- problems in your intestines and bladder
you can prevent and even shrink growth through diet.
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