Endometriosis is a chronic pain that involves the growing of endometrium tissues outside the uterus. The endometrium is the inner membrane of the uterus. It thickens (with blood) to welcome a fertilized ovum. When there is no fertilization, the endometrium tear apart releasing blood and tissues. Your periods have begun. During your menstrual cycle. You can experience cramps in your abdomen, lower back, legs, etc… The pain varies from a person to another.
Dealing with endometriosis makes it way more complicated.
As said before, endometriosis is chronic pain. Chronic pain means that the actual physical pain one can feel for a reason or another is persistent and carries for longer than 12 weeks.
Does this mean that the pain you feel during your periods becomes consistent?
Well, you can say so.
Approximately 176 million women worldwide suffer from this disease. As you can see, the number is quite high. But this doesn’t mean that people, especially women. And most doctors are aware of it and they end up misdiagnosing women with depression or anxiety just because they do not have much knowledge about this matter.
Thereby, here’s everything you should know about endometriosis.
- Endometriosis is chronic pain and an internal inflammatory illness that affects your reproductive system: Uterus, Vagina, and ovaries. It involves the development of endometrial tissues outside the uterus. These external tissues behave in the same way internal tissues do. They thicken with blood when hormones rise. The tissues present inside and outside the uterus break down when there is no sign of fertilization. The blood+filament mixture present inside the Uterus then finds its way outside the body through the Vagina. Whereas the one present outside stays stuck in the body not having any way of leaving, thus causing internal inflammation.
This disease, is usually mistaken with heavy periods due to a lack of knowledge about the matter.
- Surgery is one of the main escapes plans some find to be relieved from the pain caused by this illness. Since there is still no cure for endometriosis. But it is never efficient since the endometrial tissues still grow back. Laparoscopy is the most common medical procedure. But it only moderates the development of scar tissues outside the Uterus.
- Some foods may increase the pain of someone who suffers from this sickness. Since it is an inflammatory disease, eating certain products that have a reputation to increase internal inflammation such as dairy products, sugar, and highly processed food is widely inadvisable.
- This sickness can cause severe cramps that can sometimes be paralyzing. It feels like you jumped from being on your 20s to being 90. In addition to that. Bloating is very common among women who are suffering from this illness. In this case, your belly can grow 2 times to 4 times bigger than its normal size. Making you look like you are 7 months pregnant.
- Dealing with this disease may cause heavy nausea, diarrhoea and heavy blood flow during your periods.
- Having sexual intercourse during your periods may reduce cramps and physical pain. Unfortunately for those who suffer from this malady. Having an intimate relationship might be painful and unbearable.
- The fact that Uterus filaments are growing outside of it might stop you from having babies. Since the inflammation inside your body can be dangerous for the development of the fetus and with that a higher chance to get a miscarriage.
Endometriosis can cause infertility.
- Uterus tissues might grow in other parts such as your lungs, eyes, and throat. This might cause the development of tumors and other illnesses.
It is a real disease…
- Around 1/10 women in the US are suffering from this sickness ( and this is only the number of people that got diagnosed). There are thousands of other women across America and all over the world that are still not properly diagnosed! And live with the thought that they are having “bad periods” or that they are just “overreacting” and being “too dramatic” or more, that it is all in their heads.
The female anatomy is still not fully known and understood. There is not much importance given to women’s health, especially in these cases of chronic disease.
So please, if you ever realize ( after reading this article) that you are developing syndromes that are similar to endometriosis. Go see a specialist! and mention the possibility of suffering from it! So that you get properly diagnosed.
Keep yourself, healthy ladies!