Endometriosis is a complex reproductive condition that results from endometrial tissue growing in places it shouldn’t grow, causing inflammation, pain and other complications.
- Approximately 5 million American women have endometriosis (nearly 1 in 10).
- Endometriosis is most common amongst women in their 30’s and 40’s, but can occur any age between menses and menopause (sometimes even after menopause).
- Endometriosis can adversely affect fertility. Some women have to undergo fertility treatment or adjust their medications to better chances of pregnancy.
- Endometriosis is a condition where similar tissue to the endometrial lining grows outside the uterus in places like the ovaries, bowel or even the lungs. This abnormal overgrowth causes inflammation and pain.
- Endometriosis can cause lesions or scar tissue that sometimes requires surgery to eradicate.
- Symptoms of endometriosis include: pain during and after sex or during ovulation, heavy bleeding, fatigue. It can also impact mental health.
- Pregnancy or a hysterectomy can sometimes relieve symptoms but not in all cases.
- Women with endometriosis may be at greater risk of developing certain types of cancer.
- Endometriosis is not considered an autoimmune disease, despite the immunological abnormalities it causes.
- Endometriosis can be a very frustrating condition as treatment isn’t effective for everyone and little is understood about it and doctors don’t all agree on all aspects about it.
- It can be a very frustrating disorder fraught with treatments that don’t work well.
- Synthetic hormone treatments may help some of the symptoms of endometrioses but they will not cure it long term.
There you have some fast facts about endometriosis There is so much we don’t yet know about the painful condition, but medical researchers are still hard at work to get more answers. Thanks for visiting EMC