Do you have endometriosis? Most women do, in some shape or form.
March is endometriosis awareness month and Dallas Fort Worth Fertility Associates stands behind the importance of reaching out and educating people about this disease. Endometriosis is a common condition affecting roughly 6-10 percent of all women and 50 percent of those experiencing infertility.
This condition causes tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) to form outside the uterus, as well as in and on ovaries, fallopian tubes, the peritoneal lining of the pelvis, the bowel, bladder and other organs.
More and more research has been done to determine if diagnosing and treating endometriosis early on will help with the quality of life of sufferers while preserving their fertility for the future. This condition is often misdiagnosed or simply overlooked. According to www.Endometriosis.org, it takes an average of 8 years for a woman to get an endometriosis diagnosis. Of those women, 65% received a misdiagnosis of another disease, and up to 50% had to see five or more medical professionals before getting accurately diagnosed.
How do you KNOW if you have ENDO?
The most common symptom of endometriosis is pain, and that comes in all shapes and sizes.
- Pelvic or low back pain that may occur at any time during the menstrual cycle
- Lower abdomen pain before and during menstruation
- Painful periods
- Cramps for a week or two before menstruation and during menstruation; cramps may be mild to severe
- Pain with sexual intercourse; during or following
- Bowel movement pain
In other cases of endometriosis, there may be no symptoms.
Some women might experience no pain at all, and then discover it is the culprit of infertility. There is no cure for endometriosis, but it can be treated in a variety of ways, including pain medication, hormonal treatments, and surgery. If endometriosis is getting in your way of parenthood and affecting your quality of life, contact Dallas Fort Worth Fertility Associates. Our experts have decades of experience treating endometriosis and the problems this condition causes. We are here to help.