Did you know that 1 in every 10 women have endometriosis? But what is it exactly?
What is Endometriosis?
“Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.” - The NHS UK
It is a common health problem (rarely talked about) that can affect women of all ages, but especially common among women in their 30s and 40s
Even though it is a common disease, little research exists on the topic and in many cases, it is not properly diagnosed. What many women suffering from endometriosis will hear when complaining about pain is, that they are exaggerating their ‘normal’ period pain and that cramps are entirely natural. Many people, prior to diagnoses, have simply been prescribed pain killers by doctors with no further research or investigation on the potential cause of the pain.
Irish singer Ruth-Anne Cunningham has posted a powerful image, text and video on International Women’s Day about her experience with the disease. It is worth having a look at to empathise with individuals suffering from the disease.
The Symptoms, as described by the National Health Service in the UK, can vary. “Some women are badly affected, while others might not have any noticeable symptoms.
The main symptoms of endometriosis are:
- pain in your lower tummy or back (pelvic pain)– usually worse during your period
- period pain that stops you doing your normal activities
- pain during or after sex
- pain when peeing or pooing during your period
- feeling sick, constipation, diarrhoea, or blood in your pee during your period
- difficulty getting pregnant
You may also have heavy periods. You might use lots of pads or tampons, or you may bleed through your clothes.
For some women, endometriosis can have a big impact on their life and may sometimes lead to feelings of depression."
If you are suffering from the symptoms listed above, you should make an appointment to visit your doctor, especially if they are having a big impact on your life. Endometriosis UK has a wealth of support, knowledge and advice if you or a loved one are suffering.
It is the lack of knowledge around the subject, despite its frequency, that has inspired the initiation of endometriosis awareness month - in March of every year - to share the knowledge and raise the awareness about the disease.