Endometriosis – the good, the bad and the ugly.

OK, well, maybe it should be said that it is all bad and it is all ugly. What you should know:

Two Scary Facts
– At least 5.5 million women in North America alone have endometriosis
– There is no known cure for endometriosis

What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis occurs when tissue like that which lines the inside of uterus grows outside the uterus, usually on the surfaces of organs in the pelvic and abdominal areas, in places that it is not supposed to grow.

The word endometriosis comes from the word “endometrium” — endo means “inside” and metrium means “mother.”

What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
One of the most common symptoms of endometriosis is pain, mostly in the abdomen, lower back, and pelvic areas. The amount of pain a woman feels is not linked to how much endometriosis she has. Some women have no pain even though their endometriosis is extensive, meaning that the affected areas are large, or that there is scarring. Some women, on the other hand, have severe pain even though they have only a few small areas of endometriosis.

General symptoms of endometriosis can include (but are not limited to):

Extremely painful (or disabling) menstrual cramps; pain may get worse over time
Chronic pelvic pain (includes lower back pain and pelvic pain)
Pain during or after sex
Intestinal pain
Painful bowel movements or painful urination during menstrual periods
Heavy menstrual periods
Premenstrual spotting or bleeding between periods
Infertility
In addition, women who are diagnosed with endometriosis may have gastrointestinal symptoms that resemble a bowel disorder, as well as fatigue.

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