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What Is Endometriosis

What It's Like to Have Endometriosis

As if having to deal with a period isn't enough of a pain, many women suffer from painful menstruation due to endometriosis.

Endometriosis is the condition when uterine lining tissue strays outside the womb and grows in places it isn't supposed to be. Pretty much anywhere in the pelvic cavity is unfortunately fair game for this stray tissue, and it can often be found on the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, and on the pelvic sidewall. This misplaced tissue causes pain since it reacts to monthly hormonal changes. Patches of endometriosis grow and add extra tissue and blood just like uterine lining, but there is no place for the built-up tissue and blood to exit the body causing excess pressure on surrounding organs. For this reason, growths tend to get bigger and the symptoms of endometriosis often get worse over time.

Along with causing pain, endometriosis can cause infertility.There are many different approaches to treating this condition, including hormone treatments like the birth control pill and surgery to remove the tissue. If you think you have endometriosis you should definitely consult with a gynecologist. Visit Endometriosis.org to see a list of questions your physician is likely to ask you. It is always a good idea to be prepared for a visit to the doctor.

Are you dealing with endometriosis? If you have had success managing your symptoms, share your tips in the comments section below.

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The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 8 years
I know this is a very serious subject, but the picture with the article is really funny. It looks like she's singing her solo on Broadway.
gruviechik gruviechik 8 years
I was diagnosed earlier this year and had to go in for Laprascopy as well. Currently getting Lupron injections and taking medication for the side effects. So far it has been a welcome change not getting the monthly period. I am hoping that once the 6 months of injections are finished, things will have calmed down a bit. The plus side of all this is that without the monthly week of pain, cramping and lethargy I have been able to get in shape and begin a healthy diet/lifestyle. Now the next hurdle is seeing if we can get pregnant. ((Crossing fingers)) Anyone who has awful periods NEEDS to get checked out. I never would have imagined that I had Endo, but I am glad to be on a proactive path.
gruviechik gruviechik 8 years
I was diagnosed earlier this year and had to go in for Laprascopy as well. Currently getting Lupron injections and taking medication for the side effects. So far it has been a welcome change not getting the monthly period. I am hoping that once the 6 months of injections are finished, things will have calmed down a bit.The plus side of all this is that without the monthly week of pain, cramping and lethargy I have been able to get in shape and begin a healthy diet/lifestyle. Now the next hurdle is seeing if we can get pregnant. ((Crossing fingers))Anyone who has awful periods NEEDS to get checked out. I never would have imagined that I had Endo, but I am glad to be on a proactive path.
Lou-Lou-04 Lou-Lou-04 8 years
I'm glad the treatment's going well for you, Becka. From someone that is struggling to have kids right now, don't worry too much about it - there are so many options and things to try and so many success stories. And the worst thing for fertility is stress. You've done one of the most difficult things already just in being diagnosed and successfully treated. Good luck!
beckafer237 beckafer237 8 years
After I had my first miscarriage 3 months after my 19th birthday my body got really messed up. I was having extremely painful cramps that actually made me pass out. 5 months after my 20th birthday I had the L scope as the doctors called it and was diagnosed with endometrosis. I still have some pain and the thought of struggling to have kids is the hardest to deal with but so far my treatment of birth control and anti inflamitory medication have worked so far.
Lou-Lou-04 Lou-Lou-04 8 years
After having ongoing pelvic pain for years, a near-fatal ectopic pregnancy and subsequent removal of a fallopian tube, the doctors in England still made no mention of endometriosis. It was only years later in Spain (where I now live) that a doctor finally picked up on it and I was diagnosed. This time it had been left until I had severe pain from ovarian cysts and had to have yet more operations before endometriosis was finally picked up, even given my history. Perhaps if it was picked up sooner I wouldnt have been left infertile (one failed IVF round later, I'll try again next year). There are lots of positive things you can do to deal with endometriosis once you know you have it. The most important thing is to get diagnosed as early as possible. The moral of my story? Listen to your body, don't presume it's just PMS pain, and ask your doctor outright if you think you could be a sufferer. Millions of women around the world go undiagnosed for years.
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