March in the ENDOMarch 2019
Across the world and here in Australia, the 30th of March 2019 is EndoMarch Day. Events such as high teas are put on to raise funds for continuing research and to educate the community about Endometriosis.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometrium is tissue covering the inside of the uterus. When endometrial tissue grows on the outside of the uterus, inflammation occurs causing pain and reducing fertility.
1 in 10 women approximately 200 million women and girls have Endometriosis. Many of these women suffer through painful periods and are simply unaware of symptoms and the potential treatment available to assist them in managing this debilitating disorder.
The causes at this time are unclear but appear to be a combination of factors. These factors may include genetic factors from the mother or father, chemicals and toxins may also play a part in causing painful periods.
A cure at present mainly involves the reduction of pain and to maintain fertility and quality of life as it is still possible to conceive and fall pregnant with endometriosis. Some ways of monitoring the condition is to have pap smears and pelvic examinations by your GP done every 6 months to a year.
Surgery may be considered as a treatment option from your GP and procedures such as a laparoscopy or even a hysterectomy could make some difference but may not be a guaranteed outcome to reduce pain.
Some possible symptoms may include:
Heavy and/or irregular periods
Possible methods of treatment may include physiotherapy for pelvic discomfort as it is non-invasive and is usually a first option.
Medication can be recommended by your GP as well as keyhole laparoscopic surgery as well.
If you are unsure about your symptoms and want to discuss possible solutions and treatments, consult your GP for a plan to treat and manage your condition.
Want to put on a high tea or other events? Click on the Endomarch link below!