Endometriosis Awareness Month
Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition where endometrial tissue (tissue similar to the lining of the uterus) grows outside of the uterus.
Signs and Symptoms include:
- Painful periods
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Chronic pelvic or abdominal pain
Endometriosis can cause infertility and for women with subfertility the prevalence rate ranges from 25% to 40%.
To diagnose endometriosis your doctor will ask you to describe your symptoms including location of your pain and when it happens.
Tests to check for physical clues of endometriosis:
- Pelvic Exam: Doctor feels areas in your pelvis for abnormalities such as cysts on your reproductive organs or scars behind your uterus.
- Ultra Sound: this test uses high frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of your body. To capture the images, a device called a transducer is either pressed against your abdomen or inserted into your vagina.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Is an exam that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body.
- Laparoscopy: while under general anesthesia your surgeon makes a tiny incision near your navel and inserts a slender viewing instrument looking for signs of endometrial tissue outside the uterus.
1 out of 10 women worldwide will be affected by endometriosis. The condition has no cure however the symptoms can be managed. Medical and surgical options are available to help reduce symptoms and manage any potential complications.
Please contact us at 275-1683/245-5349 for further consultancy.
Click link below to listen to actress/author Tia Mowry’s experience of being diagnosed with endometriosis.