What is endometriosis?
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Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease that occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of your uterus.
Heavy menstrual cramps, infertility and painful intercourse are common signs of endometriosis.
For National Endometriosis Awareness Month in March, we’ve compiled a list of resources to help you understand the health challenges of endometriosis and the care you need.
Heavy menstrual cramps and heavy bleeding every month. Chronic lower back pain. Infertility. painful intercourse. If you’re one of millions of Americans with endometriosis, this list of symptoms is probably all too familiar.
Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to the tissue that lines your uterus grows in areas of your body where they don’t belong, including the outer surface of your uterus and on your fallopian tubes, intestines, and ovaries. The condition has no known cause and most commonly affects people between the ages of 30 and 40.
For National Endometriosis Awareness Month this March, we’ve put together articles that can help you learn more about endometriosis and how to live with its impact on your life. Find out what our experts have to say.
From diagnosis to treatment
Arm yourself with knowledge about endometriosis with these articles that outline the basics of treating your condition. Our women’s health experts go into detail on a wide range of topics, including recognizing symptoms, getting a timely diagnosis, and understanding your treatment options.
living with endometriosis
Without treatment, the health problems caused by endometriosis can invade your life and prevent you from doing the things you enjoy. Learn about pain relief options, the importance of self-care, and when to call your doctor with this easy-to-understand overview from the National Institutes of Health. Although there is currently no cure for endometriosis, this guide can help you reduce the impact on your quality of life.
Hormone treatments can help
Treatment options that suppress your hormones and limit your menstrual cycles, such as B. Birth control pills or hormone-containing IUDs can be effective in many cases. Learn what your doctor looks for to determine if hormone therapy is right for you. Then, get an overview of the types of hormone treatment and a look at surgical care when hormones do not provide adequate relief.
Four signs to look for
Many signs of endometriosis, like cramps and back pain, are often seen as something to “just have to live with” each month. But they could be warning signs that something is wrong. Our experts share the four symptoms of endometriosis you shouldn’t ignore.
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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your doctor’s instructions.