March is Endometriosis Awareness month. What is Endometriosis? How do you know if you have it?
Endometriosis is when cells from the lining of the uterus grow in other areas of the body. These cells respond to monthly hormonal changes the same way as cells still inside the uterus, they grow, and sometimes even bleed a little along with the regular blood flow. This causes pain.
Endometriosis is often misdiagnosed, or undiagnosed. Endometriosis is known as the “unknown illness”, it affects over six million women and endometriosis can affect fertility later on in life. Endometriosis is a common gynecological diagnosis and most cases are diagnosed between the ages of 25 and 35. If you are experiencing pain and heavy periods monthly tell your doctor. Detecting and treating endometriosis early can help with the future of your fertility and alleviate painful menstruation.