Endometriosis is a disease whereby patches of endometrial tissue, normally found in the uterus, migrate to other areas of the body, usually within the pelvis. The implication is that the misplaced endometrial tissue responds to the same hormones as the endometrium and may bleed during the menstrual period, leading to cramps, pain, irritation and scar tissue. Researchers estimate that 5.5 million women suffer from endometriosis in North America.

Symptoms of Endometriosis

  • Painful menstruation (cramps, abdominal pain, etc.).
  • Painful urination.
  • Painful bowel movements.
  • Abnormal bleeding during periods.
  • Pain when having sexual intercourse.
  • Difficulty becoming pregnant.

Causes of Endometriosis

Although the exact cause of endometriosis is unknown, there are a few factors which may cause it:

  • Immune system disorders.
  • Surgical scars implantation from a C-section or hysterectomy.
  • Heredity.
  • Retrograde menstruation - when menstrual blood with endometrial cells do not exit and go back through the fallopian tube into the pelvic cavity and stick to organs.

Treatments of Endometriosis

Endometriosis can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:

  • Medications (consult a doctor before taking).
  • Hormone therapy (consult a doctor before taking).
  • Hysterectomy.

Preventing  Endometriosis

There is no exact way to prevent endometriosis, however, there are precautions that may be taken such as:

  • Exercising regularly.
  • Do not drink significant amounts of alcohol.
  • Do not drink significant amounts of drinks that contain caffeine.
  • Have a good healthy diet.
  • Avoid xenoestrogens in the environment - xenoestrogens is a chemical that mimics estrogen produced in the body.

 

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